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Description - Send Yourself Roses by Kathleen Turner

Strong, feisty, brave and brilliant, Kathleen Turner is a woman to be reckoned with. One of the most revered actresses of her generation and beyond, she is a woman who goes after what she wants and gets it. In this memoir, she reveals her astonishing trajectory from struggling New York actress to household name a result of passionate ambition, powerful instinct and unwavering self-belief. From her first groundbreaking film, Body Heat, to her critically acclaimed performance in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, she has entranced audiences onstage and onscreen for three decades, whilst never failing in her commitment to the causes that she has supported throughout her life, and fighting an ongoing battle against the devastating pain of rheumatoid arthritis. Kathleen Turner is an unstoppable force of nature with a lesson for women everywhere: if you don't believe in yourself, how can you expect anyone else to? Send yourself roses, and take the lead, lady!

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780755317073
ISBN-10: 0755317076
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 138mm x 23mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Headline Book Publishing
Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
Publish Date: 18-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Book Reviews - Send Yourself Roses by Kathleen Turner

US Kirkus Review » Brilliantly sustained parody of a neurotic actress's half of a marathon therapy session - oh, wait a minute, she's not kidding? Turner's memoir reveals a terminally self-absorbed performer unable to distinguish profundity from trite self-affirmation. Tracey Ullman could turn this material into a dandy one-woman show, but the laughs provoked here are unintentional. Meandering anecdotes about various family members, Turner presumes, are rendered inherently fascinating by her celebrity. In a typical passage, she goes into excruciating detail about her daughter's high-school graduation, jeopardized by an unfulfilled gym requirement. The hoped-for dirt on costars fails to materialize: She admits to a crush on Michael Douglas while making Romancing the Stone, calls out Nicolas Cage for his unpleasantness during the filming of Peggy Sue Got Married, and characterizes Body Heat lead William Hurt as mildly strange. Such restraint might appear admirable if only a) it did not make for such dull reading, and b) it seemed motivated by a sense of propriety rather than an overpowering desire to share with us All Things Kathleen. Hers is indeed an interesting life, marked by a peripatetic upbringing as the child of a U.S. Foreign Service officer, movie stardom, stage successes, struggles with rheumatoid arthritis and alcoholism. Unfortunately, these subjects are explored only insofar as they support the book's main thrust: what a spunky, down-to-earth, talented, sensitive, intelligent person Turner is. Things improve when she focuses on her work; flashes of insight regarding the technical aspects of film acting whet the appetite for more. And Turner is an agreeable personality on the page, addressing the reader as "baby" and indulging in amusingly salty language. A diary covering her iconic work in Body Heat would have been delightful. This isn't.The title sums it up quite neatly: a self-indulgent, rambling and intermittently diverting ego parade. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author Biography - Kathleen Turner

Kathleen Turner rose to fame with Body Heat, won Golden Globes for Romancing The Stone and Prizzi's Honor, and was Oscar-nominated for her role in Peggy Sue Got Married. Her theatre credits include Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Graduate and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.