By Florence Henderson, Joel Brokaw

For hundreds of thousands of individuals worldwide, Carol Brady is synonymous with motherhood, yet growing to be up because the youngest of ten kids in rural Indiana within the aftermath of the good melancholy, Florence Henderson lived a existence relatively diverse from that of the indispensable television mother she later performed on television.

Florence's father used to be a dirt-poor tobacco tenant farmer who was once approximately fifty years outdated whilst he married Florence's twenty-five-year-old mom, and was once approximately seventy while Florence was once born. Florence's early life used to be packed with deprivation and abandonment. Her father was once an alcoholic at a time whilst there has been no rehab or support for the disorder. Their domestic not often had electrical energy or working water. whilst she used to be twelve, Florence's mom left the relatives to paintings in Cleveland and not returned.

Florence opens up approximately her early life, in addition to the demanding situations she's confronted as an grownup, together with degree fright, postpartum melancholy, her extramarital affairs, divorce, her listening to loss, and cardiovascular disease. She writes with honesty and knowledge of the way her religion and skill to outlive has introduced her via tough instances to a lifetime of profound pleasure and goal.

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26 THE PATH OF THE ACTOR 1111 2 3 4 51 6 7 8 9 1011 1 2 13111 4 5 6 7 8 9 20111 1 2 3 4 5111 6 7 8 9 30111 1 2 3 4 5 6 71 call this work. 8 This ‘feeling of the whole’ carried me like a mighty wave through all the difficulties and dangers of the actor’s path. 9 I cannot say that I studied the art of acting at drama school. No, I contemplated my wonderful teachers: Marya Savina, Vasily Dalmatov, Boris Glagolin, Vladimir Sladkopevtsev, Nikolay Arbatov10 amongst others. I can hardly recall anything now of what they said regarding theoretical guidelines, but I remember them.

Chekhov was enlisted as a member of the associate group of the Moscow Art Theatre on 16 June 1912. ) 27 THE PATH OF THE ACTOR strengthen and concentrate my forces by using them economically. Who does not know actors who even in ripe old age are still unable to overcome the habit of playing a part in everyday life? Over the years, these actors have almost lost their personality; through their ‘role-playing’ they have stifled hundreds of difficult questions in their lives, evading their resolution and thus holding back their own development as human beings.

My games were always passionate. Everything was exaggerated. If I built a house out of cards, it was not simply a house, but a colossal building occupying virtually the entire room, and my stilts would be of such a height that had I fallen off them, I most probably would not have gone unscathed. Playing fireman also took on grandiose and dangerous proportions. But at the same time I was not exactly renowned for my courage. 18 THE PATH OF THE ACTOR 1111 2 3 4 51 6 7 8 9 1011 1 2 13111 4 5 6 7 8 9 20111 1 2 3 4 5111 6 7 8 9 30111 1 2 3 4 5 6 71 My father’s disappearances were a source of great joy for me, but his returns home were sad.

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