Blessed Life: My Surprising Journey of Joy, Tears, and Tales from Harlem to Hollywood

Blessed Life: My Surprising Journey of Joy, Tears, and Tales from Harlem to Hollywood

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ISBN-13: 9781478947561
Publisher: FaithWords
Publication date: 11/13/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 484,475
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

KIM FIELDS had her first job at age 7 on the Mrs. Butterworth syrup commercial. She's spent 40 years in the public eye. There were 9 years as Dorothy "Tootie" Ramsey on the classic sitcom The Facts of Life, 5 more in her 20s co-starring on the seminal coming-of-age show Living Single, and most recently she appeared as herself on Real Housewives of Atlanta and Dancing with the Stars. Behind the camera, she directed episodes of Kenan & Kel, Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns and House of Payne, and BET's Let's Stay Together. Between gigs her life has included theater, spoken word, music, and speaking engagements. She is a dedicated wife and proud mom of two boys. She and her family live in Atlanta, Georgia.

Table of Contents

Talking to Myself xi

Introduction xv

My Mother's Voice

1 My Mother's Daughter 3

2 Commercial Girl 10

3 Tootie 17

4 Growing Up 24

5 The Teenager 33

6 The Senior 42

My Voice

7 The College Girl 49

8 The Cool Girlfriend 59

9 Experimental 68

10 An Indie Spirit 74

11 Regine 84

12 Creator 93

13 Bride 100

14 Frustrated 111

15 Powerful 120

16 Scrappy 129

That Still, Small voice

17 Get in the Passenger Seat and Let God Drive 145

18 Wife 156

19 Mother 173

20 #TrueToMyself 187

21 Dancer 197

Epilogue 209

Acknowledgments 213

About the Author 215

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Blessed Life: My Surprising Journey of Joy, Tears, and Tales from Harlem to Hollywood 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
LynnLD More than 1 year ago
Kimmy! Kim Fields’ Blessed Life was an easy read as she shares her journey from child actor to her present moment as a wife and mother of two boys. She is one of the few child actors who have made it to adulthood while still grounded and on sure-footed path. Faith, strong maternal love from Chip Fields, her aunts and sister and those in her personal village have sustained her during the difficult times. Our beloved Tootie of The Facts of Life and Regine of Living Single is truly a woman now who is continually charting out her buoyant course day by day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoy the book very much Kim Fields is a wonderful person with a heart of gold!
OakTreeReviews More than 1 year ago
Blessed Life: My Surprising Journey of Joy, Tears, and Tales from Harlem to Hollywood is a heartwarming memoir by actress and director Kim Fields. I loved watching Fields portray Tootie Ramsey on The Facts of Life, so I was glad to learn more about her life through this memoir. Blessed Life is an empowering an encouraging read with a genuine feel. Through her writing, Fields conveys an optimistic nature, and I admire her transparency and personal strength. I enjoyed reading about Field’s journey of faith and the close relationships she has with her family members. With so many child actors having sad or even tragic outcomes, it is comforting to see that Fields has thrived in her life. I liked learning new things about Fields, as well as seeing how significant events helped impact and shape her life. And I love how Fields emphasizes that a blessed life is not one without challenges. *I received this book for review*
JayKing More than 1 year ago
In the Blessed Life: My Surprising Journey of Joy, Tears, and Tales from Harlem to Hollywood by Kim Fields, she shares many memorable moments in her journey as a Christian child star. She candidly discloses her many personal struggles with the goal of inspiring readers to challenge any difficulties they may face in life while never losing hope. This book truly provides a behind the scenes look at a “blessed” lifestyle, but it left me feeling like she was still attempting to validate herself professionally by name dropping countless celebrities she knew personally instead of fully embracing the greatness within herself. In the final chapters it was refreshing to see her find meaning, purpose and love within. Her love for her family and friends has such a purity and goodness about it that you come away appreciating such virtues even more. Unlike other celebrity memoirs, there were no “dirty little secrets” spewed on the pages. Kim put forth a genuine effort to focus only on the best in others. She fully balanced the responsibility upon herself for any evident discord she experienced throughout her life. I enjoyed reading this book because it felt very authentic, as if Kim was having a conversation with a close friend. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves memoirs or enjoys learning some of the wonderful things about the celebrity lifestyle without having to wash off the negativity and gossip often associated with the industry. I received this book free from the publisher through their book review bloggers program and I was not required to write a positive review.