This autobiography of one of England's most popular music hall stars (also moving picture, radio and TV) is a tribute to her ""Mumma"" who was determined that her family would go ""oop in t'world, not down"". For, from the world of the cotton mills of Rochdale, Mumma saw to it that the Stansfields did not stand still and Gracie's early starts in competitions, in the provinces, were the means of her landing in London -- and achieving a fame that kept her a prisoner in her showplace of a home. Through the efforts of Archie Pitts, whom she married, Gracie's clowning, mimicry, and unorthodox singing were perfected but it was not until she found Capri that she knew a kind of freedom. And with divorce from Archie, with an international reputation behind her, her marriage to Boris made her life complete. A goodnatured and companionable telling keeps this from being a career-only book. It is very much a personal history.