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Popular and award-winning star Katey Sagal chronicles the rollercoaster ride of her life in this series of evocative and beautifully written vignettes, resulting in a life story recounted unlike any other Hollywood memoir you've read before.
Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married...with Children.
Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal's path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age fifty-two with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. Intimate, candid, and offering an inside look at a remarkable life forged within the entertainment industry, Grace Notes offers unprecedented access to the previously unknown life of a woman whom audiences have loved for over thirty years.
- ISBN-13: 9781476796710
- ISBN-10: 1476796718
- Publisher: Gallery Books
- Publish Date: March 2017
- Page Count: 256
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2017-02-13
- Reviewer: Staff
Sagal, who played Peggy Bundy in Married... with Children, shares her wild, hilarious stories of growing up, struggling with addictions, and finding herself. She opens on a scene of her motherthe singing sweetheart of Cherokee County, a nickname she earned singing on the radio in Gaffney, S.C.holding her in her lap and teaching her to play guitar on the Martin that once belonged to Burl Ives. Sagal, whose mother suffered from mental and physical illnesses, often turned to her father, a director who was often hard to please and critical, though loving in his own way. Sagal decided early that music is the key to everything and by age 15 she joined a band. She eventually found a long-standing gig singing background vocals as one of Bette Midlers Staggering Harlettes, and later sang with and befriend one of her idols, Etta James. Following a bout with cancer, Sagal eventually landed her signature role in the sitcom Married... with Children, which ran for 11 seasons. Sagal proves to be tough and sassy yet vulnerable as she movingly reflects on the stillbirth of her daughter, Ruby, which gave Sagal a deeper love for life; in addition, she touchingly introduces readers to each of her other children, who are the teachers that parents can never finduntil they have children. (Mar.)