The intimate memoir by three-time Oscar nominee Piper Laurie, one of Hollywood's most gifted and respected actresses, read by the author.
At the age of 17, in the glory days of moviemaking, Piper Laurie was living every little girl's dream. A contract star with Universal, Piper was elevated to the heights of Hollywood, her name emblazoned on 1950s marquees across America for hit movies like The Prince Who Was a Thief, The Mississippi Gambler, and Ain't Misbehavin'. Meanwhile, Piper's beauty was admired by the likes of Ronald Reagan, Howard Hughes, Paul Newman, and Tony Curtis as well as dozens of directors and legions of fans.
But Piper discovered early on that the little girl's dream was not her own. Mortified by the shallowness of the roles and movies she was given, she longed for the freedom and fulfillment of her own artistic vision, finally finding the courage to leave her contract behind. After leaving the oppressive studio culture, Piper began to star in the live TV shows, plays, and films that became her career hallmarks: The Glass Menagerie on Broadway, the original Days of Wine and Roses, The Hustler, the iconic Carrie, and Twin Peaks - earning three Oscar nominations and winning Emmy and Golden Globe awards during her impressive career.
This memoir is the inspiring tale of Piper's perseverance to break from tradition and to practice her craft at the highest level. She started life as a withdrawn, mute child who couldn't find her voice and was transformed into a woman who learned to live out loud by her own rules.
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Ms. Laurie tells her extraordinary life story with enormous gusto. Few would guess, from her public persona, that she has lived one of the most colorful lives in show business.
A lot of surprises. And Ms. Laurie's beautiful delivery.
I don't even know what drew me to this book but I'm so glad that I took the plunge and gave it a shot. Piper Laurie takes you on a beautiful journey and you finish feeling extremely privileged to have learned so much about life, love and overcoming your fears to achieve your dreams.
Bravo Ms. Laurie, bless you
Wow, what an interesting account from an actress. She has great stories about many of our favorite actors and her own personal upbringing is quite interesting. She shares everything, and I like that. Her feelings and thoughts are not spared. The book is great, because even toward the end, she keeps things interesting. I definitely, got a lot of book for my money. I had to read it over several days. I would listen while I walked, drove, or made dinner. Very interesting. I highly recommend this book!
The honesty, she did not seem to portray anyone in her life, in a bad lite. She mainly sees the good in people.
Her voice is part of the story, because it is told from her perspective and it feels real.
Her childhood when she and her sister were left for 2-3 years at a school for children, with barely a word from their parents.
I think I would like Piper Laurie a lot if I were to meet her in person. She seems like a classy lady.
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