My First Five Husbands..and the Ones Who Got Away My First Five Husbands..and the Ones Who Got Away My First Five Husbands..and the Ones Who Got Away
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Rue McClanahan's Emmy Award Acceptance Speech, 1987
Let me preface this by saying that it's deeply satisfying to wake up to a Mooch alert - an email telling you in so many words that a book on your wishlist is now waiting for a new home. I really enjoy Bookmooch and I wish more of the books I wanted were given up by other people. I really urge you to give it a try - I got rid of titles I no longer ...more
Something comfortable and lovely without being saccharine or trite.
This book made me happy and I was sad when I finished it and couldn't read it anymore.
If a woman can handle 5 marriages (several to near-sociopaths), a Tijuana abortion, breast cancer, and Bea Arthur and still manage to be funny and endearing and fascinating, well, then, hell, the rest of ...more
God rest her soul, but unfortunately Rue McClanahan fails to initially capture the reader in early chapters of “My First Five Husbands”. Although providing a firm foundation regardi ...more
One of my favorite quotes from the book is
Eating habits are hard to change, but it can be done, and with some added exercise, you can change your weight, which matters a lot more than your age. Regular sexual activity is excellent exercise. So is lifting weights. It all depends on what's available. Dumbbells are pretty easy to come by, but since many of them are married, I suggest lifting weigh ...more
Rue may not be EXACTLY the beloved Blanche Devereux but she absolutely has her own story to tell. It was great to read about her pre GG days and how her career expanded over 6 decades. Good entertainment bio! I think I'll add Betty White's bio to my list as well...
Not only did she dump her first fiancé and then marry a first husband but she married a second husband before her first divorce was final. During the same time period she slept with her second husband's best friend and moved with the buddy to California, where she soon sleeps with a different guy. Yes, that's four guys in one month. Oh, and did I ...more
Who Got Away" is a witty and open-hearted memoir of a woman pursuing her dream to become an actress experiencing the ups and downs of life along the way.
She lets us follow her from her birth in Oklahoma, through her struggles to get work as an actress and to put food on the table, through happy and not so happy to downright disastrous relationships, through her success as a golden girl, through her suffering of breast cancer to her ...more
well, first thing i can tell you is if you're looking for the dirt on the Golden Girls, you gotta look elsewhere.
then i can tell you that she's not exaggerating. she's been married 2049029042 times (i had to go back and forth to check names because i was getting them all confused) and has even more little loves here and there. i think she sounds like a sweet person, but she goes out of her way to make herself look good. i was going to count the number of times ...more
"People always ask me if I'm like Blanche. And I say, 'Well, Blanche was an oversexed, self-involved, man-crazy, vain Southern Belle from Atlanta -- and I'm not from Atlanta!’” -- Rue McClanahan
That was all it took for me to read this since I'm a huge, I mean HUGE Golden Girls fan. I had always thought she played that role with a little too much familiarity! ;)
This book was a fun autobiography to read. I thought I would be so excited to get to her Golden Girls years that I w ...more
You hear Rue's voice loud and clear. Reading McClanahan's book is like listening to a favorite, chatty aunt. McClanahan never takes herself too seriously and sprinkles her stories with fun Southern sayings. What a hoot!
But the experience is a tad bittersweet, as McC ...more
This book is not only written with flirty, fun, southern wit, but is very revealing while still holding back details that might be too much information. There could have been more, of course, but I think that could have dried the book up.
Rue had such an amazing life. This book is indeed a page turner, always leaving you wanting to know what happens next with her personal life and budding care ...more
It's a clever fast read of a memoir and is certainly recommend it for fans of her, or the golden girls as she does have some interesting recollections about that. This was my first foray into knowing much about her other then she was a golden girl and I've never really watched ...more