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Memoirs of a Professional Cad

by George Sanders

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What might we dare to expect from an actor's autobiography, even one from a star as personable as George Sanders? In the case of Memoirs of a Professional Cad, we possibly get more than we deserve. George Sanders undoubtedly led a colourful, glamorous and even action-packed life, spanning the peak years of Hollywood's golden age. But the greatest joy of his memoirs is how funny they are, and how penetrating their author's wit. Endlessly quotable, every chapter shows that the sardonic charm and intelligence he lent to the silver screen were not merely implied. George's early childhood was spent… (more)

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Old-fashioned humor, particularly on the subject of women (this was written in 1960). But still, laugh-out-loud funny anecdotes, blunt appraisals of Hollywood's elite and a charmingly self-deprecating style that never wears thin. ( )
  ColinCampbell | Sep 8, 2017 |
Well written autobiography by actor George Sanders who normally played a cynic or cad in films such as All About Eve, Rebecca, Ivanhoe, and so many others. He maintains his cynical attitude in his writing with stories such as he got rid of his house as having it meant he had to entertain people. His views on woman and marriage match the attitudes he portrayed in many films. The most interesting portions were his reminiscences of working with Tyrone Power on Power's last film, Solomon and Sheba, and Power's tragic death and funeral, as well as his portrayal of wife Zsa Zsa Gabor always being under a hair dryer. His thoughts on the overpopulation of the earth are interesting. This is a man who committed suicide because he was "bored" and the book seems to reflect his attitude of not being excited about anything. A way to get some insight into this great character actor. ( )
  knahs | Jul 23, 2017 |
This book should be compulsory reading in schools (possible A level syllabus?). The incredibly witty and enigmatic George Sanders' distinctive voice can almost be heard whilst turning the pages. An absolute, quintessential MUST-read. ( )
  DeanStreetPress | Mar 21, 2016 |
George Sanders, better known as an actor, but what a talented writer! “Irony is just honesty with the volume cranked up.” You get the caddishness here of Homeric proportions. ( )
  DeanStreetPress | Sep 17, 2015 |
Readable biography of an actor of Hungarian origin who became the epitome of the suave British villain. He was also Leslie Charteris' "the Saint" in the 1950's movies. Not Roger Moore, and certainly not Val Kilmer's Saint! ( )
  DinadansFriend | Dec 14, 2013 |
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What might we dare to expect from an actor's autobiography, even one from a star as personable as George Sanders? In the case of Memoirs of a Professional Cad, we possibly get more than we deserve. George Sanders undoubtedly led a colourful, glamorous and even action-packed life, spanning the peak years of Hollywood's golden age. But the greatest joy of his memoirs is how funny they are, and how penetrating their author's wit. Endlessly quotable, every chapter shows that the sardonic charm and intelligence he lent to the silver screen were not merely implied. George's early childhood was spent

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