- By Clifton Webb Robert J. Wagner David L. Smith

Sitting Pretty: The Life And Times Of Clifton Webb

  • Title: Sitting Pretty: The Life And Times Of Clifton Webb
  • Author: Clifton Webb Robert J. Wagner David L. Smith
  • ISBN: 9781604739961
  • Page: 497
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Sitting Pretty The Life And Times Of Clifton Webb More than any other male movie star the refined Clifton Webb caused the movie going public to change its image of a leading man In a day when leading men were supposed to be strong virile

    More than any other male movie star, the refined Clifton Webb 1889 1966 caused the movie going public to change its image of a leading man In a day when leading men were supposed to be strong, virile, and brave, Clifton Webb projected an image of flip, acerbic arrogance He was able to play everything from a decadent columnist Laura to a fertile father Cheaper by theMore than any other male movie star, the refined Clifton Webb 1889 1966 caused the movie going public to change its image of a leading man In a day when leading men were supposed to be strong, virile, and brave, Clifton Webb projected an image of flip, acerbic arrogance He was able to play everything from a decadent columnist Laura to a fertile father Cheaper by the Dozen and The Remarkable Mr Pennypacker , delivering lines in an urbanely clipped, acidly dry manner with impeccable timing Sitting Pretty is his remarkable story.Long before his film career began, Webb was a child actor and later a suavely effete song and dance man in numerous Broadway musicals and revues The turning point in his career came in 1941 when his good friend Noel Coward cast him in Blithe Spirit Director Otto Preminger saw Webb s performance and cast him in Laura in 1944.Webb began to write his autobiography, but he said that he eventually had gotten bogged down in the process However, he did complete six chapters and left a hefty collection of notes that he intended to use in the proposed book His writing is as witty and sophisticated as his onscreen persona Those six chapters, information and voluminous notes, and personal research by the coauthor provide an intimate view of an amazingly talented man s life and times.

    1 thought on “Sitting Pretty: The Life And Times Of Clifton Webb

    1. Full disclosure: I am the advisory editor of the Hollywood Legend series, published by University Press of Mississippi. I recommended publishing this book because it contained Webb's uncompleted autobiography written in a style resembling Noel Coward, one of Webb's friends. The biographer does a splendid job with Webb's Broadway career and his unexpected rise to stardom with his appearance in LAURA. This is the man who taught Darryl Zanuck how to dance for his daughter's wedding.

    2. Although I do not claim to be a devoted fan of Mr. Webb, I am a fan of classic Hollywood movies and enjoy reading any book that chronicles the era. This book is unique in that the first six chapters are an autobiography, written by the acerbic actor before he abandoned the project. The remaining chapters are written by David L. Smith, but the transfer between authors is virtually seamless. The book relays forgotten facts about the actor--such as he was born in Indiana and began his career as a d [...]

    3. This somewhat disappointing biography of a man all of us know as a great movie actor chooses to focus almost all of its attention on Clifton Webb's early career as a dancer and Broadway performer. While some of that is slightly interesting since it is so uncharacteristic based on his movie career, spending page after page on details about failed 1915 theatrical productions does not make for enjoyable contemporary reading. Over two-thirds of the book is filled with that type of TMI on Webb's earl [...]

    4. Clifton Webb wrote the first six chapters, which are brilliant. The rest of the book is good and well-researched, though I would've liked a bit more on his later life. He seems to have descended into depression and a lot of ill health after his mother passed. Overall, a great portrayal of a Hollywood legend,

    5. One of my favorites of the Hollywood bios I've read, simply because the first six chapters are Clifton Webb being Clifton Webb. You can't help but wonder what it must have been like to be in that wonderful rarified theater circle of parties and cocktails and such with the giants of the day. And when he went to Hollywood, it was much the same. The co-author handles the later years of his life in a much more matter-of-fact tone. He really does sound like a wonderful man-- friendly to all, and even [...]

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *