If you love show biz,
please put My Hi-De-High Life by Peter Keogh on your
must-read list! In this wonderfully entertaining memoir, the author recalls
funny and sometimes shocking adventures of his life as a producer, stage manager,
prop master, tour guide, dresser, night watchman and usher at various
Australian and London venues.
As the world’s most avid
movie addict, I particularly enjoyed Keogh’s revealing descriptions of
fascinating behind-the-scene situations involving so many stars of the Golden
Years of Hollywood, including Debbie Reynolds, Carol Burnett, Raymond Burr,
Peter O’Toole, Liv Ullman, Eve Arden and more.
Growing up gay in 1950s
Australia was no picnic for Keogh, but he did more than survive. Even his later
unlucky experience during a court case could not bring him down. Although parts
of his life have been painful, Keogh clearly revels in his show biz activities.
The book comes even more alive when he writes about the stars he’s come in
contact with. For example, priceless is the only way to describe how he started
out as a Debbie Reynolds fan, became her friend, and then the producer of
Irene, her popular stage production in Australia.
Happily, Keogh writes
with a breezy, chatty style that helped draw me into his world. It’s a real
treat to read a memoir so genuine, amusing and candid as My
(Published by Apex
Publishing Ltd. E-book version is available on Amazon.com.)
Labels: book review, Debbie Reynolds, memoir, My Hi-De-Hi Life, Peter Keogh, show biz