Read this in one day because I couldn't put it down. Felt sad for Sally Field when I learned that her family life growing up was nothing like the sunny girl she portrayed in Gidget and the Flying Nun. Because of her early roles, she had to struggle to be taken seriously; eventually she was acknowledged as an excellent actress, but it took years. Admire her courage facing all the tough times she had.
5 stars! I read this memoir in one sitting; I didn't want to stop reading - so I kept going until I read every word.
I was looking forward to reading this book, however I was disappointed. There seems to be about 100 pages dealing with her sad and lonely childhood and easily 100+ pages of her drama-y insecure teenage years. I guess I should have known that she was really insecure with her “you like me ...you really like me” comment which she does NOT discuss in the book.
Towards the end of the book she does start discussing Burt Reynolds and their very unhappy and unhealthy relationship and how she threw her live-in boyfriend away and her kids became #2 to Burt.
Then in a few paragraphs, she tells us she met someone, married him, had a third child, then 10 years later they divorced, and when the youngest was 16 she sold her house... and then she got the Mary Todd Lincoln gig.
Just like the previous comment, I am amazed at what a brave person she is. To have accomplished all that she has having suffered from childhood sexual abuse from her father and her mother's alcoholism is astonishing. She did not state that she was not protected by anyone from being overworked at a young age and unfairly compensated. It is too bad the "Me Too" movement didn't come about decades earlier, think of how all our lives would have been enriched.
What a beautiful and brave human being Sally Field is. In this book she reveals painful and honest truths of her past and how they laid the foundation for the person she is today.
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