Item description for Please, Spell the Name Right by Jed Allan...
Memoir from television, stage and screen actor Jed Allan. Mr. Allan has starred on Broadway, in feature films, but is best known for his work in television. "Love of Life" "Secret Storm" "Days of our Lives" "Santa Barbara" and now "General Hospital" are all soap operas in which he has played a major role.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 6" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date Nov 28, 2004
Publisher McKenna Publishing Group
ISBN 1932172203 ISBN13 9781932172201
Reviews - What do customers think about Please, Spell the Name Right?
Was this twist an attempt at cleverness?? Oct 3, 2005
I think the other reviewers missed something here. Agreed, it is a wonderful and inspirational tale of a lifetime workaday actor, etc.. I've been familiar with and a fan of his work as far back as his time on "Days..." and "Celebrity Bowling." HOWEVER, a constant source of annoyment throught the book is the misspelling of celebrities' names (Bobby "Lane" and Leslie "Nielson" are the first to come to mind; I assure you, there are at least a half-dozen others). I love Jed Allan; I went so far as to order the book when my book chain didn't carry it. Reading over the misspellings is a serious distraction and unfortunately managed to take away from my enjoyment of the book. It made me wonder if "Please Spell the Name Right" intentionally spelled the names wrong.
A MUST READ FOR EVERY STRUGGLING ACTOR May 30, 2005
I absolutely loved this book! If you are thinking of breaking into acting, or already trying, or even already on the way up, this is a book for you. Jed's insight and honesty about the ups and downs of the entertainment business are invaluable. It's like a primer for showbiz. I'm an actress still living check to check and I was completely inspired by Jed's tales of triumph and failure and triumph again. PLUS, he talks so much about a Hollywood and New York I'll never get to know because times have changed so much since he first stepped onto the boards. Not only does he write with a straightforward charm, his anecdotes are funny, heartwrenching and surprisingly honest as he paints a tale of good choices leading to bad choices leading to the wisdom to know the difference.
AND, even if you're not an actor or interested in the entertainment business, woven between the stories of his career is a bold and embracing love story between he and his rock-steady wife, Toby.
This is an easy, fun and inspiring read for everyone.
A simply fascinating personal memoir Mar 8, 2005
Film and television actor Jed Allan is best known for the roles that he has played on day-time soap operas such as "Days of Our Lives", "Santa Barbara", "Port Charles", and "General Hospital" (where he currently plays Edward Quartermaine). Please, Spell The Name Right is a simply fascinating personal memoir by a veteran of the entertainment industry and a consummate actor who is much more than just another popular leading man in daytime TV. Readers will learn of his roles on programs ranging from Lassie, Walker: Texas Ranger; and Mod Squad; to Beverly Hills 90210, Love American Style, and Street of San Francisco. Here are to be found Jed Allan stories of fellow actors and entertainers Peter Falk, Milton Berle, Robert Redford, Buddy Hackett, Telly Savales, Michael Douglas, Chuck Norris, and Mary Tyler Moore. Please, Spell The Name Right is a considerable cut above the usual Hollywood memoir and a "must read" for Allan's legions of fans!
A Side of Jed Allan Never Seen Before Mar 4, 2005
I concur with my fellow reviewers that say this book is a delight. As a Days fan, I -- like many -- first noticed Jed's work as Don Craig and I've followed him through the years to Port Charles and on GH today. I never knew of his earlier work in the theater and about his family life. I found his attention to detail captivating! One of the more interesting points was that he starred opposite Frances Reid (as Hecuba nonetheless!) in his early days. Thank you Jed for sharing this with us!
Terrific Insight into actor's career Feb 2, 2005
Jed Allan's autobiography gives the reader a detailed insight into the trials and tribulations of a successful actor. He holds no punches when talking about the wonderful and not-so-wonderful people whose paths he has crossed throughout his acting career. It is well-written and very personal, a joy from opening page to its epilogue. A must-read for anyone who has watched daytime TV in the 80's and 90's.