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Colleen Dewhurst : her autobiography
Dewhurst, Colleen.
Adult Nonfiction PN2287.D462 A3 1997

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From Publishers' Weekly:

When Dewhurst died of cervical cancer in 1991, she had been working on her autobiography, on and off, for about 15 years. Under pressure from her publisher in 1990, she finally began making real progress on it after getting help from Viola, her friend and assistant (in her role as president of Actor's Equity). After Dewhurst's death, Viola finished the book by interspersing through the manuscript stories told by many of her longtime friends and colleagues in the theater and by her two sons. Readers are warned from the beginning that Dewhurst "was not interested in writing a `tell-all' book," that some of the "most potent memories" she shared with Viola were about others and therefore "theirs to tell... not mine," and that she was "very discreet about private things." But what follows is a thoroughly revealing and entertaining look into the life of a fascinating woman, from her childhood as a tomboy, her years in summer stock and the pinnacle of her success and joy in A Moon for the Misbegotten on Broadway (for which she received a Tony Award), to playing Murphy Brown's mother (for which she received an Emmy). The stories that were "theirs to tell" are told by Jason Robards, Zoe Caldwell, Maureen Stapleton, Edward Albee, Roscoe Lee Browne and many others. The result is a full-spectrum technicolor picture of Dewhurst the actress, the political activist and the woman. The unique resonance of her voice and her memorable laughter leap from the page in this fine autobiography. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Many know Colleen Dewhurst as Murphy Brown's mother, Avery, in the popular sitcom, but of course there was much more to her wonderful career, as many theater and film buffs know. Sadly, Dewhurst died from cancer before she could finish her autobiography, but fortunately longtime friend Viola was brought in to complete the work. In addition to the material that Dewhurst herself wrote, Viola incorporates anecdotes from family, friends, and co-workers, most of whom were involved with Dewhurst in her theatrical and movie career. The interplay of these multiple perspectives makes for an unusual and interesting biography, but Dewhurst was interesting enough that her own material holds its own quite nicely. Also of interest is Dewhurst's strong commitment to the principles of Christian Science. Even after she knew she had cancer, she refused the medical therapies that might have lengthened or saved her life. Essential reading for anyone interested in theater or film. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 3/1/97.]‘Susan L. Peters, Emory Univ. Lib., Atlanta (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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