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DeForest Kelley: A Harvest of Memories; My Life and Times with a Remarkable Gentleman Actor

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  • ISBN-13: 9780759653085
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse
  • Publication date: 11/28/2001
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.77 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2004

    An Unforgettable Tribute

    I became a fan of DeForest Kelley by way of Dr. McCoy when I was 14, which was...well, let's just say I was a child of the 60s and leave it at that! One look in those lovely blue eyes and I was gone -- and stayed gone, following McCoy's adventures straight through ST:VI. <p> I knew little more about Mr. Kelley than his name until recently, I suppose because his eyes told me everything I really needed to know. Never even wrote him a letter to thank him, which has become something of a regret of mine. In any case, last October I finally broke down and bought Kristine Smith's book, 'DeForest Kelley: A Harvest of Memories'. I wasn't sure I'd like it. I couldn't have been more wrong. It's a *wonderful*, heart-telling read that just pulls you right in and makes you feel welcome. I devoured the first 100-and-something pages the day I got it, and by that evening I was alternating between laughter and tears to the extent that my husband made me put it down for fear I was suffering a breakdown! <p> I won't lie, the final section of the book about De's illness and death is painful to read, especially after coming to know him and his wife Carolyn so well through Kris's eyes. But even then it remains an uplifting story -- not only of her loving friendship with the Kelleys, but of their love and devotion to each other. In the end, you'll find yourself smiling through your tears to remember DeForest Kelley. And I think that's how he'd have it. <p> I just want to thank Kris for having the courage and clarity of heart to share her touching memories with the rest of us. I'm sure that writing this book must have been quite a bittersweet labor of love. She was blessed to know the Kelleys...and vice versa.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2001

    Proud owner

    I am now a proud and happy owner of Kris Smith's book. Having been a fan for over 30 years I was delighted to learn that someone had written a book about DeForest Kelley. The trouble being smitten by a television star is you may discover that person really has feet of clay. The author has proved, as if I needed proof, that 'Bones' himself would have been an ardent admirer of Mr. Kelley. Plus to learn that Mr. and Mrs. Kelley were such animal lovers was icing on the cake. I have never used up a box of tissues in such a good cause. Death is a difficult subject to talk about (the last third of the book deals with Mr. Kelley's final illness). However, author Smith has managed it in a very dignified and loving way, and it is good to know that Mr. Kelley had someone like her with him right through to the end. This book should appeal, not only to Mr. Kelley's many fans, but also to anyone who has had to nurse a close family member, or friend, through a terminal illness. I enjoyed sharing in the author's memories and it has been a privilege to learn more about the man 'behind' the famous character.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2001

    A Fitting Remembrance of an Extraordinary Gentleman

    As a DeForest Kelley fan for some 30 years, this memoir deeply affected me. I had been concerned about Mr. Kelley's last days, since I had been involved in the end-of-life caregiving of my grandmother. Ms. Smith's account affirmed many things in my mind about DeForest Kelley - that he was a kind and decent man, that he lived and died with grace and dignity, and that he was loved up close and from afar by a great number of people. Her book was everything I hoped it would be, and I recommend it not only to DeForest Kelley fans, but also to those who have ever had to endure the loss of a dear loved one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2001

    Wonderful Insight Into The Life Of A Very Talented Actor

    This book is a retrospect by a Kelley fan, who just, by circumstances, wound up becoming a beloved friend of Kelley's. The book chronicles her first meetings with the actor and ends at the side of Kelley's deathbed. It is an interesting look at a very talented and beloved actor, well known worldwide as the cranky but lovable Dr Leonard 'Bones' McCoy of the original Star Trek television series. The book describes Smith's journey from simply being a fan, to becoming one of Kelley's trusted friends....and ultimately his caregiver during his final days of struggling with cancer. This book is both hilariously funny in the days prior to Smith becoming Kelley's caregiver.....and also extremely touching and sad, as Smith remains at Kelley's side during the final days and ultimately, his death. As Dr McCoy, Kelley was known as a miracle worker and a humanist, who could cure any known or unknown ailment. This book ultimately shows an extremely human side to this gifted actor. Unfortunately, Kelley lacked the ability to 'cure' the illness which, ultimately wound up taking his own life. An extremely interesting, funny and heart touching read from

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