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Whatever Happened to Jacy Farrow?

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Whatever Happened to Jacy Farrow?

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Ceil Cleveland
publisher:
University of North Texas Press
genre:
Memoir

We gave it a B-

Years ago, Ceil Cleveland — a good friend of author Larry McMurtry’s — was the inspiration for Jacy Farrow, the ”blond, flirtatious teen queen” played so fetchingly in The Last Picture Show by Cybill Shepherd. Now, in a kind of ”character strikes back” memoir, she talks about what it was like to grow up female, pretty, and smart in the Happy Days era. Fantasies of marrying Arthur Miller and grooving in Greenwich Village eventually gave way to marriage, children, divorce, and professional success. But it’s the often painful adolescent details — describing what it’s like to mature into the class beauty in a one-picture-show Texas town — that make Whatever Happened to Jacy Farrow? such a charming read. B-

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