Book of the Day June 29th, 2023

Taken to the Stage: The Education of an Actress by Mimi Kennedy

(Biography & Autobiography, Entertainment & Performing Arts)

In this must-read memoir, acclaimed actress Mimi Kennedy reveals the complex and inescapable forces that pushed her onto the stage – even as a child. She writes with tremendous vulnerability, wit, and humor that captures your attention and gently touches your heart. Whether you are an actor, a theatre lover, or simply are interested in a deeply human story with familiar truths, then this is the book for you.

Through delightful storytelling, you’ll embark on a journey through a five-decade career on stage and screen. Known for her roles in Mom, Dharma & Gregg, Homefront, and Midnight in Paris, Mimi Kennedy chronicles stories of her fabulous career and life. Her experiences remind you that there is nothing quite like the frantically beautiful profession of acting.

This is an actor’s memoir – there is no denying that. But I assure you, it also is so much more. As skilled a writer as she is an actor, Mimi Kennedy guides you by hand through her marvelous life filled with twists and turns that always led her back to the stage. Throughout the chapters, Mimi elaborates on the earliest days of her career – starting when she was only 12-years old. You will learn about her first professional job, her unforgettable time on Broadway, and her long career starring in TV shows and movies.

There is tremendous beauty in Mimi Kennedy’s memoir. A multifaceted work of literature, it will entertain you, guide you, teach you, humor you, and enlighten you. Taken to the Stage certainly demonstrates so much about what it means to be an actor. As you might assume, an actor’s life is filled with layers of complexities that require slow and patient examination. But beyond that, Mimi Kennedy shows us that acting and storytelling help us develop as human beings. I hope that you add this book to your summer reading list and experience all the wisdom and joy that it offers.

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