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A light fun read
on April 4, 2013
I wouldn't say I'm a fan of Debbie Reynolds but I do enjoy the stories and anecdotes about the golden age of Hollywood. Having seen just one film she has starred in, I mostly bought this as a light, entertaining read and received exactly what I was after in this book. The writing is simple and coasts along easily and reads almost like a transcript from some breezy afternoon brunch with the spunky screen legend of her reminiscences on her films, friends and co-stars. Sometimes feeling a bit like stream of consciousness, there are times when her focus shifts slightly, but only briefly.
She does go into some detail about her loss of her memorabilia collection and the many business deals gone wrong in her attempt to create a Hollywood history museum. I wasn't all that interested in those recountings and while they are sad and unfortunate, I would hardly consider her working through these events as a triumph per se. But its always nice to hear that someone has come "out the other side" just fine after some of those ordeals. And thankfully, in Ms. Reynolds' case, with her sense of humor in tact.
A blend pluckiness, wit and southern charm, her writing did draw some laughs out of me. Especially in her recounting of what happened on the set with Walter Matthau. Just about every story and memory includes at least one positive point, even some of her less enjoyable experiences. And just about every statement about any friends, co-stars and/or acquaintances she writes about are followed with how "lovely", "dear" or "kind" they were, regardless of whether she always got along with them or not.
All in all, fun and entertaining. This is no mere gossip read. Rather, her stories are more like surprising little anecdotes. A chat with a funny, feisty lady disguised as an 81 year old who has no qualms about calling herself an "old broad".