Dancing on the Edge: A Journey of Living, Loving, and Tumbling Through Hollywood

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Blackstone Publishing
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6.2 X 9.1 X 1.4 inches | 1.5 pounds

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About the Author
Sarah Tomlinson, a former music journalist, has been a ghostwriter since 2008, penning more than 20 books, including five New York Times bestsellers. In 2015, she published the father-daughter memoir, Good Girl (Gallery Books). She wrote The Last Days of the Midnight Ramblers, her first novel, in-between assignments for a who's who of celebrity clients.

Russ Tamblyn is an Academy Award-nominated actor, dancer, choreographer, director, and artist best known as Riff in the iconic 1961 film West Side Story and Dr. Jacoby in David Lynch's cult-classic television show, Twin Peaks, as well as for his contribution to the art, music, and counterculture movements of the 1960s. His eight-millimeter films and collage-and-assemblage art have appeared in numerous exhibitions, including at the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Getty. He lives in Los Angeles.


"Russ Tamblyn's memoir, Dancing on the Edge, is a thrilling high-wire read about the life of one of the most daring, riveting, and gifted actors and acrobatic dancers of not just our time, but any time."

-- "Ryan Reynolds, actor and producer"

"There are some lives you have to read to believe they were really lived. Russ Tamblyn lived one of those lives. A killer story about one of our last remaining living legends of the screen. His time as child actor in the forties (in Gun Crazy), his time working and acrobatically dancing his way through MGM's glorious heyday of the fifties, to being one of the coolest iconoclasts of the sixties, to his days toiling in the world of sleazy seventies exploitation cinema (my favorite part), all written by the man himself."

-- "Quentin Tarantino"

"Russ Tamblyn's story is an insightful and entertaining self-examination by a gifted actor whose on- and off-screen experiences offer us an honest look at what it meant to grow up at the end of the Hollywood studio system."

-- "Steven Spielberg"

"This is one of those rare Hollywood memoirs whose appeal stretches far beyond its subject's star power."

-- "Publishers Weekly"

"A rollickin' good memoir complete with inspiring life changes, personal spice, and the making of art. It's a Rolodex of loves and a dance card of cartwheels."

-- "Ed Ruscha, artist"

"Everyone wanted to know--who is this fabulous Dr. Jacoby, really? Read this book and put the coffee on!"

-- "David Lynch, award-winning filmmaker and creator of Twin Peaks"

"A personable, offbeat Tinseltown memoir."

-- "Kirkus Reviews"

"With his role in the Twin Peaks reboot and his numerous dance numbers finding new life online, Tamblyn, his engaging memoir, and his stories will be of high interest."

-- "Library Journal"