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Lucky Me: My Life With--and Without--My Mom, Shirley MacLaine [Kindle Edition]

Sachi Parker
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (330 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Shirley MacLaine’s only child shares shocking stories from her out-of-this-world childhood with the famously eccentric actress

Shirley MacLaine is an Academy Award winning actress who has graced Hollywood with her talent for decades, known for her roles in The Apartment, Terms of Endearment, and recently the BBC/PBS smash Downton Abbey. Yet—as her daughter Sachi Parker can attest—growing up with the movie star was far from picture perfect.

The only child of MacLaine and her husband of thirty years, Steve Parker, Sachi’s surreal childhood began when she was sent to Japan at the age of two—though her mother would sometimes claim Sachi was six—to live with her mercurial father and his mistress. She divides her time being raised by a Japanese governess and going back and forth to L.A. to be with her mother, hamming it up on movie sets, in photo shoots, and Hollywood parties, even winning—and then abruptly losing—the role of Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird. As she gets older and attends boarding school in England and Switzerland, becomes a Qantas stewardess, and becomes involved in a series of abusive relationships she tries to unravel the mysteries of her childhood and her parents’ unconventional marriage.

Including twenty never-before-seen personal photos, Lucky Me is a fascinating look at Hollywood and what it takes to succeed there, the incredible ambition of Shilrey MacLaine and the fallout it had on her only child, as well as a woman’s attempt to understand and connect with her extremely complicated parents.

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About the Author

Sachi Parker is the only child of actress Shirley MacLaine and producer Steve Parker. An accomplished actress herself, Sachi has appeared in theater and films throughout the world. These appearances including Stick, directed by Burt Reynolds, Back to the Future, About Last Night, Peggy Sue Got Married, Riders to the Sea, and Scrooged, and TV shows such as Star Trek: the Next Generation and Equal Justice. Her theater work includes Ladies in Waiting, Pastorale, and The Lulu Plays, which she won a Daramalogue Best Actress award. Parker recently collaborated with co-author Frederick Stroppel (A Brooklyn State of Mind) on a one-woman show about her life, also titled Lucky Me.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1899 KB
  • Print Length: 361 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1592407889
  • Publisher: Gotham (February 7, 2013)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009VMN3RA
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,052 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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245 of 259 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Balanced Memoir February 14, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I decided to give this book a try, since I can relate to psychological abuse, as I'm sure everyone can to some degree. In any case, like another review stated, I found it very fair and balanced. And I have to admit, I was also especially interested in this account, after having had a personal encounter with Shirley Maclaine, once while working at the Jules Stein Eye Institute in the UCLA medical complex. This was back in the 80's, and I was looking forward to meeting the famous actress, since I held a great deal of respect for her spiritual pursuits. But as it turns out, I ended up being quite disappointed. Because from the moment Ms. Maclaine entered the waiting area, she started shouting out personal demands, such as the waiting room furniture needing to be rearranged for her, and other personal demands, that were clearly not part of the services rendered by our staff. At any rate, it became clear to me, and all the other staff, that she was a highly irrational person, clearly seeing herself as "superior in evolution" to every person in that room....which for me, goes against even the basic precepts of spirituality. I will never forget how Ms. Maclaine displayed not one ounce of grace or respect towards anyone around her (and for me, this *is* the most basic trait of *true* spiritual evolution). And how her behavior was more demeaning to herself than anyone else.

