I saw Ms. Field at the Cheltenham Literary Festival (UK) talking about her memoir 'In Pieces'. This is a woman who has been a fixture in my life from the time she was Gidget to playing Mary Todd Lincoln. But like most celebrities I knew only what she wanted us to know. Her book is about finding her voice and learning to say no. It is also about incest, #metoo and her very conflicted relationship with her mother. She is unsparing in her honesty but neither is she a victim. I took her seven years to write it - I read it in one sitting. Powerful and honest.
Jul 30, 2019
It was Tracy Edwards’s mother—a globe-trotting ballerina and burlesque dancer whose career-ending diagnosis of multiple sclerosis inspired a return to her first love of motorbikes—who served as a role model for her daughter. She also supported Edwards after she was expelled from school, and encouraged her to travel to Greece, where a family friend resided. Trouble with Edwards’s stepfather had made home a painful place. Greece was a realm of freedom and possibility. She took odd jobs on boats. She faced intense sexism from some men, but many others acted as mentors, showing her the ropes, so to speak. Ultimately captaining an all-female crew, and fitting in, aboard a sailboat named Maiden in the famously difficult 1989–1990 Whitbread, a 32,000 nautical mile race from England to Uruguay to Australia to New Zealand and back, with a stop in America, she chronicles an intense 167 days at sea. The crew of 14 women went on to win two legs of the race in its division, and Edwards became the first woman in Whitbread history to be named Yachtsman of the Year. (Mary Alice Miller - Vanity Fair HWD) https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2019/06/maiden-documentary-tracy-edwards-sailing-interview Tracy Edward's groundbreaking journey is captured in the new documentary Maiden.