The Memory of All That: Love and Politics in New York, Hollywood, and Paris

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  • Title: The Memory of All That: Love and Politics in New York, Hollywood, and Paris
  • Author: Betsy Blair
  • ISBN: 9780375412998
  • Page: 145
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Memory of All That, The Love and Politics in New York, Hollywood, by Blair, Betsy

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  • I have to admit to being a fan of old Hollywood memoirs and biographies, but this book is merely okay. I read it because of Betsy Blair's relationship to Gene Kelly (they were married for fifteen years), and Blair self-indulgently uses this as an excuse to discuss her own activities as a relatively minor actress and political activist. And, seriously, who cheats on Gene Kelly?


  • I learned about this book after reading an end-of-the-year tribute to the under-rated actress Betsy Blair in the NYT Magazine. (She was among those who died in 2009). In this 2003 memoir, she looks back on her fascinating life, including happy marriages to the brilliant actor, dancer and choreographer Gene Kelly and, later, French director Karel Reisz, frequent socializing with Hollywood's brightest stars, and her growing interest in leftist politics. She has many stories to share about Hollywoo [...]


  • Nicely written, intriguing story about Hollywood's awkward age of the blacklisty, tv-competing '50's. (And how one actor decided to go to Paris instead.) More personal, fewer anecdotes (probably could have used more, in fact). Not everyone's cup of tea, but if this is your area of interest, why not?


  • ”I realized that going to get what you want includes leaving behind not only good elements of that life, but even parts of yourself that flourished there. And you can’t get them back; they don’t fit in your luggage.”I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would and I'm glad I read it, but if you’re reading it for some insight into Gene Kelly, you might find yourself disappointed. While there are some stories about Gene and the life he and Betsy shared, the book is very much Ms. Blair [...]


  • I have always loved Gene Kelly - although never as much as a former co-worker back when I was in college. This woman referred to herself as "an older woman who sees the world differently" because she was "born in the age of analysis". One day she came in to work, dressed in black shawls, crying hysterically because Gene Kelly had died and she insisted that she had been married to him. It was a complete bunch of hoo hah and the woman must have had rocks in her head. Especially since Gene Kelly WA [...]


  • I was really enjoying the first 2/3rds of this book, but right around when she confessed that she'd been cheating on Gene Kelly, and then headed off to Paris so she could do her own acting, and before long was cheating on her boyfriend there, too (she coolly explains how far she'd come, putting her own needs first, since she didn't even feel guilty about the cheating), I sort of lost interest. Also, her ideas on communism were ridiculous. I mean-- how can you claim to be a communist when you're [...]


  • I read this book mainly for the bits about Gene Kelly, which which occupied well over half of the book. It was an ex wife's point of view, but I think that time had mellowed the animosity she may or may not have felt for Gene at the time of their divorce. I struggled a bit with how I felt about Betsy. For most of the book, she was out of touch with reality, except that it wasn't quite that. And it wasn't that she was young and then grew up. I still can't place my finger on what I disliked about [...]


  • Please see my detailed review at Grace's "Memory of All That" ReviewPlease click that the review was helpful to you at so that my rating continues to climb! Thanks!This book could have earned five stars if it had been more organized. The lady lived through a lot, and I was not able to put the book down once I started it, but I did get frustrated with how she skipped around in the narrative. Still worth the time and effort, however, especially for those interested in stories about women finding [...]


  • I picked this up because of my love for watching Gene Kelly movies. I found it somewhat interesting and mostly sad as I read yet one more biography of a life without Christ. There wasn't as much about Gene Kelly as I anticipated either. But I finished it and now know more about his first wife than I ever wanted to know--along with the life of Blacklisted actors and actresses in Hollywood during the 1950's. Wouldn't really recommend it.


  • As one of the reviewers stated, Ms. Blair comes across as smug. The book is a litany of her accomplishments, her acquisitions and her friendships; all of which she never would have experienced had she not met and married Gene Kelly when she was a very young woman. After the first few chapters which chronicled her meeting and falling for Kelly, it was just plain boring.


  • This was a very interesting book about Hollywood in the 40s. It's truly a biography so you don't get a whole picture but it's still interesting. Like most biographies, the author is pretty self centered and there are a couple places I wish she would have expanded on. The end of the book is about her experiences in the European film industry which I admit I skimmed through.



  • just grabbed it off the shelf as abe was not cooperating at the library and am surprised by how much i like it. i feel it might start me on a biography binge.



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