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  • Published: 1 April 2011
  • ISBN: 9781845968670
  • Imprint: Mainstream Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304

In My Father's Shadow

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.

  • Published: 1 April 2011
  • ISBN: 9781845968670
  • Imprint: Mainstream Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304

About the author

Chris Welles Feder

Chris Welles Feder has spent a great part of her life working in the field of education and is known to many as a writer for the children's educational series Brain Quest. She lives with her husband in New York City.

Praise for In My Father's Shadow

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

Peter Bogdanovich

Full of illuminating details . . . genuinely revelatory

The Guardian

[Feder] gives touching insights on her father

The Observer

Refreshingly insightful, intimately well observed


Fascinating . . . the opening of the book is haunting

Daily Telegraph

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.

Sunday Times

Warm, witty and wise

The Scotsman

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

The Oldie

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