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My extraordinary ordinary life
Sissy Spacek and Maryanne Vollers
Adult Nonfiction PN2287.S663 A3 2012

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From Publishers' Weekly:

For Oscar-winning actress Spacek growing up in her beloved East Texas, family and simplicity were the focus. "All the things that are most important to me, I had before I left that little town," she writes. Spacek's first love, as she explains in this warm narrative, is actually singing, not acting, and as a teenager in the late 1960s, she moved to New York, helped by her cousin, Rip Torn, aspiring to be a folk singer. For every false start-working on the soundtrack for a Warhol film and getting cast in a Broadway musical, projects that fell apart-she found a little luck. She recorded a song that made Billboard's Top 100 ("John, You've Gone Too Far This Time") and became the face of Chanel No. 5 for a season despite only being five foot two. Just when she was giving up her dream of being "the next Joni Mitchell," Spacek landed her first role in a forgettable film. But it got her a meeting with Badlands director Terrence Malick. The movie, where she also met her future husband, Jack Fisk, was transformative for her, professionally and personally. Although Spacek went on to work with such legends as Robert Altman and David Lynch, and earned six Academy Award nominations, it's the home she created in Virginia that inspires her. Like a folk song, Spacek's storytelling is tender and unhurried. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Academy Award winner Spacek, writing with Vollers (coauthor of Ashley Judd's memoir), shares her story of an idyllic childhood growing up in Texas and her road to acting success. After heading to New York City to pursue a musical career (she wanted to become the next Joni Mitchell), Spacek was soon auditioning for plays and films. It didn't hurt that she is a cousin to actor Rip Torn, who was married to actress Geraldine Page. One of Spacek's first roles was in Badlands, where she met her husband of nearly 40 years, production designer Jack Fisk. Iconic roles followed-in Carrie, Coal Miner's Daughter (for which she won an Oscar), and, most recently, The Help. But Spacek's real love is her farm in Virginia, where she raised her two daughters and where she continues to live and pursue her career. Verdict Much of Spacek's book centers on her growing-up years and her farm, illustrating her "ordinary life." In between, she writes about her movies but does not provide much Hollywood dish for celebrity watchers. This is all about the simple pleasures of home and family. A feel-good memoir that older readers will enjoy.-Rosellen Brewer, Sno-Isle Libs., Marysville, WA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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