In the Media
Inside her private art studio, Gloria Vanderbilt fashions a teeming universe—of paintings and objects that, like their creator, are dreamy, provocative, and full of inner strength. The artist invited T&C to take a rare look at the working life of an American icon.
By MICHAEL LINDSAY-HOGG
Watch Michael discuss his book, Luck and Circumstance, on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
From WNYC.org: “Acclaimed director Michael Lindsay-Hogg talks about his boyhood and coming-of-age in the worlds of theater, film, and television, growing up the son of glamorous Warner’s movie star Geraldine Fitzgerald, and his distant father was an English baronet from a family whose money came from the China trade. His memoir Luck and Circumstance: A Coming of Age in Hollywood, New York, and Points Beyond tells of his struggle to make sense of his life, questions of missed chances, and the rumor—never proved or disproved—that his real father is Orson Welles.”
192 Books on Art on Air has a recording of Michael Lindsay-Hogg reading from Luck and Circumstance: A Coming of Age in Hollywood, New York, and Points Beyond, It was recorded at 192 Books (on 10th Avenue in Manhattan) on October 25th, 2011.
An Art-Filled Abode for a Son of Hollywood
Writer Marc Kristal recently went to visit Michael and his wife, Lisa, in their “faux-Normandy”-style home in West Hollywood, a riotous curiosity shop filled with artworks (including dozens of his own), objects precious and quotidian, and countless touchstones from the couple’s rich, peripatetic lives.
The unreliable narrator is a literary device whereby a story is told by someone who isn’t always to be believed. The International Society for the Study of Narrative further explains, “Whether due to age, mental disability or personal involvement, an unreliable narrator provides the reader with either incomplete or inaccurate information.”
At one point or another, all of those conditions could have applied to the actress Geraldine Fitzgerald (“Wuthering Heights”), particularly with regard to the true paternity of her son, the director Michael Lindsay-Hogg, whose new memoir, “Luck and Circumstance,” is framed by a sometimes casual but unrelenting search for the identity of his father.
One of the first interviews I ever did, in the mid-1980s for Elle magazine, was with Michael Lindsay-Hogg, who had just directed the original New York production of Larry Kramer’s “Normal Heart.” This, I must admit, interested me less than office gossip alleging him to be the unclaimed son of Orson Welles, by his mother, the actress Geraldine Fitzgerald.
After the interview, I realized I’d been so busy noting how much he sounded like Welles, I never flipped the cassette tape. Further investigation revealed a dead battery; not one word had been recorded. I scribbled everything I could remember and confessed my carelessness to the fact checker; when she took double the time to check each word with Lindsay-Hogg, mercifully, it was all correct. He was a perfect gentleman, she said. And on the phone, he sounded exactly like Orson Welles.