Fortune in My Eyes

A Memoir of Broadway Glamour, Social Justice, and Political Passion

Series: Applause Books
Publisher: Applause Theatre & Cinema Books
Format: Hardcover
Author: David Rothenberg

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David Rothenberg's multilayered life thrust him into Broadway's brightest lights, prison riots, political campaigns, civil rights sit-ins, and a Central American civil war. In his memoir, Fortune in My Eyes, his journey includes many of the most celebrated names in the theater: Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Davis, Sir John Gielgud, Charles Boyer, Peggy Lee, Eartha Kitt, Charles Laughton, Alvin Ailey, and numerous others. David produced an Off-Broadway prison drama, Fortune and Men's Eyes, which reshaped his life. John Herbert's chilling play led directly to the creation of the Fortune Society, which has evolved into one of the nation's most formidable advocacy and service organizations in criminal justice. David was Elizabeth Taylor's opening night date at the Richard Burton Hamlet – a distant cry from his entering Attica prison during that institution's famed inmate uprising...just two of the experiences revealed in this memoir. As a theater publicist and producer – and as a social activist – he shares experiences with presidents (JFK and Bill Clinton) and with anonymous men and women, out of prison, who have fought to reclaim their lives. The human drama of the formerly incarcerated is a match for many of the entertainment world's most fabled characters.

$29.99 (US)
Inventory #HL 00315269
ISBN: 9781557839268
UPC: 884088654870
Width: 6.25"
Length: 9.25"
318 pages


“David Rothenberg's Fortune in My Eyes serves as a primer for all of us who strive to lead meaningful lives. His commitment to social justice is unwavering. The stories of the many who have been forever changed by the Fortune Society are told with honesty and compassion, and he illuminates for the reader the transformational power of love. David is a true American hero.” – Christine Ebersole, Tony Award-winning actress

Fortune in My Eyes is a powerful testament to a life well lived. David Rothenberg has been a progressive prophet for our times. For gay rights, for prisoner rights, for theater and the arts, David has been a strong voice of integrity. America is better for David's courage; I'm better for having read his candid memoir of a valiant life.” – Jim McGreevey, former governor of New Jersey

“This is a great story! Written with such simplicity and humor that the adventures in Mr. Rothenberg's life are totally compelling, and you, the reader, are there with him! If you've ever wanted to change the world, read this book! David Rothenberg has done life at a time! ...Starting with his!” – Linda Lavin, actress and member of the American Theatre Hall of Fame

“What do you call someone who truly believes in truth, justice, and the American way? In the words of someone he touched, David Rothenberg indeed is Superman hiding in the body and soul of a gentle man. This book tells his remarkable story with the warmth, good humor, and sense of decency the world needs more of.” – Martin F. Horn, executive director, New York State Sentencing Commission

“This powerful book is a hero's journey told by an extraordinary raconteur. David Rothenberg's soul-stirring life includes a star-studded career around the theater and the discovery that true drama runs to depths few are willing to dare. Wading fearlessly into the bleeding soul of our society, he struck down taboos, unlocked hearts, and made visible the unseen. As with all true heroes, in the process he rediscovered himself.” – Mike Farrell, actor (B.J. Hunnicutt of TV's M*A*S*H) and author of Just Call Me Mike: A Journey to Actor and Activist and Of Mule and Man

“David Rothenberg gives an entertaining behind-the-scenes peek into the world of theater in Fortune in My Eyes. But the book's real value lies in setting forth the problems encountered by men and women coming out of prison. David, intimately familiar with the difficulties prisoners face inside the walls, was far ahead of the curve in addressing reentry and seeking to help ex-cons through the Fortune Society. His memoir is a valuable resource for anyone wanting to understand why recidivism rates are high and what can be done to bring them down.” – Wilbert Rideau, author of In the Place of Justice, winner of the 2011 Dayton Literary Peace Prize

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