Oona, Living in the Shadows by Jane Scovell
A Biography of Oona O'Neill Chaplin

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Her father, the only American playwright to receive a Nobel Prize, was a chronic alcoholic. When she was a child, her father deserted her; when she turned 18, he disinherited her. Her older half-brother, a Pulitzer Prize-winning classical scholar, and her younger brother, a drug addict, each committed suicide. A product of New York society, she was accepted at Vassar, but chose instead to seek an acting career in Hollywood. There she met her future -- and only -- husband. He was the comic genius of motion pictures and 36 years her senior. She was America's darling. Why did she give up everything to marry a much older man? Did she "stifle" herself? Were her children good to her? Were there other men? And, most crucial, how did she escape the family curse of alcoholism and mental illness? This in-depth biography sheds light on a truly fascinating woman and the many extraordinary people whose lives touched upon hers.
 

About Jane Scovell

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Jane Scovell has coauthored numerous books with celebrities such as Ginger Rogers and Elizabeth Taylor. She has written many articles on film, music, and theater for The New York Times", The Boston Globe", and Vogue", among others. "She lives in New York City.
 
Published November 1, 1998 by Warner Books. 354 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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Hardly a story of marital victimization, this tells instead of how Oona made a choice, lived her life afterward, and in Chaplin probably found exactly what she wanted: ""father, lover, provider and protector."" Only upon his death did her drinking grow debilitating.

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Scovell's moving, intelligent, perceptive biography of Oona O'Neill Chaplin, daughter of playwright Eugene O'Neill and wife of film legend Charlie Chaplin, is told with sympathy and feminist insight.

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Scovell's moving, intelligent, perceptive biography of Oona O'Neill Chaplin, daughter of playwright Eugene O'Neill and wife of film legend Charlie Chaplin, is told with sympathy and feminist insight.

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