The Surprise of My Life: An Autobiography

The Surprise of My Life: An Autobiography

by Claire Drainie Taylor

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“It’s an autobiography! If I tell you what’s in it you won’t read the book.” — Claire Drainie Taylor

Or would you? Maybe you’d be intrigued by the progression of a life begun as an unexceptional little girl born to a middle-class Jewish Canadian couple in a small prairie town who, at age sixteen, married a refined Englishman, and survived the Great Depression, partly alone in a shack in the woods of Vancouver Island. Or how, only a few months after returning to Vancouver, with no training and minimal education, this same young woman walked on stage at one of Canada’s finest old theatres, and went on to a successful thirty-year career as an actress and radio dialogue writer.

Having been compelled by her family to write her memoir, it wasn’t until she’d finished and reread her manuscript that Claire Drainie Taylor realized what an extraordinary life she’d led. Her descriptions of the many fascinating incidents that make up her story, and how she dealt with them, revealed herself to herself in a way that illuminates what she calls “The Surprise of My Life.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781554586721
Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Publication date: 10/30/2010
Series: Life Writing
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Claire Drainie Taylor, who died at the age of 92, worked as a free-lance radio and television actress from 1939 through 1970. She collaborated with her second husband, John Drainie, on radio dramas, supplying his narrative with dialogue. She is a Life Member of the Association of Canadian Television and Radio Artists.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents for
The Surprise of My Life: An Autobiography by Claire Drainie Taylor


Marlene Kadar


Author’s Note

The Beginning

Swift Current

And All the Other Places

Vancouver–First Marriage

Rock Bay

John Drainie Makes an Entrance

Life with John

And the Children Came...and Came...and Came...


The Final Stretch

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