...Jessie Matthews, As Told to Muriel Burgess. Rare copy signed by Jessie Matthews Nov 1974. Complete with dust jacket (with some minor marks, significant wear and tear, and edges curled). Pale green cloth boards. Gilt lettering to the spine; some very slight shelfwear visible - edges rubbed. Signature inscribed to the front end paper: 'To Doris Best Wishes Jessie Matthews Nov 1974' Front end paper displays one or two superficial marks, webbing to the spine just visible. This publication contains a rich diversity of on and off stage black and white photographs chronologizing her life and career.
From the dust jacket:
"One of eleven children, born to poverty and life in Soho with her costermonger parents, she soon had her sister Rosie urging her to stardom. 'Our Jessie' didn't walk, she danced and Rosie was determined the world was going to know all about her. First one of C. B. Cochran's young ladies, Jessie was soon an international film star, one of the first sexy pin-ups, the waif with sex appeal.
But her private life was stormy, a sensational divorce case threatened her career. In the '40s with overwork, stress and people failing her, Jessie became the victim of an outmoded system that crushed her, wanting to lock her away from the world. Jessie Matthews' autobiography makes fine and fascinating reading. Tender and touching, it is the story of a woman who refused to go down and who finally came back to us as the warm-hearted Mrs Dale of the famous radio serial, winning against the past."