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You're Only Human Once (Paperback): Grace Moore
You're Only Human Once (Paperback): Grace Moore

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Grace Moore

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YOURE ONLY HUMAN ONCE DOUBLEDAY, DORAN CO., INC., GARDEN CITY, N. Y. 1944 To those best friends my husband, my mother, and my father who put up with me offstage, and to those countless thousands on the other side of the footlights who have been the inspiration for this life. I Prelude and Fugitive Thoughts i II By the Old Mill Stream But Not for Long 12 III From Black Gat to Broadway 34 IV The First Time I Saw Paris 57 V Music Boxes and Round Tables 82 VI Good-by, Broadway, Hello, France 101 VII The Metropolitan 125 VIII The Provincial Circuit 144 IX Sing a Song of Hollywood, a Pocket Full of Wry 160 X Love-Is-a-Beautiful-Thing Department 178 XI Celluloid Fame 197 XII A Cooks Concert Tour 215 XIII Louise AuVoir 243 XIV Far Away Meadows 262 YOURE ONLY HUMAN ONCE EVERY PRIMA DONNA has to write her memoirs. Its part of the tradition. It is also a very human wish-fulfillment. Who hasnt thought, when the world kicked too hard, If I could only write a book There, in repressed defiance, lies the natural instinct to tell the world where to get off an instinct, alas, that too often takes itself out in the tardy retort framed sotto voce, or the year-in, year-out threat mumbled to oneself, Just wait till I write that book Now here, with the retort courteous and the quip modest, is the book Ive darkly hinted at writing. Most prima donnas ride herd on their memories at a ripe old age when no one can say them nay. Then, when the career is all finished and left safely behind in the past, a woman can be as sentimental as she will about her own day and age, giving scorn and damnation to the present. The voices that flourished in the good old days There was no dancer like Taglioni. No coloratura untoPattL No champagne, no diamonds, no audiences like those that existed you know when. The hell with that. It will be a big surprise to me if I ever get old, but if I do I want to sit back and relax. I want my ringside seat to be a comfortable rocking chair from which I dont have to strain to see shadows in the wings. If, at that time, I come around to reminiscing that students unhitched the horses from my car riage and drove me through the streets in triumph let me, but strictly for home consumption. Now, while I can still wade through my mistakes and while I can still hear the echo of the boys in camp saying Come on, Grace, come on, encore, encore 2 Youre Only Human Once I want to satisfy this peculiar human and prima-donna-ish itch to scribble my memoirs. After all, ones public, wherever and whatever It may be, certainly sees ones mistakes. They can still say, Gee, wasnt Grace Moore off last night And they can stiU say, Wasnt she wonderful And they certainly do say, Why does she do such damn things I dont have to throw dust in the public eye with tales of unhitched horses and hosannas in the streets. The praise is in the current record so is the blame. Fve been hotheaded, ambitious, and Irish lace curtains one day, the curse of the banshees the next. But I can say a lot about the good fun Ive had the frolic of an era thats quickly burning itself out on a dozen battlefields. I started as a star, and having been one now for twenty years, I look back on a fine stretch of time. In it the whole scope of opera has changed. During that period, those two Frankensteins of the Machine Age, the moving pictures and the radio, have in turn first isolated living music from its great public and thenreturned it with a vigor and robustness unprecedented in musical history. Twenty years ago opera had dwindled down to two dominating centers, the Metropolitan in New York and the Chicago Opera Association, with the provinces taking what it could from the annual jaunts of the Hammerstein and Gallo opera companies. Now you can hear Carmen, Tramata, Boheme, Figcuro in Newark, Hartford, San Francisco, St. Louis, Rochester, and Philadelphia...


Imprint: Read Books
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: March 2007
First published: March 2007
Authors: Grace Moore
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 16mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 284
ISBN-13: 978-1-4067-7756-7
Barcode: 9781406777567
Categories: Books > Health, Home & Family > Mind, body & spirit
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Books > Mind, Body & Spirit
Books > Mind, Body & Spirit > General
LSN: 1-4067-7756-0

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