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A Front Row Seat

An Intimate Look at Broadway, Hollywood, and the Age of Glamour

From her idyllic childhood in the American Midwest to her Oscar–nominated performance in Sunset Boulevard (1950) and the social circles of New York and Los Angeles, actress Nancy Olson Livingston has lived abundantly. In her memoir, A Front Row Seat, Livingston treats readers to an intimate, charming chronicle of her life as an actress, wife, and mother, and her memories of many of the most notable figures and moments of her time.
Livingston shares reminiscences of her marriages to lyricist and librettist Alan Jay Lerner, creator of award-winning musicals Paint Your Wagon, Gigi, and My Fair Lady (which was dedicated to her), and to Alan Wendell Livingston, former president of Capitol Records, who created Bozo the Clown and worked with legendary musical artists, including Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, the Beach Boys, the Beatles, the Band, and Don McLean. One of the last living actors of the Golden Age of Hollywood, Livingston shares memorable encounters with countless celebrities—William Holden, Billy Wilder, Bing Crosby, Marilyn Monroe, and John Wayne, to name a few—and less pleasant experiences with Howard Hughes and John F. Kennedy that act as reminders of women's long struggle for equality.
Entertaining and engrossing, A Front Row Seat deftly interweaves Livingston's life with her observations of the artists, celebrities, and luminaries with whom she came in contact—a paean to the twentieth century and a treasure for readers enamored with a bygone era.

About the Author

Nancy Olson Livingston was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Sunset Boulevard (1950). She has appeared in several films, including Union Station (1950), Battle Cry (1955), Pollyanna (1960), The Absent-Minded Professor (1961), and Airport 1975 (1974). She has also starred in three plays on Broadway: Tunnel of Love, Send Me No Flowers, and Mary, Mary, and guest-starred in a number of television shows. She lives in Beverly Hills, California.

Reviews

"Nancy has been an active participant and witness to many of the major cultural turning points of the twentieth century. Inspiring the line "I've grown accustomed to her face," hosting the Beatles in her home, and interacting with William Faulkner, Bennett Cerf, and John Kennedy. And that is before she shares the stories of her film career alongside Gloria Swanson, Billy Wilder, William Holden, Walt Disney, Fred MacMurray, Hayley Mills—the list is long, the vignettes revelatory and all so wonderfully told."—Cari Beauchamp, author of Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Powerful Women of Early Hollywood

"The life of Nancy Olson Livingston continues to be the stuff that dreams are made of.  Beyond her impressive stage and screen career, Nancy was an intimate observer of the politicians, show biz giants, and society glitterati who held sway during the latter half of the twentieth century.  A singular account by an extraordinary woman who is still going strong, A Front Row Seat is a delectable feast of a memoir that I couldn't put down and had to consume in a single sitting."—Alan K. Rode, author of Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film

"If luck is a lady, like the song says, that lady must be Nancy Olson Livingston—an Academy Award-nominated actress (Sunset Boulevard) and muse to her first husband, lyricist Alan Jay Lerner (My Fair Lady), and to the Capitol Record impresario Alan Livingston. Her life has been a banquet. A Front Row Seat is a vivid, illuminating record of all the high-rolling stars of music, film, theatre, and politics who found a seat at her glamorous table."—John Lahr, theater critic, writer, and author of Notes on a Cowardly Lion

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