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My Lucky Stars: A Hollywood Memoir
     

My Lucky Stars: A Hollywood Memoir

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by Shirley MacLaine
 

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Through four decades and more than forty films, Shirley MacLaine has been one of Hollywood's brightest stars, dazzling us with remarkable performances in movies such as The Apartment, The Turning Point, and Terms Of Endearment. Now the Academy Award-winning actress turned internationally renowned memoirist takes up her pen to write about

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Through four decades and more than forty films, Shirley MacLaine has been one of Hollywood's brightest stars, dazzling us with remarkable performances in movies such as The Apartment, The Turning Point, and Terms Of Endearment. Now the Academy Award-winning actress turned internationally renowned memoirist takes up her pen to write about the subject she knows best—Hollywood. In My Lucky Stars, a moving, insightful, and disarmingly honest book, she looks back over her forty years as an actress to reveal how the land of dreams and its artistic community—the actors, directors, and producers who became her mentors, lovers, antagonists, and friends—shaped her life, her craft, and the woman she's become.

She was a small-town girl with old-fashioned values, a Broadway dancer who'd grown up in the disciplined world of ballet. Then Alfred Hitchcock decided to cast an unknown in his movie The Trouble With Harry, and the nineteen-year-old hoofer went from grueling workouts and eight shows a week to the pampered yet bewildering life of a star in a town where the line between fantasy and reality is often blurred.

Shirley made a madcap movie with her childhood idols Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis—and witnessed the trauma of their breakup. She was part of Sinatra's Clan and learned to roll with the punches during wildly unpredictable shoots. And in the middle of Two For The Seesaw and My Geisha, she found herself head over heels in love with her complex leading men. Here she writes perceptively of these special people and pays tribute to many other stars she cherishes, among them Jack Lemmon,Elizabeth Taylor, Anthony Hopkins, Julia Roberts, Jack Nicholson, and Barbra Streisand.

The leading actress in some of the most memorable films ever mad, nominated six times for an Oscar, Shirley also offers a fascinating glimpse into how she builds her characters—detail by detail—from the outside in. She shares, with sometimes startling candor, highlights of her professional relationship with the demanding genius Bob Fosse; the truth about falling in love on location; and what it's like to take the stage with the legendary Sinatra today. And for the first time she tells the full story of Hollywood's most unconventional marriage—her own.

A fascinating memoir by a reigning survivor of one of the world's toughest industries, My Lucky Stars goes beyond the typical Hollywood tell-all. It is a rare and authentic view of an artist's life, filled with risk, daring, and the drive to understand—and filled with those Hollywood stars we have admired, idolized, and even loved.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Maclaine's first book to be devoted exclusively to her insights into Hollywood includes reminisces about stars such as Nicholson and Sinatra. (Nov.)
Library Journal
No UFOs or clairvoyants here; just MacLaine on her long Hollywood career.
Ilene Cooper
MacLaine has taken her readers along on outward and inward journeys over the years, but this time she takes them back in time to look at her career and the celebrities she has met along the way. These luminaries, the "lucky stars" of the title, are the women and men (mostly men) who influenced her both professionally and emotionally, though with MacLaine, the two categories tend to overlap. Some of the personal revelations that come to light here--the accounts of her affairs with Danny Kaye and Robert Mitchum and her probing portrait of Frank Sinatra--have already received much attention in the press, but there's more to this book than gossip. MacLaine does a credible job of weaving her biography with her New Age philosophy, and some of the synergistic events in her life make for compelling reading. Equally interesting is her take on Hollywood, both old and new, and her version of the struggles of the artistic life. The only time MacLaine gets off the track a bit is when she tries her hand at psychoanalysis. All in all, though, this is a perfectly enjoyable star biography, several cuts above the genre's usual output. Let's hope MacLaine's next life will be as interesting as this one.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780783814766
Publisher:
Cengage Gale
Publication date:
10/28/1995
Series:
G. K. Hall Core Series
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
552
Product dimensions:
6.47(w) x 9.51(h) x 1.06(d)

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My Lucky Stars 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Matthew Zammit More than 1 year ago
I am still reading but i am really enjoying it
Guest More than 1 year ago
Surprise, I enjoyed this book! Maclaine has definitely been around the block of life, and even if you disagree with her thinking, you might agree that she is a pretty nice person that has lived an interesting life. She is very reality based to be so other world based too. Interesting read about her family and friends.