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6 Stage Actor Autobiographies You Need On Your Reading List

So, you’ve made a goal to read more this summer, right? Here are six thespian-written memoirs to add to your summer reading list:

1. ‘Not My Father’s Son: A Memoir,’ by Alan Cumming

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In 2015, this king of the stage and screen wrote an intimate recount of his life growing up. Alan Cumming bares all in his memoir, discussing his complex relationship with his father and how it affected his success. If it’s an engaging and emotional read you seek, hunker down and grab this one off the bookshelf.

Buy the book here

2. ‘A Little Bit Wicked: Life, Love, and Faith in Stages,’ by Kristin Chenoweth

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Kristin Chenoweth might be known as a bright and bubbly Broadway blonde, but this autobiography proves there’s a lot more to her than meets the eye. “A Little Bit Wicked” is full of heart and humor as the actress discusses her journey with adoption, growing up in a small Oklahoma town and, of course, finding her way to the Big Apple.

Grab a copy here

3. ‘Scrappy Little Nobody,’ by Anna Kendrick

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The “Pitch Perfect” star’s memoir will satisfy your need for that easy-peasy summer read — plus, Anna Kendrick has a theatre background! “Scrappy Little Nobody” is the perfect book for lounging on the beach. You’ll be obsessed!

Buy the book here

4. ‘In Spite of Myself,’ by Christopher Plummer

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If you consider yourself an old soul, dive into the life and career of a familiar face in both movies and the performing arts. You might know him as Captain Von Trapp in the iconic film “The Sound of Music,” but Christopher Plummer is also a prominent figure in theatre, starring in a number of Broadway shows, West End productions and lots of Shakespeare.

Get your copy here.

5. ‘Home: A Memoir of My Early Years,’ by Julie Andrews

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How do you solve a problem like finding a good summer read? Once you’ve finished Plummer’s book, it’s only fitting to snag a copy of this novel, written by Julie Andrews. While it doesn’t go in-depth about her movie career, the memoir focuses on Andrews’ childhood and time on the theatre stage.

Click here to read more about this queen.

6. ‘Patti LuPone: A Memoir,’ by Patti LuPone

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Speaking of queens, Patti LuPone wrote a book aptly titled “Patti LuPone: A Memoir” because, well, she’s Patti LuPone. Why wouldn’t you read this?

Buy the book here

Have another stage actor autobiography to recommend? Share in the comments below…

Written by Kailey Hansen

Kailey received her B.A. in English, studied Shakespeare in London and interned at an opera house.

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