Jeffrey Tambor, who won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Maura Pfefferman, a retired professor living as a woman after a life as a male on Transparent, has signed on to write his memoir, publisher Crown Archetype announced. Are You Anybody will be published in spring 2017.
The memoir will be a collection of humorous and inspiring autobiographical essays tracing Tambor's life from his childhood as a self-described "fat kid with a lisp in a Hungarian-Jewish family with a father whose motto was 'Don't celebrate - they'll take it away from you'" to the present.
He'll reflect on his acting career, the colleagues he's worked with over the last 40 years and "the pain and exhilaration of auditions [along with] the fear of success." Tambor's other notable roles include George Bluth on Arrested Development and Hank Kingsley on The Larry Sanders Show (his "hey now" became an instantly recognizable catchphrase).
Amazon's Transparent has become Tambor's most celebrated show. In addition to the Golden Globe and Emmy, Tambor has won numerous other awards for his work. The show has also won several Emmys. Both Tambor and the show have been honored by LGBT organizations for the sensitive and nuanced portrayal of Maura's transgender identity. Tambor was also nominated for six previous Emmys for his work on Larry Sanders and Arrested Development.
In a statement about the project, Tambor said, "Books and theater saved me. I am thrilled to be publishing my first book with Crown. I look forward to sharing the stories and lessons from my life that have shaped the characters I've played and how those characters have helped shape me. Some stories will be awkward, others inspiring, some dark, most funny, and all will, I think, be hopeful and instructive."
Added Crown vice president Tricia Boczkowski: "Jeffrey is one of the most gifted storytellers of our time. Now he turns a gimlet eye on his own life in a book that reads like an intimate conversation over dinner with a beloved friend and teacher."
Joseph Veltre at the Gersh Agency represented Tambor on the book deal. Tambor is represented by the Gersh Agency, manager Joannie Burstein and the American Program Bureau for speaking.