Welcome to my first True Story Tuesday feature! Every Tuesday (or ever other depending on availability), I will be featuring an autobiography or biography. I don’t know about you, but I love reading other people’s stories, especially people who I happen to admire, and I am an avid reader of biographies/autobiographies. Therefore, I’d like to start sharing my vast catalogue with you! ;) I hope y’all enjoy! For the next few weeks the features will focus mainly on singers and actors/actresses, as I am a huge fan of country music AND Old Hollywood movies. After that, the features will expand to other interests. ;)
For today’s feature I’ve chosen legendary actress Maureen O’Hara’s autobiography, ‘Tis Herself. Maureen O’Hara was a part of the Golden Age of Hollywood (1930s – 1970s), and has starred in icon movies such as The Quiet Man, Miracle on 34th Street, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, How Green Was My Valley, McLintock, and The Parent Trap. She has worked with legendary directors such as John Ford and Alfred Hitchock, and legendary actors such as John Wayne, Tyrone Power, Charles Laughton, James Stewart, and Henry Fonda. The tough, independent Irish actress made a name for herself on and off the screen by standing up for herself and staying true to her beliefs and principles.
‘Tis Herself is an absolutely delightful read. The book is told in Maureen’s own voice and takes the reader through the story of her life. When reading this book, you feel as though you’re sitting on the porch with Maureen, as she tells you the story of her life. It’s an easy read that flows and is more conversational than dictatorial. O’Hara’s personality is front and center throughout the book, as she shares her triumphs and her struggles. She works to clear up any misconceptions and rumors that may be floating around about her, the people she worked with, and the movies in which she starred. I enjoyed the behind the scenes stories O’Hara shared with us, particularly the ones revolving around the making of The Quiet Man. She also shares never before told stories and insights about several industry people she worked with, the most intimate and surprising ones revolving around legendary director John Ford. As a fan of his work and someone familiar with his reputation, I found Maureen’s insights both a little shocking, but necessary to better understand the man himself. I also loved all of her stories regarding legendary actor John Wayne. As most people know, O’Hara and Wayne shared a long and deep friendship, and getting to read about it in her own words was a treat, particularly when she talked about her last moments with Wayne.
This is an absolute must read for any fan of Old Hollywood, and truly an enjoyable read for anyone. O’Hara has led such a colorful and inspirational life, and she doesn’t sugar coat any of it. I highly recommend this book. It is indeed one of the best autobiographies I’ve read to this date.
Grab this wonderful book here: https://www.amazon.com/Tis-Herself-Autobiography-Maureen-OHara/dp/0743269160/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1491679837&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=Tis+Herslef
Liz Austin. Born and raised in Upstate NY. Bibliophile. Writer. I would rather be reading....