Saturday, May 21, 2011
BOOK REVIEW: Stories I Only Tell My Friends
Author: Rob Lowe
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: 10/05/11
An astonishing memoir by one of Hollywood's top actors
DESCRIPTION OF BOOK
A wryly funny and moving account of an extraordinary life lived almost entirely in the public eye.
Teen idol at fifteen, international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at twenty, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences as a painfully misunderstood child actor in Ohio uprooted to the wild counterculture of mid-seventies Malibu, where he embarked on his unrelenting pursuit of a career in Hollywood.
The Outsiders placed Lowe at the birth of the modern youth movement in the entertainment industry. During his time on The West Wing, he witnessed the surreal nexus of show business and politics both on the set and in the actual White House. And in between are deft and humorous stories of the wild excesses that marked the eighties, leading to his quest for family and sobriety.
Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last twenty-five years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.
I was never a big Rob Lowe fan until I saw him in Wayne’s World and then in Stephen King’s The Stand. It was his diversity of roles that made me really appreciate how great an actor he was. I was so amazed at the people he's met: Liza Minelli -when he was not even a teenager, Darryl Hannah as a teenager before she was famous, John Kennedy, Jr., Lucille Ball, and the most amazing one I thought was that he dated Cary Grant's daughter. He also talks about his affair with Princess Stephanie of Monaco.
He also grew up with Sean and Chris Penn and Emilio Estevez and his crazy ass bro Charlie Sheen & he later worked with their dad on The West Wing. Other people who Lowe has tales about are Robert Downey Nr, who he went to high school with. I was also amazed with the inside stories of his making "The Outsiders," "St. Elmo's Fire" and "About Last Night." It was also interesting to me to hear about the actual workings of Hollywood and that Rob Lowe is actually smart, took AP French, and that his dad is a lawyer and his mom suffered from bouts of apparent depression.