One of the best interview shows on television today is Inside The Actors Studio, which is seen every week in over 84 million U.S. homes on the Bravo cable television network. If you’re a fan of the series, and especially appreciate the insight it brings to the craft of acting, you’ll definitely want to check out Inside INSIDE (Dutton, 2007), a terrific new book by the show’s host, creator and executive producer, James Lipton, founder and dean emeritus of the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University in New York. Featuring the wit, wisdom and candor of many of the show’s guests, including Paul Newman, Gene Hackman, Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Johnny Depp and Robin Williams, Inside INSIDE is also the story of Lipton’s own journey in show business, a life that began under the tutelage of his father (a poet) and his mother (a teacher), continued under the tutelage of such theatrical greats as Stella Adler, Robert Lewis and Harold Clurman, and took him to such places as the Great Wall of China (with Bob Hope), the White House (with two presidents), and eventually, the Actors Studio. Part memoir, part history, part episode guide, it’s a fascinating look at an actor’s life from every conceivable angle.
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