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Out of all the many stars and celebrities Hollywood has produced, only a handful have achieved the fame—and, some would say, infamy—of Orson Welles, the creator and star of what is arguably the greatest American film, Citizen Kane. Many books have been written about him, detailing his achievements as an artist as well his foibles as a human being. None of them, however, has gotten so close to the real man as does Chris Welles Feder's beautifully realized portrait of her father. 

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.


Published: Workman eBooks on Nov 2, 2009
ISBN: 9781565129665
List price: $14.95
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I've always been fascinated by Orson Welles. His larger than life career with the tragedy of being banned from Hollywood because of Citizen Kane just seems to play out like a movie of its own.

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
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I've always been fascinated by Orson Welles. His larger than life career with the tragedy of being banned from Hollywood because of Citizen Kane just seems to play out like a movie of its own.

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.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
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