Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Ethel Merman, Mother Teresa And Me Book Review


 
I have a really special book to share with you today called Ethel Merman, Mother Teresa And Me written by Tony Cointreau.
 
Synopsis:
How many people can count among their closest friends Ethel Merman (the Queen of
Broadway), Mother Teresa (beatified by the Vatican in October, 2003), Lee Lehman, (wife of Robert Lehman, head of Lehman Brothers), Pierre Cardin (legendary couturier and major show-business force in Europe), and many others?

Well, Tony Cointreau, a scion of the French liqueur family, can. After a successful international singing career, and several years on the Cointreau board of directors, he felt a need for something more meaningful in his life. His voice had taken him to the stage, and his heart took him to Calcutta. Tony’s childhood experiences with an emotionally remote mother, an angry bullying brother, a cold and unprotective Swiss nurse, and a sexually predatory schoolteacher left him convinced that the only way to be loved is to be perfect. This led him on a lifelong quest for love and for a mother figure.

His first “other mother” was the internationally acclaimed beauty Lee Lehman. Then, after Tony met the iconic Broadway diva Ethel Merman, she became his mentor and second “other mother.” His memoir describes in detail his intimate family relationships with both women, as well as his years of work and friendship with Mother Teresa, his last “other mother.”

Tony’s memoir voices his opinion that he had no special gifts or talents to bring to Mother Teresa’s work and that if he could do it, then anyone could do it. In the end, all that really matters is a willingness to share even a small part of oneself with others.
This is quite a story! How one man came to have "mothers" from all walks of life must have been a great thing to behold. I guess most of us are lucky if we get one good mother, let alone have 3 or 4.
 
Yes, he was wealthy in his own right, having come from the Cointreau liquor family in France, but he also experienced bad things as a child, especially at age 7. He was mostly raised by a nurse named Lucy and it was later on that Ethel Merman took him under her wing along with several other older woman.
 
He was surrounded by wealth and beautiful women but still very much wounded and would suffer panic attacks. Until he met Mother Teresa. Then things changed for the better.
 
What a great life it seems he lived even though his childhood wasn't so great. But, then again, who really does have a perfect childhood? I know I didn't but that's a story for another time. I fought my way out of it and never became what my parents and brothers ended up being. It's all in how you choose to live your life, not based on things that can't be changed.
 
It's really a good book to read and I hope you take the time to read it. You will get glimpses of people you have only read about in magazines!
 
Happy Reading! 
 
About the Author:
 
Tony Cointreau, author of Ethel Merman, Mother Teresa . . . and Me: My Improbable Journey from Chateaux in France to the Slums of Calcutta, christened Jacques-Henri Robert Mercier-Cointreau, is an heir to the French liqueur family. Although Tony served on the Cointreau board of directors for several years, his voice took him to the stage and his heart took him to Calcutta.
 
After a successful international singing career and several years on the Cointreau board of directors, he felt a need for something more meaningful in his life.
 
Tony's childhood experiences with an emotionally remote mother, an angry bullying brother, a cold and un-protective Swiss nurse, and a sexually predatory schoolteacher left him convinced that the only way to be loved is to be perfect. This led him on a lifelong quest for unconditional love and for a mother figure.
 
His first "other mother" was the internationally acclaimed beauty Lee Lehman. Then the iconic Broadway diva Ethel Merman became his mentor and second "other mother." His memoir describes his close family relationships with both women, as well as his years of work and friendship with Mother Teresa, his last "other mother."
 
Tony believes that he had no special gifts or talents to bring to Mother Teresa's work and that if he could do it, then anyone could do it. All that really matters is a willingness to share even a small part of oneself with others.

Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.

3 comments:

Carol L. said...

I'm starting to see this book a lot. I have it on my TRL because it sounds so fascinating. I love the title.I also enjoy reading memoirs.
Thanks for the opportunity.
Carol L
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Anita Yancey said...

I do like reading memoirs, especially if they are from a famous person. Thanks for having the giveaway.

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ale ol said...

I love auto-bios, memoirs!!