Dance While You Can

Dance While You Can

eBook - 1992
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * In her most revealing memoir yet, Shirely Maclaine shares deeply personal stories about her family: her parents, her brother, and her only daughter--and about her life in the movies over four decades.

"On the deepest, most personal level, I needed to work out who my parents were and what they had been to me. I knew that I couldn't get on with my work and the rest of my life until I had."--Shirley MacLaine

An extraordinary woman whose energy, drive, and talent are legendary, Shirley MacLaine still moves audiences to laughter and tears. Recalling the powerful family influences that propelled both her and her brother, Warren Beatty, to stardom, she considers the effect of her own career on her relationship with her daughter, Sachi. And writing about her friendships with such Hollywood stars as Robert Mitchum, Ava Gardner, Dean Martin, Elizabeth Taylor, and Debbie Reynolds, she contrasts the golden days of the film business with the different world of moviemaking today.

But Dance While You Can is more than a memoir--it is an unforgettable glimpse into a woman's soul. Writing with candor and emotion, Shirley explores her complex feelings about success and failure, love and loneliness, the constant pressure to re-create herself in her work, and the challenge of balancing her search for self-awareness with the difficulties of sustaining her closest relationships.

Illustrated with thirty-two pages of personal photos--many never before published--here is a rich, revealing look at a remarkable woman in the prime of her life. Frank, often funny, and always entertaining, this is Shirley at her best.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 1992, c1991.
ISBN: 9780307765086
Characteristics: 1 online resource (235 p.) : ill.


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Mar 17, 2018

Shirley MacLaine, excellent biography! The blue card, cracks me up, peeing in the cup at the clinic, so funny! Great doctor to help her out through all that mess and blood work. I go through the same all the time at the health clinics, it's a mess sometimes.

The beginning of the book, the first day, the throwing up, and becoming acclaimed in the industry is a pivot perspective well drawn together, factual, and the opportunity to dance and sing on the stage, holding the mike and dancing, and then attaching it to your body. What draws us and what God unfolds in our lives, it's beautiful, reverence, indeed.

What really caught me is the character Aurora, it was the first movie I had remembered seeing, with Shirley MacLaine. I was 16 years old at the time. I saw it again many year later, then Evening Star. These are some of my favorite movies! I was blessed to discover that Shirley relates well to the character she played to her true self.

I was relating to a family death, so the movie helped to draw some good points, strength and why it is important to respect the memory of others.

Relating and unfolding the truth, the purpose, and life of meaning. It is precious!

Thank you Miss Shirley.

Indeed, our time is worthy.


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