Lessons in Becoming Myself

Lessons in Becoming Myself

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In this story of a woman's search for a deeper understanding of herself, actress Burstyn explores the unexpected paths her life has taken. Born in Detroit during the Depression, she left home at eighteen, leaving behind a complicated relationship with her mother, to become a model. Eventually, she ended up on Broadway and on television in the late 1950s and early 1960s before turning to film. She delivered brilliant performances in The Last Picture Show; The Exorcist; Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, for which she won an Academy Award; Resurrection; and Requiem for a Dream. This book is a frank and unsparing account of Burstyn's search for personal and professional authenticity, the story of the quest for the examined life. Raised a Catholic, she has spent her life exploring a range of spiritual experience--from the Himalayas to Cambodia, from Mont Blanc to New York City--that goes deeper than labels.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2006.
ISBN: 9781594489297
Branch Call Number: B Burstyn, Ellen
Characteristics: viii, 433 p. ill. ; 24 cm.


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Dec 10, 2007

I enjoyed this book. She not only covered the events that made her who she was but she included her spiritual path and how it wasn't easy or a straight line. A good read.

Aug 26, 2007

Beautifully told; I thoroughly enjoyed reading this fine actor's journey to becoming herself.


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