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Put the Knife in Gently: Memoirs of a Life with Legends - Donald Zec

London: Robson Books, 2003, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight.

Illustrated by way of: Black and White Photographs;

From the cover: “Kirk Douglas once implored Donald Zee to ‘put the knife in gently’ — a variant on Hollywood’s dictum: ‘I don’t care what you say, just spell the name right’. Donald Zee’s celebrated entertainment column appeared in the Daily Mirror for more than twenty years and he spent much of that time in Hollywood. He developed close friendships with many of the celebrities of the fifties, sixties and seventies and became one of the few journalists they trusted.

Put the Knife in Gently is a witty and revealing look at Zee’s experiences with Hollywood’s legends. Sailing with Humphrey Bogart on his yacht the Santana; encountering Gary Grant in his hotel room as he washed his dainty ladies’ smalls (a traveller’s tip, not a fetish); having coffee with Marilyn Monroe at her apartment; experiencing the spectacle of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in full flow; joining John and Yoko on the bed during their honeymoon protest — all this and much more is recounted with humour, insight and affection.

Zee’s sharp observation penetrates the hype upon which Hollywood is built and lays bare the real people behind the facades. Put the Knife in Gently is hugely entertaining and a compelling read for anyone interested in Hollywood and the film legends of the twentieth century.”


Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [X] 308 pages.
£7.50