Lucky Me: My Life With--and Without--My Mom, Shirley MacLaine [NOOK Book]

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Sachi Parker opens up about her unconventional childhood and shares stories from her past as the only child of famed actress Shirley MacLaine.



Shirley MacLaine has graced Hollywood with her talent for decades. Yet, as Sachi Parker can ...
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Lucky Me: My Life With--and Without--My Mom, Shirley MacLaine

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Overview

Sachi Parker opens up about her unconventional childhood and shares stories from her past as the only child of famed actress Shirley MacLaine.



Shirley MacLaine has graced Hollywood with her talent for decades. Yet, as Sachi Parker can attest, being the daughter of a movie star was far from picture-perfect. In Lucky Me, the only child of the Academy Award–winning actress opens up about her unique experiences of growing up with a mother who believed in reincarnation and extraterrestrials—but not necessarily parenthood.



Lucky Me is not only Sachi’s personal story but also a compelling snapshot of America in the second half of the twentieth century, from the Rat Pack world of the ‘60s through the free-love ‘70s to the new-age self-absorption of the present. It offers a compelling insight into the politics of Hollywood, where the fight for the spotlight never ends and your fiercest rivals are closer than you think. There are Sachi’s warm and admiring remembrances of legendary actors—Jack Nicholson, Jack Lemmon, Robert Mitchum, her uncle Warren Beatty—as well as acid-sharp portraits of the schemers and buffoons who roam the hills of La-La Land.



Ultimately Lucky Me is a bittersweet love letter to a mother who is at once a universally beloved and larger-than-life figure and yet always seems beyond reach.

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The author of this book made the cover of LIFE when she was still a toddler. That 1959 photograph (which is reproduced on the cover of this book) shows Stephanie Sachiko Parker with her very famous mom, Shirley MacLaine. However, fame did not follow "Sachi" into adulthood: After being raised in Japan by her businessman father, she took relatively anonymous jobs as a ski instructor, a waitress, a stewardess, and an au pair. Only later did MacLaine's only child decide to become an actress. In this unconventional memoir, Parker reflects on herself, her mother, and becoming her own person.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101616567
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/7/2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 80,160
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Sachi Parker

Sachi Parker is the only child of actress Shirley MacLaine and producer Steve Parker. An accomplished actress herself, Sachi has appeared in theater and films throughout the world. These appearances include Stick, directed by Burt Reynolds, Back to the Future, About Last Night, Peggy Sue Got Married, Riders to the Sea, and Scrooged, and TV shows such as Star Trek: the Next Generation and Equal Justice. Her theater work includes Ladies in Waiting, Pastorale, and The Lulu Plays, which she won a Daramalogue Best Actress award. Parker recently collaborated with co-author Frederick Stroppel (A Brooklyn State of Mind) on a one-woman show about her life, also titled Lucky Me.
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  • Posted February 7, 2013

    No stars at all  -- "It's a painful moment for me as a moth

    No stars at all  -- "It's a painful moment for me as a mother and as someone who values the truth. I'm shocked and heartbroken that my daughter would make statements about me that are virtually all fiction. I've praised her lovingly and truthfully in my own autobiographies. I'm sorry to see such a dishonest, opportunistic effort from my daughter for whom I've only ever wanted the best." - Shirley MacLaine

    26 out of 48 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2013

    As a huge Shirley fan, I was totally prepared to hate this book

    As a huge Shirley fan, I was totally prepared to hate this book, but I was totally wrong. Sachi Parker's portrayal of her mother is really loving; she has so many sweet memories of her mother, and, keeping in mind the times were much more enient and yes, my beloved Shirley made her mistakes, but they come across as not so terrible. I think everyone needs to go into this book with an open mind and an open heart, because everyone, Sachi, Shirley and the reader come out so much richer for the read!!!!

    19 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2013

    Finished the book in one sitting. It is a very well-written and

    Finished the book in one sitting. It is a very well-written and compelling story. I admit that I expected a lurid tell all, but I was pleasantly surprised to see that it is much more than that. While still juicy, it is an honest  (and even loving) account of growing up seemingly privileged, but very lonely. Ms Parker did a beautiful job!

    P.S. the above reviewer could not have possibly READ this book.

