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All her teenage dreams came true and then she paid a big price.,
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This review is from: Wish I Was There - I Was the Golden Girl of British Cinema…Then My Life Fell to Pieces. This is My Story (Kindle Edition)
I had never heard of Emily Lloyd. This may seem unusual in today's celebrity focused media-driven world, but at the time of her great fame I was a regular British teenager in the 80s (no internet, no video machine, only went to the cinema on special occasions....etc)
I bought this kindle book because it had a catchy title....I thought it interesting to read about the downfall of somebody who claimed to have been a golden girl of British cinema (albeit that I am no cinema buff) ....but I am a nosey parker. I ordered the free sample and it started as a catchy read so I bought the book. I'm very glad that I did.
I found it a really interesting read. It helped that the author is a similar age to myself and grew up in East London, an area I am familiar with. The author exploded to fame / stardom at just 16 in the 1980s. She clearly hadn't been grounded for this. All her dreams came true in terms of lifestyle, money, celebrity status but she reveals how it wasn't working out for her. She goes on to describe her crazy, undisciplined, star-studded lifestyle and how this left her feeling empty and actually accentuated mental health issues that had been underlying since she was a child.
Most interesting though is her story of how she has adjusted her lifestyle to continue living with her malaise, as she calls it. The lady has shown tremendous strength of character and continued to do some work to help others, including children. Emily Lloyd, has a strong family around her and she clearly draws so much strength and support from them.
I wasn't particularly endeared to Emily Lloyd "the star" but I thought the older, mature, regular Londoner who is working to be a better person on a daily basis sounds like a great person.
She writes that she wishes to act again. As I have never seen any of her work, I do not appreciate the loss to British cinema but I strongly that the lady finds peace, health and happiness whatever she chooses to do. Thank you for sharing your story, Emily Lloyd.