In My Father's Shadow is a classic story of a life lived in the public eye, told with affection and the wide-eyed wonder of a daughter who never stopped believing that someday she would truly know and understand her elusive and larger-than-life father. The result is a moving and insightful look at life in the shadow of a legendary figure and an immensely entertaining story of growing up in the unreal reality of Hollywood, enhanced by Welles Feder's collection of many never-before-seen family photographs.
This book is very different from every other book written by or about Welles. His oldest daughter, Christopher, tells the story of her life and how she tried through the years to remain in his life. Not an easy task as her father and mother divorced when she was very young with Virginia remarrying twice, as did Orson. Orson also had two more daughters, Rebecca with Rita Hayworth and Beatrice with Paola, an Italian Princess. Chris has to compete with wives and other daughters as well as a storied career for any attention she was to get from her famous (or infamous) father. Life was complicated by the fact that Virginia showed classic signs of depression and worked hard at times to keep the two apart, while at other times seemed to work just as hard to have them maintain a relationship.
There is no "storybook" ending to this story, although Chris and Orson eventually reached a point where their relationship was friendly and they were able to converse as adults. All in all it is a fascinating look at Orson Welles, the man - not the movie maker.read more