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Lucky Me: My Life With--and Without--My Mom, Shirley MacLaine

3.42  ·  Rating Details ·  695 Ratings  ·  128 Reviews
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
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Hardcover, 368 pages
Published February 7th 2013 by Gotham (first published January 1st 2013)
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Lolly K Dandeneau
Feb 08, 2013 Lolly K Dandeneau rated it liked it
It wasn't a book full of earth shattering secrets beyond the clone thing (you have to read it) and while many people say 'oh boo hoo another celebs child whining about not getting everything' I don't think I agree. A child needs love and attention, regardless of who said parent is or what amazing schools one attends. It doesn't sound like she had an easy life, and while she went to great schools, it is rather crushing to imagine a mother and father with so much wealth didn't feel she should have ...more
Mom
Mar 05, 2014 Mom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was captivating. Sachi wrote in a way that I never wanted to stop reading. She has had a very interesting and heartbreaking life. Shrouded in mystery, levels of abuse, left on her own to basically raise herself, it's wonder she turned as well-adjusted as she has. I feel so sorry for her, sorry for anyone who must endure what she has had to. It is also an interesting insider look in to the lives of the children of celebrities. Her neglectful upbringing led her to make some bad choices i ...more
Laurel-Rain
Mar 20, 2014 Laurel-Rain rated it really liked it
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 divided 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 T ...more
Jo-Ann Murphy
Mar 22, 2013 Jo-Ann Murphy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography
Ms. Parker is an excellent storyteller, just like her mother. She began by hinting there was a big mystery to be revealed later to keep the reader inerested. But even without that fact, I would have found it hard to put this book down.

I always admired Shirley MacLaine as an actress and this clarifies just what a great actress she is. It is obvious that despite her great act as an enlightened human being, she is very far from that but knows how to act and get people to part with their money.

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Sandra
Jul 12, 2013 Sandra rated it liked it
I'm between a 2 or 3. I find most of what is here believable. I think she is honest in her thoughts and feelings. As with most Autobiographies, the author hides the truth behind other things so they can put it out there with out feeling too exposed. All I know is what we all know. This child did spend her life with her Father. Her Mother, Shirley Maclaine spent her life doing her own thing. Acting and all. The abuse she took from her parents is mostly mental abuse and as a Mother my self I don't ...more
Marilyn
May 09, 2013 Marilyn rated it really liked it
I need a third party to write a book about the daughter, the dad (or whoever he is!), and Shirley MacLaine to try and piece together what really did happen with the the three of them. Whatever the truth, clearly Sachi Parker did not have an ideal upbringing! I love Shirley MacLaine's acting, but it cast a shadow on the rest of her for me.
Jeannine
Jun 06, 2013 Jeannine rated it really liked it
Ah, tell-all books by celebrity children. Love them, beware of them. I don't believe half of what went on in Mommie Dearest (think about it, if your adoptive mother obliterated you from her will you're not exactly going to be motivated to write something lovely about her and you can pretty much say whatever you want because, she's, well, she's dead. Add to that, no less than Myrna Loy said Christina Crawford was full of crap and I believe Myrna Loy). Bette Davis's daughter - whoa - she's a loon. ...more
Mediaman
May 22, 2013 Mediaman rated it really liked it
This shocking story proves that Shirley MacLaine is one of the worst people ever to walk the earth, that she is so insane that she should probably be locked up, and that her ignored daughter is still in denial awaiting her mother's love.

The book contains so many stories that are hard to believe that you'll read with mouth agape. Without giving too many secrets away, you have to wonder how a mother can so ignore a daughter (Parker was sent away at age two and only saw her mother once or twice a y
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Shannon Breen
Aug 16, 2013 Shannon Breen rated it it was ok
Another child of a star who gets herself publicity and tries to make some cash by playing on a famous parent's name. While no doubt Shirley MacLaine is not Mother of the Year material (who would let her 2 year old child go live on the other side of the world?), Sachi Parker seems determined to make all her shortcomings someone else's fault. ** Spoiler: I was particularly annoyed when the 27 year old got pregnant, but didn't have any money and ultimately had an abortion. If I had been in MacLaine ...more
Denise
Aug 09, 2016 Denise rated it really liked it
This wonderfully written memoir by the daughter of the actress, Shirley MacLaine, is definitely not your typical child-of-a-celebrity-mommie-dearest story. It was an emotional roller coaster that was equal parts sad, shocking, and triumphant—but mostly shocking. In fact, some of the events the author shares are so outrageous that one would be tempted to write the entire story off as a complete fabrication. Unless...you've read Shirley MacLaine's previous works.

