Are You Anybody?: A Memoir by Jeffrey Tambor

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Read Are You Anybody?: A Memoir Online Free - You know him from his breakout role as Hank Kingsley on The Larry Sanders Show, his outrageous turn as George and Oscar Bluth on Arrested Development, and his Emmy Award-winning performance as Maura Pfefferman on Transparent. A Broadway star, a television legend, an accomplished screen actor whose singular wit and heartrending performances have been entertaining audiences for more than four decades, but the question remains: Who the hell is Jeffrey Tambor?

In his illuminating, often hilarious, and always honest memoir, Tambor looks back at the key moments in his life that taught him about creativity and play and pain and fear. The son of what you might call "eccentric" Russian and Hungarian Jewish parents, Tambor grew up in San Francisco a husy kid with a lisp, who suffered in his "otherness" and found salvation in the theater.

While he learned his art from the best of the best--Al Pacino, George C. Scott, Garry Shandling, Mitch Hurwitz, Jill Soloway--he also introduces his many unexpected teachers, from the nameless man in a Detroit bookstore who gave him the love of reading, to his young children who (at this ridiculously late stage in his life) have reintroduced him to play, bravery, and the simple joy of not giving a shit.

Tambor shares the triumph of landing his first Broadway role, but not before experiencing the humbling that is commercial work (and how even saying "my socks don't cling" can prove a challenge). He invites you behind the scenes of his wildly successful television shows, but he doesn't leave out the pit stops he made at addiction, Scientology, and what it feels like to get fourth billing after Sylvia the Seal on The Love Boat.

At last, Tambor answers the question "Are you anybody?" with a promise that success doesn't mean perfection and failure most definitely is an option.

Title : Are You Anybody?: A Memoir
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ISBN : 0451496353
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 304 pages


Joy rated it ★★★★☆

July 16, 2017

I enjoyed this memoir very much. I haven't seen a lot of the shows that Jeffrey Tambor is known for, i.e., The Larry Sanders Show, Arrested Development or Transparent, but of course I've heard of him and have seen some of his films. This is a very honest, moving and sometimes very funny memoir an...

Orsolya rated it ★★★★★

June 30, 2017

Some actors “hit it big” as children while others hone their skills in countless performances before Hollywood takes notice. Jeffrey Tambor is one of these late-bloomers. If you haven’t watched “The Larry Sanders”, “Arrested Development”, or the award-winning Netflix hit, “Transparent”; trust me:...

Linda rated it ★★★★★

June 07, 2017

I've enjoyed watching Jeffrey Tambor for more than 30 years, his appearances on Hill Street Blues and L.A. Law stand out. This book is perfect Tambor - droll, witty, and honest. I'm now looking forward to watching the performances that I missed because they weren't on network TV - the ones that m...

jeremy rated it ★★★★☆

May 27, 2017

a funny, bold, sad, touching, self-deprecating, fascinating memoir, jeffrey tambor's are you anybody? takes you through the actor's life on both stage and screen. from his youth and early commercial work to his starring role on transparent, tambor opens up candidly, offering wisdom, insight, guid...

Daria rated it ★★★★☆

June 13, 2017

I highly recommend listening to Tambor read the audiobook of his memoir. Funny, sweet, insightful, heartbreaking at times. I enjoyed the author's company on my morning walks this week.

Darcy rated it ★★★★★

July 11, 2017

What an exceptionally lovely man. I am truly impressed by Jeffrey Tambor. Not only is he a consummate actor but he is also a beautiful human being. Jeffrey wove an intricate tapestry with tales of his life. He was candid, heartfelt and inspiring. And he forged his own literary structure for this...

Ellie rated it ★★★★☆

July 12, 2017

Initial Impression: This was a good look into Jeffrey Tambor's life and acting career. I was hoping for more about Arrested Development, though. There's only about 10 minutes about it. However, it has convinced me that Transparent may be worth a watch.

Molly rated it ★★★★★

July 21, 2017

I didn't know anything about Jeffrey Tambor before reading this, really, except that I enjoyed his acting. This memoir endeared him to me as a human person, which is always nice to find.

Aisling rated it ★★★★★

June 01, 2017

"If there is a God, She lives within the sound of laughter. I search for laughter like one of those old men with a metal detector on the beach looking for pennies. Laugher is the reason I'm living." Beautiful, right? I read that bit multiple times. This is almost 200 pages in so don't think the w...

Lori rated it ★★★★☆

August 05, 2017

This is a memoir of Jeffrey Tambor. it is more like snippets from his life. He did not have a very happy childhood. His mother was very cold and distant. His dad was not there for him. He had some tragedies involving his family. Jeffrey writes about his career the good and the bad. Actors and act...

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