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Too much information and too little Shirley
on 22 October 2013
Shirley's book is easy to read, starts quite well with her childhood memories and progresses to her breakthrough with Rodgers and Hammerstein. Unfortunately it's all downhill from there with far too much emphasis on her sexual interests and little about her artistic achievements. Famous co-stars names are scattered throughout the book but with the feeling that they were dropped in by her ghost writer Wendy Leigh to attract a younger audience. I'm not sure who she attempted to attract with this 'memoir' but it went quite badly wrong for me. For example, Brando, Sinatra, Dean Martin, Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark and other names crop up but with little to tell us about their artistic skills or interaction with her apart from the odd bit of groping by Widmark. Hardly any mention of the singer/actor who she is most associated with, Gordon MacRae, other than to say he was a wonderful co-star and a tiny photo caption saying he had the most glorious voice ever. I agree, I think he did as well so why not tell her readers why she thought so? She tells much more on the narration over the Oklahoma! soundtrack on the 50th anniversary DVD which is much more interesting. Nothing at all deep here I'm afraid, very disappointing.