Tuesday, September 13, 2016

September's Celebrity Picks: Alan Cumming



CummingAlan Cumming. Renaissance Man. Most recently he portrayed the always impeccably groomed Eli Gold on The Good Wife, but the beloved Scottish actor's resume also includes winning a Tony, voicing a Smurf, and making films with distinguished individuals like Stanley Kubrick, and the Spice Girls. He also happens to be a best-selling author and talented photographer. In his latest book, You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams: My Life in Stories and Pictures, Cumming demonstrates his savvy at both, chronicling his misadventures meeting Liz Taylor, road-tripping through Middle America with his dog, and getting sage advice from Oprah Winfrey (in case you didn't know which Oprah I was referring to). It's a smart, witty, raunchy ride, and one that will further endear you to the man TIME magazine rightfully dubbed one of the most fun people in showbiz.

We asked Mr. Cumming what he's been reading lately. Here are a few of his favorites.

 

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Three Magic Balloons by Julianna and Paul Margulies
 
This beautiful picture book is a story that my dear chum and former The Good Wife co-worker Julianna Margulies' father told to her and her sisters when they were little girls. After he died she found it, edited it and asked Grant Shaffer to illustrate it, and he did so beautifully. It's meant for young kids but I find it just magical for any age! Also, full disclosure: Grant Shaffer just happens to be married to me!
 

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Original Story By: A Memoir of Broadway and Hollywood by Arthur Laurents
 
I had been waiting to read this book for ages. It was in my pile of must reads but I waited till I could savor it and it didn't disappoint. Arthur Laurents is one of America's most prolific and brilliant screenwriters, playwrights and directors, and in this memoir he takes us on a journey that weaves its way from wartime excess to Hollywood blacklisting and Broadway highs and lows, as well as much analysis, lust, love and laughter. Truly a life well lived.
 

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Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star by Tab Hunter
 
The striking thing about this really frank and thoughtful memoir is that although so much has changed in our society and, luckily, Tab lives today happily and openly with his partner, I was so struck by the idea that this story of being a closeted gay man in Hollywood is potentially as likely to happen today as it did to him in the fifties. Sadly we mold our icons into positions they must hold as long as we are interested in observing them.
 
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