Synopses & Reviews
One of the greatest comedy actresses of our time, Dawn French has a career that has spanned nearly three decades, encompassing a vast and brilliant array of characters. Loved for her irreverant humor, she has achieved massive success while pushing boundaries and challenging stereotypes. In this memoir in the form of letters to people in her life, she describes her journey. Beginning her career as part of the groundbreaking alternative comedy group the Comic Strip, she then helped firmly establish a place for women in British comedy with Girls On Top, which teamed Dawn with Jennifer Saunders, Ruby Wax, and Tracy Ullman. As part of the wildly successful and much-loved duo French and Saunders, Dawn helped create a repetoire of brilliantly observed characters, parodying popular culture and impersonating everything from Harry Potter to The Exorcist. Dawn's recent role in the Vicar of Dibley showcased both her talent and also her ability to take a controversial issue and make it mainstreamand very funny. From her apartment-sharing antics with Jennifer Saunders to the death of her father, from her outspoken views on sizeism to her views on Madonna, Dear Fatty will chronicle the extraordinary, hilarious rise of a complex, dynamic, and unstoppable woman.
"Something of a revelation . . . in among the the gags and photos of her bare bosom, there is intellectual rigor and real emotional intelligence . . . I can't remember the last time a book made me laugh so much." —Sunday Telegraph
"Loyal, self-deprecating and garrulous, Frenchs story makes for entertaining reading . . . this is an original book, and will delight her fans and, indeed anyone with a sense of humor." —Mail on Sunday
"Well written, warm and funny." —Sunday Times
Dawn French is one of the greatest comedy actresses of our time, with a career spanning nearly three decades and encompassing a vast and brilliant array of characters that would eventually establish her as a national treasure.
She first appeared on the British entertainment scene as part of the groundbreaking alternative comedy group, the Comic Strip, which marked a radical departure from the more traditional comedy acts of the time. Later came the all-female Girls on Top with Jennifer Saunders, Ruby Wax and Tracy Ullman. Then, as part of the wildly successful duo, French and Saunders, Dawn helped create a repertoire of brilliantly observed recurring characters parodying popular culture and impersonating everything from Madonna and Harry Potter to The Exorcist. Dawns more recent role in The Vicar of Dibley again has showcased not only her talent but also her ability to take a controversial issue and make it mainstream and funny.
From her early years as an RAF child to her flat-sharing antics with Jennifer Saunders, from her outspoken views on sizeism to her marriage to Lenny Henry, Dear Fatty will chronicle the fascinating and hilarious rise of a complex, dynamic and unstoppable woman.
From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Dawn French has been nominated for six BAFTA Awards and also won a Fellowship BAFTA along with her French and Saunders costar and cowriter Jennifer Saunders. She is also well-known for her lead role in the sitcom The Vicar of Dibley. She's appeared in such films as The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe; Coraline; and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.