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Are You Anybody?

Are You Anybody? Cover

Are You Anybody?

A Memoir

By Jeffrey Tambor

Crown Archetype, Hardcover, 9780451496355, 304pp.

Publication Date: May 16, 2017

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You know him from his breakout role as Hank Kingsley on The Larry Sanders Show, his outrageous turn as George and Oscar Bluth on Arrested Development, and his Emmy Award-winning performance as Maura Pfefferman on Transparent. A Broadway star, a television legend, an accomplished screen actor whose singular wit and heartrending performances have been entertaining audiences for more than four decades, but the question remains: Who the hell is Jeffrey Tambor?

In his illuminating, often hilarious, and always honest memoir, Tambor looks back at the key moments in his life that taught him about creativity and play and pain and fear. The son of what you might call "eccentric" Russian and Hungarian Jewish parents, Tambor grew up in San Francisco a husy kid with a lisp, who suffered in his "otherness" and found salvation in the theater.

While he learned his art from the best of the best--Al Pacino, George C. Scott, Garry Shandling, Mitch Hurwitz, Jill Soloway--he also introduces his many unexpected teachers, from the nameless man in a Detroit bookstore who gave him the love of reading, to his young children who (at this ridiculously late stage in his life) have reintroduced him to play, bravery, and the simple joy of not giving a shit.

Tambor shares the triumph of landing his first Broadway role, but not before experiencing the humbling that is commercial work (and how even saying "my socks don't cling" can prove a challenge). He invites you behind the scenes of his wildly successful television shows, but he doesn't leave out the pit stops he made at addiction, Scientology, and what it feels like to get fourth billing after Sylvia the Seal on The Love Boat.

At last, Tambor answers the question "Are you anybody?" with a promise that success doesn't mean perfection and failure most definitely is an option.


About the Author
JEFFREY TAMBOR is an accomplished actor known for his unforgettable comedic roles on HBO's The Larry Sanders Show, the long-running Fox series Arrested Development, and Amazon's award-winning Transparent, for which he has won Golden Globe and Emmy Awards. Tambor lives in New York.


NPR
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Tambor now stars as Maura, a divorced, transgender parent of three in the Amazon series Transparent. He says the opportunity — and the responsibility — of the role have been life changing. More at NPR.org

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