Welcome back to my Nonfiction Book Party!
Today’s featured books celebrate three incredibly talented and iconic women. And it just so happens to be Sally Field’s birthday today!
I have so much admiration for these women and the joy they continue to bring to so many people through their films and music. I grew up on musicals like the Sound of Music and Mary Poppins. I adored What’s Up Doc, Funny Girl, Yentl, and of course Prince of Tides. And is there a better crier than Sally? Steel Magnolias, Forrest Gump, and even Soapdish – the list goes on and on.
These featured books are insights into the lives of three women who are now in their 70s. Can you imagine being in the public eye for more than five decades?
Title: Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years
Author: Julie Andrews
Synopsis: In this New York Times bestselling follow-up to her critically acclaimed memoir, Home, Julie Andrews reflects on her astonishing career, including such classics as Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, and Victor/Victoria.
In her first memoir, Home, Julie Andrews recounted her difficult childhood and her emergence as an acclaimed singer and performer on the stage. With this second memoir, Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years, Andrews picks up the story with her arrival in Hollywood and her phenomenal rise to fame in her earliest films — Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music. Andrews describes her years in the film industry — from the incredible highs to the challenging lows. Not only does she discuss her work in now-classic films and her collaborations with giants of cinema and television, but she also unveils her personal story of adjusting to a new and often daunting world, dealing with the demands of unimaginable success, being a new mother, the end of her first marriage, embracing two stepchildren, adopting two more children, and falling in love with the brilliant and mercurial Blake Edwards. The pair worked together in numerous films, including Victor/Victoria, the gender-bending comedy that garnered multiple Oscar nominations.
Cowritten with her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, and told with Andrews’s trademark charm and candor, Home Work takes us on a rare and intimate journey into an extraordinary life that is funny, heartrending, and inspiring.
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- Business Insider: An interview with Julie Andrews: On balancing motherhood and a career, the importance of therapy, and how fame changed her
- NY Public Radio (25 minutes) Julie Andrews and Her Daughter on Hollywood Memoir
Title: In Pieces
Author: Sally Field
Synopsis: In this intimate, haunting literary memoir and New York Times Notable Book of the year, an American icon tells her own story for the first time — about a challenging and lonely childhood, the craft that helped her find her voice, and a powerful emotional legacy that shaped her journey as a daughter and a mother.
One of the most celebrated, beloved, and enduring actors of our time, Sally Field has an infectious charm that has captivated the nation for more than five decades, beginning with her first TV role at the age of seventeen. From Gidget’s sweet-faced “girl next door” to the dazzling complexity of Sybil to the Academy Award-worthy ferocity and depth of Norma Rae and Mary Todd Lincoln, Field has stunned audiences time and time again with her artistic range and emotional acuity. Yet there is one character who always remained hidden: the shy and anxious little girl within.
With raw honesty and the fresh, pitch-perfect prose of a natural-born writer, and with all the humility and authenticity her fans have come to expect, Field brings readers behind-the-scenes for not only the highs and lows of her star-studded early career in Hollywood but deep into the truth of her lifelong relationships–including her complicated love for her own mother. Powerful and unforgettable, In Pieces is an inspiring and important account of life as a woman in the second half of the twentieth century.
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- News article: Sally Field calls her memoir ‘An extraordinary experience’
- New article: ‘Steel Magnolias’ Cast: Where Are They Now?
Title: Her Name is Barbra
Author: Randall Riese
Synopsis: Riese uncovers the fascinating, startling, and often disturbing facts of Streisand’s life. Hers is the ultimate Cinderella story: that of an ugly duckling who became a swan on Broadway and then in Hollywood, in films including Funny Girl, The Way We Were, and A Star Is Born. While the book covers the majority of her career, a lot of it also focuses on the creation of the Prince of Tides. It shows the “real” Barbra and how determined she’s always been to reach her goals. Note: I was disappointed to learn that although the author hasn’t interviewed Streisand, he makes statements and assumptions about her emotional life.
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- Video When Barry Gibb tenderly kissed Barbra Streisand live on stage at the 1981 Grammy Awards
JUST FOR FUN:
While I was putting this post together, I became a little obsessed with trying to find a picture of the three women together. This LIFE magazine from May 1986 was the only one I could find. Can you guess who is the oldest and the youngest?
And because I couldn’t resist checking The Oracle of Bacon… this is the really important research.
- Julie Andrews was in The Sound of Music with
Angela Cartwright who was in Beyond the Poseidon Adventure with Sally Field
- Julie Andrews was in Little Miss Marker with Walter Matthau who was in Hello, Dolly! with Barbra Streisand
- Sally Field was in Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde with Alanna Ubach who was in Meet the Fockers with Barbra Streisand
- Julie Andrews was in On Golden Pond with Brett Cullen who was in
The Guilt Trip with Barbra Streisand
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