A popular English actress tells her story, telescoping present and past, and bringing the whole into focus so that at the end the pieces fall into place, past and present meet, and the reader has a gay story of success, from a poverty-ridden childhood, carried off with a certain gallantry and casualness, as the little family flitted ahead of the bailiff; then the bit parts in pantomime and road shows. Her chance came while she was in the provinces, during the last war, and a group of Tommies ante-ed up to pay her way back to London -- and Charlot's Revue. Madcap pranks cost her a job -- but some bad luck (for Bea Lillie) proved good luck for little Gertie, and a team was made. Success did not turn her head -- glamorous names dot the pages, but in an off-hand and not a ""see what a big girl I am"" sort of way. Romances -- most of them ill-starred -- resulted in one marriage, some broken engagements, and -- within recent years, a second marriage to an American. And it is with this that her past and her present merge -- a present which has recently included a six-weeks' entertainment tour of English camps and the Allied front in France. Pleasant reading -- and delightful for any theatre addict -- but don't sell it on the gossip note of Past Imperfect. It might almost be termed ""unassuming"" -- and it has a certain naive simplicity and charm...The Life publicity -- the planned promotion and advertising insure wide sales.