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Miss Rona;: An autobiography Hardcover – 1974


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 281 pages
  • Publisher: Nash Pub (1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0840213360
  • ISBN-13: 978-0840213365
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,326,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on May 31, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book is truly a masterpiece. It tells of her very human struggles as a "fat Jewish kid" that children used to tease. Her desires and dreams to be "Miss Somebody" and her willingness to succeed at all costs. She tells secrets of her crushes on the famous people she met and how she found true love with her soul mate, Bill. She speaks of having been the first female, Jewish reporter and the politics behind broadcast journalism. This book is definitely worth reading!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mediaman on August 2, 2009
Format: Paperback
Rona Barrett, who claims to have been one of the ten most famous names in America in the early 1970s, tries to make people feel sorry for her in this terrible autobiography. She uses 2/3's of the book to detail her incredibly boring early life, recreating hard-to-believe specific conversations that she heard when she was a "crippled" 11 year old. After the first few chapters you'll have a hard time believing anything she writes because she is always spinning things to make you feel sorry for her. She plays the sympathy card then and continues to play the victim as she works her way up in the gossip industry.

Most disappointing is that there are very few stories about the famous people she got to know. She does throw Frankie Avalon under the bus (she used to work for him and claims he was anti-Semite and a racist) but otherwise the only other person to get much mention is Tommy Sands--does anyone even remember who Tommy Sands was? She glosses over the Sinatras and then uses aliases for other famous people she refuses to want to spill the beans on. What kind of gossip columnist is this? She gives us pretty much nothing juicy and instead focuses on her lack of a sex life.

She repeatedly tells us how much she hates herself physically and then slams the bodies of other women near her, such as her mother or co-workers. She repeatedly tells us that she has suffered prejudice from being Jewish, yet admits her own anti-Semitism in not wanting to date those of her own faith! She repeatedly tells us how successful she was (started working as a fan club rep for Eddie Fisher and Steve Lawrence at age 15) yet she gives little evidence of any satisfaction with any of her jobs.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gina on August 31, 2008
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If you were a Rona Barrett fan you will love this. She tells us about how she started out and her struggles to get there. I was especially surprised that Rona was an overweight kid who had low self-esteem growing up,who turned into the slim gossip maven later. I enjoyed the book, so will you.
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By Crittermom on February 26, 2015
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Loved this book!!
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