The intimate memoir by three-time Oscar nominee Piper Laurie, one of Hollywood's most gifted and respected actresses, read by the author.
At the age of 17, in the glory days of moviemaking, Piper Laurie was living every little girl's dream. A contract star with Universal, Piper was elevated to the heights of Hollywood, her name emblazoned on 1950s marquees across America for hit movies like The Prince Who Was a Thief, The Mississippi Gambler, and Ain't Misbehavin'. Meanwhile, Piper's beauty was admired by the likes of Ronald Reagan, Howard Hughes, Paul Newman, and Tony Curtis as well as dozens of directors and legions of fans.
But Piper discovered early on that the little girl's dream was not her own. Mortified by the shallowness of the roles and movies she was given, she longed for the freedom and fulfillment of her own artistic vision, finally finding the courage to leave her contract behind. After leaving the oppressive studio culture, Piper began to star in the live TV shows, plays, and films that became her career hallmarks: The Glass Menagerie on Broadway, the original Days of Wine and Roses, The Hustler, the iconic Carrie, and Twin Peaks - earning three Oscar nominations and winning Emmy and Golden Globe awards during her impressive career.
This memoir is the inspiring tale of Piper's perseverance to break from tradition and to practice her craft at the highest level. She started life as a withdrawn, mute child who couldn't find her voice and was transformed into a woman who learned to live out loud by her own rules.
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An absolute gem - don't miss it
Ms. Laurie tells her extraordinary life story with enormous gusto. Few would guess, from her public persona, that she has lived one of the most colorful lives in show business.
A lot of surprises. And Ms. Laurie's beautiful delivery.
- Hayworth "Keep reading"
Amazing woman and life.
I don't know as I have not "read" the printed. I do know there is something wonderful about Ms. Laurie's voice that makes this audiobook a true pleasure to listen to.
I never got bored. All of her life and stories about old Hollywood and the movies, Theatre, and TV she has done are all so fascinating to me. She was a woman ahead of her time!
So many of them I loved but I would have to say all the Twin Peeks info was great fun to learn.
Laughed a few times. Did not cry but I did feel her pain many times.
This is one of, if not the best autobiographies I have ever read. She is so honest about herself and her life that you cannot help but be drawn into her telling of it. There are things many people would have left out but not Ms. Laurie. She lets you see her warts and all. I loved every step of the road she took me on with this book.
- WhosYourChubby "Kristopher Michaels"