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Patti LuPone: The diva strikes back with a memoir

October 6, 2010 |  4:29 pm

Lupone When an actor is described as "turbulent" or "difficult," it's typically a euphemism for "a royal pain." Patti LuPone, one of the most celebrated musical theater performers of her generation, wears her anger with a difference. The role she casts herself in repeatedly in "Patti LuPone: A Memoir" is that of battling victim.

Frowned upon by snobs who don't appreciate her Italian American vibrancy, pigeonholed by critics who refuse to accept her as both a musical and dramatic force, and exploited by money-hungry producers who want to wring her dry before discarding her, she reviews her theatrical career in the feisty, score-settling spirit of someone who's been burned once too often and has made a vow with her lawyers never to let it happen again (even though, at 61, she knows it probably will).

As her pulverizing (and often polarizing) star turns might suggest, this diva doesn't suffer fools gladly. To continue reading the book review, click here.

--Charles McNulty

Photo: Patti LuPone. Credit: Ari Mintz / Newsday