Tis Herself: An Autobiography Paperback – 3 May 2005
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'A delightful anecdotal autobiography . . . Hollywood's heyday returns to life in this revealing, insightful memoir' -- Publishers Weekly
'An essential book for anyone interested in the golden age of Hollywood' -- MAIL ON SUNDAY
'Lively and very entertaining' -- Irish Independent
'One of the most spirited and striking of all the screen sirens with a specific, classical Irish beauty' -- INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
'Wonderfully candid' -- SUNDAY EXPRESS
An essential book for anyone interested in the golden age of Hollywood -- Mail on Sunday
About the Author
Maureen O'Hara has starred in more than sixty motion pictures. She divides her time between the United States, Ireland, and St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Johnny Nicoletti is an author, actor, and talent manager. Most notably, he is the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller ‘Tis Herself, a memoir by Hollywood screen legend Maureen O’Hara. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children. Visit his social learning website at HipNoggin.com and acting bio at IMDB.me/JohnnyNicoletti.
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The last part of the book sounded like a paranoid rant and I was glad to get to the end of it.
So why have I only given it 3 stars? Because O'Hara grates, sadly. Her fiery narrative would have been thoroughly entertaining if it had been tempered with a bit of self-deprecating humour. Instead O'Hara wants us to believe she was the most beautiful, talented actress Hollywood had ever produced, and not only that but she came from a beautiful, talented family as well, and Ireland is Paradise on Earth (the Oirishness really does get beyond a joke at times!). The harsh truth is that O'Hara has been pushed by film history into the realm of the second-raters: she wasn't as talented as Bette Davis, as sexy and funny as Marilyn Monroe, as strong and indomitable as Katherine Hepburn, as unique as Ava Gardner, and Rita Hayworth carries off the trophy as the iconic Red-Head. Right at the end of the book I had a teeth-gritting feeling that the old bag was talking down to us lesser-mortals, as though we should we be grateful we had been honoured with her memoirs! Only B-listers do that.
I know that sounds harsh, but she really does become annoying very quickly. What IS fascinating is for her detail about working with the troubled director, John Ford, a curious man by anyone's standards. O'Hara had a love-hate relationship with him, and their relationship is endlessly fascinating. For all fans of Ford and John Wayne (the Duke comes across as very much the gentle giant) films this book is an absolute must, and I do recommend it for that reason, but if O'Hara is really trying to prove that she is some kind of role model for strong-minded women, well as a certain tennis-player would have once said, "You cannot be serious!"
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