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In 1968, Olivia Hussey became one of the most famous faces in the world, immortalized as the definitive Juliet in Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo & Juliet. Now the iconic girl on the balcony shares the ups and downs of her truly remarkable life and career....

At only 16 years old, she was an internationally celebrated overnight discovery. The part was an opportunity of a lifetime for a simple girl from Buenos Aires, Argentina. But for Olivia, admired for her beauty and innocence and praised as a fresh and burgeoning young talent, the role of movie star was hard to play and, harder still, to live up to.

In this candid memoir, Olivia Hussey tells her story - from being an "It Girl" in swinging '60s London and her enduring friendship with Romeo & Juliet costar Leonard Whiting, through three tumultuous marriages - including one with Dean Martin's son, Dino - motherhood, stage-four breast cancer, debilitating agoraphobia, bankruptcy, and ultimately, a journey of self-discovery in India that led her on a path to fulfillment.

She brings listeners intimately close to the legendary performers she knew, loved, worked with, and battled, including The Beatles, Vanessa Redgrave, Bette Davis, Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli, Anthony Perkins, Christopher Reeve, Lawrence Olivier, Ingrid Bergman, and more. Olivia also finally reveals for the first time, the identity of the actor - a fellow young newcomer - who raped her, but who would not break her.

Featuring a foreword by her star-making director Franco Zeffirelli, Olivia Hussey's memoir shines with her luminous spirit and perseverance as she reflects on her unique life and experiences - inspiring, surprising, and fascinating to hear.

©2018 Olivia Hussey and Alexander Martin (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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A book worth reading

I really enjoyed this book and appreciated Olivia Hussey's candor with us all. I was a young teenager when "Romeo and Juliet" first came to our local cinema. I loved the characters, the drama, the visuals, the music and I fell in love with Shakespeare. Of course, I also loved the character that Olivia brought to life. I must confess that I paid to see the film 14 times. That film made Shakespeare very real to me, a love that I still possess. There are still lengthy portions of "Romeo and Juliet" that I still know by heart. And, I must confess that I have the film on my iPhone where I still enjoy it from time to time.

I got curious a few days ago as to how Olivia Hussey might be doing. I loved her work in "Romeo and Juliet" and in "Jesus of Nazareth," but have never been the type to follow someone else's career. I was truly surprised to find out that she had just published her book on Audible. Great timing!

Her book was a delightful read. I enjoyed the inside stories of my favorite productions, and I also enjoyed learning more about the person who brought those stories to life. I found it a very comfortable read, with plenty of intriguing details about the actor's life. It was good to meet this person who had inadvertently given me something special so long ago.

As with all lives, there were many bumps along her way, and some times that made me share in her sorrow or distress. Still, I was able to see a nice lady, who loves her family, and made a good life. I recommend the book to others.
Olivia, thank you. Your work on this book was much appreciated.

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Captivating, Honest, Real

Loved how heartfelt Olivia's retelling of her life is in her biography. My heart broke listening to the parts of her life that almost pulled her into deep despair and I rejoiced learning about the great loves in her life. What an inspiration as an actress and as a woman who follows her intuition. I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about someone I've always admired from afar. And for the record, "Lost Horizon" is at the top of my list of favorite musicals. Loved the actors, loved the music, and loved the story. Never once did I ever think of it as one of the worst movies ever made. Olivia...you are a gem!!! Only thing that would have made the audio book perfect is if you would have narrated it yourself.

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Candid and entertaining...light fare

In this biography Olivia is candid, realistic and entertaining at the same time. She knows she became famous because she was at the right place at the right time and had the age and face Zafirelli was looking for to play his Juliet (his is my favorite version of Romeo and Juliet in film...the movie is visually stunning). Ms. Hussey managed her own career and seems to have had little or no supervision from the age of 15 on, so it is amazing that she survived the age of sex, drugs and rock & roll so well. She knows that she could have done much better in the movies if she had put more energy into developing her career but her priorities were elsewhere. Her “gossip” is mostly about herself. She is very restrained and tasteful when talking about others.
The narration was very good...the narrator has OlIvias’s slightly raspy voice so it is almost as though she was narrating. Interesting note: She is still friendly with the then gorgeous young man who played Romeo.
I recommend this book for those such as me...who loved the movie when it came out. Ms. Hussey is as likable in print as she was earnest as young Juliet.

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Interesting read

A well written book by and about someone I have admired since the first time I saw Romeo and Juliet at the age of eight. I particularly enjoyed hearing of how Olivia won the coveted role of Juliet and about the making of that movie. I respect the author for not making this book a gossip-fest, but did enjoy hearing her stories of some of the great screen stars she's worked with.
Overall, a very interesting listen, and I would recommend it to anyone who remembers the girl on the balcony.

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