Yet in spite of the indifference a
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Diana
Feb 26, 2013 Diana rated it it was ok
This book drove me nuts on many levels. While I am sure Shirley McClaine was not the best mother, Sachi Parker takes no responsibility for her life. Everything is always someone else's fault. Spoiler****she basically accuses her father of being lewd and inappropriate with her, but backtracks and questions if she is remembering right (something she does throughout the book). She is not even concerned with trying to become a good actress, she just wants her award-winning mom to get her good parts. ...more
Tracy
Mar 02, 2013 Tracy rated it it was ok
I found this tale as fantastical as Shirley MacLaine's books on UFOs and reincarnation.
Susie Geiser
Jun 21, 2013 Susie Geiser rated it really liked it
Fast read, and the story is well told. This is no Mommy Dearest. Joan Crawford, apparently put a lot of work into raising her daughter before she gave up and sent her to boarding school. MacLaine, on the other hand, sent her 2 year old to Japan to live with her husband and his bitter mistress. The entire premise of her parents' marriage is based on a ridiculous deception. So ridiculous, it could only be believed by Shirley MacLaine.

Sachi Parker clearly loves her mom, but the story she tells make
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Laura
Jul 06, 2013 Laura rated it it was ok
meh. Some of the writing was clunky, wonder if the second writer's sections were smoother. Or maybe she is the better writer. I've read Shirley MacLaine's books, they are interesting and even fun but it is also clear in them that she is on her own,you cannot tell that she has family or loves anyone but her work and herself. That said, overall I was disappointed here, I hoped to read the memoir of a woman who has gained strength, insight, and did not still expect or, perhaps,need the love or atte ...more
Stephanie
May 28, 2014 Stephanie rated it it was ok
Whoosh! Well...I just don't know. It was certainly interesting and not at all boring. But is Sachi just a nutty fabulist like her mom? Then again...who'd make this stuff up. And somehow I have no trouble believing that - perhaps - Shirley MacLaine is this cold. If half of this stuff is to be believed then we are talking about real abuse. What kind of woman just abandons her child to such a jerk as that father of hers? The thing I mostly came away with was that Shirley simply doesn't and has neve ...more
Caroline Moss
Mar 14, 2015 Caroline Moss rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished-reading
this story about Sachi is touching because I lived the same kind of childhood in so many ways. I am in shock with some of it expecailly the culture of other countries wont even began to understand. this book is incredibly heartbreaking to me in so many ways my life was a lot like hers but not over seas
Christopher
May 25, 2015 Christopher rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Hollywood and Stage Mothers
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Lori
Sep 23, 2013 Lori rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir
A *3.5* I was a bit reluctant to read this book. I tend to shy away from "tell all" memoirs.Sachi Parker is the daughter of Shirley MacLaine. this is Sachi's memoir of her life growing up with a famous Movie star for a mother. I imagine her whole life she must have been told " how lucky she is to have a movie star for a mother' This memoir of Sachi's life and her lonely life as a child, she writes that she was sent to Japan at two years old to live with her father.Steve Parker. and only saw her ...more
Julie
Mar 24, 2013 Julie rated it liked it
I do enjoy a memoir, how growing up so much of who we are is formed by the people around us. Sachi Parker is the daughter of the actress Shirley MacLaine. Sent at age two to live in Japan with her father, and his live in mistress she saw little of her mother over the years, just returning to spend holidays with her. It appears too, that her mother did not want her to grow up spoilt and reliant on her, and instead seemed to just ignore her daughter and not truly understand her.

Her childhood made
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Polly
May 04, 2013 Polly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography
I'm a huge Shirley MacLaine fan, and will remain one. I'm a fan of what I see on screen. Sachi Parker paints a picture of what her mother is like off screen, and what her upbringing was like. It's the type of story I love, which is that human spirit can triumph over extreme adversity. The fact that her mom is famous is almost secondary, if you ask me. This book could have been published anonymously, and it would still have been worth a read.

