A powerful memoir of a life of unique choices, a wide-ranging career, and special relationships with family, friends, and colleagues.
Swoosie Kurtz shares personal misadventures and showbiz lore, while candidly reflecting on the intimate journey of caring for an aging parent. Swoosie’s father, Frank, an Olympic diving medalist, later became one of the most decorated aviators in American history, flying a record number of missions in a cobbled-together B-17D Flying Fortress called “The Swoose.” Her mother, Margo, chronicled their early years together in her 1945 memoir, My Rival, the Sky.
Today, 97-year-old Margo lives with Swoosie. As Swoosie struggles to stay ahead of her mother’s increasing needs while navigating the pitfalls and pratfalls of the entertainment industry, this precarious time is bittersweet and occasionally overwhelming. But every day is oxygenated with laughter and love. The careful weaving of Swoosie’s story with passages from My Rival, the Sky creates a vivid portrait of the invincible mother-daughter bond between the two women. Part Swan, Part Goose is that rare Hollywood memoir that takes us behind the curtain but doesn’t live there; its heart is solidly at home.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
A multiple Tony, Emmy, Obie and Drama Desk Award winner, Swoosie Kurtz is a Broadway icon whose work also includes big screen blockbusters like Liar, Liar and Dangerous Liaisons, indie favorites like Citizen Ruth, True Stories and Cruel Intentions and beloved TV hits Sisters and Pushing Daisies. She is currently starring in the CBS hit series Mike & Molly. Her distinctive name comes from The Swoose, the famed B-17 bomber flown by her father, Col. Frank Kurtz, the most decorated Air Force pilot of World War II.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Such a good book! It is really three stories that gel together effortlessly: Her rise to star status in her career, her parents incredible life together along with excerpts from her mother's book so there is her mother's first-person account too. Ms Kurtz is an amazing woman!
This is a most fascinating look at past and present in a family story. Well worth the read.
It's fascinating to read about a person's work when they are as driven and passionate about it as Swoosie Kurtz is about theater, but this memoir is mostly about the family relationships that have sustained her. This would be a great Mothers Day gift and also an excellent book club book. Highly recommending.