Author(s): Lyndall Hobbs
In this memoir, Lyndall Hobbs bares all. Heartfelt, hilarious and down-to-earth, this book brims with Hobbs' honesty, charm and self-deprecating voice as she comes of age and leaves home to live among the stars. Too large for life in suburbia, at 19 Lyndall left home to pursue her dream of being a journalist. A move to Sydney led to London, New York and LA, which led to wealthy, famous boyfriends, designer clothes and plenty of shoulder-brushing with an impressive list of A-listers. She describes the lavish parties she threw for everyone, from Jack Nicholson to Madonna and Prince Charles (though not all together!), while conveying the homesick, carefree, camera-toting youth she was. From a high-school track star from Melbourne, to a young homesick journalist eating vegemite on toast in a London sharehouse, to the long-term girlfriend of Hollywood bad-boy Al Pacino; Melbourne to London to New York to Los Angeles; journalist to award-winning director to single mum to cancer survivor; The GIrl From Oz is a memoir full of heart and humour, fashion and folly, love and strife and back-talking daughters, and everything that makes a life fully lived.
Who is Lyndall Hobbs? She's that woman you know, the one who ran track in school, entered the 'real' world before the other girls seemed to and left her hometown behind her for something bigger. The one who became a journalist and, at the tender age of twenty, traded Australia for a high-flying and glamorous (though occasionally unglamorous, too) life as a print reporter for the Daily Mail and a television reporter for ITN in London. Who, after falling in with the jetset crowd, parlayed her onscreen career into a behind-the-camera role as a director in LA, dated Al Pacino and hobnobbed with some of Hollywood's biggest names. Who - somehow - managed to fit motherhood in around the ups and downs of her frenetic life, and who found yet another talent as an interior decorator on both the East and West Coast of the United States. Now, having slowed down a little after surviving breast cancer, she's back in Hollywood, filming a pilot for a new TV show, Hollywood Mom, starring Ellen Barkin, Christopher Lloyd and Kick Gurry.