My Lucky Stars: A Hollywood Memoir
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An Academy Award-winning actress and the internationally bestselling author of Out on a Limb delivers her touching, warm, and headline-making memoir. In My Lucky Stars Shirley MacLaine talks candidly and personally about her four decades in Hollywood, especially about the men and women--her "lucky stars"--who touched and challenged her life.
much longer I could wander around the romantic landscape without destroying the relationship I had with my husband. I didn’t want to ruin Robert’s marriage either. I wasn’t sure where it was going between us, and I think I was looking for help from Steve. If he would come home, perhaps we could clarify our own relationship. But Steve said he was too busy. He chastised me for being adolescent and not understanding his need to establish an identity of his own. So Robert and I traveled together,
undeserved attention. I had devoted my life and energy to being noticed, only to find that I was afraid I wouldn’t live up to what was expected of me. I didn’t want to be served, so much. I didn’t want the assistants to bring me lunch or the wardrobe girls to shop for me. I was not comfortable that the state of my well-being attracted so much attention. Whether that was because I had come from the world of ballet, where everything was a private institutionalized struggle, or whether it was
thought of himself as a character out of Peanuts. He’d come to work with a Mickey Mouse lunch box and a baseball cap with Donald Duck on it. He sometimes lisped like a small child (usually when he wanted something) and when he really wanted something, he’d apologize. “Forgive me,” he’d say. “But I’d really like you to try it this way.” In fact, he conducted rehearsals as though he was apologizing for being there—yet when I began to tally up what was actually happening, I could see that with his
helped fairness prevail, and on the other made “the story” more important than the truth. We walked outside and the flashbulbs bombarded us. I had never experienced that before, particularly not in a political context. I was frightened and unprepared. I hardly knew who I was, much less what I thought about social or political issues. The three of us went to a bank of microphones. The politicians surrounded us. The reporters didn’t wait for anyone to make a statement. They started yelling
and fatherly. But it never reached me. A secretary at the studio intercepted it, answered it, and sent him back a black-and-white glossy photo of me, signing it Sincerely, Shirley MacLaine. John brought the photo with him when he visited me backstage once in Las Vegas. I was mortified, but he smiled that knowing, understanding smile, just like a tolerant guardian. He was my first leading man, and as such was so tender with me. GLENN FORD (THE SHEEPMAN) DECIDED I SHOULD LEARN TO smoke a cigar. I