Monday, 2 June 2014

FIRST PERSON SINGULAR: Spotlight on new books by Diane Keaton and Toni Braxton

SOUL SURVIVOR: For Toni Braxton, having it all once meant awards and platinum sales and the loyal family and fans to stick with her through calm and through storm. And we have, bearing witness to her triumphs (the Grammys, the chart-topping jams, the hit TV show) and the tribulations (the public bankruptcy scandal, the health ordeal, the dismal album sales) and how she’s showed grace in the good times and grace under fire in the bad. To say the least, the world-famous chanteuse has had quite a life and now, with the release of the memoir, Unbreak my Heart (It Books), the former Jamaica Jazz & Blues headliner has chronicled the story, in her own words, as testament to artistic passion and the elasticity of the human spirit.

TRUE ORIGINAL: Back in 1993, Diane Keaton was in the midst of a Vogue photoshoot with the mercurial Irving Penn, when she stipulated – out of the blue – that she would grace the cover only if the photo appeared in black and white! Needless to say, that didn’t happen and the Oscar-winning actress didn’t appear in the magazine then. Intriguing, and some would say brazen to the last, Miss Keaton (whose most popular films include The First Wives’ Club) has always marched to the beat of her own drum. You’ll find plenty of evidence in her just-released memoir Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty (Random House), riddled with amusing anecdotes centred on the ambitious girl she was and the Hollywood legend we know and love today.  

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