…the memoir of blacklisted actor and teacher to the stars, Jeff Corey
“Jeff Corey…taught me everything I know about acting.” – Jack Nicholson
“I vividly remember our first meeting and the exciting moments in his classes where I woke up as an actor.” – Leonard Nimoy
“My teacher.” – Steven Spielberg
“Jeff Corey actor, teacher, patriot! Would that my generation had such an inspiring and honest advocate.” – Martin Sheen
Improvising Out Loud: My Life Teaching Hollywood How to Act weaves the story of Jeff Corey’s life, his career as one of Hollywood’s most notable character actors, and his personal influence on some of Hollywood’s brightest actors, writers, producers, and directors.
In an interview with The New York Times Magazine in 1986, Jack Nicholson explained that Jeff Corey taught him, “You can’t change the world, but you can make the world think.”
Improvising Out Loud: My Life Teaching Hollywood How to Act offers an in-depth look at the emergence of innovative creative ideas in the 1930s, the passions of war in the 1940s, the government’s attempt to suppress artistic freedom in the 1950s, and the ultimate vindication of art as a simple act of political faith. Through these historical references, an entirely innovative approach to acting was developed. Improvising Out Loud: My Life Teaching Hollywood How to Act tells that tale through Jeff’s eyes and his work with his students, many of whom have become legends in their own time. The first actor to “break” the blacklist, when Jeff returned to film in the 1960s, he co-starred with some of Hollywood’s finest and most respected stars.
Due out May of 2017, with an introduction by his former student, Leonard Nimoy, through University Press of Kentucky.
The official website for the book: www.improvisingoutloud.com