Dear Fatty

Dear Fatty

Book - 2009
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Dawn French is one of the greatest comedy actresses of our time, with a career that has spanned nearly three decades, encompassing a vast and brilliant array of characters. Loved for her irreverent humour, Dawn has achieved massive mainstream success while continuing to push boundaries and challenge stereotypes. Here she describes the journey that would eventually establish her as a perhaps unlikely, but nevertheless genuine, national treasure. Dawn's more recent role in the "Vicar of Dibley" showcased not only her talent but also her ability to take a controversial and topical issue and make it mainstream - and very funny. From her early years as an RAF child and her flat-sharing antics with Jennifer Saunders, to her outspoken views on sizism and her marriage to Lenny Henry, "Dear Fatty" will chronicle the extraordinary, hilarious rise of a complex, dynamic and unstoppable woman.
Publisher: London : Arrow, 2009, c2008
ISBN: 9780099519478
Branch Call Number: 791.45028 FRE
Characteristics: x, 366 pages, [32 unnumbered pages of plates] : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 21 cm

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MsMicawber Jul 06, 2012

I know Dawn French only from the great series Clatterford but I loved this book. She's had a really interesting, sometimes wonderful, sometimes truly terrible life and she's written a really readable, entertaining memoir.

DanniOcean Jun 15, 2009

SPL Shelf Life column Jan. 9, 2009

Since publication, Ms French has undergone a very public and no doubt painful divorce from the husband she so clearly adored in "Dear Fatty". His behaviour since aside, this memoir is still so much in Dawn French's voice that it's still very enjoyable.

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DanniOcean Jun 15, 2009

In this most unusual memoir, Dawn French writes very little very about her own stardom, although plenty of pictures show just how broad her career has been. Still, she keeps the name-dropping at a tantalizing minimum, and instead focuses on the people in her life who have influenced and inspired her along the way. Each chapter is actually a letter to one of those people – her parents, Fatty, various friends met along the way, past crushes, her B.F. (best friend, whose name is not revealed), her husband and daughter – and each letter recalls hilarious anecdotes, cringe-worthy moments, and even imaginary fantasies (i.e. the kiss with George Clooney - not so imaginary, but the after-affect was).
More like a peek into someone’s diary, Dear Fatty is likely to leave one tearful as much from laughing at Dawn French’s ebullient self as from the tender revelations of her life. It is the best memoir I have read in a very long time.

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SPL_STARR Jun 16, 2015

"Dear Dad, so, you're still dead."

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