PERFORMING ARTS

Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years

Hachette. Oct. 2019. 352p. ISBN 9780316349253. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780316349239. FILM
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Starring in films ranging from Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music to Torn Curtain and Victor/Victoria, award-winning actress Andrews has captivated audiences with her screen presence and beautiful voice. In this memoir, cowritten with Andrews’s daughter and frequent collaborator Walton Hamilton, she shares engaging behind-the-scenes stories about each of her movies from 1963 through 1986, as well as interactions with costars (including Dick Van Dyke, Christopher Plummer, and James Garner) and directors (Alfred Hitchcock and her late husband, Blake Edwards, among them). An introduction, drawn from Andrews’s best-selling 2008 memoir Home, contextualizes her youth and years in vaudeville and on the stage. Andrews parses her Hollywood experience through the lens of fame and its challenges, including her struggles to balance a demanding career and frequent travel and relocation with her private life and the impact it had on her marriages, children, and extended family. She shares how she derived satisfaction in her roles as a children’s book author and an activist promoting international humanitarian aid and disaster relief.
VERDICT A frank and intimate storyteller whose radiant spirit fills these pages, Andrews chronicles the peaks and valleys of her life and career. This event-packed memoir is a must for fans of Andrews’s life and work, students of cinema history, and anyone who is curious about musical film production. [See Prepub Alert, 4/8/19.]

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