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I Said Yes to Everything: A Memoir

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I Said Yes to Everything: A Memoir

Born Lyova Haskell Rosenthal in New York City in 1925, actress Lee Grant spent her youth accumulating more experiences than most people have in a lifetime: from student at the famed Neighborhood Playhouse to member of the legendary Actors Studio; from celebrated Broadway star to Vogue “It Girl.” At age 26, she was nominated for an Academy Award for Detective Story, and a year later found herself married and a mother for the first time, her career on the rise.
 
And then she lost it all. Her name landed on the Hollywood blacklist, her offers for film and television roles ground to a halt, and her marriage fell apart.
 
Finding reserves of strength she didn’t know she had, Grant picked herself up and fought to reclaim her career. She took action against anticommunist witch hunts in the arts. She threw herself into work, accepting every theater or teaching job that came her way. She met a man 10 years her junior and began a wild, liberating fling that she never expected would last a lifetime. And after 12 years of fighting the blacklist, she was finally exonerated. With courage and style, Grant rebuilt her life, this time on her own terms: first stop, a starring role on "Peyton Place," and then leads in Valley of the Dolls and Shampoo. Set amid the New York theater scene of the '50s and the star-studded parties of Malibu in the '70s, Grant evokes a world of political passion and movie-star glamour. She tells endlessly delightful tales of costars and friends such as Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Grace Kelly, and Sidney Poitier, and writes with the verve and candor befitting such a seductive and beloved star.

I Said Yes to Everything: A Memoir
by Lee Grant