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Forever Young: A Memoir

Hayley Mills

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A beautifully written memoir by the British Oscar-winning child star of the 1960s who starred in Pollyanna, The Parent Trap and Whistle Down the Wind

What happens when a girl tries to grow up in a world where everyone wants her to remain a child?

Hayley Mills' teenage decade in Hollywood produced some of the era's greatest coming-of-age family movies: classics like Pollyanna, The Parent Trap and In Search of the Castaways, and in Britain the acclaimed Whistle Down the Wind. These films made Hayley a genuine teen idol and a household name. Now and for the first time, Hayley reveals the truth of her own coming-of-age story, in her own words - a story of incredible twists of fate and fortune, but also mismanagement, bankruptcy, family crisis and dislocation.

Told with characteristic warmth, honesty and humour, Hayley takes us back in time to a bygone era, charting a journey from her carefree childhood innocence in post-war Britain, growing up in the shadow of her famous theatrical family, to being propelled into the Technicolor boomtown of 1960s Hollywood, where she is mentored to stardom by Walt Disney himself.

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Praise for Forever Young: A Memoir

  • Child star Mills's charming and eloquent walk down memory lane is a fascinating study of moviemaking in 1960s Britain and the United States . . . Movie buffs will be riveted by Mills's behind the scenes tales - Library Journal

  • As charming on the page as she's ever been on the screen. Her memoir touches on growing up in a family of performers, thoughtfully considers life as a child star, and finds honest, often very funny, ways to examine what it means to live in and around the spotlight . . . Delightful - Town & Country

  • The iconic star of Pollyanna and The Parent Trap recalls her rise to stardom, her experiences on set, and her friendship with Walt Disney in this endearing memoir . . . A warm-hearted peek behind the curtain at youthful fame and filmmaking in the 1960s - Booklist

  • Hayley's insights into Disney and the interaction between Disney and Hayley and the Mills family are worth the price of admission . . . You'll likely love reading this behind-the-scenes account of what our Hayley was really up to during her formative years - New York Journal of Books

  • With a novelistic eye for detail and a disarming sense of humor, Mills illuminates her extraordinary past while evoking the lost empire of mid-20th-century Hollywood . . . The result is a luminous work commensurate with the unforgettable movies that made Mills an icon - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • An affectionate but clear-eyed memoir of an unusual career that began at the tender age of 12 - INDEPENDENT

  • A greatly enjoyable and eye-opening memoir: a showbusiness chronicle which proves equal parts celebration and cautionary tale . . . Forever Young is an unexpected treat: a brave and revealing memoir with nary a dull passage - Wall Street Journal

  • A natural storyteller, as so many actors are, Mills takes us on that wide-eyed 12-year-old's journey . . . If you loved those Disney movies, or just want to get a sense of what life was like in a Hollywood very different from how it is today, Forever Young is a pleasure. One of its joys is watching Mills grow up on the page, learning to love her craft - Seattle Times

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