By Cybill Shepherd, Aimee Lee Ball
Assessment "A riveting, candid, clean and self-revealing book." -- *-- Liz Smith* "Gutsy." -- *--** San Francisco Examiner* "Nobody kisses and tells like Cybill Shepherd." -- *--** long island day-by-day information* in regards to the writer Aimee Lee Ball has coauthored numerous books together with *No Time to Die* with Liz Tilberis. She has written approximately well-being, politics, enterprise, and the humanities for lots of nationwide magazines together with *New York, GQ, Harper's Bazaar,* and the *New York Times.* She lives in big apple urban.
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Years before, according to the fashion of the times, she had plucked out her eyebrows and had to draw them back on. I would watch her apply the Max Factor brownish-black eyebrow pencil as we sang a duet of “Jesus Loves Me, This I Know,” with me doing the harmony part. Moma loved music more than anything, and growing up she taught herself to play the church organ. I never visited her house that she didn’t sit down either at her organ or her piano to accompany us kids singing the gospel hymns of her childhood.
It’s as if a mute button has been pushed on the world. That’s what it’s like when a television series ends. The lights go out, the people scatter, the magic has died. And the Cybill show did not go gently. I did not go gently. Over a thirty-year career, I had died before--cacophonous, public, psychically bloody deaths engineered at the box office and hands of critics--but this demise was singularly painful. I’d given my name and much of my identity to the series, blurring the line between real life and fiction, much more than is customary in television.
My sister had every right to be jealous over my designation as “the pretty one” in the family, but I was hardly her only target--she once took a hammer to the TV because the picture kept rolling across the screen. I wonder if her aggression wasn’t the inevitable result when kids are asked to be the container for family turbulence. My brother and I were close playmates until he reached puberty and made an early emotional defection from the family. All our attempts at building bridges seemed to fail.