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A brilliantly and hilariously entertaining read!
on 6 September 2012
This book details the early life of Shirley Schrift, who would later become the witty yet talented actress Shelley Winters who won numerous awards including two Academy Awards. This book showcases superbly the unique brand of humour that Winters possessed. She is frank and honest about the beginnings of her life within a Jewish family and her seemingly perpetual role as the "dumb blonde" in Hollywood. Winters gives a stunning commentary of her time as a "dumb blonde" within the dream factory and how she became increasingly frustrated with this going make-up free opposite the glamourous Elizabeth Taylor in "A Place in the Sun" in order to prove to the film industry and indeed her audience alike that she had a versatile acting range. This is a warm, wholehearted autobiography that touches on some painful moments within her life including an abortion she had, her difficulties with men, her divorces and her affairs with many leading Hollywood actors including William Holden and Burt Lancaster. This book is a must-have for anyone intrigued by Hollywood and indeed the fabulous Shelley Winters, star of "Lolita", "The Big Knife", "The Diary of Anne Frank" and "A Patch of Blue" amongst one hundred film, stage and television credits.