Lilyville Mother, daughter, and other roles I've played

Tovah Feldshuh

Book - 2021

Feldshuh has always played powerful women who aren't afraid to sit at the table with the big boys and rule their world. But offstage, she struggled to fulfill the one role she never auditioned for: Lily Feldshuh's only daughter. Here Feldshuh shares the highs and lows of a career that has spanned five decades, and shares the lessons she has learned about how to live in the spotlight, strive for excellence, and still get along with your mother. -- adapted from jacket

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Subjects
Genres
Autobiographies
Biographies
Published
New York, NY : Hachette Books 2021.
Edition
First Edition
Language
English
Physical Description
xi, 303 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 24 cm
ISBN
9780306924026
0306924021
Main Author
Tovah Feldshuh (author)
  • Lilyville: preshow announcement
  • Overture
  • How to make an entrance
  • You are what you wear
  • Don't you have to be born with a voice?
  • Instincts-schminstincts
  • What other people think of me is none of my business
  • Oy, she's playing a Hasidic boy!
  • How finger painting touched my heart
  • Marry like a Jew, divorce like a Catholic
  • My crazy ex-TV show
  • What's a nice kid like me doing in a picture like this?
  • There's no understudy for a mother
  • Reach for the stars, you may land on the roof
  • Everyone comes on The Walking Dead to die
  • Lily's turn
  • Prying the world open
  • You only live twice
  • The great encore
  • Taking the final bow
  • Curtain call
  • Exit music
  • Cast party.
Review by Booklist Reviews

Lilyville is Feldshuh's mother's sphere and the setting for this lively and engaging narrative. The Emmy and Tony Award–nominated actress skillfully spins stories of her mother's life, her own career, and their evolving relationship against a backdrop of half-a-century of a changing society and women's expanding roles within it. Born Terri Sue Feldshuh and raised in Scarsdale, New York, during the 1950s, Feldshuh has a lot to say and does so with aplomb, whether revisiting her suburban teenage roots or recounting her adventures as an aspiring performer. With a résumé that includes television roles in the miniseries Holocaust, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and The Walking Dead as well as Broadway turns in Yentl, Pippin, and Golda's Balcony, here her personal life takes center stage. In a look-back that is always intense, often hilarious, and sometimes fraught she writes, "the greatest role of my life has been the role of Lillian Kaplan Feldshuh's daughter—a part I never auditioned for, and I couldn't have been luckier to get." Readers will feel lucky to encounter this delightful memoir. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Booklist Reviews

Lilyville is Feldshuh's mother's sphere and the setting for this lively and engaging narrative. The Emmy and Tony Award–nominated actress skillfully spins stories of her mother's life, her own career, and their evolving relationship against a backdrop of half-a-century of a changing society and women's expanding roles within it. Born Terri Sue Feldshuh and raised in Scarsdale, New York, during the 1950s, Feldshuh has a lot to say and does so with aplomb, whether revisiting her suburban teenage roots or recounting her adventures as an aspiring performer. With a résumé that includes television roles in the miniseries Holocaust, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and The Walking Dead as well as Broadway turns in Yentl, Pippin, and Golda's Balcony, here her personal life takes center stage. In a look-back that is always intense, often hilarious, and sometimes fraught she writes, "the greatest role of my life has been the role of Lillian Kaplan Feldshuh's daughter—a part I never auditioned for, and I couldn't have been luckier to get." Readers will feel lucky to encounter this delightful memoir. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Feldshuh, a storied and celebrated actor of stage and screen, shares an intimate, entertaining memoir of her life and career. In this uniquely structured book, she reflects on her life as if it were a theatrical production; the central character is her mother, Lily. Feldshuh's relationship with her mother is a complicated and boisterous one that transforms throughout the years, especially alongside the rise of her career. Feldshuh's portrayal of Lily is striking; her thoughtful understanding of their dynamic and Lily's influence on her life and career, infused with her mother's candor, will delight readers. The heart of this book lies in the author's captivating writing—she is a dynamic storyteller with an actor's skill for articulating small moments that occur in everyday life. She captures growing up in New York, Jewish culture, and the entertainment industry with equal enthusiasm and detail. VERDICT A vivid, charming memoir and reflection on an expansive career and family, which will delight memoir fans. This book will appeal to performing arts enthusiasts and fans of witty family memoirs. Readers who enjoy peeking into the personal and professional lives of performers may also enjoy Home Work by Julie Andrews. —Kate Bellody, SUNY New Paltz Copyright 2021 Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"A heartwarming and funny memoir from a beloved actress, Lilyville tells the story of a mother and daughter whose narrative reflects that of American women in the 20th and 21st centuries, and mirrors American cultural changes and the world's shifting expectations of women"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The iconic stage actress best known for her performances in such productions as Golda’s Balcony and Yentl describes how her complicated relationship with a perfectionist mother shaped her perspectives on success, fame and traditional gender roles. 40,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

