Judy & Liza & Robert & Freddie & David & Sue & Me..

St. Martin's. Jun. 2015. 288p. ISBN 9781250065773. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466872776. PERFORMING ARTS
Agent and producer Phillips's memoir is a very entertaining and easy-to-read story of her life thus far. She shattered gender roles and rose from a secretary to an agent in a time when no woman had done that and later became a producer of hit Broadway shows such as Doonesbury, Loose Ends, and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Along the way, she had a complicated working relationship with Judy Garland. Garland was emotionally fragile and Phillips thoroughly details the heartbreak of working for her, saying that the actress remains the lens through which she has seen, lived, and dealt with her own life. Phillips also was agent to superstars Robert Redford, Al Pacino, and Liza Minnelli, and was extremely close with Minnelli, helping her obtain many of her famous film roles, including Sally Bowles in Cabaret. The author is a great storyteller, and her descriptions of interactions with her colleagues, stars such as her clients, and also Peter Sellers, David Bowie, and Burt Reynolds are fascinating.
VERDICT Recommended for people who love autobiographies and stories about the entertainment industry. [See Prepub Alert, 12/15/14.]
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