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The Happy Hoofer | [Celia Imrie]

The Happy Hoofer

One of our best-loved actresses, Celia Imrie would rather have been a dancer. As a child she planned to join the Royal Ballet and marry Rudolf Nureyev. Now she has become one of our finest and funniest performers, on stage, TV and screen - adored for her roles in 'Acorn Antiques' and 'dinnerladies', as well as films including 'Calendar Girls' and 'Nanny McPhee'. In her hugely entertaining autobiography, Celia Imrie recounts a life hurtling (not always intentionally) into adventures both on stage and off.
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One of our best-loved actresses, Celia Imrie would rather have been a dancer. As a child she planned to join the Royal Ballet and marry Rudolf Nureyev. Now she has become one of our finest and funniest performers, on stage, TV and screen - adored for her roles in 'Acorn Antiques' and 'dinnerladies', as well as films including 'Calendar Girls' and 'Nanny McPhee'.

In her hugely entertaining autobiography, Celia Imrie recounts a life hurtling (not always intentionally) into adventures both on stage and off. Whether it's finding herself on stage with half the scenery stuck to her cardigan, or being kidnapped on her way to location, she somehow emerges from the chaos that can lie in her wake almost unscathed.

Acting, she admits, is a mad, chaotic profession and it is her refreshing honesty, sense of mischief, fun and almost unruffled determination in the face of it all that makes this autobiography a never-ending delight.

©2011 Celia Imrie (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • M
    Kilwinning, United Kingdom
    4/26/12
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    "Interesting and a bit quirky"

    If you like biographies of actors, and if you like Celia Imrie, then you will like this. It contains a reasonable amount of insights into Imrie's personal life: her backgound, her likes and dislikes and the trajectory of her career. It is well written and well read and there is no more name dropping than normal. There are also some very interesting apects to her family history that I was unaware of, which have clearly coloured her life. It is not a kiss and tell memoir, although for some reason I felt that it could have gone that way, had it not been that she wrote it whilst looking after her teenage son, whom she would not wish to embarass. After reading this book, I respect Celia Imrie for her individuality and I think I like her all the more for it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Anne
    Bredfield, United Kingdom
    10/3/11
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    "Excellent"

    Very funny, honest and insightful. Beautifully read by Celia Imrie. What a charming wiity book

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stephanie Jane
    a caravan somewhere in Europe
    4/10/14
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    "Interesting glimpse into a theatrical life"

    I downloaded Celia Imrie's autobiography from Audible. She reads the book herself and, despite bemoaning the sheer work involved in other audio narration within her story, she does a good job. There was a lot of Celia's life that I was completely unaware of and details of her early life were sadly shocking. The book did become a bit staid later on, more a list of acting roles with an anecdote about each. However, overall this is an interesting glimpse into the life of a strong and independent woman.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alison
    Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom
    10/28/12
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    "An honest book"

    I admire Celia Imrie's acting and I enjoyed this book. It is beautifully read, as you'd expect. I had a sense that we're getting very much the public Celia, but then I thought that this is actually a very dignified way to have written the book: it's not tabloid, and nor is she. In fact I was unaware of the odd tabloid intrusions she has had to deal with in the past, to which she does refer. I loved the stories about fellow actors most. Lovely insights and observations.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • jo9999
    esher, United Kingdom
    7/20/15
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    "best at the start"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I think the author/narrator got a bit bored herself by the end of the book so I would shorten the last years


    Would you be willing to try another book from Celia Imrie? Why or why not?

    I would like more narration by her if she liked the book. I agree with her that her reading of Discworld . books failed because she did not understand the humour.


    Which character – as performed by Celia Imrie – was your favourite?

    her mother


    Do you think The Happy Hoofer needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    no it already continued too long.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the early years about her childhood and anorexia and her start in show business. That was absorbing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The pink one
    7/19/15
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    "Completely engaging and honest journey in the close company of Celia"

    Lively, engaging book- Celia's voice spices it up further and make this a lovely intimate moment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David
    7/15/15
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    "Had me giggling out loud!"

    She has such a way with words even when cross with someone the way she words it has you in stitches

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • E. Howard
    London
    7/14/15
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    "Delightful biography enhanced by Celia Imrie's reading"

    Entertaining, witty and a thoroughly good read. Was sorry when I got to the end. Please do write another Celia Imrie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carl
    7/14/15
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    "excellent story"

    great story but would have liked more details on Celia's childhood defo a great buy

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mj
    7/9/15
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    "wonderful performance"

    What an interesting life so far. I have found the story exciting, sad, funny and very 'real'.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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