Olivier: "Vivien Was A Nympho!"

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Frank Langella. Photo: broadwayworld.com

The full quote is:

"You know, she was a nymphomaniac. And I'm a premature ejaculator. Not a good match-up."

Yikes. It sounds even worse than the typical movie-star pairing.

Laurence Olivier said that quote to Frank Langella when they worked on Dracula, as recounted in Langella's colorfully riveting book, Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women as I Knew Them.

Each chapter recounts Langella's experiences with an icon he knew, from Jackie Kennedy to Yul Brynner to Bette Davis and way beyond.

There's just so much juice in these pages.


*Elsa Lanchester showing Langella a secluded part of her pool and saying, "That is the area in which Charles [late hubby Laughton] would have taken you, suggested you swim in the nude, and then seduced you. ... He was homosexual, you know."


*Deborah Kerr dancing with Langella to "Shall We Dance" at a party, spinning and laughing before her eyes welled with tears and she shouted, "Six fucking nominations and I never won!"


*Langella asking Dominick Dunne, toward the end of the author's life, if he was gay. "I'm nothing now," Dunne responded, blankly. "I've been celibate for 20 years. It just got too difficult for me to deal with." "What did?" wondered Langella. "Hiding it. Wanting it," responded Dunne, looking pained.


*Yvonne De Carlo urging Langella to have sex with her. "Come on, just give it up," she cooed. "Close your eyes and think of someone else, I don't give a shit." Yvonne ended up performing the act and looking happy, Scotch in hand. And then she gave Langella an encore -- a private version of "I'm Still Here."


Anyway, that's all I'm giving you here.

You must buy this book.

It's extraordinary shit -- one of the best celeb memoirs in years, full of honesty, color, and actorly insight.

And he dated Liz Taylor!

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20 comments
Daniel Abraham
Daniel Abraham

I am really enjoying Langella's stories, and his portrait of Jackie Kennedy reveals more about her than all the dozens of books that have been written about her but some of his portraits are mean-spirited and more cruel than a Joan Rivers' joke. His saying, for example, that Paul Newman coasted on his looks but wasn't much of an actor is absurd. HOW MANY OSCARS do YOU HAVE, Frank?????    And even as a kid, watching him in "Diary of a Mad Housewife", I thought he was brilliant but I turned to my friend in the seat next to me and said, "That guy's as gay as a Girl Scout cookie". There is not one, single mention in his book about his own bisexuality. Not one. And we all know Frank has been pitching for both teams since God invented the cock and the coasting couch.so WAZZZZUPPPP WID DAT, FRANKAY???????????

Stanley
Stanley

I agree with Melinda9. Seems like a strange thing to talk about just to get his book more awareness and sales in my opinion.

Kate Nelligan
Kate Nelligan

I think Langella did Dracula onstage (with the great Gorey designs) before he made the film.

anonTWO
anonTWO

sounds like a scream, can't wait to read it.

Southern Dave
Southern Dave

Newsweek has a sizeable extract from the book (which, I too have ordered; they ought to give Musto a cut of the royalties).

It's a very touching, extremely well-written reminiscence about working with the 50-ish Rita Hayworth on "The Wrath of God" set, where manifestations of Alzheimer's were already apparent.

Vivien Leigh's promiscuity was one of the symptoms of her manic depression.

And speaking of nymphos, someone once asked Judy Garland if fellow MGM contract player Ava Gardner was a nymphomaniac.

Said Judy: "She is if you can quiet her down."

bitchtrollfromhell
bitchtrollfromhell

And his sex scenes in the hoopy "And God Created Woman" with Becky DeMornay are hot and funny.

bitchtrollfromhell
bitchtrollfromhell

So so gay in "Diary of a Mad Housewife" and Bette Davis thought he was.  I think he's bye bye baby, saw him coming out of Vishara a few years ago.

Melinda9
Melinda9

Wonder what was the context of the 'Vivien was a nympho' remark. Seems like a strange thing to say to an acquaintance. Not very classy.

CMG
CMG

Well, Vivien did have a cry for help moment when she remarked, "I'm not Scarlett, I'm Blanche!"

David Weiser
David Weiser

Sounds fabulous. I just pre-ordered at amazon. Thanks for the tip, Musto!

Southern Dave
Southern Dave

William Gibson sounds like "an old poop."

(Say it with a Katharine Hepburn voice.)

Movielover
Movielover

I'm going to Amazon right now!  Frank is such a fab actor now, probably always was, though a long time ago I didn't know much of his acting, just thought he was so wonderful looking (and beautiful hands).  He did a great Dracula movie in the '70s (before he was Drac on stage).

Musto
Musto

In the book, William Gibson, who wrote The Miracle Worker, describes how Olivier invited him up to his hotel room in a suggestive manner. He declined.

CineMagic
CineMagic

Larry was a premature ejaculator?? Poor Danny Kaye!

Ynnocence
Ynnocence

He should have gotten his Oscar for Frost/Nixon. I know, there was love for Mickey Rourke and Sean Penn (who won for Milk), but I've seen their films again since then - and it's still Langella who fully delivers.

Tight
Tight

But I think Melinda was saying it was strange of Olivier to have said it to Langella.

Movielover
Movielover

I just realized my high school boyfriend wore that cologne!  Drac on Stage!

Melinda9
Melinda9

 Maybe he was only a premature ejaculator with Viv.

Stanley
Stanley

 I noticed that after I posted. Oh well, I still meant what I said though.

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