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The Happy Hoofer

The Happy Hoofer [Kindle Edition]

Celia Imrie
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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For tasty gossip, Celia is the hottest ticket in town...The Happy Hoofer is backstage gossip from the premiere league. (Robert McCrum, Observer)

From the moment where she finds herself on stage with scenery stuck to her cardigan, to the time she was kidnapped on her way to a location, she emerges with both her sense of humour and dignity in tact. (Good Housekeeping, Book of the Month)

If you're anything like me, seeing Celia Imrie's name flash onscreen inspires a sigh of relief. I think, "Class act. Everything's going to be OK." Her memoir, The Happy Hoofer, is every bit as assured and entertaining. It's a lively romp populated by the entertainment world's great, good, and downright naughty (often Imrie). (Scotsman Magazine)

Her new autobiography is full of drama... and obviously, from someone so closely associated with comedy, it's extremely funny (Gay Times)

wildly entertaining (Daily Telegraph)

Book Description

One of the nation's favourite comedy actresses - with starring roles in Calendar Girls, Acorn Antiques and Dinnerladies - tells her extraordinary and highly entertaining life story.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1095 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder (14 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UFTUA2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #53,337 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comic Timing 15 April 2011
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Ms Imrie sets out her stall early on that she is determined to avoid the cliches of showbusiness autobiographies, and that applies to the structure as well as the content of this book. So there's no dreamy-eyed first chapter, detailing her moment of greatest success, before we flashback to her childhood in chapter two. Ms Imrie is much more sharp-eyed than that, and has an ear to avoid the kind of empty padding that can clutter up other such books. If she had a ghost author - and I strongly suspect she didn't - I didn't hear his or her voice once; this is so much in the Imrie tones: cheeky, sharp-witted, respectful of the written word and often laugh-out-loud funny. (One anecdote, about a visit to a blue movie, to see a colleague's early foray into acting, had me roaring.) Ms Imrie may be someone suited to grey cardigan parts (a running gag in the book), but her private life is much more complex than that, and her assessment of the rewards and privations that accompany life as an actor is as honest as you'd expect.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read 13 April 2011
What an incredible life Imrie has led--at turns shocking and downright crazy, but always entertaining because of the woman's indomitable spirit. Most celebrities come across as very dull in these things, but in the telling of her fascinating story, the author reveals herself to be not only witty and engaging, but also a skillful writer. Imrie is just the sort of person you'd put on your "must invite" list for a dream dinner party. I didn't want the book to end.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Memoirs of 'Miss Babs'!!!! 27 April 2011
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Have been a fan of Celia's for many years (mainly through her work with the fantastic Victoria Wood) so I was very interested to get my hands on her book!! And a very interesting read it is too!!!!

What I particularly liked was the way Celia has written the book!! She gets straight to the point and doesn't waffle on like some autobiographies tend to do!! There are numerous interesting stories and anecdotes from her life and work (some of which will surprise people I'm sure, particularly with regard to her eating disorder!! Although she doesn't dwell on that topic for long either!!). There are lots of other stories in the book to do with actors and actresses she's worked with and I particularly liked her working relationship with Dame Judi Dench and their now famous grey cardigan tradition!! She also discusses her son Angus and how she came to have him (an interesting point of view about marriage).

She does of course mention most of her work and the characters she's played, from the wonderful 'Miss Babs' in Acorn Antiques to the now famous bigger buns role of 'Celia' she played in the movie version of Calendar Girls!!

Al in all the 'Happy Hoofer' is a highly interesting read which I'm sure most people will find very enjoyable!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Brilliant Celia Imrie 5 May 2011
By J. Ship
Thoroughly enjoyed this auto-biography. Informative, entertaining, amusing, well-written and some sad but important issues also covered. Particuarly enjoyed the travel and family stories. Brilliant!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, Magical and entertaining 2 May 2011
Well what can I say? This is one of the best reads I have read in a long time! Once you start this incredible book it's very very hard to put it down. A wonderfully well written book that makes you laugh loads!

You forget how much of a busy actress she is, and a lot of time in this book I thought she's in that, I forget she was in that etc

A 10/10 book, i would recommend it to everyone!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good 9 Oct 2011
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This is a splendid book. Not only is it a very entertaining theatrical autobiography, it's also a portrait of a remarkably appealing woman.
Celia Imrie comes across as an intelligent, very courageous, free spirit. She has led a most interesting life. She tells of an adolescent experience of anorexia and its "treatment" which would have left most people in pieces - or dead. In later life she had a serious illness which affected her deeply, both physically and psychologically, for a long time. Her account of becoming and being a single mother is thought-provoking.
One of her most attractive qualities is her capacity for friendship; she seems to have known and made friends with almost anybody who is anybody in the world of entertainment, and she portrays them in a lively and often very amusing way. She is an excellent writer. This is one of those books you can't put down, and you feel bereft when it's over. I live in hopes of another volume, soon, please.
Pity about the title - it doesn't fairly represent this multi-talented lady.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars the happy hoofer 8 Nov 2012
By fred
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found each chapter exactly the same as the one before, not very exciting, was hopeing it was going to be a lot better, very dissapointing
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read 13 July 2011
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As soon as picked up this book I new I was going to enjoy it. I thought it was well written and found I couldnt put it down. It was as if you were talking face to face. I only read Autobiographys and I think this was up there with the best, I really didnt want it to end.
Now looking for one to replace it for my next read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars what a great surprise ,,,,,
Never thought I'd like her or it. Now adore both ,,,,,wish to meet. One day and say sorry or not likening you without kniw ing you
Published 1 month ago by Ray edwards
4.0 out of 5 stars an enjoyable insight into life as a famous actress
I enjoyed Celia's sense of humour and her ability to laugh at herself.
A favourite actress of mine still alive!
Published 3 months ago by Mrs Evelyn Townsend
4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining read
I like this lady's attitude to life - down to earth, with a healthy dollop of humour. She has a kind of gung-ho take on life, fearless and funny. A very good read.
Published 5 months ago by David Greenhorne
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I was looking forward to reading this autobiography, but I was disappointed - it is too much a diary of events, and of LOADS of people I had never heard of,which could well have... Read more
Published 6 months ago by R. N. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Celia at her best
This is an entertaining autobiography of a wonderful actress and a great character. It gave a clear insight into her path to her career as a performer and revealed a lot about her... Read more
Published 9 months ago by D. S. Thomson
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your average 'luvvy' book
Some self-penned books by actors can seem to follow a particular formula and style, but luckily for the reader 'The Happy Hoofer' is refreshingly different. Read more
Published 10 months ago by AnnB
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I am a great fan of celia and was looking forward to reading this on the Kindle. Ok it had some interesting parts but too much read like a "famous people I have worked with ". Read more
Published 10 months ago by Alison Hart
5.0 out of 5 stars Celia Imrie, the Beckenham Cator
Really well written and an interesting read. A lovely person.
It is of particular interest to me because she is descended from Joseph Cator of Clockhouse in Beckenham Kent, my... Read more
Published 12 months ago by P. E. Manning
5.0 out of 5 stars The Happy Hoofer
I got this Celia Imrie autobiography for my dear wife, who absolutely loved it and has recommended it to many o0f her friends. I look forward to reading it myself!
Published 12 months ago by Francis Coggs
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab!
Great book, truthful and funny and a little bit heartbreaking in places. One of my favourite actors and a wonderful read.
Published 13 months ago by TheEmi1y
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