Forever Young by Hayley Mills

Reviewed by Jayne S (Library Staff)

I loved the Disney Hayley Mills movies when I was growing up. Nothing better than Pollyanna, The Parent Trap (the original!), Moonspinners and That Darn Cat!

Hayley gives the background information on how she was selected by Walt Disney and what he was like. She had many wonderful co-stars and she mentions them favorably. She also did stage work and lists a lot of British actors that I have never heard of, that however, dragged the book down a bit.

She had the typical growing up insecurities; growing up in front of a camera was difficult. She attended Hollywood studio school while filming, child actor Kevin Corcoran (aka Moochie) enlightened her with the facts of life during her time there. Otherwise, her parents kept her very sheltered, and when she was not filming she attended a British boarding school and later a Swiss finishing school. She received her juvenile Oscar award via the mail, she was not allowed to attend the Hollywood ceremony.

She married a much older man when she was twenty. At twenty one she petitioned to get her movie earnings released to her, but due to poor financial advice she lost it all.

I enjoyed the insight into the 1960s actress’s life, it was a fun, fluff read.

Located in Adult Nonfiction (921 MILLS)

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