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The surprise of my life : an autobiography

Author: Claire Drainie Taylor
Publisher: Waterloo, Ont. : Wilfrid Laurier University Press, ©1998.
Series: Life writing series, 5.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Maybe you'd be intrigued by the progression of a life begun as an unexceptional little girl born to a middle-class, Jewish-Canadian couple in a small prairie town who, at age sixteen, married a cultured Englishman and survived the Great Depression, partly alone in a shack in the woods of Vancouver Island. Or how, only a few months after returning to Vancouver, with no training and minimal education, this same young
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
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Taylor, Claire Drainie, 1917-
Surprise of my life.
Waterloo, Ont. : Wilfrid Laurier University Press, ©1998
(OCoLC)607082504
Named Person: Claire Drainie Taylor; Claire Drainie Taylor; Claire Drainie Taylor; Claire Drainie Taylor
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Claire Drainie Taylor
ISBN: 0889203024 9780889203020
OCLC Number: 39051048
Description: xi, 268 pages, [19] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 23 cm.
Series Title: Life writing series, 5.
Responsibility: Claire Drainie Taylor ; with a foreword by Marlene Kadar.

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Maybe you'd be intrigued by the progression of a life begun as an unexceptional little girl born to a middle-class, Jewish-Canadian couple in a small prairie town who, at age sixteen, married a cultured Englishman and survived the Great Depression, partly alone in a shack in the woods of Vancouver Island. Or how, only a few months after returning to Vancouver, with no training and minimal education, this same young woman walked on stage at one of Canada's finest old theatres, and went on to a successful thirty-year career as an actress and radio dialogue writer, pausing along the way to divorce her first husband and marry John Drainie, the man who was to become Canada's most beloved actor, and, incidentally, father to her six children.

And you're almost certain to be moved by the loving, sensitive (and sometimes humorous) way she narrates his two-year losing battle with cancer. Claire Drainie Taylor ends her memoir with a brief glimpse of the outstanding Canadian film entrepreneur who became her third husband.

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An engaging and evocative walk down memory lane by one of our most loved and admired actresses. Claire Drainie....The author's description of the lives they led among the popular actors of the day is Read more...

 
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