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Raised in New Orleans with a social climbing, alcoholic mother, Mary Louise moved to New York City in the late 1950s; lived with her gay brother in the Village; entered the nightclub scene in a legendary review; and rubbed shoulders with every famous person of that era and since. My First Hundred Years in Show Business gets it all down. Yet as delicious as the anecdotes are, the heart of this book is in its unblinkingly honest depiction of the life of a working actor. In her inimitable voice--wry, admirably unsentimental, mordantly funny--Mary Louise Wilson has crafted a work that is at once a teeming social history of the New York theatre scene and a thoroughly revealing, superbly entertaining memoir of the life of an extraordinary woman and actor.
About the Author
MARY LOUISE WILSON has acted on and off Broadway and in films and TV for nearly fifty years. Roles include Vera Joseph in "4000 Miles "at Lincoln Center (Obie Award), Big Edie in "Grey Gardens "(Tony Award), Fraulein Schneider in "Cabaret "(Tony nomination), and Diana Vreeland in "Full Gallop "(Drama Desk Award). Her writing has appeared in the "New Yorker "and "The New York Times "and she teaches acting at Tulane. She lives in upstate New York.