    18 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2013

    Its a well written, fast paced book that gives insight into the

    Its a well written, fast paced book that gives insight into the complicated life of Sachi Parker. It is hard for me to imagine being born into a family such as this. There are dark sides, amazing stories and emotional experiences that are unique and also very familiar too.  A very interesting book! 

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 19, 2013

    After finishing this book, I have to say that I am skeptical abo

    After finishing this book, I have to say that I am skeptical about the truthfulness of the content.
    On the positive side, I thought that it was interesting, and there were some funny moments, even some touching ones.
    Having said that though, I didn't really enjoy it because throughout the book I felt that the stories were, a bit fantastical, embellished, and most of the funny moments were at someone else's expense, which makes them in my opinion, not funny. I had a problem believing the whole "older prostitute" story, the airplane ticket story and I also had a hard time believing that Shirley MacLaine would spend so much calculated time trying to sabotage her daughter's career.
    There were many themes running through the book for me and one was about lying...Ms. Parker getting caught in and accused of...another was Ms. Parker's seemingly desperate need to be a famous actress...and another was money...mostly the lack of and why won't her mother give her some. I like to observe and listen to what people are saying on the surface, but also to what they are saying beneath the surface and those themes were a red flag for me.
    There was also what I felt was a mean spirited and sarcastic delivery of the negative Shirley MacLaine stories. To me it felt like the author was getting a lift from telling most of these stories rather than heartache.
    Before reading the book, my red flags were already activated having watched Ms. Parker's interviews on both 20/20 and CNN. As I watched the first of those interviews, what struck me as strange is that in my own opinion, if you truly love and want to "protect" someone, which is what Ms. Parker claims in regards to her mother, then you do not publish stores like that even IF they are true! But, it was the CNN interview that really got me wondering. Ms. Parker seemed flustered at times and I noticed that in the 20/20 interview she said that the last time she spoke to her mother was in the summer and when asked on CNN, she said it was December.
    Why is this important? Because Shirley MacLaine says that her daughter's statements about her are "dishonest" and "virtually all fiction". Why would I believe her statement? I don't have any reason not to. Shirley MacLaine has never been afraid of sharing her life stories and adventures that have put her in a place of possible public ridicule. I really don't think that Shirley MacLaine cares what people think of her....as long as it is the truth. I think that her public statement in regards to this book shows class and dignity, and unfortunately Steve Parker is no longer with us to defend himself.
    At the end of the CNN interview, Ms. Parker says something like, "I only hope that my mother understands that this is "my truth" and then she very quickly changed it to, "THE truth". I think that she has inherited her mother and uncle's talent for drama and storytelling. Unfortunately, she did not seem to inherit their class or integrity.

    10 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2013

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    WOW could not put it down!! Jaw dropping! But although mom was a

    WOW could not put it down!! Jaw dropping! But although mom was a "character" dad was a monster. My heart breaks for little Sachi. Sadly the reader sees things more clearly than the author..Sachi we need to talk! Yuki is your sister!! But seriously a remarkable read!

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2013

    I feel that Lucky Me deserves a top rating as it is a well writt

    I feel that Lucky Me deserves a top rating as it is a well written and fascinating book that brings the reader into the story.  I was curious about Sachi Parker as I have read all of Shirley MacLaine's books and find her to be admirable about her search into areas that fascinate her; I have enjoyed her acting career and can readily believe that an actress with such longevity is both competitive and protective of her career.  I am not surprised that such an independent person was not an ideal mother.  Sachi's father comes off as the truly less likeable parent.  This book was not a nasty tell-all, but rather the attempt by a grown woman who is still rather naive to find out more about the truth of her childhood and the motivations of her parents.  In her own way, she is a searcher like her mother, in her case trying to understand why she looked for love in all the wrong places, and what she learned along the way.  While I sometimes was frustrated by her inability to see past what she wanted to see,  and her continuing unrealistic expectations of parental warmth and closeness, I found the book a fascinating look at a child raised in a Japanese culture who then had to adapt to being the American adult daughter of a movie star celebrity.  The book conveyed this journey very well.   

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 17, 2013

    Can not put this book down. Exceptional. Started reading this b

    Can not put this book down.
    Exceptional. Started reading this book on Fri 2/15 7pm, it is now Sun 2/17 4am. I have about 15 more pages to go. but have to get some sleep soon, so I'll finish this book when I wake up later today.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2013

    Got the book, started to read at noon, and could not put it down

    Got the book, started to read at noon, and could not put it down!  Sachi tells her story with love, sensitivity, and a strong dose of humor.   Completely enjoyed the book!

