Memoir Peers into Making of Successful Show Business Career

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With a career spanning continents on both stage and screen, Author Peggy Pope offers a look back

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The rise of celebrity reality television – The Kardashians, Kendra and Dancing with the Stars – proves that modern American culture remains voraciously interested in celebrities. In atta girl: Tales from a Life in the Trenches of Show Business (published by iUniverse) actress Peggy Pope tells stories from her life, beginning with her childhood in Montclair, New Jersey, and continuing as she acts her way through the years to the 21st century.

Pope is no one-hit wonder; she doesn’t belong to that group of actors who achieve one success and then ride the laurels from that success for the rest of their careers. She belongs to that group of professional actors who travels from job to job, coast to coast, performing on stage, film, television, cabaret and commercials.

She writes in detail about her work; she gave advice to Dolly Parton in 9 to 5, gave Billy Crystal a hard time on SOAP and acted in an EMMY-winning episode of Barney Miller.

The theme of atta girl is simple, Pope writes: “Keep going. Learn as you go. Keep your sense of humor warm.” She continues, “I think writing about your life keeps you growing. To look back at myself and write it down, I could feel my psyche moving and stretching inside me. It was a good feeling, a live feeling.”

Filled with humor, atta girl offers stories from the trenches and gives an insider’s look at both the joys and challenges of show business.

About the Author
Peggy Pope worked several decades as an actress telling stories on stage, film, and television. One of her memorable roles was in 9 to 5, one of the highest grossing films of the 1980s. She lives in New York City. Peggy Pope shared the stage with Jimmy Stewart in Harvey, Brian Bedford in The School for Wives, Ann Miller in Mame, and won an Obie playing a hooker in John Guare’s Muzeeka.

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