Rearview Mirror

Rearview Mirror

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by Alana Stewart
     
 

Alana Stewart has lived what many people would consider a charmed life, as an international model, an actress and talk-show host, filmmaker, and bestselling author. But despite her many accomplishments and successes, the truth is, her life has been rife with abandonment, abject poverty, tragedy, and even violence.

In Rearview Mirror, she takes the reader

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Alana Stewart has lived what many people would consider a charmed life, as an international model, an actress and talk-show host, filmmaker, and bestselling author. But despite her many accomplishments and successes, the truth is, her life has been rife with abandonment, abject poverty, tragedy, and even violence.

In Rearview Mirror, she takes the reader through her mesmerizing journey from her beginnings in poor rural Texas, her escape to New York to become a Ford model, and finally, her seemingly fairytale, but often heartbreaking life in the glittering world of Hollywood.

With compelling openness and honesty, Alana chronicles her unstable, chaotic childhood, her traumatic and violent rape, and her struggles with bulimia, depression, and self-worth. She also writes about her marriages and divorces with two iconic stars, raising three children on her own, the devastating effects of drug addiction in her family, and the tragic deaths of her mother as well as her best friend, Farrah Fawcett.

Rearview Mirror is an inspiring, rags-to-riches story in which Alana also shares the valuable life lessons she has learned from her many challenges and heartaches: unconditional love, faith, gratitude, perseverance, and the importance of finding your higher purpose in life.
 

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Editorial Reviews

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“Alana Stewart is a rare blend of wisdom and glamour. Her relatable, womanly perspective on everything she has been through creates a compelling story—not only because of the glitz of its external drama, but also because of the sincerity of her internal search. She's had the outer life of a star and the inner life of a seeker. Her tears, her triumphs and her moments of understanding create a fiercely touching memoir. Her story remains with you and illuminates your own.”
—Marianne Williamson, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author and motivational speaker

 “I’ve have had the pleasure of knowing Alana Kaye Collins from Nacogdoches, Texas when she first arrived in town, and whose name I helped change to Hamilton. Later, with no help from me. I saw her change it again to Stewart. Through marriages and divorces I’ve gotten to watch this fascinating and complex woman come into her own, from small town roots to the confidante of the glamorous and powerful. Her take on the ride is not only insightful and exciting, it’s gut-wrenching and ... more than enough for a lifetime and through sickness and health—ours and others—we have remained friends ... not a small thing in Tinseltown, but read it for yourselves…some of which is between the lines ... mine of course!”
—George Hamilton, Actor

 “Alana Stewart is as beautiful as she is smart, funny, compassionate, and wise. Talented in her own right, I imagine many a woman has envied her for all of these qualities, as well as for her very publicized marriages to two of America's iconic stars. What only a few of us know is the extraordinary number of obstacles and challenges Alana had to overcome, not just to live the life she has lived thus far, but to be here at all. She is all the more remarkable because of her incredible journey.”
—Carol Bayer-Sager, Oscar and Emmy Award-Winning Songwriter
 

Kirkus Reviews
Stewart reflects on her modeling and acting careers and her marriages to actor George Hamilton and rock star Rod Stewart. Stewart (My Life with Farrah, 2009) grew up in Texas in the 1950s, the daughter of a single mother whose decades-long drug addiction eventually led to her death. Stewart's father left when she was only 1 year old, and she never heard from him again. Describing the effect of her father's absence, she writes, "[t]his has certainly been the pattern for most of life--looking for that 'powerful daddy' that would love me and make me feel safe yet choosing men who couldn't possibly fill those shoes." Her beloved grandmother, whom she calls "Mama," was her primary caretaker. Following her high school graduation, Stewart got engaged to her first boyfriend, started working as a flight attendant, broke off her engagement, and was the victim of a home invasion and rape. Shortly thereafter, she moved to New York, where her "glamorous years" began. Her striking beauty garnered her immediate success as a model, as well as enormous male attention. The author devotes a good portion of the book to her paramours and her volatile marriages to Hamilton and Stewart, both of whom were already famous. She lists famous friends, such as Elton John, and her book contains photographs with her husbands and various celebrities. In addition to Rod Stewart's infidelity, she writes of raising her three children--a son with Hamilton and a boy and a girl with Stewart--mostly on her own and of her ongoing financial problems. She details her sons' battles with drugs and the terrible guilt she carries for her perceived failings as a parent. Her recollections are surprisingly detailed--a result, she explains, of the many journals she's kept throughout her life. Stewart's gritty story will appeal to readers interested in her ex-husbands and her own rags-to-riches tale, rife with kiss-and-tell vignettes and the personal insights she's gleaned as an adult.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781593157074
Publisher:
Vanguard Press
Publication date:
09/25/2012
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Alana Stewart is an actress, talk-show host, former model, and president of the Farrah Fawcett Foundation to support cancer research.  She is the author of the New York Times bestselling My Journey with Farrah: A Story of Life, Love and Friendship and producer of the Emmy-nominated documentary Farrah’s Story.  In 2011, Stewart received the prestigious True Grit Award from the John Wayne Cancer Institute for her contribution to the fight against cancer.  She tours the country regularly, speaking about cancer, addiction, women, aging, her personal battle with chronic fatigue syndrome and her four decades of experience in Hollywood.  Stewart lives in Los Angeles, California.