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2013

    Beautiful story of love and loss.

    Beautiful story of love and loss.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2013

    You've Got To Be Kidding!!

    I've always suspected that Shirley MacClaine was somewhat of a nut - WELL SHE IS! I'm not going to tell any details but I promise you will be thinking you've got to be kidding throughout this book. Sachi's childhood, as well as an adult, was a life of extreme emotional abuse supplied by a loveless, self-centered and an egomanical Mother. As for her Father - ditto. Shirley MacClaine may have given birth to Sachi but she is not a Mother. This is, however, a good read, well written and honest.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2013

    I agree with many people who say that this story seems embellish

    I agree with many people who say that this story seems embellished. But I also think that some of it is true. I am a Mom and there is no way I would send my two year old daughter to live with her father in another country because I wanted to persue acting. Shirley MacLaine made a choice and it was not her daughter. She could have easily afforded to hire a Nanny and have her child near her. Mrs. MacLaine's claims she feared her daughter would be abducted is as ridiculous as those alienes she claims to have seen. Ms. MacLaine clearly wanted fame more than being a Mom. In fact, her whole idea of unrealistic. But she does belive in Karma and I have to say that she is getting back all the Karma she deserves.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 12, 2013

    Sachi Parker has written a must read book. Giving insight into t

    Sachi Parker has written a must read book. Giving insight into the EGO driven world of celebrity. Shirley Maclaine while a brilliant actress, with her spirituality clearly doesn't understand how KARMA works.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 8, 2013

    I did not find the parts of this book that I read of much intere

    I did not find the parts of this book that I read of much interest. As a former personal assistant associated with a star - I understand the seduction of these words "You should write a book. Your story is so interesting." And I can say from personal experience that none of those people are what I call friends.
    I relate to the emotional struggle of dealing with the choices my own parents made that affected my life. Those struggles shaped the man I am today. And when I take ownership of my life I don't feel like a victim. I can also relate to the feeling of someone I care about saying things about me in public that have hurt me. True or untrue. I find nothing fascinating about supposition and memoir that can only hurt someone in the end.
    I did not enjoy this book at all. I wish the author would have written more about her own life instead of what she thinks happened in someone else's life.

    6 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2013

    Very Good

    This is a very good book. It will answer many questions. The author was brave to write this, as I can imagine how hard it must have been for her. What an awful childhood.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 8, 2013

    Karma's a byotch. Imagine putting your daughter in a propeller

    Karma's a byotch. Imagine putting your daughter in a propeller plane at the age of 2 and flying her across the world in the care of stewardesses who were strangers? Sachi didn't make this up fact up! Over my dead, lifeless body would I allow my 2 yo to endure that. Shirley might be a talented actress but so what! She was a failure in many, many areas. Obviously, she suffers from some sever personality disorder. At the very least she is a flaming narcissist.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    Great book!! I have read a few of Shirley MacLaine's books (Out

    Great book!! I have read a few of Shirley MacLaine's books (Out on a Limb, Going Within) & was struck by how self centered she was, hardly mentioning Sachi at all (I read them years ago & cannot honestly remember Sachi being mentioned). None of her motherly instincts came out in those books. I find Sashi's book very believable & Shirley, you should be ashamed for calling your daughter a liar!!!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2013

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    I just finished the book and I thought it was a good read. With these kind of tell alls you never know what the "real truth" is but it sounds like Sachi Parker had a pretty lonely life growing up with a self-absorbed mother who was a star all of the time. Some people just are not cut out to be parents and I think Sachi's definitely were not!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2013

    Pitiful Mother!

    I didn't even know Shirley MacLaine had a daughter. Now I know why. What a shameful, pitiful excuse for a mother. No excuses Shirley.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    I read this in one sitting. Sachi Parker should have written thi

    I read this in one sitting. Sachi Parker should have written this book a LONG time ago. I believe her completely. What sorry excuses for parents she had! Shirley MacLaine should be ashamed to show her face anywhere, except among the extraterrestrials she apparently believes in financing instead of helping her only daughter and grandchildren.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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