In any case, after that encounter, I realized that the universe was teaching me a very important lesson about the appearances that people want to publicize about themselves, and that we can't always believe them....that we always need to go deeper to see the truth. And it also made me see, that people like Ms. Maclaine, who consider themselves to be "superior, spiritual" beings....
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208 of 223 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No wire hangers. February 8, 2013
Shirley MacLaine and Steven Parker were not the worlds first selfish, narcissistic parents. But man, they sure deserve to be included in the Hall of Fame. The incidents of abuse and abandonment are pretty grim and it is remarkable Sachi Parker retained any regard for either parent given the circumstances. This may be one of the saddest tell-all Hollywood books you will ever read, if you elect to read it. When her dad wasn't snuggling up to her in an open kimono, her mother was torturing her with some sadistic form of tough love, with her father's Machiavellain Japanese mistress hovering in the shadows.
This placed Ms. Parker at the periphery of her own life. She existed only in reference to the definition her monstrous parents gave her.
She is a winning sort, Ms. Parker, with all the pluck of a Dickens heroine.
And Shirley? Well, given that Ms. MacLaine has told us ad naseum about her experiences with other lives and extraterrestrials, It should come as no surprise that the crux of the book involves something of both.
It was a tough book to read, frankly. There is a lot of what I would call filler, the mundane stuff of a life that seems to have been on hold, waiting for some kind of permission to begin. Sachi keeps asking for things that both of her parents are incapable of offering.
As an aside, I would ask Ms. MacLaine, given her rather broad statement about the book's veracity, what parts are lies exactly. Did she give her daughter up at age two? Did she believe all that claptrap her husband fed her about clones and send him money every month thinking it was going to NASA? This business about lies and liars is a two-way street. She seems to have latched onto this moniker for her daughter fairly early on.
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233 of 252 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite but sort of "Shirley Dearest" February 9, 2013
By Stony
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I decided to read this because I am always curious how people who claim to be spiritual are perceived by those who know them.

The spiritual person in question is actress Shirley Maclaine and the verdict isn't great.

This book is a memoir by her daughter Sachi Parker, an actress herself who seems to have spent most of her life longing for her mother's love (and not getting it).

The text is comprised chronogically, starting with Sachi's lonely childhood in Japan with her complex father and his cold mistress. Basically MacLaine wrote in one of her autobiographies that she sent her young daughter to live with her husband in Japan claiming it was to keep her daughter Sachi safe from kidnapping threats. As an adult, Parker questions the veracity of her mother's account and indicates that MacLaine's disinterest in being a parent allowed her father (and MacLaine's husband) to use her as a pawn in his manipulations against her mother.

Sachi's father (and MacLaine's husband) was a business man named Steve Parker. As the book goes on, the reader learns that he pulled off an almost-unbelievable three-decade's long con on MacLaine, bilking her of millions of dollars. Even knowing of MacLaine's new age beliefs, the details of this con were jaw dropping. I don't want to spoil this for you: All I will say is NASA, the Pleiades, and a clone figure in the mix.

Throughout the memoir, Parker describes struggling with her self-esteem and in finding sincere men to date. She tries hard to excuse her mother's neglect and selfish behavior, but Maclaine does not come out as the better parent.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good actress, not so great mother
I am a Shirley Maclaine fan, and this book burst my bubble. Kind sad, really, but a good read. I couldn't put it down.
Published 11 days ago by Joanr
4.0 out of 5 stars Team Sachi
Really enjoyed this book and have great admiration for Ms. Parker in that she has been able to survive such cavalier neglect and deceitful manipulation to find a healthy path for... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Lynn Flatley
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely LOVED this book!!
Very well written, full of laugh out loud moments combined with a wry perspective on what should have been a fairy tale life...but wasn't in reality. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Marcy Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Horrendous Tale of Bad Hollywood Parenting
Wow, this girl had one horrendous upbringing, but it is rare to find any good mothers in Hollywood from the 1940s or 1950s. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mariane Matera
5.0 out of 5 stars A good writer. A good story in her own right
It's not Mommie Dearest. Perhaps Mommie Wierdess. A good writer. A good story in her own right. A Good read.
Published 1 month ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
biographies are my favorite
Published 1 month ago by Leah
5.0 out of 5 stars A survivor's tale
Sachi Parker showed great courage by writing this book. Shirley MacLaine is clearly a full blown narcissist; everything from self-absorption, lack of empathy, inflated sense of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by wezziesf
4.0 out of 5 stars didn't think Shirley was a very good mother.
Was an interesting life, didn't think Shirley was a very good mother.
Published 2 months ago by Shirley A Mortensen
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
As a child who experienced many of the traumas, I could relate this poor girl. She seems to have great sense and stability after surviving a very difficult childhood. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jan
3.0 out of 5 stars but I enjoyed it.
Kind of predictable, but I enjoyed it.
Published 2 months ago by ShelleyC
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