26 Sep 2011

Recommended: a story of triumph, joy, sorrow, disaster and renewal

One of the books I am reading at the moment is the autobiography of the late Rosemary Clooney. I was drawn to her story because I heard that she died a "good Catholic", but her journey to that point was often horrendous. I recommend it to those who have problems with addiction and suffer from depression. Rosemary's main suffering came from the breakdown of her marriage to the actor Jose Ferrer. She was a loveable person and had many admirers and friends, one of them being Bing Crosby who was a great help to her when she was really down. Towards the end of her life, she "came back to the fold" as she described it, "to stay". When I was a child and teenager I didn't care for her style of singing. I have rediscovered her and was able to get a wonderful CD of her jazz recordings which are excellent. The book is available at Amazon. Mine is a used copy in very good condition. The CD was also fairly cheap. If you are interested in "showbiz" in the '50's this is a great read, but it is also a very inspirational story that has already helped many people. God bless her.


  1. Some of Rosemary's early recordings, of the 'novelty' genre, didn't do her justice. In her latter years she became a great interpreter of good songs. May she rest in peace.