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The mother of Black Hollywood : a memoir

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Summary: "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 mental 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. 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.'"--Dust jacket flap.

Item details

  • ISBN: 9780062839190
  • ISBN: 0062410407
  • ISBN: 9780062410405
  • Physical Description: 320 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
    print
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
  • Badges:
    • Top Circs: 1 / 5.0
    • Top Holds Over Last 5 Years: 1 / 5.0

Contents / Notes

General Note: "Career overview": pages 313-320.
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes filmography (pages 313-320).
Formatted Contents Note: black-ish to greenish -- Shoulders back, titties first -- Don't tell Mama -- Dick diva -- Love versus Dreamgirls -- "Ma'am, are you a delegate?" -- A doll named "Killer" -- Hollywood not swinging -- Kinloch -- "It ain't that kind of call, motherfucker" -- Dismissing the diva -- Kicking down doors -- Jackie's back! -- Mother Courage -- On the back of a two-humped camel.
Subject: United States
California Los Angeles Hollywood
Manic-depressive persons
African American actresses
Actors
Lewis, Jenifer 1957-
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY Entertainment & Performing Arts
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY Personal Memoirs
Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) Biography
Manic-depressive persons United States Biography
Actors United States Biography
African American actresses Biography
Lewis, Jenifer 1957-
Genre: Autobiographies.
Biography.
Autobiographies.
Autobiographies.
Biography.

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Athens Regional Library System:
      Athens-Clarke County Library
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      Augusta-Richmond Co. Public Lib.
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      Forest Park Branch
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      Nancy Guinn Memorial Library
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      Central Branch
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      Southside Branch
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