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Burstyn's autobiography resembles a Hollywood film, complete with an abusive, self-centered mother, sexual predator father, and failed marriages. The Oscar and Tony Award winner reflects on her life and career here, exposing all the pain and difficulty as she moves toward spiritual and creative fulfillment. Born Edna Rae Gillooly, she left home at 18, first working as a model in Detroit and then taking a bus to Manhattan to try for a career in acting. After some lean times, she eventually met acting guru Lee Strasberg and became a student of his method acting, a technique that helped propel her into prominence. She distinguished herself in such films as The Last Picture Show, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, and Same Time Next Year, in a role she also played on Broadway. Despite her professional success, Burstyn struggled with personal relationships; she married Neil Burstyn, a psychotic who stalked and threatened her even after they were divorced. Of primary interest, though, is Burstyn's ability to persevere against difficult odds and learn from her mistakes as she strives for knowledge and spiritual meaning. At times the abridgment makes for some abrupt and confusing content shifts, but overall the book is an enjoyable mix of insider film talk and New Age ideas. Burstyn reads in a pleasant though clearly mature voice, providing a convincing touch of reality. Recommended for large collections.
—Nancy R. Ives
Posted August 16, 2009
Ellen Burstyn's journey through life and through her spirit are believable and inspiring. She shares her pain and her triumphs. She shares her spiritual growth - its ups and downs. Though not a strickly Christian path, a path that does lead to a stronger faith in a supreme being and his son, Jesus.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
A friend shared this book with me. I was familiar with Ms Brustyn before but would now call myself a true fan. The book inspired me to see all her movies and has given me a new respect. She has found her own path and is an admirable example for others.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 14, 2009
Ellen B. has clearly had an interesting life but the book itself never takes itself off the ordinary - no great enlightenment, no real highes or lows, just a rather dispassionate telling of a story. She is a great actress so I will continue to enjoy her on the stage and screen and skip the page.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 11, 2008
After seeing Ellen Burstyn on Oprah, I looked so forward to reading it. I was disappointed. I found it to be boring and to go on and on about finding her spirituality. She is very hippy-ish. I wouldn't recommend the book although I do love Ellen's movies.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 12, 2007
I could not put this book down and read it in a couple of days Ms Burstyn in writing her memoir takes us with her on her adventures to far away places her search for spirtual insights and her life as a Hollywood and Broadway star..a life filled with passion and a constant quest for truth. She is a remarkable woman who lives a remarkable life. I loved her movies and I now love her. I highly recommend her book you will not be disappointed!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 9, 2007
Some parts of this book will have you very appreciative about your own childhood. Ms. Burstyn has endured many hardships, both from her mother and stepfather, and also from her marriage to Neil Burstyn. I feel pity for her, except for one fact. She seemed to leave her son, Jefferson, behind much of the time, as she was out seeking 'truth.' She did seem to have a good relationship with him, though, and overall I had a good feeling about her. I just think she could have put her son at a higher priority in her life. But, on the whole, I really enjoyed reading about her life and although a bit long, it was a great read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 5, 2007
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