Lucky Me

Lucky Me

My Life With--and Without--my Mom, Shirley MacLaine

eBook - 2013
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Shirley MacLaine's only child shares shocking stories from her out-of-this-world childhood with the famously eccentric actress

Shirley MacLaine is an Academy Award winning actress who has graced Hollywood with her talent for decades, known for her roles in The Apartment , Terms of Endearment , and recently the BBC/PBS smash Downton Abbey . Yet--as her daughter Sachi Parker can attest--growing up with the movie star was far from picture perfect.

The only child of MacLaine and her husband of thirty years, Steve Parker, Sachi's surreal childhood began when she was sent to Japan at the age of two--though her mother would sometimes claim Sachi was six--to live with her mercurial father and his mistress. She divides her time being raised by a Japanese governess and going back and forth to L.A. to be with her mother, hamming it up on movie sets, in photo shoots, and Hollywood parties, even winning--and then abruptly losing--the role of Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird . As she gets older and attends boarding school in England and Switzerland, becomes a Qantas stewardess, and becomes involved in a series of abusive relationships she tries to unravel the mysteries of her childhood and her parents' unconventional marriage.

Including twenty never-before-seen personal photos, Lucky Me is a fascinating look at Hollywood and what it takes to succeed there, the incredible ambition of Shilrey MacLaine and the fallout it had on her only child, as well as a woman's attempt to understand and connect with her extremely complicated parents.

Publisher: [New York] : Penguin Group US, 2013.
ISBN: 9781101616567
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 electronic text : ill.
Additional Contributors: Stroppel, Frederick
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LynnSouiedan
Jan 10, 2014

Quite a sad story. Sachi Parker had a very priveledged upbringing. She travelled the world, went to private schools, and yet, she did nothing with her opportunities. She seemed to expect her parents to give it all to her. And her story about Paul and Steve. I mean, really!

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tlc988
Oct 21, 2013

I just finished the book and I had a hard time putting it down. Don't understand the one star comment. . .? Very well written and honest unlike Shirley MacLaine's books which are a little out there. You truly feel for Sachi and her sad up-bringing and a mother who does everything to sabotage her daughter's acting career so she will not be up-staged. As one of the comments said "I will never look at Shirley MacLaine the same way" I feel the same.

ChristchurchLib Jul 16, 2013

"The daughter of the Academy Award-winning Hollywood star traces her youth spent moving between her mother's Los Angeles movie sets and her father's home in Japan, her years in boarding schools and the sequence of abusive relationships she endured while trying to understand her parents' unconventional marriage." July 2013 Biography and Memoir newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=656325

leapyrtwins Jul 07, 2013

Shallow girl; stupid parents. Very disappointing.

145e Apr 10, 2013

Fascinating and very well written. I will never look at Shirley MacLaine in the same way again.

JMFlaherty Mar 13, 2013

Couldn't put the book down. Stephanie Sachi Parker grew up having a creepy, perverted "alien" father with a skewed brain, and a famous, talented ,sociopathic mother with an equally skewed brain. Each of her parents permanently planted on different continents. In her marvelous book she relates how she managed to get through her highly unusual "upbringing." Lots of poignantly painful parts and some really hilarious ones. (The hilarious parts do not involve her parents.)
I saw Sachi on the "House Hunters" show and thought she was a joyous, loveable sprite. Her upbeat personna has gotten her thru life.

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Jun 09, 2015

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