Friday, February 20, 2009

if you have a boring weekend ahead, let me suggest...

i enjoyed this book yesterday, i started it wednesday night and just could not put it down. it is an autobiography of the most famous swimming actress of the golden age of cinema.

Esther shares with readers the family tragedy that made her the persistant hard worker that she was, her thriftiness, her failed relationships with men and all the outrageous stunts she agreed to to "get the shot". along the way she rubs albows with all the big names, clark gable, joan crawford, grace kelley, etc. she tells what kind of hair and makeup adjustments were required for being in the water for hours upon hours and what it was like being a sometimes pawn in louis b. mayers studio system politics.

there is a photo spread in the middle of the book, this is always my favorite part of any biography i always go there first so i can see what the people i will be reading about looked like.

there is some strong language and  (not TOO graphic) talk of male genitalia which it seems big name actors with big egos loved to show off to anyone who would look at a time when hollywood stars could do anything they wanted with minimal repercussions.


amber said...

I will have to check that book out. It sounds pretty cool.

Ms. Math said...

Sounds like a very interesting book. I will have to look into reading it when I'm finished with the book I'm reading now. I always love book recommendations - thanks for sharing!