Betty Garrett and Other Songs: A Life on Stage and Screen by Betty Garrett, Ron Rapoport

By Betty Garrett, Ron Rapoport

"Betty Garrett's memoir is a story of grace stressed. It's a beautiful, relocating track of survival."—Studs Terkel

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She wasn’t a lesbian though. Jokes of that calibre kept the room entertained, and one must always remember to play to the millions of TV viewers in addition to those present. What’s more, I had spent the previous ten years taking enough drugs to put most of those present into nappies, so I could connect on that level. I was no stranger, either, to live acts of reckless self-destruction, so was unperturbed when the lead singer of the band Cribs sharded himself up, real horrorshow, on a table full of glasses he’d Iggy Popped himself on to.

I was even offered the chance to host the NME Awards, a notoriously difficult gig where the baddest, drunkest musicians of the year nonchalantly RSVP, then indifferently attend a debauched, yet carefully staged, indie rock and roll award show. This was a month before I’d appeared on Jonathan Ross’s show or been kissed into the mainstream, which was unfortunate because I could’ve used any extra status available to control a very difficult room. If Jonathan Ross is hosting an awards show, everyone there accepts his authority, we all respect him and sit down and shut up.

I learned never to say anything controversial at awards ceremonies ever again. Under any circumstances. Unless I was absolutely certain that it was funny. † Chapter 3 Big Brother’s Big Risk Blundersome TV producer and cohort Gareth Roy does a very good impression of my orgasm, having once overheard me dispensing with some effluvia with a couple of young people lit only by the tangerine sea of twinkling LA street lanterns, that make the Hollywood Hills so desirable a residence, and the unnecessary front room gas fire, which also drenched the contorted nude forms in naughty orange.

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