In her fascinating and eye opening memoir I Said Yes to Everything, award-winning actress/director Lee Grant talks about the ups and downs of her impressive career on stage and in films during the Golden Age of Hollywood. The huge success that Grant enjoyed by her mid twenties quickly vanished when she was blacklisted due to suspicion that she was a communist sympathizer.
Not only did she survive during the twelve-year-period when it was almost impossible for her to get work in film or television, but she found the strength to stand up for herself and spoke out against the anti-communist witch hunt that was targeting those in the arts. After being exonerated in 1964, Grant’s career was finally back on track and she made up for lost time, starring in numerous high profile productions, including the classic TV series Peyton Place, the motion picture Shampoo, for which she won an Academy Award, as well as many turns as a director, over the years.
I Said Yes to Everything brings to life one of the most exciting and creative eras in show business history, as Grant talks about her time at the legendary Neighborhood Playhouse and on Broadway, along with her career in Hollywood during the 1950’s and 60’s. We learn about her personal life, including her ill-fated marriage to screenwriter Arnold Manoff, their daughter actress Dinah Manoff, a passionate affair with a younger man which turned into a lifelong relationship; and how she courageously stuck it out through the blacklist years, taking any teaching or theater job offered.
Grant writes of her colorful and accomplished life with spirit and candor in this revealing volume. In addition to some of the more serious subject matter, the book is also filled with star-studded anecdotes centering on Grant’s most iconic celebrity friends and costars including: Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, Warren Beatty and Sidney Poitier.
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