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For more than 30 years, Gavin MacLeod has served as the global ambassador for Princess Cruises. Speaking to thousands of travelers each year, and signing hundreds of autographs at every port, he stands poised to celebrate his amazing journey with a look back at the golden era of American television. The consummate storyteller, Gavin shares his fondest memories of meeting and working with countless stars, such as Cary Grant, Steve McQueen, Gregory Peck, Bette Davis, Frank Sinatra, Ethel Merman, Ella Fitzgerald, Ronald Reagan, Milton Berle, and Fred Astaire.
From his humble theatrical beginnings in upstate New York, to Radio City Music Hall and on to Hollywood, Gavin MacLeod was on the fast track to success. However, a few hard life lessons - like dealing with a divorce - taught Gavin that the key to happiness was only through a deep faith in God, and he feels his work for Christ is more important than any award. Three years later his remarriage proved that a great struggle can culminate in a happy ending.
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By Don Lance on 11-16-13
Get to know Gavin as a person, not the actor
You can learn a lot from reading about another person’s life. I suppose this is the key reason I enjoy reading biographies of interesting people. However, I think an autobiography is even better because you get a person’s experiences & insights directly from him, rather than risk the errors that could appear in the research of the most careful biographer. An even better situation is if you can get the autobiography in the person’s own voice. Going beyond a telling of the literal facts, someone relating his own stories will add emphasis, drama, comedy and emotion in ways that another narrator will miss. The stories really come to life because he lived it.
This is one of many reasons that makes Gavin’s book special. If you purchase the audiobook version you will hear his first-hand stories that make up his fascinating life in his own recognizable and appealing voice... and you quickly connect with him on what impacted his life on a deeper level.
I can conclusively say that Gavin’s book was the best autobiography / biography that I have read. Once I started, I found it difficult to stop, and that’s always a sign of a good book. Gavin pulls you into his life story and you want to see how he eventually arrived to the parts of his life that are familiar to us.
I won’t provide a summary of Gavin’s life history as you can get this from other reviewers or Internet sites. You may already know that his life story is connected with many well-known people and events in entertainment history, and this is an enjoyable part of his book.
But what I found much more interesting in the book are the “life lessons” that Gavin wants to share with his readers that he has learned from his own experiences. He shares many in the book, and they naturally emerge as he relates his experiences. Like all of us, Gavin has high and low points in his life. In his book he reflects on these joys and regrets, and clearly Gavin desires that other people learn from them.
You also quickly pick up from his book that Gavin loves people, and that people are very important to him. He expresses a lot of delight in connecting with others, and he desires that he connect with you, the reader, as well.
While I saw & enjoyed the movie Timechanger, I missed his movie The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry. From this book I realize I’ve missed a great movie. I will have to get it!
Lastly – I found the book both entertaining and inspiring. The book will take you beyond knowing Gavin as an actor and stage performer, and you will get to know him as a person.
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By PAUL W. KELLY on 04-08-17
Gavin MacLeod even more likeable in real life
This autobiography is a beautiful, moving, gracious and humble telling of Gavin's life, career and vocation. It is quite inspiring and very moving at times. Narrated by MacLeod makes it feel even more like sitting down and having a conversation with a friend. He does not pull away from some of the difficult and painful aspects of his life and is honest in his recounting of mistakes he is not proud of. What adds a really interesting and deep dimension to this book might seem offputting to some because he shares his faith journey but weaves it in seamlessly. He is sharing his life and experiences and how he sees his journey. I found his sharing of his Christian journey to search, for something that he felt was missing in his life, very engaging and interesting. It actually provides an insight into acting from a vocational and faith dimension, which is not something one hears spoken of much. I found this book absolutely wonderful. It also shed light from his perspective on his involvement in Television shows such as McHales Navy, And critically acclaimed "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and the globally popular tv show that launched a thousand cruises, The Love Boat. I was hungry for even more anecdotes from the making of these great shows but his narrative does not disappoint. I would advise people not to be put off if the faith dimension gives them pause, as he understands and respects others positions but shares what is a key aspect to who he is and what he does. Highly recommended.