Tuesday, July 8, 2014


Lee Grant shares her childhood story and the relationships with her mother and aunt while living on 148th street in New York. Ms. Grant further reminisces about her education and training in the Arts field of dancing and acting that lead to starring in several stage plays and movie films. She discusses her long-term companionship with Arnold Manoff before their marriage including the twelve-year black list she endured due to an affiliation with a Communist Party Arnie believed in and supported.

Ms. Grant recalls the early years of dating and the relationships with famous and well-known stars that sometimes lasted only one or two dates. She discusses in depth her formative years as a teenager through the absent twelve years of perfecting her trade on screen cut short by accusations of befriending Communists living in America extending from the famous ‘Hollywood 10.’

In addition, Grant discloses a play-by-play recount of her widespread on-stage Broadway plays, filmography, and documentaries under her direction after being released from the Red Channels blacklist used by the CBS television company.

Lee Grant’s memoir provides enormous information regard the problematic situations she endured and the driven force within herself not to give up at any cost. I recommend this book to readers of celebrity memoirs and those wishing to learn more on her personal stance on the handling of actors blacklisted during the reign of terror during the ‘McCarthyism’ years, as she had become a victim.

I received this book free from the Net Galley reviewer program in exchange for an unbiased opinion in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission guidelines.

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