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The mother of Black Hollywood : a memoir

by Lewis, Jenifer,

Format: Print Book 2017
Availability: Available at 21 Libraries 21 of 22 copies
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Andrew Carnegie Free Library Nonfiction 92 LEWIS
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CLP - Allegheny Regional Non-Fiction Collection PN2287.L434 A3 2017x
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CLP - Hill District African American PN2287.L434 A3 2017x
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CLP - Knoxville Non-Fiction Collection PN2287.L434 A3 2017x
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CLP - Lawrenceville Non-Fiction Collection PN2287.L434 A3 2017x
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction PN2287.L434 A3 2017x
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CLP - Squirrel Hill Non-Fiction Collection PN2287.L434 A3 2017x
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Cooper-Siegel Community Library Biography 92 LEW
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Dormont Public Library Non-Fiction 92 L58 LEWI
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Northland Public Library Biography B LEWIS
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South Park Library Biographies 791.4302 LEW
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Wilkinsburg Public Library Nonfiction 92 LEW 2017
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Summary

National Book Club Conference 'Book of the Year' Award Winner

From her more than three hundred appearances for film and television, stage and cabaret, performing comedy or drama, as an unforgettable lead or a scene stealing supporting character, Jenifer Lewis has established herself as one of the most respected, admired, talented, and versatile entertainers working today.

This "Mega Diva" and costar of the hit sitcom black-ish bares her soul in this touching and poignant--and at times side-splittingly hilarious--memoir of a Midwestern girl with a dream, whose journey took her from poverty to the big screen, and along the way earned her many accolades.

With candor and warmth, Jenifer Lewis reveals the heart of a woman who lives life to the fullest. This multitalented "force of nature" landed her first Broadway role within eleven days of her graduation from college and later earned the title "Reigning Queen of High-Camp Cabaret."

In the audaciously honest voice that her fans adore, Jenifer describes her transition to Hollywood, with guest roles on hits like The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Friends. Her movie Jackie's Back! became a cult favorite, and as the "Mama" to characters portrayed by Whitney Houston, Tupac Shakur, Taraji P. Henson, and many more, Jenifer cemented her status as the "Mother of Black Hollywood."

When an undiagnosed menatl illness stymies Jenifer's career, culminating in a breakdown while filming The Temptations, her quest for wholeness becomes a harrowing and inspiring tale, including revelations of bipolar disorder and sex addiction.

Written with no-holds-barred honesty and illustrated with more than forty color photographs, this gripping memoir is filled with insights gained through a unique life that offers a universal message: "Love yourself so that love will not be a stranger when it comes."

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Lewis has played everyone's mama on the big screen, small screen, and stage. Currently and most famously, she's Ruby on the award-winning sitcom Black-ish. Known for her brilliant delivery of quippy one-liners and dressing-downs, Lewis has played dozens of mothers over four decades in front of many a live audience. Here are the things she doesn't have a problem with: naming names (friends, lovers, and enemies are bandied about freely); cussing (it's an art, really); and expressing candor. She discloses a long history with many lovers (Ode to Men) and her difficult relationship with her mother, confronts her childhood molester, and comes to terms with her bipolar disorder. Also, she is not allergic to work. Her career has cut a wide swath through show business; she's worked with so many luminaries that this account will leave readers breathless (and incapable of ever seeing Gregory Hines the same way again). Lewis' years of journaling and knack for recall make for a rowdy, funny, and emotional exploration of her ascendance as a Hollywood matriarch.--Jones, Courtney Copyright 2017 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "At the onset of this energetic memoir, entertainer Lewis boards a cruise ship seeking some well-deserved relaxation and considers whether to retire from her 40-year career in show business. She quickly realizes that to retire at the age of 57 would be akin to stopping breathing: "I AM the SHOW in show business!" she tells herself. From there she describes growing up in a small, poverty-stricken Missouri town where at age five she sang at the Baptist church, already hell-bent on becoming a star. Readers follow the feisty singer through cabaret performances, TV and Broadway shows, tours, many mother roles (thus the title), and love affairs (like the performer, readers will most likely lose count). She revisits the years when many young male friends died of AIDS, the times when she scrambled for parts and didn't get them, and endless moments of triumph. At age 33, Lewis was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and she began to understand her sexual addiction, as well as to face the demons of her past. Her memoir is frank, funny, and uplifting, capturing the singer's authentic voice, her humor, and her profound and bold capacity for resilience. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Lewis, Jenifer.
African American actresses -- Biography.
Actors -- United States -- Biography.
Manic-depressive persons -- United States -- Biography.
Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) -- Biography.
Autobiographies.
Publisher New York, NY :2017
Edition First edition.
Language English
Notes "Career overview": pages 313-320.
Description 320 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
ISBN 9780062410405
0062410407
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