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  • Paperback: 231 pages
  • Publisher: Pegasus Elliot Mackenzie Publishers (26 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903490715
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903490716
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.1 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 741,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The career of one of the most beguiling leading ladies has been an adventurous one that has taken her from being in the centre of Swinging London in the mid sixties, to cult status as a model and actress in the seventies. Today she is still acting and is also active as Celebrity Liaison, Event Organiser and as an Ambassador for various charities.Françoise Pascal, Born 14 October 1949 on the island of Mauritius. She was educated in Paris and London. In 1970, she was one of the co-stars in 'There's a Girl in My Soup' (1970) playing Paola with Peter Sellers. Kirk Douglas spotted her at the White Elephant in Mayfair and offered her the lead role in 'Skallawag' but she turned it down to do a Jean Rollin film 'The Iron Rose' (1973). Françoise broke into television in October 1971 in 'Coronation Street' playing Ray Langdon's friend, prior to Joanna Lumley. Then came numerous guest star roles with Rex Harrison in 'Don Quixote', Lee Remick in Tennessee Williams' 'Summer

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. M. LAWBUARY on 23 Feb. 2012
Format: Paperback
From innocence & serenity on the idyllic island of Mauritius to the drug-fuelled hedonism of 60's London.
I read this book in only a few hours, such was the subject and subject matter. I also read the book not only as a fan, but as a friend. So the last thing I wish to achieve here is any kind of blind loyalty or sycophancy. This would benefit neither potential readers, nor Ms Pascal. I latched myself firmly onto the hem of her skirt in the summer of '77 when she opened my school fayre, and never let go, metaphorically speaking.

Whilst for a lot of us, our first introduction to Francoise Pascal was in LWT comedy MIND YOUR LANGUAGE - which was not a bad place to start by any means - there is far more history, substance & versality to this actress. From starring in comedy films alongside Peter Sellers, appearing in Coronation Street, to performing Shakespeare in Hollywood for starters. A list of her co-stars and dalliances reads like a Who's Who of entertainmant. A couple of names shocked me to the core. With that though, one must admire the brutal honesty displayed. I am convinced that revisiting certain times and events must have been painful for the authoress.

I was immediately attracted to the conversational style of writing. Knowing how Francoise talks, I could actually hear her speaking these words. With the turn of every page, seemingly, one wonders just how much more tragedy & misfortune a sometimes naive woman could take. I'm sure Francoise will be the first to admit that she was oftentimes too trusting of the wrong type of man. Within the moment, the promise of excitement leads her from one heartbreak to the next, sound judgement understandably blurred, in a life alternating to and fro across the Atlantic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Freddie Valentine on 9 Oct. 2012
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Francoise writes with total honesty and from the heart, which is rare in this age of glossed-over autobiographys from people who have just spent five minutes in the limelight. This is the story of of someone who has lived a life, been through some extreme up an extreme downs and has come out of it all a positive, wonderful person.
The book is written in an engaging way, as if you are in conversation with Francoise herself. There are some heartbreaking moments in the book as well as happier times, lesser people would have crumbled under the things that Francoise has been through! What comes out of it is an incredibly talented survivor with plenty of tales to tell. The pure honesty within this book is refreshing to read.

I recommend this completely.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By George Peter Algar on 12 Feb. 2012
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Take a convent-educated, star-struck beautiful young girl from the idyllic island of Mauritius and propel her into the swirling, Swinging Sixties scene in the metropolis of London and you can almost guarantee what happens next. As I am is the autobiography of talented and much-loved actress Françoise Pascal. Many Brits will remember her role as Danielle Favre in the 1970's TV sitcom Mind Your Language, but Françoise has a much wider repertoire than that and has acted in many movies, such as There's A Girl in My Soup with the legendary Peter Sellers.
A propensity to pick the wrong guys and sometimes end up in the wrong company, through sheer naivety more than anything else, leads Françoise to make some wrong life choices with disastrous consequences. She is in a doomed relationship with an uncaring partner, a Svengali figure who tries to control her life and career. Does she accept conditions as they exist or does she accept the responsibility for changing them? Feisty Françoise triumphs over adversity, resists the pressure to abort a pregnancy, and goes it alone to raise her beloved son Nicholas.
I had the privilege of spending a week or so in Françoise' company a few years ago and can tell you that her prose is just like listening to her talk. Words pour onto the page nineteen to the dozen, and she flits about from one subject to another like the proverbial butterfly she is. The revelations in the book are nothing short of shocking and I cannot believe that many people would have the guts to be so open about their innermost secrets and bêtes noires.
Today's celebs, famous for being famous, will not come close. Françoise is the genuine article. She has led life to the full and you can read every detail in this no-holds-barred, real page-turner of book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By discodiva on 13 Feb. 2012
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All she ever wanted was a family and the love of a good man !
Instead she got a man that was to rule her with possessiveness and jealousy and boy did he try to make her jealous
beyond the point any woman would stand for today but hey it was the swinging 60's.
Francoise gives a frank account of her life in this compelling Autobiography
Once I started reading it I couldn't put it down !!!!!!!
The Men ,Drugs,Rapes couldn't hold this strong willed lady back she fought harder than anyone for what she wanted
Eventually she got what she wanted a SON that she loved the most but all that wasn't to go smooth for Francoise. Once he was born how long would it be before
the forces that be would take him away.
But it all made her a stronger woman as you learn in the the book.

I would recommend this book to anyone that loves a true autobiography and not something a 20 year old would write today to further their bank balance and update in another 3 year. This is a frank and gutsy autobiography.
I give this 5 out of 5
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