Improvising Out Loud: My Life Teaching Hollywood How to Act

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University Press of Kentucky
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6.3 X 9.2 X 1.0 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author

Jeff Corey (1914-2002) was an American stage and screen actor and director who became a well-respected acting teacher after being blacklisted in the 1950s.


" Improvising Out Loud is a personal history of a vital art from the 1930s to 2000. It describes cogently and with flair the role of acting, the complex practices on stage and screen, and what it takes to be an actor." -- Mollie Gregory, author of Women Who Run the Show and Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story

" Improvising Out Loud is a classic, epic book and having known most of the people Jeff Corey is writing about, made reading it a particular delight. Jeff's appreciation for theater and acting is amazing and it is a gift that he decided to share his insights with us all. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in Hollywood, the theater, acting, or life itself." -- Robert Morse

"Corey's story is captivating as well as relevant." -- Deeply Shallow

"It's an absorbing chronicle of a noted actor, Blacklist survivor, and acting teacher for an impressive array of up-and-coming stars. This is about the life and career of a fine actor and renowned teacher -- a life of positivity, creativity, and integrity." -- YES! Weekly

"Film buffs know Jeff Corey as a solid and prolific character actor; Hollywood veterans remember him as an inspiring acting teacher whose students ranged from ordinary people to such future stars as Jack Nicholson. This book brings both halves of the late Corey's life together, including his experiences with the Federal Theater in the 1930s and his subsequent blacklisting in the 1950s." -- Leonard Maltin, New and Notable Film Books