A memoir by Academy
Award–winning actress Lee Grant, detailing her starring roles, her twelve years
on the Hollywood blacklist, and a singularly unpredictable life
Born Lyova Haskell Rosenthal
in New York City, actress Lee Grant spent her youth accumulating more
experiences than most people have in a lifetime: from student at the famed
Neighborhood Playhouse to member of the legendary Actors Studio; from
celebrated Broadway star to Vogue “It Girl.” At age twenty-four, she was nominated for
an Academy Award for Detective
Story, and a year later found herself married and a mother for the
first time, her career on the rise.
And then she lost it all.
Her name landed on the
Hollywood blacklist, her offers for film and television roles ground to a halt,
and her marriage fell apart.
Finding reserves of strength
she didn’t know she had, Grant took action against anti-Communist witch hunts
in the arts. She threw herself into work, accepting every theater or teaching
job that came her way. She met a man ten years her junior and began a wild,
liberating fling that she never expected would last a lifetime. And after
twelve years of fighting the blacklist, she was finally exonerated. With courage
and style, Grant rebuilt her life on her own terms: first stop, a starring role
on Peyton Place, and
then leads in Valley of
the Dolls, In
the Heat of the Night, and Shampoo, for which she won her first Oscar.
Set amid the New York theater
scene of the fifties and the star-studded parties of Malibu in the seventies, I Said Yes to Everything evokes a world of political passion and movie star
glamour. Grant tells endlessly delightful tales of costars and friends such as
Warren Beatty, Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, and Sidney Poitier, and writes
with the verve and candor befitting such a seductive and beloved star. Download and start listening now!