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Colleen Dewhurst

4.20  ·  Rating Details  ·  35 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
"Over ten years ago, I had an idea that brings me to this very moment." So wrote Colleen Dewhurst, as she began - finally - to recall the stories that would fill these pages. Three years later, Dewhurst, acclaimed as one of the greatest tragic actresses of our time, died on August 22, 1991, leaving unfinished the autobiography she had been writing for nearly two decades. T ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 29th 2002 by Scribner (first published July 11th 1997)
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Feb 12, 2010 Graceann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dewhurst fans
Shelves: memoir
Colleen Dewhurst, the actress who made even the most banal scripts into masterpieces, died in August 1991, leaving the manuscript for her memoir only half completed. Thanks to her editor and her assistant, what grew out of the tragedy of losing Miss Dewhurst is an even more well-rounded portrait of this marvelous woman. I believe that if it had been left only to her own memory, there would have been a number of omissions - because her friends and family were asked to share their reminiscences, w ...more
Feb 21, 2014 Diane rated it really liked it
This is a candid look into the world of theater as seen and lived by Colleen Dewhurst, interspersed with commentary by many of the people who were in her theater and personal life. I picked it up for two reasons: she played Marilla in "Anne of Green Gables," and apparently she was married to another actor I greatly admire, George C. Scott. I wanted to read about those two pieces in her life, and was abundantly rewarded with so much more. She begins the book by chronicling how very difficult it w ...more
Jan 03, 2015 Em rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Of all the great actresses I've seen the one I most admired and striven to measure up to was Colleen Dewhurst. I never was privileged to have seen her on a stage, more's the pity, and she didn't do a great deal of cinematic work, but she was unforgettable no matter what she did. Her voice, her eyes, her presence were electrifying. "The Woman's Room" and "Anne of Green Gables" so far apart in terms of style and characterizations and yet these performances are seared into my mind. I so wish they h ...more
Dec 23, 2014 Tanya rated it really liked it
Wonderful biography of a great actress! Colleen's voice and philosophy of life comes through so clearly in this memoir. As she passed before it was completed, the added sections of her friends and colleagues comments and reminiscences of her fill out the narrative and give a first-hand, insightful outside perspective of this woman's life that one rarely finds in biographies.

When I had finished, I felt like I had been sitting for a chat with an old friend.
Aug 07, 2007 Jono rated it really liked it
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the pretty great-in-the-telling story of a helluva lady & a fantastic actress, w/ some of the brightest theater stars from the 50s-80s. The story of Joan Crawford's reaction to the opening night of "Moon for the Misbegotten," the tumultuous love affair w/ George C. Scott, the beginnings of the Public Theater, all of it's great. Her unique & fantastic whiskey-voice shines thru. Truly a grande dame, too bad more folks don't know about her.
May 21, 2009 Terri rated it it was amazing
One of the best Hollywood Bios from one of the best actresses that ever graced the stage or screen. The late Dewhurst, had an opinion about many things and in this book shared them. Many will rember her from TV and Movies but she was also married to George C. Scott (twice) and is the mother of Cambell Scott. Her tales about the theater bring the book to life and make it a book you can read again and again.
Mar 26, 2012 Robyn rated it really liked it
I always liked her and picked up this book from the library and found her book and her life to be quite interesting.
Jul 24, 2016 Lynn rated it really liked it
Interesting insights into the life of one of my favorite actresses. I really enjoyed this book.
Aug 02, 2011 Diana rated it really liked it
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Good book tells her life story with her friends telling stories about her life as well.
Very interesting and it pointed out the dearth of my knowledge of plays.
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