John Lithgow is among the most distinguished American actors of his generation. He has received numerous awards, including five Emmys and two Golden Globes. The multi-talented thespian is also the author of eight children’s books and an anthology of poems. Now Lithgow has poured his creative energy into a memoir, which follows the twists of his career up to his success in the 1980s. Drama: An Actor’s Education recalls John Lithgow’s itinerant youth, his studies at Harvard (where he graduated magna cum laude), and his first flush of success, during which he performed alongside Meryl Streep, Bob Fosse, and Brian De Palma. At the heart of Drama is Lithgow’s relationship with his father, Arthur – an actor, producer and director, whose love of Shakespeare infected his son.
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JOHN LITHGOW is an award-winning actor, who has starred on stage, film and television. A New York Times bestselling author of eight books for children, Lithgow lives in New York and Los Angeles.
BILL MOYERS was a founding organizer of the Peace Corps, a senior White House assistant (and press secretary) to President Lyndon Johnson from 1963 until 1967, the publisher of Newsday, a senior news analyst for CBS News, and the producer of groundbreaking series for public television. He is the winner of more than thirty Emmy awards and nine Peabody awards. Among his bestselling books are Listening to America, A World of Ideas, The Power of Myth (with Joseph Campbell), and Moyers on America. He lives in New York City.
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