Wednesday, 6 November 2013

That's The Way It Crumbles

I'm currently reading Emily Lloyd's autobiography, Wish I Was There

It's a brilliant and honest read about her sudden fame at the age of just 16 (catapulted to fame thanks to David Leland's Wish You Were Here)and her troubled life plagued by mental health problems and a history of sexual abuse that eventually damaged her career.

As a child of the 80s, Emily Lloyd was HUGE to my generation and reading the book (I'm just under half way through having started it yesterday evening) I was reminded of her second movie, her first in the US, 1989's Cookie, a comedy in which Lloyd plays mobster Peter Falk's daughter, It was directed by Susan Seidelman (Desperately Seeking Susan - similar poster yes?) 

In her book Lloyd describes her working relationship with Falk as difficult. A method actor, the Columbo star was very hard to engage with and seemed frustrated by the then 17 year old Lloyd's energy (as well as perhaps her then undiagnosed OCD and mental health issues) In one scene he snatched at her head and slapped her across the face, completely unscripted and for real. Lloyd retaliated in kind, slapping him back with a firm rebuke that 'You do not hit an actress!'

So 80s - Emily Lloyd, a trad. trailer voice over man and Kylie's 'I Should Be So Lucky'!

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