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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Crown; First Edition edition (December 27, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307237540
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307237545
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,102,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Misadventures in nannyhood" is how Hansen, an Oregon teen who'd trained at the Northwest Nannies Institute, characterizes her amusing account of several years as live-in drudge to the stars. Readers of James B. Stewart's DisneyWar are already acquainted with her first employer, Michael Ovitz, then still the superagent commander of the CAA talent agency, and parent, with his wife, of three children. Hansen isn't a flippant writer; she doesn't try to score easy shots; and she cites her own inexperience and shyness, but it becomes increasingly clear through her account (backed up by the diary she kept) that the portraits drawn by other writers—of a cold, shrewd, controlling man—are accurate. Still, there was glamour, which at first made up for the grueling 24/7 workload and a curious chintziness. However, Hansen lasted just over six months. She later found work with the charming Debra Winger and left only because it became clear that the doting Winger didn't really need a full-time nanny. Her next and last nanny job was with the wonderful and thoughtful Rhea Perlman and Danny DeVito and their three kids. Hardly backstabbing, this entertaining book possesses a sincerity other nannying tomes lack.
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Review

"Filled with juicy little tidbits that will be enjoyed by anyone who loves to read about the bad behavior...of the rich and famous." —LA Times

"[A] story that Hansen tells with real comic energy, sparing no unlibelous detail." —Boston Globe

"After the publication of Hollywood nanny Suzanne Hansen's memoir, former employer and hardballing Uber-agent, Michael Ovitz might swear bitterly: You'll Never Nanny in This Town Again." —Vanity Fair, January 2006

"Think The Nanny Diaries, but juicier—and it's all true! Suzanne Hansen's tell-all book about her real-life adventures in Tinseltown babysitting (she was the nanny to the kids of super-scary super-agent Michael Ovitz) will have you howling with laughter—and rage." —Marie Claire magazine

"Veterans of the serving class ourselves, we thought we'd seen it all, but You'll Never Nanny in This Town Again offers an intriguing peek into the never-before-revealed family lives of Hollywood's elite. Hansen's memoir poignantly proves that truth can be more powerful than fiction." —Leanne Shear and Tracey Toomey, authors of The Perfect Manhattan

"A funny, absorbing true tale that will once again leave readers wondering why anyone would want to work in the insane asylum that is Hollywood." —Robin Lynn Williams, author of The Assistants

"Funny and engaging enough to be a novel, that You'll Never Nanny in This Town Again is true takes it to another level—a stunning exposé of our culture's impossible expectations of mothers." —Ariel Gore, author of The Hip Mama Survival Guide and The Mother Trip

"A jolly holiday with Mary it most certainly was not. At 18 years old, long before Nanny 911, Suzanne Hansen left the WiIlamette Valley of Cottage Grove to pair her au with late-'80s Hollywood excess... Hansen's just-released tell-all You'll Never Nanny in This Town Again chronicles her caregiving escapades with Debra Winger, Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman, and especially the Ovitz clan." —Portland Monthly magazine

“Veterans of the serving class ourselves, we thought we’d seen it all, but You’ll Never Nanny in This Town Again offers an intriguing peek into the never-before-revealed family lives of Hollywood’s elite. Hansen’s memoir poignantly proves that truth can be more powerful than fiction.” —Leanne Shear and Tracey Toomey, authors of The Perfect Manhattan

“Just when you think you’ve heard everything about the behind-the-scenes world of celebrities, along comes You’ll Never Nanny in This Town Again, a humorous yet down-to-earth account of the vagaries of warped Hollywood parenting. Author Suzanne Hansen’s experiences as an L.A. nanny expose the absurd–and yet achingly funny–differences between the rich and famous and the rest of us.” —Andrew Breitbart and Mark Ebner, authors of Hollywood, Interrupted

“A funny, absorbing true tale that will once again leave readers wondering why anyone would want to work in the insane asylum that is Hollywood.” —Robin Lynn Williams, author of The Assistants

Customer Reviews

I couldn't put this book down,fascinating story and very well written.
Toro
This is a quick read, about the author when she was nannying for a rich Hollywood family.
Hello Kitty Ellen
And hey, my other job is being an author, so I know a good book when I read one!
Marsha Marks

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By N. Gargano VINE VOICE on January 29, 2006
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I felt a little guilty buying this book, but it looked like it may be a fun look into the life of the "so rich, you can't believe how they live" people, so I bought a copy for myself, my sister and my neice. It is a fast, funny read, and I don't think the writer was mean like some of the other reviewers thought. I did think halfway through the book, how sad these people have so much, and such great opportunites, and they seem so darn unhappy. I also felt so sorry for the children, not having there parents there for them all the time....It was so nice when the nanny moved on and we were able to read about some Hollywood families whose children are not raised by just the nanny.

