Stories I Only Tell My Friends. Finished audio 9-28-12, rating 4.5/5, autobiography, pub. 2011
Unabridged audio read by Robe Lowe.
It’s no secret that I am a child of the 80’s and lover of the teen movies of the day. Rob Lowe was never one of my favorites, he was just too pretty, but he starred in some great 80’s films. I picked up the book at a library sale but then remembered that a few bloggers (maybe Mary is one?) recommended the audio so I tried that instead and the audio is definitely the way to go with this one. Lowe’ charm and intelligence come through loud and clear and I looked forward to getting in the car and visiting with him every day because that’s what it felt like. He was very conversational and it was just a fun and easy listen.
Lowe knew he wanted to be an actor at an early age in Dayton, Ohio, and was involved in an acting group called Peanut Butter and Jelly. He even had a few star encounters, a favorite of mine is when he knocked on Liza Minnelli’s hotel door and was allowed in to chat! His parents divorced, his mother remarried and her behavior became erratic. When she moved the family of three boys to Los Angeles it was culture shock for Rob, but the perfect place to really pursue his goal of becoming an actor.
Lowe is a master name dropper. It is amazing to me how many famous people he came in contact with at a young age. I LOVE Cary Grant and Rob got to watch his first after school special on Cary Grant’s bed with Grant and his daughter. So cool (and not creepy at all). The Sheens, Janet Jackson, Ron Howard and many others all come into Rob’s orbit before his first big break, The Outsiders (1983). The Outsiders takes up a nice percentage of the book, but we get to meet these new upstarts as Rob does, Tom Cruise, Patrick Swayze, Matt Dillon…
I highly recommend this for any fan of the 80’s, Hollywood memoirs, or the man himself. You’ll feel like Hollywood insider. I think it could have been more complete, he does choose to gloss over chunks of his life, but what is included is very entertaining and insightful. A man who has been on both the inside and the outside of the Hollywood scene and has managed to survive with sanity intact.
After finishing the book I immediately put The Outsiders on hold at the library. I feel like I know so much about behind the scenes that the movie will be extra fun to watch. I think my favorite role is Sam Seaborn from the West Wing. What’s yours?