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Oscar nominee and Emmy Award–winning actress Shohreh Aghdashloo shares her remarkable personal journey—from a childhood in the Shah's Iran to the red carpets of Hollywood—in this dazzling memoir of family, faith, revolution, and hope.
Enchanted by the movies she watched while growing up in affluent Tehran in the 1950s and '60s, Shohreh Aghdashloo dreamed of becoming an actress despite her parents' more practical plans. When she fell in love and married her husband, Aydin, a painter twelve years her senior, she made him promise he'd allow her to follow her passion.
The first years of her marriage were magical. As Shohreh began to build a promising career, Aydin worked at the royal offices as an art director while exhibiting his paintings in Tehran. But in 1979 revolution swept Iran, toppling the Shah and installing an Islamic republic under the Ayatollah Khomeini. Alarmed by the stifling new restrictions on women and art, Shohreh made the bold and dangerous decision to escape the new regime and her home country. Leaving her family and the man she loved behind, she fled in a covert journey to Europe and eventually to Los Angeles.
In this moving, deeply personal memoir, Shohreh shares her story: it is a tale of privilege and affluence, pain and prejudice, tenacity and success. She writes poignantly about her struggles as an outsider in a for-eign culture—as a woman, a Muslim, and an Iranian—adapting to a new land and a new language. She shares behind-the-scenes stories about what it's really like to be a Hollywood actress—including being snubbed by two of Tinseltown's biggest names on Oscar night.
Lyrical and atmospheric, The Alley of Love and Yellow Jasmines is a powerful story of ambition, art, politics, terror, and courage—of an extraordinary woman determined to live her dreams.
I've been a longtime admirer of Aghdashloo's performances, and was interested to read this.
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This memoir is an easy and enjoyable read--in a good way. There are portions that seemed a little bit too much like reading the author's IMDB page, but those excepted, the story... Read morePublished 3 months ago by P. Mann
This book is very well written -- with one exception. For the most part it fails to pin down the actual years in which the author's experiences happened. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Joan C. Scott
"The Alley of Love and Yellow Jasmines" by Shohreh Aghdashloo is a fantastic memoir or someone growing up with Hollywood stars in their eyes in privileged Tehran under the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Wilhelmina Zeitgeist
Shohreh Achdashloo is most famously known for her Academy Award-nominated role in "The House of Sand and Fog," as well as her appearance in TV's "24. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Christine Zibas
The title of this book refers to a place in Teheran which Ms. Aghdashloo loved as a child growing up there. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Patricia H. Parker
I like Shohreh Aghdashloo as an actress, I always enjoy seeing her work. I think she is a beautiful and strong woman, and Hollywood needs ladies like her. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ann M. Pitman
I had a ton of fun reading this book. I've always been one of the author's admirers for her art of acting both in cinema and for her theatrical talents on stage. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Le musician