A Daughter Remembers Orson Welles
A revealing story about growing up the daughter of Orson Welles, one of Hollywood's most revered and often misunderstood film-makers
Of all the myriad 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 film ever, Citizen Kane. Many books have been written about him, detailing his achievements as an artist as well as his foibles as a human being. None of them, however, has come so close to the real man as Chris Welles Feder does in this beautifully realised 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 some day 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.
“An intimate, candid yet loving, very personal yet clear-eyed portrait of the complicated, contradictory, mercurial and surpassingly brilliant man . . . a beautifully written and moving memoir which should have a most special place in the extraordinary world of Welles”
“Full of illuminating details . . . genuinely revelatory”
“[Feder] gives touching insights on her father”
“Refreshingly insightful, intimately well observed”
“Fascinating . . . the opening of the book is haunting”
“This is a personal book, and one born from a great deal of thought and pain - yet it is the opposite of hard-bitten. It has real integrity.”
“Warm, witty and wise”
“Both an exposé and a defence of Orson Welles by the daughter who spent a lifetime trying to impress him . . . offers a new perspective on a familiar career”
Times Literary Supplement
“A portrait of longing never quite fulfilled”