Send Yourself Roses: Thoughts on My Life, Love, and Leading Roles

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Grand Central Publishing, Feb 14, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
From her film debut as the sultry schemer in Body Heat to her award-winning role as Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, actress Kathleen Turner's unique blend of beauty, intelligence, and raw sexuality has driven her personal and professional life. Now, in this gutsy memoir, the screen icon tells us of the risks she's taken and the lessons she's learned-sometimes the hard way.

For the first time, Turner shares her childhood challenges-a life lived in countries around the world until her father, a State Department official whom she so admired, died suddenly when she was a teenager. She talks about her twenty year marriage, and why she and her husband recently separated, her close relationship with her daughter, her commitment to service, and how activism in controversial causes has bolstered her beliefs. And Turner reveals the pain and heartbreak of her struggle with rheumatoid arthritis, and how, in spite of it, she made a daring decision: to take a break from the movies and relaunch her stage career.

Along the way, Turner describes what it's like to work with legends like Jack Nicholson, Michael Douglas, William Hurt, Steve Martin, Francis Ford Coppola, John Huston, John Waters, Edward Albee...and, with characteristic irreverent humor, shares her behind-the-screen stories of dealing with all types of creative, intimidating, and inspiring characters.

Kathleen Turner has always known that she would play the lead in the story of her life. It's impossible not to take her lessons on living, love, and leading roles to heart. And it won't be long until you'll be sending yourself roses!

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As celebrity memoirs go, this one wasn't my favorite. It feels pretty obvious that it was ghost-written from interviews. But Turner's life and observations are often inspirational--especially for women of a certain age--and she obviously has a good voice for reading the book aloud. Read full review

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User Review  - bookswoman - LibraryThing

Any female in the 35-60 age range needs to read this book! Kathleen Turner opens up her life, her feelings, her family and her career for all to see. It is the more personal stories that strike a cord ... Read full review


Get a Wife
The World of Rachel
Waiting in the Car
Voice Is a Practical Tool
Voice Is Power
Voice Is Service
Speak in Your Own Authentic Voice
Turner Takes It on the Nose

Finding My Talent Early
First Lady Ambassador to the Moon
My Parents Choices
Well You Just Have To Dont You?
Awakening to My Passions
I Owned the World
The World Changes in a Flash
My Father in Heaven or Within Me
New York Life
Seeing the Opportunity
And Seizing It
Freezing Through Body Heat
Breaking Sexual Barriers
Lessons in Bravery and Humility
The Difference Between Sex and Sexuality
Sexual Iconography
Be Essential in Any Role You Play
Opposites Attract Me
Romancing the Stone and Michael Douglas
Love Happens When You Least Expect It
Butterfly Days
When God Was My Special Effects Man
The Special Effects Did Not Continue Indefinitely
Nobody Can Make You Do Bad Work
You Fight
The Paul Newman Effect
What You Learn or Have Isnt Enough What Counts Is How You Use It
Taking On Too Much
Prizzi and Peggy
Family Planning
Hold On to the Power to Say No
Nobody Suffers from Too Much Love
Losing That Which I Most Took for Granted
Refusing to Accept Despair
Regaining My Voice a Baby Step at a Time
Sometimes Just to Endure Is Enough
No Longer a Leading Lady?
Better Drunk Than Sick
The Impatient One Learns to Wait
Childbearing Choices Become Inevitable
A Paradox but Not an Oxymoron
Knowing When the Choice Is Inevitable
Serial Risk Taker
Virgin Role
Living Larger
Kathleen Turner Is My Brand
Getting Myself Back in Full
Left to My Own Vices
Speak Truth to Critics
Give till You Feel Good
Change the Definition of Sexy
Women FriendsA Beautiful Bouquet
Adventures and Ventures with Friends
Tend to the Spirit
Choose the You That You Like Best
Appreciate the Rewards of Necessary Losses
Shut Up and Do It
Acting Lessons for Life
The Lesson of the Labyrinth
Stepping Forward into the Rest of My Life
The Smell of a Man and Other Future Facts of My Life

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About the author (2008)

Kathleen Turner is an actress and activist probably best known for her Oscar-nominated performance in Peggy Sue Got Married and Golden Globe winning role in Romancing the Stone. She is actively involved with local charities like the Child Advocacy Center and City Meals-on-Wheels and she chairs Planned Parenthood's celebrity Board of Advocates.
Gloria Feldt is the author of The War on Choice (Bantam 2004), a nationally prominent women's rights activist, and the former President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

Gloria Feldt is the President of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She lives in New York City and Phoenix, and is married to Alex Barbanell. Between them they have six children, nine grandchildren, and one great grandchild.?

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