As odd as it may seem for someone my age, I grew up watching classic television, such as I Love Lucy, The Brady Bunch, Leave it to Beaver, the Andy Griffith Show, The Partridge Family, Little House on the Prairie, Star Trek, Gilligan’s Island and the list goes on and on.
As a young child watching these classic television shows, I often wondered about what happened to the stars of the shows, how did their early lives lead them into acting, and the age-old question: where are they now?
Luckily, my parents bought the autobiographies of many of these classic television show actors, so these questions were very easy for me to find out! This article will list my favorite autobiographies from several classic television shows. If you haven’t read any of these books, I strongly urge you to read them when you get the chance! You won’t regret it!
C’mon, Get Happy: Fear and Loathing on the Partridge Family Bus
This book, authored by David Cassidy, is one of the very first autobiographies by a celebrity that I ever read. This book does require a warning label, however. If you love to think of David Cassidy as being exactly like Keith Partridge on the Partridge Family, then you shouldn’t read this book. David Cassidy is the complete opposite. In this book, David Cassidy is completely honest about how he felt about being a pop star in the 1970s and about his relationship with co-star Susan Dey. This book illustrated how lonesome life can be even if you’re considered very popular. I suggest you read this book if want to learn about the real David Cassidy who, like many people, has suffered from addiction and recovered. David Cassidy really imparts his wisdom through this book and it is a very powerful read.
And Jerry Mathers as the Beaver
This book is of course written by Jerry Mathers. Overall, it is a very good book, but I found it disappointing that there was not a larger section of the book dedicated the behind-the-scenes aspect of Leave it to Beaver. Mathers does, however, address how he got involved in acting as a young child and how he chose to leave acting as an adult in order to pursue an education. Overall, Mathers comes across as very down-to-Earth in this book and doesn’t seem bitter at all like some child stars. A big plus about this book is that Mathers speaks very candidly about his Leave it to Beaver co-stars. This book is a great read if you’re a Leave it to Beaver fan, but don’t expect any additional information about the show.
Life Is Just What You Make It: My Story So Far
This book by Donny Osmond is not a disappointment. Osmond discusses both his and his brother’s career starting from the 1960s and continuing for various decades. You don’t need to be an Osmond fan to enjoy this book. He discusses what it feels like to constantly be in the limelight and criticized by fans and enemies. This book is the first place Osmond discusses his social phobia. Through this book, Osmond asserts himself as a positive role model for others because he didn’t let the low points in his life ruin him forever.