Saturday, September 26, 2009

'70s Sitcom Stars Tell All!

Today is the 40th Anniversary of the TV premiere of The Brady Bunch! Have you kept up with the Brady Bunch kids? Maureen McCormick has a new book out called Here's the Story. Library Journal says "Here's the whole story--replete with eating disorders, drug addiction, depression, and family secrets--from the actress who was Marcia Brady." You'll find it at the library in the Biography section!

From Mary Tyler Moore, Cloris Leachman has written her autobiography, called simply Cloris. Kirkus Reviews describes it as a "frank stroll down a particularly verdant memory lane, recounting her life and times in no particular chronological or thematic order, veering into endless digressions and asides." Biography.

Also, Quinn Cummings, the child star of Neil Simon's The Goodbye Girl (she also appeared on TV in Family), has a new book out called Notes from the Underwire: Adventures from My Awkward and Lovely Life. BookPage says it's "part memoir, part mom-ish ruminations...salted by an ample dose of wry." Biography.

Still want more? Try Finding It: And Satisfying My Hunger for Life Without Opening the Fridge by Valerie Bertinelli (on order--place a hold!); Prairie Tale: A Memoir by Melissa Gilbert (Biography); and My Journey with Farrah: A Story of Life, Love, and Friendship by Alana Stewart (Biography), the tear-jerking memoir a longtime friendship that includes Farrah's last days.

You can also do a keyword search with 'television actors' to find memoirs, fiction, & more.


Barbara said...

Ah, yes, the old celebrity tell-all. Did anyone catch the send-up of these on the first episode of this season's Monk? It brings up the kind of interesting issue of the fans' right to... not know. The fictional show, The Cooper Clan, was Monk's only happy memory of childhood, and the star's tell-all spoiled the memory for him. What do people think? Titillation for some fans, destruction of a memory for others... who's right?

donnaj said...

While I enjoyed watching "The Brady Bunch" I am not all interested in reading any of the cast members memoirs. Most likely it is the destruction of memories that I don't want to deal with, but I just not that interested in titillating facts about their lives.

shalulah said...
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shalulah said...

I, personally, love a good memoir, but good celebrity memoirs are few and far between. Everybody seems to get to speak their piece these days, even those famous only for being famous, but so often their stories are not so much titillating as sordid, banal, and poorly written.