Wednesday, January 8, 2020

In Pieces By: Sally Field

Field tells the tail of her childhood. It's strange to see her tell a tail of such an introvert and complicated youth yet know her to be such a vibrant actress today.

The book is poetic at times in her writing style. She sometimes makes small situations into grandiose ones and it's unclear if she truly thinks that way, if she is looking for dramatic effect or both. I did however enjoy the book. I have always loved her as an actress and as a younger boy, I had a crush on her from her Smokie and the Bandit movie. Man was I in love. Not so much on the crush now but certainly her talent.

I have read hundreds of biographies and memoirs but this book made me see a very human side of acting. Her description of home life and her kids makes you see that actors are just like you and me. I was just talking to a friend and I told her that I stopped watching award shows. Actors and Musicians screwed it up for me with their political grandstanding. This book reaffirmed that belief.

Prior to this book, and one of the reason I bought this one, I read the biography of Burt Reynolds. He admitted that Sally was "the one that got away". He should have said "the one I pushed away". What a horse's ass. Best thing she did was leave him. I really think he was envious of her success.

Sally Field is a remarkable actress. I love her work. This book is interesting and keeps you engaged. She is her worst critic and you can tell from her writing, her internal struggles and the relationship challenges she, as other Hollywood personalities faced. Multiple failed marriages, children from two different marriages. Read it. If you are a Field fan, it’s a must read.

Hardcover: 512 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Large type / Large print edition (September 18, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1538714698
ISBN-13: 978-1538714690

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