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Send Yourself Roses: Thoughts on My Life, Love, and Leading Roles Hardcover – February 14, 2008

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Turner has starred in films as diverse as Body Heat and Romancing the Stone; she's had rave reviews for her stage performances in The Graduate and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Now Turner, with the aid of Gloria Feldt, bares her heart to readers in an upbeat account of her life and work. Turner discovered the theater when she was a teenager living with her Foreign Service family in London; from then on, she took every opportunity to study acting and to perform. Eventually, she landed the steamy lead in Body Heat. Playing such a sexually voracious female role might have typecast her, so she followed it with a comedy, The Man with Two Brains. As she discusses the other acting roles she's chosen, she's emphatic that the selection of material and characters I play reflects my values. She's also been deliberate in her offstage life—her decision to marry, to have a child and to divorce. With great candor, she details some of her worst struggles, battling both rheumatoid arthritis and alcohol. In the end, she's realized it comes down to taking the lead role in her own life. While she may indulge in swear words a bit much for some readers, Turner's vision of life's many possibilities—even as she gets older—is surely inspiring. (Mar.)
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'Send Yourself Roses" is an intimate and fun read about an exceptional actress who is also a very gutsy, out-there woman' -- Jane Fonda 'Kathleen has always told it like it is. She has good insight, a great sense of humour and Send Yourself Roses" is an enjoyable read' -- Michael Douglas 'Her tale is ballsy and bold. When she was good, she lets us know all about it. But when she was bad, or when she hit the bottle or was debilitated by rheumatoid arthritis, she doesn't spare the details' -- Scotland on Sunday 20080203 'This is a very mad memoir indeed. I challenge you to put it down for even one moment... Kathleen, I am in awe. Be madder still, please' -- Sunday Times 20080203 --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Springboard Press (February 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446581127
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446581127
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,440,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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67 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Little Miss Cutey on February 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Kathleen writes about her experiences on screen and stage in this interesting memoir. She's always been a favourite of mine, so it was a no brainer to read this. She needed some convincing to write this, feeling it was egotistical to write it, but I'm glad it got done and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
There is plenty of information in here that I never knew. One of those things, is that when she had just finished her debut film role Body Heat, and while waiting for it to be released, she went back to waitressing as she was broke. She talks about her co-stars like Danny DiVito, Jack Nicholson and Burty Reynolds. She writes about Nicholas Cage and how he caused so many problems and drunk driving and the theft of a dog. She talks about her rhumetoid arthritis and her alcoholism. She uses strong language here and there and goes into great detail about how she feels onstage throughout perfomances. She talks about her joy of motherhood and the sadness of infertility.
I bought this because as a fan, I wanted to read about her life and see more of what she's like as a regular everyday person rather than only a character. I have to say, it's interesting if not a little self-congratulatory in parts. I'm glad I bought it, but I just couldn't give it the 5 stars I'd have liked to because I felt it was a little over the top in parts and it's (as she says) the truth as she remembers it, while I've read and heard about some of her fellow actors swearing that what she wrote isn't true at all.
I think it's a good book to read as a fan, although not the best biography/memoir I've ever read.
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Julia Flyte TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
When I was younger, Kathleen was one of my favorite actresses and I was keen to read her take on her Hollywood career. What I liked about this book is that she is very frank and actually dishes the dirt, which is quite rare in a Hollywood autobiography! Because let's face it, we want to know what really went down rather than the glossed over version you usually get in celebrity autobiographies.

I enjoyed reading about her positive experiences with her co-stars (including Jack Nicholson, Michael Douglas and Danny de Vito) and also the not so positive (Burt Reynolds, Nicolas Cage). I hadn't realized that she and Michael had an affair while filming "Romancing the Stone" - although I guess, given Michael's reputation, that shouldn't have come come as a surprise to me! When she filmed "Peggy Sue got married" with Nicolas Cage, she claims that he was frequently drunk, was in fact arrested twice for drunk driving and also stole a chihuahua. Perhaps that explains the lack of chemistry that they had in the movie. She and Burt Reynolds also took an instant dislike to one another and their working relationship was extremely acrimonious. Again, Kathleen is more than happy to give specifics.

Kathleen also talks about her battles with rheumatoid arthritis and alcohol, which is interesting because at the time I just thought that she had let her career go and piled on the weight, rather than there being reasons behind it.

Ultimately the book kind of lost me though because I got tired of Kathleen telling us how wonderful she is all the time. Confidence is good, but she doesn't seem to have a modest bone in her body! Yes, she's had an interesting life, but any interest that I ever had in meeting her has gone.

Nevertheless, if you enjoy Hollywood biographies, there is still a lot of juicy material in here and it is a very entertaining book to read.
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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Christine Menendez on February 19, 2008
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I love Kathleen Turner, love what she's done and her films and certainly appreciate all she's gone through. God knows, I've got crippling arthritis as well and know how bad and painful it is.
But. And I really hate to say this. I found the book soft. Maybe dull. I think a whole lot of emotion was left out of it, and I know that emotion had to have been there but wasn't explicated. It was made bland.
Maybe it's just me, I dunno. Not a bad book, certainly, but berift of the kind of emotion I expected to find in such a memoir. Maybe Kathleen should have just written it on her own, with all the explitives she wanted to use and all the violence she felt. As it is, I felt it kind of a cheat. I know there is more to her than this Kodachrome, and I really wish she had talked about it.

Compare this to Sybil Shepherd's bio, which is an absolute hoot. Sybil just tells all, and tells it with great brio and lots of laughs.I know this is all there in Kathleen Turner's life, but it is missing in the book.

This is kinda hard. I don't want to not recommend the book. It's okay, as a kind of "just the facts, ma'am" kind of bio." In that way, it works. But it is not literature, not emotional, not something spectacular. I figure Kathleen Turner can do much better, if she does it on her own and just goes her own way.

I don't really like my review, but, so it goes. I don't really like saying the things I said, but it is how I feel. I really wish I had liked this book better than I did.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Whatshername on March 27, 2008
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I love biography. And I have always big a big Kathleen Turner fan. What a disappointment! I liked her much more before I read her book!

"One of the problems of having started my career as a younger beautiful woman known for her sexuality..."

"The most important lesson I learned from Body Heat is how brave I could be...

"Managing and protecting the Kathleen Turner brand can be tricky."

Are you kidding me? This is the tone of the whole book! If the world thought Ms. Turner was as fabulous as she does, she'd still on the A list! I gave it two stars only for a half dozen or so semi-interesting Hollywood gossip stories, most of which you could get from reviews.

A painfully bad memoir!
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