By D.A. Ball
Updated October 13, 1995 at 04:00 AM EDT
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A Hell of a Life: An Autobiography

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The Tony-, Oscar-, and Emmy-winning Stapleton provides affectionate but telling glimpses of Liz Taylor, Laurence Olivier (she called him ”Sir Lord God”), Marlon Brando, and Marilyn Monroe as no one else has written about her — and you must not miss reading about how Ms. Stapleton knew Nancy Reagan (it can’t be quoted here). Ms. Stapleton is frank and always entertaining about her terror of traveling, her kleptomaniac mom, her battles with weight (too much or too little) and booze (always too much), her skepticism about theories of acting (”I don’t think Sigmund Freud was as nosy as [acting coach] Lee Strasberg”), her unbelievably foul mouth (a cultivated skill), and her lovely affair with stage director George Abbott (which began when he was 81 and she 43). Cowriter Jane Scovell has done a beautiful job; Ms. Stapleton’s startlingly unique personality shines through on every page of A Hell of a Life: An Autobiography. A

A Hell of a Life: An Autobiography

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  • Jane Scovell
  • Maureen Stapleton

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