Lucky Me: My Life With--and Without--My Mom, Shirley MacLaine

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Penguin, Feb 7, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 368 pages
Shirley MacLaine’s only child shares shocking stories from her out-of-this-world childhood with the famously eccentric actress

Shirley MacLaine is an Academy Award winning actress who has graced Hollywood with her talent for decades, known for her roles in The Apartment, Terms of Endearment, and recently the BBC/PBS smash Downton Abbey. Yet—as her daughter Sachi Parker can attest—growing up with the movie star was far from picture perfect.

The only child of MacLaine and her husband of thirty years, Steve Parker, Sachi’s surreal childhood began when she was sent to Japan at the age of two—though her mother would sometimes claim Sachi was six—to live with her mercurial father and his mistress. She divides her time being raised by a Japanese governess and going back and forth to L.A. to be with her mother, hamming it up on movie sets, in photo shoots, and Hollywood parties, even winning—and then abruptly losing—the role of Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird. As she gets older and attends boarding school in England and Switzerland, becomes a Qantas stewardess, and becomes involved in a series of abusive relationships she tries to unravel the mysteries of her childhood and her parents’ unconventional marriage.

Including twenty never-before-seen personal photos, Lucky Me is a fascinating look at Hollywood and what it takes to succeed there, the incredible ambition of Shilrey MacLaine and the fallout it had on her only child, as well as a woman’s attempt to understand and connect with her extremely complicated parents.

 

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I read this book in two days. It's not great literature, but it's more engaging than some of the more ambitious books I've read lately. Ms. Parker comes across as a likeable Everygirl (even as she ... Read full review

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User Review  - arielfl - LibraryThing

I told my dad that I was reading this book and he said that even by 70's standards Shirley MacLaine was a real crack pot. I was expecting juicy stories and the result was meh. Part of the problem may ... Read full review

Contents

CONTENTS
Of Mockingbirds and Fox Gods
Charters Towers
Youre on Your Own Now
Flight
Chapter 9
The Good Doctor
Man in Space
Chapter 12
Thats George McFly?
Chapter 14
Domestication
The Lord and
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Copyright

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Sachi Parker is the only child of actress Shirley MacLaine and producer Steve Parker. An accomplished actress herself, Sachi has appeared in theater and films throughout the world. These appearances include Stick, directed by Burt Reynolds, Back to the Future, About Last Night, Peggy Sue Got Married, Riders to the Sea, and Scrooged, and TV shows such as Star Trek: the Next Generation and Equal Justice. Her theater work includes Ladies in Waiting, Pastorale, and The Lulu Plays, which she won a Daramalogue Best Actress award. Parker recently collaborated with co-author Frederick Stroppel (A Brooklyn State of Mind) on a one-woman show about her life, also titled Lucky Me.

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