Found in a pillowcase, the fabulous long-lost memoirs of a legendary Hollywood designer - and a genuine Australian original.
Orry-Kelly created magic onscreen, from Casablanca and The Maltese Falcon to Some Like It Hot.
He won three Oscars for costume design. He dressed all the biggest stars, from Bette Davis to Marilyn Monroe. He was an Australian. Yet few know who Orry-Kelly really was - until now.
Discovered in a pillowcase, Orry-Kelly's long-lost memoirs reveal a wildly talented and cheeky rascal who lived a big life on and off the set. From his childhood in Kiama to revelling in Sydney's underworld nightlife as a naïve young artist and chasing his dreams of acting in New York, his early life is a wild and exciting ride.
Sharing digs in New York with another aspiring actor, Cary Grant, and partying hard in between auditions, he ekes out a living painting murals for speakeasies before graduating to designing stage sets and costumes.
When the kid from Kiama finally arrives in Hollywood, it's clear his adventures have only just begun.
Fearless, funny and outspoken - Orry-Kelly lived life to the full.
©2015 Orry-Kelly (P)2015 Audible, Ltd
I have a love of old Hollywood movies. The films, actors and more often any stories associated with the making of these films.
I like reading Memoirs and Biographies. I have a side interest in Costume and Fashion Design, so the names of Edith, Adrian and Orry-Kelly are familiar to me.
William McInnes has done a great job of narration, it's a good idea to have an Australian tell an Australian story.
Orry-Kelly was a perfectionist and a hard worker, the only criticism I have is that Kelly would have used much better pronunciation for some of the non-English names, he was that professional. This was something he definitely wasn't lazy about. As far as I was concerned, McInnes was Kelly.
I loved it and could not stop listening. The perfect narrator in William McInnes who brought it alive. I found Ory Kelly's story so interesting with much warmth along side incisive reflections of the people he met and worked with. A hidden Australian well worth recognition.
"This 11 hour+ book seems to fly by in 6 hours it's so engaging!"
I really got into this book! I'm into Classic Movies & knew the name Orry-Kellly from his many credits on Turner Classic Movies. I've always been a fashion follower--with a Bachelor's degree in it. This book covers both of these interests & a lot more!
Lots of humor, Art, History, sprinkled with an Aussie geography lesson. A little slow at the start, but worth getting through to the heart of it.
"A fantastic insight into Orry-Kelly"
This book is Orry-Kelly's story, told his way. It delves into his life and times, he treats everyone the same, from a star to strumpet, he tells it like it is. I found his description of Sydney fascinating which gave me a whole other feel for the city I live in. This book is very un tabloid. It's just Orry's story.
"Focus: Early Life of a Hollywood Mainstay"
I'm sure Orry-Kelly led a glamorous life. Unfortunately, there was very little glam in the book. It focuses a lot on his early years... the somewhat hard-scrabble times he went through which inevitably led him to Hollywood and fame as a top-tier designer for the biggest stars of the Golden Age of Film.
I guess, since this was written while some of his 'designees' were still alive, he didn't name drop as I had wished for fear of offending or of legal pitfalls.
I wanted the dirt but I got the edges of the mud puddle. Oh well.
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