My Three Lives: A Memoir

BearManor Media. Nov. 2022. 352p. ISBN 9798887710624. pap. $29.95. MEMOIR
Readers interested in the Golden Age of TV and Hollywood will find enjoyment in Cole’s memoir. She provides a candid look into her life growing up with her mother, Yvonne King of the singing King Sisters, and her father, musician Buddy Cole. She approaches her own time on and off-screen with honesty. This fast-paced book is told in three parts: her childhood; her time working on the long-running TV sitcom My Three Sons, in which she played Katie (opposite real-life boyfriend Don Grady); and her time after the show through the present. Readers who didn’t grow up watching Cole or her famous musical family on TV will likely still enjoy the insight she provides. This is a clear love letter to the Boomer generation. She talks with fondness of growing up in the ’40s and ’50s.
VERDICT Cole looks back on her life and career fondly, but she doesn’t shy away from the parts that were challenging and less than idyllic, making this a compelling read.
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