Dancing on the Edge: A Journey of Living, Loving, and Tumbling Through Hollywood

Blackstone. Apr. 2024. 330p. ISBN 9798212273312. $28.99. MEMOIR
Best known for his acrobatic dance style in the movie-musical classics Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and West Side Story, along with his unforgettable shovel dance in The Fastest Gun Alive, actor Tamblyn, with the help of former music journalist Sarah Tomlinson (The Last Days of the Midnight Rambler) joyfully reflects on his decades-long career in a fascinating memoir filled with anecdotes about Hollywood royalty. Born into a show business family, Tamblyn seemed destined for the movie roles that soon came fast and furious. He attended school with Elizabeth Taylor, loaned Howard Hughes gas money, and taught some dance moves to Elvis Presley. In the ’60s, he developed a passion for creating fine art and 8mm films; he also took solace in lifelong friendships with Neil Young and Dennis Hopper. The book is forthcoming about Tamblyn’s substance-use disorder, his first two marriages, and his brief time spent in an unconventional living arrangement with six women. He says he found redemption and love with his third wife and two daughters.
VERDICT With his role in the Twin Peaks reboot and his numerous dance numbers finding new life online, Tamblyn, his engaging memoir, and his stories will be of high interest.
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