The Girl on the Balcony Olivia Hussey Finds Life after Romeo and Juliet by Olivia Hussey Kensington Books Kensington
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One day Olivia Hussey was being fitted for a dress to wear in a ball scene in Romeo and Juliet, when Franco Zeffirelli astonished her by starting to tear it! He had a sudden, volcanic temper which the young teenager would have to live with. Hussey relates this, and many other anecdotes about making her most famous film, the beautiful Romeo and Juliet, the movie which defined her life, taking her from a tough upbringing in London to the joys of Italy and world-wide stardom.
However, this book is not just about Romeo and Juliet. Olivia Hussey takes the reader on her journey through life in this luminous book about her career, including playing Mother Teresa and the Virgin Mary, and her loves, her travels and the importance of her guru, Swami Muktenanda. I especially liked her poignant story of her first love and marriage. Parts of the book are harrowing, because of an abortion and her struggle with breast cancer, but she displayed such resilience that it is also inspiring – something that I certainly didn’t expect!
If you like reading about famous people, there are several in this book! Olivia Hussey met many of the greats, including Laurence Olivier, Vanessa Redgrave and Burt Lancaster. She even met Pope John Paul 11 who asked about her after she acted in a film of one of his plays.
I loved this eBook so much that I will certainly be buying the paperback or hardback. A big regret is that my mother who also adored the stunning movie of Romeo and Juliet is not here to read it.
I received this free eBook from Net Galley in return for an honest review.
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