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Gay marriage is at the forefront of America's political battles. The human story at the center of this debate is told in Double Life: A Love Story, a dual memoir by a gay male couple in a 50-plus-year relationship. With high profiles in the entertainment, advertising and art communities, the authors offer a virtual timeline of how gay relationships have gained acceptance in the last half-century. At the same time, they share inside stories from film, television and media featuring the likes of Marlon Brando, Katharine Hepburn, Rock Hudson, Barbra Streisand, Laurence Olivier, Truman Capote, Bette Davis, Robert Redford, Lee Radziwill, and Frances Lear.

©2011 Alan Shayne and Norman Sunshine (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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  • Susie
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 03-06-13

Portrait of a Marriage--Before Gay Liberation

The story of a legendary same-sex marriage between two of New York’s most admired art-world AND Broadway stars.

Shayne was a Broadway actor who went on to produce many hit TV shows and retired as President of Warner Brothers Television in 1986.

Sunshine has been a successful and celebrated artist and sculptor. The two trade off writing every chapter—a dual memoir!

Double Life covers both of their coming-of-age stories: childhood snippets, how they met, and lots of honesty around their relationship’s ups and downs.

The second half is kind of like "Ill-Equipped for a Life of Sex"—truthful, but not uncomfortable.

Within their careers and relationships, there is a solid history of the entertainment worlds with plenty of gossip; from Marlon Brando on Broadway to the New York art scene in the 1950s and 60s to TV and "The Dukes of Hazzard."

Double Life has hit a nerve among longtime gay couples, particularly men, who ask, “Where are we? How come there are no stories about us?” It’s completely delightful and real—I can see why this has been a sleeper hit.

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meaningful and special

How delightful it is and so good to read warm, caring, and romantic stories about gay men.

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Needed Two Narrators

I'm really enjoying this. It's an interesting insiders' look at Broadway, Hollywood, and gay life in the 50s on. The obvious thing here is that since is a dual biography, switching back and forth between two people, there should have been two readers, making it easier to track who's speaking.

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Appallingly self-absorbed

They both spoke only deflectively of the perils they and other children faced at the hands of predatory adults; I grew up in the fifties as a bi-child and the abuse was ubiquitous for girls and boys alike. Still, I was enjoying their diaries of bygone days until Norman gleefully described the "ground-breaking" ad he helped pioneer, depicting a woman as a masochistic victim in chains. Oblivious to his contribution to rape culture and the commercial debasement of women, he prattled on about his radical esthetic until I had to stop listening. As a lifelong activist in the struggle for equal rights in the USA for minorities, women, LGBTQ, religions, etc., I was ultimately disappointed in their self-absorption.

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  • Sherri
  • Detroit, Michigan, United States
  • 09-21-16

Wonderful Story

I really enjoyed listening to this story. It was very enlightening. I would recommend it.

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Beloved Sunshine and Shayne

I have absolutely nothing in common with these two "extraordinary" men. But, I felt so touched and filling with love and a profound respect for them. The narrator was superb, and he brought richness and depth to the story. Sometimes,I felt as though I was right there with them. They've gone through so much together. And at a time when being gay was the epitome of "taboo" Yet they remained togethet through all the ups and downs of any heterosexual couple might experience; actually much more. I also enjoyed the way it brought to life love. Not just between two men but, between two people who just wanted to make there way in the world. And most of all proving that "Love is love". I fell in love with Norman and Alan. Thank you for sharing your stories. And I'm so happy you got to see same-sex marriage legalized, and were able to marry. You are wonderful. `♡♡~

1 of 2 people found this review helpful