I'm there will be some Shirley MacLaine fans who are go
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Elizabeth S
May 17, 2016 Elizabeth S rated it really liked it
I don't typically read memoirs/bios of or about entertainment celebrities but this was recommended to me via a discussion about narcissistic parents. I happen to have had fabulous parents, but have read some very interesting memoirs and articles by people who had parents who were narcissistic or had other severe psychological problems or mental illnesses. That experience is so vastly different from my own and my heart breaks for people who have endured this. This was a quick and interesting read ...more
Nikmaack
May 19, 2016 Nikmaack rated it really liked it
I was reading an article about people who hate mother's day. The author mentioned Mommy Dearest, and the daughter of Shirley Maclaine. What? Shirley Maclaine? Man oh man, what kind of parent would she be? New age flakes alien loving reincarnation beleving Shirley Maclaine?

So I tracked down this book. It is a bit trashy and dishy, incredibly intense, and quirky as heck. Shirley Maclaine is crazier than you know. Her daughter had to deal with a lot of oddity and selfishness from both her weirdo p
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Terri Tinkel
What would it be like to be the child of a famous actress? Apparently, it isn't always wonderful. Sachi Parker is the daughter of Shirley MacLaine. She recalls her life in this book filled with many stories and odd occurrences. At first, I wondered if Sachi was as full of Irish blarney as her mother seems to be. But as I continued to read, most all of it seems very probable and even believable. How this child of one of our country's most beloved actresses still managed to find herself in spite o ...more
Amy Rae
Jul 01, 2016 Amy Rae rated it liked it
Mediocre and not as helpful as I'd hoped. Sachi Parker's life sounds like it was kind of a mess--her father's serious boundary issues, her mother's conditional affection--but the older she gets in the narrative, the less interesting the story becomes.

Even when she's a kid, it feels like everything's pretty glossed-over, and there wasn't always as strong a sense of her age or the era around her. Her boarding-school experiences, the book's original draw for me, were barely touched on, and what we
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Teresa
Nov 16, 2013 Teresa rated it liked it
I just finished this book. Verrrry interesting. I had to find out what Shirley's daughter had to say about her. I used to be searching for truth (haven't stopped of course, but the Mystery of life is wonderful too.) so I had looked into a lot of similar things that Shirley MacLaine was interested in. It sounds like she went way beyond just interest. I didn't know what to think about some of the things that Sachi wrote. Did she really have some good times with her dad? He sounds like sociopath. B ...more
Linda Lauren
Jul 01, 2013 Linda Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was very sad and such intolerance on the part of MacLaine is very easy to believe and accept, as many people will attest regarding encounters with her both off and on set.

However, no one is in a position to judge another human being and especially because someone read some books that swayed them negatively. Sachi Parker wants a mother's love. Shirley MacLaine doesn't want to give that love. It's unfortunately very simple.
Carolyn F.
Oct 11, 2014 Carolyn F. rated it it was ok
Hmmm, wow, I just don't know what to say about this book. It reminds me of Mommie Dearest but not as mean. There's the same blame to the mother for ruining an acting career. You love your children no matter what and the same should be for your parents, especially your mother who seemed to really love you but was conned by someone she trusted. I just don't know why this book was written.
Janeane
Aug 29, 2013 Janeane rated it liked it
Well, I got a bit distracted from my 900 page book when I ran across this. I have always been a fan of Shirley MacLaine even as a kid. Talk about your poor little rich girl. Some of the stories are so outrageous that it's hard to believe them. An interesting, easy read if you're into People Magazine type stuff (okay, that includes me).
Catherine
Aug 11, 2014 Catherine rated it liked it
Interesting book. I've always admired Shirley MacLaine, and I have read all her books. This made me wonder. Shirley says it is all fiction, and Sachi does play the victim. However, what 2 year old is sent to another country to live. She had my sympathy there.
Amanda
Feb 21, 2013 Amanda rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading about Sachi's crazy childhood. I was a huge fan of Shirley MacLaine before reading this, and I'm sorry to say that this has tainted my opinion of her a bit. I will continue to admire her as a female dancer/fab actress.
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