This heartwarming and funny memoir from a beloved actress tells the story of a mother and daughter whose narrative reflects American cultural changes and the world's shifting expectations of women.From Golda to Ginsburg, Yentl to Mama Rose, Tallulah to the Queen of Mean, Tovah Feldshuh has always played powerful women who aren't afraid to sit at the table with the big boys and rule their world. But offstage, Tovah struggled to fulfill the one role she never auditioned for: Lily Feldshuh's only daughter.Growing up in Scarsdale, NY in the 1950s, Tovah—known then by her given name Terri Sue—lived a life of piano lessons, dance lessons, shopping trips, and white-gloved cultural trips into Manhattan. In awe of her mother's meticulous appearance and perfect manners, Tovah spent her childhood striving for Lily's approval, only to feel as though she always fell short. Lily's own dreams were beside the point; instead, she devoted herself to Tovah's father Sidney and her two children. Tovah watched Lily retreat into the roles of the perfect housewife and mother and swore to herself, I will never do this.When Tovah shot to stardom with the Broadway hit Yentl, winning five awards for her performance, she still did not garner her mother's approval. But, it was her success in another sphere that finally gained Lily's attention. After falling in love with a Harvard-educated lawyer and having children, Tovah found it was easier to understand her mother and the sacrifices she had made during the era of the women's movement, the sexual revolution, and the subsequent mandate for women to "have it all."Beloved as he had been by both women, Sidney's passing made room for the love that had failed to take root during his life. In her new independence, Lily became outspoken, witty, and profane. "Don't tell Daddy this," Lily whispered to Tovah, "but these are the best years of my life." She lived until 103. In this insightful, compelling, often hilarious and always illuminating memoir, Tovah shares the highs and lows of a remarkable career that has spanned five decades, and shares the lessons that she has learned, often the hard way, about how to live a life in the spotlight, strive for excellence, and still get along with your mother. Through their evolving relationship we see how expectations for women changed, with a daughter performing her heart out to gain her mother's approval and a mother becoming liberated from her confining roles of wife and mother to become her full self. A great gift for Mother's Day—or any day when women want a joyous and meaningful way to celebrate each other. 

Review by Publisher Summary 4

This heartwarming and funny memoir from a beloved actress tells the story of a mother and daughter whose narrative reflects American cultural changes and the world's shifting expectations of women.From Golda to Ginsburg, Yentl to Mama Rose, Tallulah to the Queen of Mean, Tovah Feldshuh has always played powerful women who aren't afraid to sit at the table with the big boys and rule their world. But offstage, Tovah struggled to fulfill the one role she never auditioned for: Lily Feldshuh's only daughter.Growing up in Scarsdale, NY in the 1950s, Tovah'known then by her given name Terri Sue'lived a life of piano lessons, dance lessons, shopping trips, and white-gloved cultural trips into Manhattan. In awe of her mother's meticulous appearance and perfect manners, Tovah spent her childhood striving for Lily's approval, only to feel as though she always fell short. Lily's own dreams were beside the point; instead, she devoted herself to Tovah's father Sidney and her two children. Tovah watched Lily retreat into the roles of the perfect housewife and mother and swore to herself, I will never do this.When Tovah shot to stardom with the Broadway hit Yentl, winning five awards for her performance, she still did not garner her mother's approval. But, it was her success in another sphere that finally gained Lily's attention. After falling in love with a Harvard-educated lawyer and having children, Tovah found it was easier to understand her mother and the sacrifices she had made during the era of the women's movement, the sexual revolution, and the subsequent mandate for women to "have it all."Beloved as he had been by both women, Sidney's passing made room for the love that had failed to take root during his life. In her new independence, Lily became outspoken, witty, and profane. "Don't tell Daddy this," Lily whispered to Tovah, "but these are the best years of my life." She lived until 103. In this insightful, compelling, often hilarious and always illuminating memoir, Tovah shares the highs and lows of a remarkable career that has spanned five decades, and shares the lessons that she has learned, often the hard way, about how to live a life in the spotlight, strive for excellence, and still get along with your mother. Through their evolving relationship we see how expectations for women changed, with a daughter performing her heart out to gain her mother's approval and a mother becoming liberated from her confining roles of wife and mother to become her full self. A great gift for Mother's Day'or any day when women want a joyous and meaningful way to celebrate each other.