Forever Young

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What happens when a girl tries to grow up in a world where everyone wants her to remain a child?

Hayley Mills’ teenage decade in Hollywood produced some of the era’s greatest coming-of-age family movies: classics like Pollyanna, The Parent Trap and In Search of the Castaways, and in Britain the acclaimed Whistle Down the Wind. These films made Hayley a genuine teen idol and a household name. Now and for the first time, Hayley reveals the truth of her own coming-of-age story, in her own words – a story of incredible twists of fate and fortune, but also mismanagement, bankruptcy, family crisis and dislocation.

Told with characteristic warmth, honesty and humour, Hayley takes us back in time to a bygone era, charting a journey from her carefree childhood innocence in post-war Britain, growing up in the shadow of her famous theatrical family, to being propelled into the Technicolor boomtown of 1960s Hollywood, where she is mentored to stardom by Walt Disney himself.

Critics Review

  • An affectionate but clear-eyed memoir of an unusual career that began at the tender age of 12

  • As charming on the page as she’s ever been on the screen. Her memoir touches on growing up in a family of performers, thoughtfully considers life as a child star, and finds honest, often very funny, ways to examine what it means to live in and around the spotlight . . . Delightful

    Town & Country
  • A greatly enjoyable and eye-opening memoir: a showbusiness chronicle which proves equal parts celebration and cautionary tale . . . Forever Young is an unexpected treat: a brave and revealing memoir with nary a dull passage

    Wall Street Journal
  • With a novelistic eye for detail and a disarming sense of humor, Mills illuminates her extraordinary past while evoking the lost empire of mid-20th-century Hollywood . . . The result is a luminous work commensurate with the unforgettable movies that made Mills an icon

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • A natural storyteller, as so many actors are, Mills takes us on that wide-eyed 12-year-old’s journey . . . If you loved those Disney movies, or just want to get a sense of what life was like in a Hollywood very different from how it is today, Forever Young is a pleasure. One of its joys is watching Mills grow up on the page, learning to love her craft

    Seattle Times
  • Hayley’s insights into Disney and the interaction between Disney and Hayley and the Mills family are worth the price of admission . . . You’ll likely love reading this behind-the-scenes account of what our Hayley was really up to during her formative years

    New York Journal of Books

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