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A vibrant, exuberant self-portrait of one of today’s greatest living actors

Christopher Plummer’s magnificent book recounts the wild adventure that is his life, stretching from a privileged childhood in Canada to the glorious, star-studded New York of the 1950s to a sensational career in film appearing in some of our most beloved classics. Here are his late nights out with Carson McCullers, Tennessee Williams, Paddy Chayefsky, and Arthur Miller; his affairs and marriages; his collaborations with famed producers; and his memorable roles alongside fellow young and talented actors, each also destined for stardom: Judi Dench, Vanessa Redgrave, Peter O’Toole, Natalie Wood, and countless others. Plummer weaves delicious anecdotes of a life spent on stages and film sets across the world—from Peter Hall’s Royal Shakespeare Theatre to The Sound of Music—into a boisterous narrative filled with humor and irresistible charm.

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  • “[A] fascinating memoir…The book records so many trysts, pratfalls, drunken evenings—and afternoons—that it’s amazing he has survived Amply shows how Mr. Plummer has managed a long, successful career in spite of himself.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “For anyone who loves, loves, loves the theater…A finely observed, deeply felt time-traveling escape.” 

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A staggering parade of theater-world luminaries struts, swaggers, and yes, occasionally staggers through this compulsively readable memoir…[Plummer] has a tasty anecdote about onstage, backstage, or drinking-hole doings about every single one of them.”

    New York Times

  • “The veteran actor’s delightfully sprawling account of his life and career.” 

    USA Today

  • “Splendid, lively…An immensely satisfying memoir, of rare grace, good humor, and unapologetic self-honesty…In tact and generosity of spirit, it is the very model of what a memoir should be.”

    Daily Beast

  • “An enchanting observer of the showbiz cavalcade, drawing vivid thumbnails of everyone from Laurence Olivier to Lenny Bruce and tossing off witty anecdotes like the most effortless ad libs. The result—a sparkling star turn from a born raconteur for whom all the world is indeed a stage.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This work is more of a full-fledged autobiography than a memoir as actor Plummer offers a highly entertaining, well-connected series of adventures and anecdotes of his long and successful life and career. The content is made all the more enjoyable by Plummer’s affable, highly conversational narration. His skilled performance features his resonant voice as he discusses matters as diverse as his family’s role in the political and business leadership of Canada and his well-known role in the film The Sound of Music. It seems that none of his life is off-limits. Listeners will feel they come to know more of this charming individual.”


  • “An enjoyable read, packed with anecdotes and amusing stories…This belongs on any library’s film or theater shelves.”


  • “A veteran actor of stage and screen rehearses his long personal and professional life, often with humor, rarely with rancor…Revealing and charming.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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