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.
The New York Times bestseller SEND YOURSELF ROSES is now in trade
paperback. Kathleen Turner has always lived her life according to
her own rules. The screen icon opens up about her own life--both
personal and professional--the risks she's taken, and the lessons
she's learned from her film and stage career, 20-year marriage (and
recent seperation), raising her daughter, and her successful
struggle with rheumatoid arthritis.
In SEND YOURSELF ROSES Turner recounts why she took the roles she
did--from her film debut as the sultry schemer in Body Heat to her
subsequent craft-stretching roles in Peggy Sue Got Married (for
which she received an Academy award nomination), Romancing the
Stone, Prizzi's Honor, The War of the Roses, and Serial Mom. And
she discusses her recent resurgence on the stage with Tony
nominations in her roles as Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate and as
Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, for which she also won
the a British Evening Standard Award.
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