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Books

Any Way I Can, An Autobiography Of John Gay
Posted by Tommy Garrett on Mar 8, 2009 - 1:14:48 AM

HOLLYWOOD“Any Way I Can:50 years in Show Business" is one of those great biographies that you simply can’t put down. John Gay and his daughter Jennifer Gay Summers put together an incredible story of the famous writer’s life and career and made it something simple to read but never boring.

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Sometimes when you read a biography you like the person it’s about. Sometimes you like what they have to say. This time, I can honestly say both. Gay and his daughter, Summers, were very honest and, because Mr. Gay kept such great records over the years and seemed to have a great memory, you feel like you are with him in every moment of his life.

One of Gay’s most memorable screenplays was “Run Silent, Run Deep,” which was a film in 1958 that starred the legendary Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster. But Gay also wrote and did not receive credit for films like “Mutiny on the Bounty” in 1962, “How The West Was Won” and, of course, one of his greatest works the same year “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.”

But John Gay was much more than a great writer, he was a genuinely good man, who was hoisted into stardom by his writing of so many great screenplays and yet he maintained a good, solid relationship with his family during most of his career. Nominated for an Academy Award in 1959’s “Separate Tables,” the writer seemed brave beyond his years and would often bring out important subjects and issues in his work, though never becoming obsessed with being an opinion maker. He was very happy being an entertainer. He did just that.

The California native seems to be happy in retirement and no longer writes screenplays, but his works and his talents live on in the films we all love and cherish. Bear Manor Publishing gave this writer the opportunity to tell his side of things and he did so eloquently and with style. Daughter Jennifer Gay Summers also has a future in writing.

This book is a must-read for those young people who want to become entertainment writers in an industry that does not lack talent or competition. This book should be at every Library and in every Drama class in every university across America. The book is also peppered with many rare and candid shots of John Gray with many of the famous faces that he worked so hard to make even more so. "Any Way I Can: 50 Years in Show Business" presents the legendary life of veteran screenwriter John Gay, who was one of Hollywood’s most prolific of writers. A man who came from obscurity of sorts, who tried his hand at becoming an actor, but ended up writing for the classic golden age of Television. And his life was as exciting to read about as his screenplays as thrilling to watch once produced.


“Any Way I Can” is a book that gets Four of Five Stars.



 

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