Found in a pillowcase, the fabulous long-lost memoirs of a legendary Hollywood designer - and a genuine Australian original.
Orry-Kelly created magic on screen, from Casablanca and The Maltese Falcon to Some Like It Hot.
He won three Oscars for costume design. He dressed all the biggest stars, from Bette Davis to Marilyn Monroe. He was an Australian. Yet few know who Orry-Kelly really was - until now.
Discovered in a pillowcase, Orry-Kelly's long-lost memoirs reveal a wildly talented and cheeky rascal who lived a big life, on and off the set. From his childhood in Kiama to revelling in Sydney's underworld nightlife as a naïve young artist and chasing his dreams of acting in New York, his early life is a wild and exciting ride.
Sharing digs in New York with another aspiring actor, Cary Grant, and partying hard in between auditions, he ekes out a living painting murals for speakeasies before graduating to designing stage sets and costumes.
When the kid from Kiama finally arrives in Hollywood, it's clear his adventures have only just begun.
Fearless, funny and outspoken - Orry-Kelly lived life to the full.
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William McInnes is one of Australia's most popular stage and screen actors, and with the publication of his memoir A Man's Got to Have a Hobby and his novel Cricket Kings, he has become a much-loved writer too. In 2006 A Man's Got to Have a Hobby was selected as one of the Books Alive 50 Great Reads and William was named 'Australian Newcomer of the Year' at the Austraian Book Industry Awards, and in 2007 Cricket Kings was shortlisted in the 'Australian General Fiction Book of the Year' category for these awards. William received critical and public acclaim for his leading role in the film Look Both Ways, written and directed by his wife Sarah Watt. His roles in SeaChange and Blue Heelers have already made him a household name, as well as roles in Curtin and East West 101. William grew up in Queensland and has travelled extensively throughout Australia. He now lives in Melbourne with Sarah Watt and their two children.
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Book Description Random House Australia. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. This book shows minor wear and is in very good condition. Bookseller Inventory # G0857985639I4N10
Book Description Ebury Books, London, 2015, 2015. 23.0 x 19.5cms, 416pp, b/willusts, very good+ hardback & dustwrapper Australian born, Orry George Kelly designed costumes for 295 Warner Brothers' movies and won Academy Awards for 'An American In Paris'; 'Les Girls' & 'Some Like It Hot'. Bookseller Inventory # 156931