In 1920, Elsa Emerson is born in idyllic Door County, Wisconsin. Her family owns the Cherry County Playhouse, and Elsa relishes appearing onstage, where she soaks up the approval of her father and the embrace of the audience. But when tragedy strikes her family, acting becomes more than a child's game of pretend. Elsa marries and flees to Los Angeles. There she is discovered by Irving Green, one of the most powerful executives in Hollywood, who refashions her and renames her Laura Lamont. Laura experiences all the glamour and extravagance of the heady pinnacle of stardom in the studio-system era, but ultimately her story is a timeless one of a woman trying to balance career, family, and personal happiness, all while remaining true to herself.
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"Elsa Emerson, a young beauty who grows up acting with her family in their small theater in Door County, Wisconsin, goes to Hollywood and is transformed by a studio into "Laura Lamont, Oscar-winning actress." Tracking her triumphs and tragedies, Molly Ringwald gives a solid performance reading this story of the rise and fall of a bigger-than-life actress in the period from the 1920s to the 1980s. Although she uses her considerable acting skills in her performance, Ringwald makes little effort to give each character a distinct voice or accent, so it is the story rather than the narration that is memorable. An interesting glimpse into the Golden Age of Hollywood and the studio system that created it. A.C.P. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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