- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Center Street; Reprint edition (September 23, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1599953870
- ISBN-13: 978-1599953878
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 53 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #630,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Life Is Not a Stage: From Broadway Baby to a Lovely Lady and Beyond Paperback – September 23, 2012
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"If you think you know Florence Henderson-think again. Her journey is both inspirational and jaw dropping. She is one gutsy lady."―"Judge Judy" Sheindlin
"I count Florence as one of my dearest friends. Now I count her as one of my favorite story tellers. I have always loved the way she looks at life with humor and inspiration. This book proves that-in spades!"―Carol Burnett
"The teenaged Florence Henderson only needed a one-way ticket to Broadway when she left her hometown in Southern Indiana. The great Rodgers and Hammerstein quickly recognized in her what the rest of us would also soon discover -a big talent matched with an even bigger human spirit."―Bill Cosby
About the Author
Florence Henderson is most well-known for her role as Carol Brady on TV's The Brady Bunch, but she started her career on the stage, in musicals such as Oklahoma! and South Pacific. She starred on Broadway in the long-running musical Fanny, and in 1962, she became the first woman to guest host The Tonight Show. Her talent for skit comedy also allowed her to make frequent appearances on Dean Martin's variety show. In 1968, she was cast as Carol Brady on the popular TV sitcom, which ran from 1968 to 1974, and is still on air today.
Joel Brokaw coauthored Tyler Perry's #1 New York Times bestseller Don't Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings.
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I was surprised at the kind of home life and parents she had. She told the truth in a very gentle or muted way. She just seemed to accept what she couldn't change when she was young. She really had a bad "deal" with her parents.
I guess that I wish she had been able to slow down a bit in her life, when she could have. She loves performing, and audiences no doubt love her singing, yet I couldn't help but feel that I wished she would stop"running" in her career, and try to just "be" for awhile, as a person. This is a book that female readers of biography/autobiography should find interest in, as I did.
I happen to be reading at the moment because of Florence's recent passing. I am about half way through the book when I discovered a lovely handwritten note from Marion, the owner of the bookstore. It really touched me that she went to that length to thank me for supporting her store. It was an awesome experience!
There is relatively little here about the Brady Bunch that fans have not read elsewhere.Nevertheless, a well-written tale of a life well-lived.