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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"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
"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
“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 AssistantsFrom the Hardcover edition.