Anyway, it was a light, fast read, and kept my interest.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Marsha Marks VINE VOICE on January 16, 2006
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I loved this book! I took it on a layover with me, (Yes, I serve cokes for a living...while trapped in a steel cigar -I'm a Flight Attendant) and I couldn't put it down. It took me away from the fact that I work two jobs and still have a family to cook and clean for when I get home, and that I do it all with no help. (Or 'staff'...as Suzanne puts it.) And for just a while, I lived in Suzanne's shoes as she found out how, 'the other side lives'. I couldn't put the book down. If you like reading about one person's hilarious experiences with the Rich and Powerful in Hollywood, then you'll love this book. What I especially loved about this particular book is the juxtapostion of Suzanne's naive wide eyed inocence and her wry observations. She comes across as endearing and shocked at how 'the other side' lives. This book is a perfect book for a mom stuck at home, who needs a 'fun fast hilarious read'. I'm going to tell all my Flight Attendant friends to get this book! And hey, my other job is being an author, so I know a good book when I read one! OK! From both sides of the beverage cart! smile.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Joel Canfield on January 17, 2006
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Several times in this book, the author makes note of how people she grew up with described her as a judgemental busybody. Which must be true, because otherwise this book wouldn't exist. The events described must have taken place prior to 1988 - since the production of Danny Devito's "Twins" is near the end of the book - which means it took almost twenty years for her to write this??? Why this? Why now?

Her time as nanny to the Michael Ovitz family takes up the bulk of her story - and she proceeds to take apart every aspect of this notoriously publicity-shy mogul's private life in what seems to be a vendetta against his attempt at blackballing her further employment in Hollywood. There seems to be a lot of hypocrisy going on here as she uses her country-gal act as a holier-than-thou bludgeon against what is obviously a completely unhappy disfunctional family. Although she passingly takes responsibility for her half of a weird employer-employee relationship - she never takes the time off she's alloted until the family grows to depend on her being there around the clock, she fails to stand up for herself, and she fears Mrs. Ovitz although the woman seems infinitely more fragile and screwed-up than the author - she still makes it plain her misery is on their shoulders. Then, even when she's working for her "nice" Hollywood employers (Debra Winger, Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman), she still complains when other nannies are getting more perks than she is. My favorite part is when Devito and Perlman take her to a luxury hotel in Hawaii and she empties the mini-bar, watches pay movies continuously and makes incredibly long distance calls on their dime - and then feigns innocence over not knowing that everything was going to cost so much money (for the record, DeVito didn't really care).
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Laurie M. Bell on January 11, 2006
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This book was so well written, it was as if I was there living with Suzanne Hansen and sharing all of her experiences. I too wondered if Judy Ovitz liked her and my heart broke with her good-bye to Brandon. This book was so fun. I laughed and cried and truly found myself grateful that I don't have all the things the famous people have to worry about. Suzanne really cared for these children and it was great to hear all of her stories. I could not put this book down. It is a must read. I am really in disagreement with the review that spoke about her just whining, I did not get that impression at all, and even though she spoke of some awful experiences with the Ovitz's she also spoke of how beautiful Judy was and how good Michael had been to her many times. This book was very funny, heartwarming and entertaining. I really recommend getting this book and reading it right away!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Amara TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 11, 2006
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I was happy when reading this book to hear about the GOOD Hollywood mothers, of which Hansen meets a fair amount. But it is really troubling to hear about the less good ones, especially because every time you open a magazine, you hear one of them quoted about their mothering skills and making it sound like they know something you don't. Like the author, I would LOVE to have some of them admit how much help they get. That is one of the things I loved the most about Brooke Shield's book on her PPD---how much credit she gave her baby nurse. I remember once reading an article about some Hollywood mother saying how important it was to her to raise her own children, and saying how she had made it a policy never to leave her daughter for more than TWO WEEKS---her daughter was TWO! I would not leave my two year old for much more than 2 hours!

Some people seem to think that this book is unwarrented because the Ovitz were occasionally generous with Hansen. They are totally missing the point. It's not how they treated Hansen---it's how they treated their children---not even spending the money to talk to them which on vacation, NEVER putting the baby to bed, etc. Who knows if it's all true, but I am sure it's often true of rich parents (and of some poor ones, too)

I did think the book could be better edited. The parts about Suzanne's boyfriend were not really much tied to the rest, and I would have liked to know more about her life after nannying, but overall, this is certainly worth a read!
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