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Rearview Mirror 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
MasonCanyon More than 1 year ago
Normally I’m not one to read celebrity memoirs. Most come off as fluff pieces written by a PR person. REARVIEW MIRROR by Alana Stewart does not fall into that group. Stewart has written a detailed look at her life without whitewashing the bad parts. And there are bad parts. While she has seemingly lived a charmed life, she’s also had her share of troubles and heartache. The book begins with the harrowing experience that lead Stewart to leave Texas for New York where she eventually into modeling - she was raped in her own apartment by a stranger and left for dead. The authorities seemed to think she had known the person and let them in. The rapist was never caught. Stewart talks candidly about her childhood growing up without indoor plumbing, her mother’s drug addiction and later death, and the highs and lows of modeling. She also discusses how she came to marry and divorce actor George Hamilton and rock star Rod Stewart. She and Hamilton have remained close friends, while she and Stewart have had a rockier road to friendship after their divorce. Her three children and their struggles are a large part of the story. She shares their highs and lows and how she dealt with them mostly as a single mother (even when she was married). She also talks briefly about her friendship with actress Farrah Fawcett and how her battle with cancer (and death) has inspired her. While she has not divulged every secret in her life or her family’s, she has been open enough that readers can feel her pain despite having seen only glitz and glamour before. Her story is inspiring and goes to show that while life may look rosy to the world, inside there are thorns. REARVIEW MIRROR is a compelling story that pulls readers in. The story flows smoothly at a steady pace making it hard to put down once you begin. It is filled with laughter and tears, sorrow and hope, glamour and solid foundations. In addition, Stewart has included a number of photographs from her youth, modeling career, her two marriages and her life in general. This story may tell secrets, but it’s not a Hollywood tell-all book. It’s a story of one woman’s life from a small Texas town beginning to a life among the rich and famous, her love of her children, her growth as a person, and her desire to give back to others. FTC Full Disclosure - I requested this book and it was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Life without a father has to be incredibly traumatic. Life with a drug addict mother had to be equally traumatic. The marriages to Rod Stewart and George Hamilton are described in horrific detail. Alana Stewart really opens up and tells all. She is a survivor and should be applauded.
ToniSimpkins More than 1 year ago
Alana Stewart is a survivor. Her story is amazing to follow. I would highly recommend this book as a quality summer read.
reesspace More than 1 year ago
Alana Stewart takes a brutally honest look at herself in this book. The road hasn't been easy but she appears to have taken all her hard knocks and emerged a beautiful person who hasn't allowed herself to play the victim. Autobiographical lovers will love her candid approach and no holds barred account of her tumultuous early years and self resurrection as a balanced, spiritual individual who seeks to look for the positive in life. Pop culture lovers will love the stories of iconic friends and family like Rod Steward, Elton John, Farrah Fawcett, George Hamilton and more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love her story cant belive she didnt get much from her 2 divorces fron supetstars must have gotten caught up in all the glamor. Let this be a lesson to everybody who is married or getting married get your own Lawyer and stay away from signing any papers from a futur spouse. Loved the end of her story a great and sad way to make a come back. She is a very good author. Thanks for your honesty and your great reads.
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Wonderful and inspiring
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