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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 DollsIn 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Lee knows how to tell a good story with passion, honesty, and a good sense of humor.”

    Michael Douglas

  • “Lee Grant came to know herself as a child, as an actress, as a woman, and as a thinker. I have come to know her intimately in reading her book, and am so grateful for the experience.”

    Vanessa Redgrave

  • “Having had the privilege to work with Lee Grant on the motion picture screen was truly a delight. Now, out of nowhere, she has written a most wonderful book about her family and herself. It’s warm, it’s touching,  and it’s a book that speaks of the human experience—the wonders of it, the magic of it, the difficulties of it, the history of a life’s unfolding, beautifully and brilliantly with purpose and with guts.”

    Sidney Poitier

  • “In this wonderful memoir, actor Grant charts her life from a childhood in New York City through her performance in Shampoo and beyond…Grant reveals herself to be woman unafraid of continual self-reinvention. These pages tell a gripping story full of drama, humor, and hardship, offering an intimate look into the singular life of one indefatigable protagonist.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Gives film fans and others a no-holds-barred glimpse into the life of one of Hollywood’s most talented and passionate actor-directors. Unapologetic and unafraid, the author reveals all the juicy details of a woman who lived in the spotlight—and on the Hollywood blacklist.”

    Library Journal

  • “Grant doesn’t make us read between the lines here; it’s all right there, on the page…An excellent show-business autobiography.”

    Booklist

  • “Academy Award–winning actress Grant recounts the ups and downs of her professional and personal lives…Rife with appearances from some of Hollywood’s biggest names, including an unsuccessful date with Marlon Brando, Grant’s career proves that the elusive and oft-sought-after second chance cannot only be had, it can be triumphantly redeeming. An insightful, sharp Hollywood memoir that will appeal to fans and newcomers alike.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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