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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Like mother, like daughter, like granddaughter-the notion of history repeating itself functions as both plot frame and theme in Collins's latest novel, a multigenerational saga that spans a century of family triumphs and tragedies set against the backdrop of the ever-changing entertainment industry. Millie McClancey is just a na‹ve Irish lass when, having been compromised by a roguish nobleman, she takes to England's music hall stages, wowing London and New York. In the 1940s, Millie's illegitimate and far more sophisticated daughter, Vickie, becomes a Hollywood sensation. And Vickie's wild child, Lulu, becomes a supermodel in the '80s before turning to the soaps. Through it all, most of their misfortunes may be attributed to Patsy, an enemy Millie made in her youth, and Patsy's grudge-carrying descendants. Like overteased hairstyles and television programs about oil barons, this benign offering has a pass‚ feel. Derivative of just about everything-Moll Flanders, The Godfather, Funny Girl, Valley of the Dolls-it even has Bugs Bunny gangsters ("Yeah, boss, yeah, good idea"). For readers who make it to the closing curtain of this sprawling camp extravaganza, the ultimate message-while years and fashions may be different, "nothing changes"-will come as no surprise.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Millie McClancey, a feisty, redheaded maid in an English manor house during World War I, knows that her future will be onstage after seeing her first revue in the gritty music halls of London. With the support of young master Toby, who encouraged her budding skills as a singer, Millie makes a name for herself in small London clubs, and soon becomes the quintessential flapper, the fantasy of every male, the idol of every female. But Toby is the only man she loves. When he promises to marry her, she sleeps with him and becomes pregnant--only to learn that he wants nothing to do with her. Millie's daughter, Vickie, becomes the second generation to make it big, lighting up the 1940s silver screen. Both women are seen as fast and loose, but their exploits usher in a new age of female independence, and the third generation--Vickie's daughter, Lulu, rising to fame during the drug-crazed 1980s--is no exception. Collins' depiction of the mood of each era is on point, and she embroiders the starlets' cliched stories with intriguing characters and revenge-seeking enemies. A delicious romp sure to charm fans of easy and even sleazy reading. Mary Frances Wilkens
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (May 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786890487
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786890484
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,886,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tana Butler on December 15, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Well, I started reading it yesterday, along with my buddies at Readerville.com, and quickly realized I needed a notepad next to me while I turned the pages.

Notes:

p. 19: When were fishnet tights invented?

p. 20: Could Millie really escape to the theater on a daily basis because the rest of the staff was too busy to monitor her chores? Clearly Joan Collins has never had a job.

p. 30: Shall we guess who? "In the passage outside, someone else who had heard everything crept away shaking with rage." Well, who's the only character we're already supposed to dislike? Who sneered at the three-toed man?

p. 38: I actually think this sentence is excellent: "She didn't even feel the need to breathe. she just drew her breath from him now and again." Yow.

p. 55: A TINY STAB OF PAIN?!?!?!

The book is suffering from too many adverbs.

p. 72: Now it's getting incredible. A humanitarian bachelor with a dorm for performers? I loved this bit: "...a pretty ballerina would pirouette as a boy played the harmonica."

It's like a bad Thomas Kinkade painting, the one with the lighthouse situated, "unhelpfully," in a forest.

p. 75: I await one original phrase.

p. 76: She uses the word "chockablock."

p. 77-78: History lesson time. "So many husbands and fathers had been killed in the war, thousands of women, young and old, were left with no means of support." Breathtakingly unoriginal-just one in an endless parade of sentences crippled with clichés.

p. 81: "Millie, picking up a pair of large scissors , began to chop off her long red hair into a fashionable bob." Well, that I wanna see.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Brown on October 30, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The saga of four women whose lives span the 20th century, all of them finding their passion in the performing arts. From stagestruck Millie of World War I to her award-winning great-granddaughter today, we follow these boisterous, enduring & ambitious women - through fame & fortune on London & New York stages, to Hollywood, to careers in singing, theater & film. Through passionate love affairs, disastrous marriages & lifetime enmities.
Racing through the decades, each a time capsule of fashion & news, swirls through the world of celebrities & accomplishments. As an enduring celebrity herself, Joan Collins knows from whence she writes!
STAR QUALITY is a galloping, breathless adventure, recommended for everywoman who loves a juicy, gossipy, daring story, sketched with a broad brush, sometimes hilarious language, & those daily life details as cultures change, relationships grow & die, that fascinate fans of historical romance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By moviebuff on November 26, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I received this book by mistake and thought what the heck, I might as well try it. I am sure glad I did. It has become one of my very favorite books and I have read it at least 8 times over the years and it is still enjoyable everytime. Once you start to read it, it becomes almost impossible to put down. The characters are brilliantly written and they draw you right in to the story with them. Am sure glad I received the wrong book, this book has "Star Quality"!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By chihuahua_star on January 1, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I don't know what everyone is complaining about. It's FICTION! The dates don't need to be perfect. I really loved this book, and couldn't put it down. Following the generations of women stars was interesting. The ending is pleasant as well. What can I say? It's a typical Collins novel, but I found that this one did have less sex than usual and a better storyline (which is nice for a change!). Give it a try!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "little_woman" on January 5, 2003
Format: Hardcover
She starts off by taking her sister's idea of writing about back scenes HOLLYWOOD, which Jackie wore out years ago. She writes of this Irish peasant girl from the perspective of British aristocracy and never rolls up her sleeves to bring to life the hard scrabble world of the character, so Molly is little better than a stick figure. You'll immediately recognize that these characters are the facsimile of the Barrymore Family. The plot is never developed and is told like some High Tea tome. Ms. Collins uses every cliche of the last century and her parallels reveal her keen lack of awareness of the human condition. She needs to learn as her sister did that British euphimisms don't play well in American literature unless they are made within quotation marks and used to season a particular character. It reads like some drama queen reading a script and in no way resembles a novel. The regal demeanor of the book is self serving posturing and is not designed to enlighten or entertain, but to impress---which it didn't.
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By Sandy Bucantis on April 14, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I have read all, or almost all, of Jackie Collins' books. This book was quick, enjoyable and captivating, Just what I expected to come from Jackie Collins.
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By Ronda collins on March 10, 2014
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This book was fantastic, it had a little bit of everything in it.
This is something, that I will re-read over and over again.
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Fast and enjoyable reading. As usual a typical Joan Collins book full of sexy characters. I love her plot twist and turns.
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