A Constant Alien

  • by Catherine Schell
  • Narrated by Catherine Schell
  • 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Catherine Schell has lived a life more dramatic and colourful than any of her many acting roles. Her story sweeps from her birth during an Allied bombing raid in Budapest to life under postwar Russian occupation, escape, and life as a refugee in Austria; a strict convent school life in America; and on to Germany, where she became an actress.
Whilst international fame would follow through roles in the James Bond and Pink Panther franchises as well as the iconic role of Maya in popular sci-fi series Space: 1999, the story off camera is altogether more human and real. An abusive husband, her father's surrender to Alzheimer's, her brother's paranoid schizophrenia, and a dominant and passionate mother all play their parts in her tale. Told engagingly and with warmth, there are highs and lows, laughter and tears, and lessons learnt as a survivor...in a life where she has been A Constant Alien.

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Fascinating from Beginning to End

Having been a fan of actress Catherine Schell since the mid-1970s, the book I was expecting paled in comparison to the supreme accomplishment Ms. Schell delivered. While her professional exploits and stories of her cast members and so on were wonderful, classy, and dignified, the real draw here was a complete surprise. Ms. Schell's life is fascinating, from her childhood with the family escaping the Nazis to the present day. Highly, highly recommended, and a real pleasure to hear the actress narrating her own story. Regal class and elegance. Those qualities have always surrounded Ms. Schell, and they're here in abundance. Reading the book would be wonderful, but hearing the book in Ms. Schell's own words and voice added so much to the experience.

Sadly, many will never know the bounty we have here. They may not know the actress or her work, but her life story alone would be a fascinating read for anyone.
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- Robert R. "Bohemian Bon Vivant"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-04-2016
  • Publisher: Spokenworld Audio & Ladbroke Audio Ltd