ON THE EDGE OF THE SPOTLIGHT: Celebrities' Children Speak Out About Their Lives by Kathy Cronkite

ON THE EDGE OF THE SPOTLIGHT: Celebrities' Children Speak Out About Their Lives

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Celebrity-watchers will find little tinsel or tattle in this studiously serious examination of life as the offspring of a famous parent. Practically everyone interviewed registered either hero-worship of the old man (few female celebs figure) or only mild disapproval--as in the case of Susan Newman, who gets ticked off when papa Paul fails to appreciate the value of a dollar. There are the expected pleas not to stereotype; not to assume great wealth (some of these kids are, for one reason or another, actually poor); not to imagine that the family name carries significant weight careerwise (though Christopher Buckley sensibly indicates that he would have been a fool not to take advantage of Bill's connections). Apart from the Buckley interview, most of the talks are on the blah side: John Ritter's evocation of Tex is wholly sentimental; Jack and Debby Erhard come across as automatons for est. As the daughter of ""the most trusted man in America,"" Kathy Cronkite (who interviewed her sister and got dad to pen the foreword) is also interested in ideas; so chapters highlighting particular individuals take something of a back seat to quote-happy explorations of image; of fans (they don't see the stars as human); and of following-in-the-famous-footsteps. A mostly dry, often predictable foray into the pitfalls of ""privilege.

Pub Date: March 26th, 1981
Publisher: Morrow