Lucky Me: My Life With--and Without--My Mom, Shirley MacLaine

Lucky Me: My Life With--and Without--My Mom, Shirley MacLaine

by Sachi Parker

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Shirley MacLaine’s only child shares shocking stories from her out-of-this-world childhood with the famously eccentric actress

Shirley MacLaine is an Academy Award winning actress who has graced Hollywood with her talent for decades, known for her roles in The Apartment, Terms of Endearment, and recently the BBC/PBS smash Downton Abbey. Yet—as her daughter Sachi Parker can attest—growing up with the movie star was far from picture perfect.

The only child of MacLaine and her husband of thirty years, Steve Parker, Sachi’s surreal childhood began when she was sent to Japan at the age of two—though her mother would sometimes claim Sachi was six—to live with her mercurial father and his mistress. She divides her time being raised by a Japanese governess and going back and forth to L.A. to be with her mother, hamming it up on movie sets, in photo shoots, and Hollywood parties, even winning—and then abruptly losing—the role of Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird. As she gets older and attends boarding school in England and Switzerland, becomes a Qantas stewardess, and becomes involved in a series of abusive relationships she tries to unravel the mysteries of her childhood and her parents’ unconventional marriage.

Including twenty never-before-seen personal photos, Lucky Me is a fascinating look at Hollywood and what it takes to succeed there, the incredible ambition of Shilrey MacLaine and the fallout it had on her only child, as well as a woman’s attempt to understand and connect with her extremely complicated parents.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101616567
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/07/2013
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 346,021
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

Chapter 1 Humble Beginnings 7

Chapter 2 Of Mockingbrids and Fox Gods 27

Chapter 3 On Location 49

Chapter 4 Charters Towers 65

Chapter 5 From Here to Zagreb 83

Chapter 6 "You're on Your Own Now" 103

Chapter 7 Into The wild 127

Chapter 8 Flight 151

Chapter 9 La Vie Bohème 175

Chapter 10 The Good Doctor 187

Chapter 11 Man in Space 201

Chapter 12 The Acting Bug 223

Chapter 13 "That's George McFly?" 241

Chapter 14 Family Feeling 267

Chapter 15 Domestication 283

Chapter 16 The Lord and the Ring 301

Chapter 17 Don't Take it Personally 319

Chapter 18 Shut Up and Deal 339

Acknowledgments 347

Customer Reviews

Lucky Me: My Life With--and Without--My Mom, Shirley MacLaine 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!
DivaLover More than 1 year ago
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.
voyager8 More than 1 year ago
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!
Truman2 More than 1 year ago
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! 
bookladygran More than 1 year ago
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.   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Onlinescoop More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Shelley01 More than 1 year ago
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 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.
ritamag More than 1 year ago
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.
anonomas More than 1 year ago
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.
Barbkashjohnson More than 1 year ago
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!
dollyCK More than 1 year ago
Beautiful story of love and loss.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sachi did a great job on this book. She reminds me of my older sister who was always fragile and almost frail and really felt deeply. My mom was an artist type and was hard on her. I see that on some level here. Sachi needed the the love and strength, instead of all that other stuff.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!
hollywoodwriter85 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a sad, weird, dysfunctional tale about a daughter who just wanted to be loved by her mother. Both of her parents disappointed her in so many ways throughout her life. Hopefully, her own kids won't have a reason to write a book like this about her.
RobbieKendall More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this an easy read as I became privvy to an inside look at Shirley McClaine's daughter's life. Wow, being a daughter to such influential parents. Being sent off to private schools in other countries may have seemed like such a privledge and adventure, when in reality, it was a ride trough Hell, at times.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shirley, her family and friends really need to let the readers make their own conclusions. Or, is this a ploy?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read mist of the Shirley mcclaine books. But giing forward i dont think i will as much knowung the kind of mother she was. 22 is early to have children but my mom did ut and had a fabulous career and wrote books shirley could have too. Also i believe everything that Sashi wrote. It seems very true. It us sad shirley cant say hey some of it isnt how i see saw it instead of saying it is a complete lie. I dont think so.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry to say this is one of worse books I have ever read. Way way over the top. Sounds like both parents are coo coo birds but her tales of survival...were difficult to digest.