In her debut memoir, actor Tyson recalls her extraordinary life, as well as the racial and gender stereotyping, movie-business prejudice, and ill-behaved men that shaped her seven-decade career. She writes as if she is talking with you personally. One great anecdote: in 1962 she inadvertently started the popularity of afro hair styles because she chose to get a haircut that was true to a character she was playing in a soap opera, who was from West Africa and working at maintaining her culture. The director was stunned – and pleased. And so were thousands of Black women across the country who challenged their stylists to cut their hair that way. This is a great read and a great overview of the movie business and of civil rights in the United States.
~submitted by Beth Bartholomew