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Joseph Cotten VANITY WILL GET YOU SOMEWHERE First Edition Signed

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First UK edition first print hardback of An Autobiography, published by Columbus Books Limited in 1987. Signed by Cotten on the title page.
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First UK edition first print hardback of VANITY WILL GET YOU SOMEWHERE (An Autobiography) by Joseph Cotten and published by Columbus Books Limited in 1987. Signed by Cotten on the title page.

The book is in very good condition (blue cloth boards with gilt lettering to spine) with light bumping to the corners and a tiny dent to the top front edge. Very slightly weakened spine. Top page edges lightly soiled. The book is in a very good unclipped dust jacket which has light creasing to the edges. Internally the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears or other inscriptions.

Joseph Cotten's story begins in Tidewater, Virginia, moves on to an episode as a Miami potato salad tycoon and then brings us to his first big break as an actor in the New York theatre. Cotten describes how he met the flamboyant Orson Welles at a radio audition at which Welles set a wastepaper basket on fire and their involvement with the Mercury theatre. This led to Cotten's first film role, as Orson's co-star in Citizen Kane, quickly followed by parts in The Magnificent Ambersons and The Third Man. Orson, perhaps the only man to use Churchill as a stooge while trying to set up a film deal, was a lifelong friend of Cotten's, and this autobiography was one of the last works he read before his untimely death in 1985.

Cotten takes us behind the scenes of his stage plays and films, recalling amusing and intimate stories of his adventures with Ingrid Bergman, Marilyn Monroe, Katharine Hepburn, David Niven, David O. Selznick, Alfred Hitchcock and many others.

Sensitive to his own motivations, frank about his marriages and warmly revealing about himself and his friends, Cotten has written much more than the usual film star biography. His skills as an actor have made him a master of character and dramatic momentum, and he brings the same talents to his writing. Vanity Will Get You Somewhere is a generous, loving and humorous portrait of a man without a shred of vanity in his nature, and of his friends and colleagues in the larger-than-life world of show business.


235 pages including Filmography and Index. Illustrated with black & white photographs.

ISBN: 0862873665

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  • Condition:
    Used
  • Product Code:
    11306
  • Weight:
    0.84kg