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The Happy Hoofer [Kindle Edition]

Celia Imrie
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'I've always been wilful...I've always been stubborn and always determined'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 inAcorn Antiques anddinnerladies, as well as films includingCalendar Girls andNanny 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. Somehow she 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.


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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)

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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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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comic Timing 15 April 2011
Format:Hardcover
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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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read 13 April 2011
Format:Hardcover
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 Really good 9 Oct. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, Magical and entertaining 2 May 2011
Format:Hardcover
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Brilliant Celia Imrie 5 May 2011
By J. Ship
Format:Hardcover
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Memoirs of 'Miss Babs'!!!! 27 April 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a riveting read 11 Mar. 2015
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I can't agree with most of the reviews on this book. At the beginning Celia wants to let us know how her mother comes from some sort of pedigree nobility stock and really makes a big deal of it. However she goes on to tell us that her father was a commoner from Glasgow despite the fact that according to her he was a doctor, dentist and radiologist. After that it seems to be a day by day account of her acting career which I found very boring as it was unbelievably mundane stuff and after getting two thirds of the way through the book (which I forced myself to do) I started skimming the pages. Also, talk about name dropping - if you want to know who Celia has met in the celebrity world then you may enjoy this book - otherwise don't expect anything like a book you can't put down. There was no 'gossip' as the summary of this book indicates. In fact it was all pretty safe stuff. Celia seems to want to the reader to think she is some sort of mischievous maverick type but actually she's the exact opposite.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good read
A very good read. A lovely lady who takes life by the balls and enjoys life. Very enjoyable well written
Published 7 hours ago by Anita I
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
Not a bad read but I expected more revelations abit tedious in parts I think another book may be there
Published 5 days ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Most enjoyable.
Published 12 days ago by Liz
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book
I loved this book. Ms Imrie has a great way with words, and puts them together splendidly. I have always admired her work on television and films and look forward to any future... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Jan Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars The happy hoofer
What a life!' Felt that Celia had experienced so much, was'nt afraid to take chances and likes to live in the fast lane.
Will look for more work by Celia Imrie.
Published 14 days ago by Janethiscoke
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Read yet but looking forward to it
I have not got around to this yet,but love the Actress
Published 18 days ago by David Sullivan
5.0 out of 5 stars The Happy Hoofer
Lovely read
Published 19 days ago by Patricia Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars not show offy like some autobiographys just full of anicdotes and...
Amusing and interesting, you can hear her speaking, not show offy like some autobiographys just full of anicdotes and insights into her world
Published 20 days ago by games girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Enjoyable book, it was nice to learn more about a face we all like and know
Published 20 days ago by Mrs. P. B. Grady
4.0 out of 5 stars simply brilliant
Celia Imrie writes very well you can hear her speaking through the pages, such an interesting book. Even going as far to explain the live of an actor from her point of view, one... Read more
Published 22 days ago by mr m j lowe
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