Shattered Love: A Memoir

Shattered Love: A Memoir

by Richard Chamberlain
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Shattered Love: A Memoir by Richard Chamberlain

 One of the most beloved actors of our time shares the New York Times bestselling story of how he learned to live with an open heart.

Early in his career, shortly after rising to fame as television's Dr. James Kildare, Richard Chamberlain took on the role of Hamlet on the English stage. The play contained a lesson the actor has remembered throughout his life: "To thine own self be true." But for Chamberlain these were not always easy words to live by. Even as he won the adoration of millions of fans, this handsome, charming, debonair leading man seriously questioned his own self–worth, living a life haunted by personal insecurity despite decades of immense popular success in memorable roles in Dr. Kildare, The Thorn Birds, Shogun, and other television dramas. Finally, with the help of friends and guidance from spiritual teachers, including Krishnamurti, Chamberlain began the sometimes painful but deeply rewarding process of reconciling his deepest self with his public persona. Now, in Shattered Love, he poignantly recounts his lifelong struggle to find happiness. Tracing a fascinating path through his meteoric rise to success, he chronicles his struggle to come to terms with his own imperfections, his growing desire to be honest about his sexual orientation, and his yearning to live with an open heart. And along the way he imparts the lessons he has learned about overcoming our own self–imposed obstacles to happiness: the importance of listening to our own instincts instead of listening only to others, not demanding the impossible of ourselves, and allowing ourselves to explore negative feelings in order to move forward.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060087449
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/04/2004
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 388,309
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.74(d)

About the Author

Richard Chamberlain has starred in such classics as Dr. Kildare, The Thorn Birds, and Shogun and has received rave reviews for his theatrical turns in Hamlet, Cyrano de Bergerac, and My Fair Lady, as well as numerous other plays and films. Chamberlain lives in Hawaii, where he continues to act and pursue his passion for painting.

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Melissahil More than 1 year ago
Richard Chamberlain is not only a gifted actor, he is a natural on writing. If you are looking for a cheap thrill of a Hollywood actor biography, this isn't the book you are looking for. Naked honesty is what you will find here. I say this one is a keeper in my library.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Have always enjoyed Richard Chamberlain as an actor. This shows he is educated in a variety of subjects. A talented writer.....and NOT BORING. His views are interesting......... Intelligent and find he's even more likable, than before!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was in love with Dr. Kildare at age of him all over my bedroom including the ceiling...and I was awed by The Thorn of the best reads of my life and he captured Father Ralph to perfection...I gladly payed full price to see where my hero had gone in his life...I was not disappointed...he's a wonderfully wise, studied and curious man with an eye toward the sublime in all things...he's very kind and balanced...he's in touch with his own weaknesses and has cultivated genuine gratitude in their stead ...the issue of his sexual orientation is so softly woven into his life that it's of no consequence to those of us who loved the sexy leading a human being he sparkles among the hollywood tin we are expected to revere these days...he remains my love affair with this movie star just got better...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having loved Mr. Chamberlain since teenage years, I was fascinated to read his book. It was compelling, and enlightening, and truly a reflection of his kind, warm,and giving personality. As a born-again Christian, however, my views differ from his in certain points regarding spirituality, etc. but that does not change my high regard for him as an actor and humanitarian. Throughout his life, he has led it with dignity, and privacy devoid of tabloidism, and given us years of entertainment and joy with his performances. Blessings to this wonderful 'gentle'man.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for gossip forget it not his style. He is too decent
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had owned a copy of this book since it was first released, but somehow the title was off-putting and I found other books I wanted to delve into first. When I settled down with Richard's magnificent road to self- discovery and what life and love and self --the great trilogy for me--were beginning to mean to him I almost wept. His acting was inspirational, but his quest for knowledge about himself was incredible. I plan to read the second half of this book again (the haikus were wonderful unto themselves) and works by authors who help him on his great quest for answers and self love. I hope Richard will share more of his self discovery journeys with us in another book devoted to finding love, spirit, harmony--and perhaps share some of his paintings with his words.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chamberlain's revelation of his homosexuality was no surprise (didn't we all hear about this years ago?), and he deals with it in a very sympathetic and dignified way. The story of this very complex, sensitive (and gorgeous!) young man finding his way through the treacherous landscape of Hollywood is both touching and fascinating!
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scj-lv More than 1 year ago
Lots of insight into his thinking about life, work, and being.
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