celebrities, four very different autobiographies.
Are they all worth a read? -
16th November 2021
Connolly, still standing and still likeable.
& Interesting, Billy Connolly, $49.99
Putting the Rabbit in the Hat, Brian Cox, $34.99
Baggage: Tales from a Fully Packed Life, Alan Cumming,
Taste: My Life Through Food, Stanley Tucci, $45
celebrities are just like the rest of us, only more
so. That much, at least, is confirmed by these sometimes
indiscreet, occasionally harrowing and frequently
amusing memoirs from well-established transatlantic
stars of the stage and screen. The three Scots reside
in the US, while Stanley Tucci, the sole American,
lives in London.
four are old-school showfolk who paid their dues by
treading the boards and appearing on the biggest screen.
In different ways they carry the traditional entertainment
ethos into these books, which no doubt will please
their many fans. Billy Connolly arguably had the toughest
early career path as a stand-up comedian and on the
whole he seems the most grounded and likeable.
had the advantage of a privileged background. The
youngest, Alan Cumming, is 56 and the most senior,
Connolly, is 78. Brian Cox, arguably, right now enjoys
the highest profile of the quartet, currently starring
as the ruthless media mogul Logan Roy in Succession.
four have reached the point where they have nothing
to prove. Cumming is happy to gossip about Faye Dunaways
diet being based on weighing the food before eating
it, while Cox seems to have a score to settle with
those actors, directors and films he regards as overrated,
and there are a sizeable number of those.
it seems, is Gary Oldman, who won an Oscar for Best
Actor for portraying Winston Churchill in the same
year that Cox portrayed Churchill in another, less
commercially successful film. No prize for guessing
whose performance Cox feels deserved the award more,
though he does insist it is nothing personal.
and Connolly write freely about their major health
problems. Connolly lives with Parkinsons disease,
which has advanced to the stage where he can no longer
write and dictated Windswept & Interesting into
his phone the book is dedicated, backhandedly,
to the device. Apparently, the transcription app couldnt
cope with Connollys Glaswegian accent and his
children helped turn his words into text.
losing his first wife tragically young to breast cancer,
Tucci is recovering from cancer of the mouth. The
grandson of Calabrian immigrants who settled in New
York, Tuccis book is informed by an ancestral
love of food of any kind. The Tucci clan will try
anything once, it seems. Tucci remembers seeing his
grandmother skin a squirrel for the family dinner
himself is an omnivore who once ordered the minke
whale and puffin dishes at a restaurant in Iceland
after being assured by the waiter that the species
werent endangered. He liked the whale, the puffin
not so much. Taste is not an ideal book for vegan
or vegetarian readers.
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