In My Father's Shadow

In My Father's Shadow Cover

In My Father's Shadow

A Daughter Remembers Orson Welles

By Chris Welles Feder

Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Hardcover, 9781565125995, 279pp.

Publication Date: November 2, 2009

Out of all the many stars and celebrities Hollywood has produced, only a handful have achieved the fame and, some would say, infamy of Orson Welles, the creator and star of what is arguably the greatest American film, Citizen Kane. Many books have been written about him, detailing his achievements as an artist as well his foibles as a human being. None of them, however, has gotten so close to the real man as does Chris Welles Feder's beautifully realized portrait of her father.
"In My Father's Shadow" is a classic story of a life lived in the public eye, told with affection and the wide-eyed wonder of a daughter who never stopped believing that someday she would truly know and understand her elusive and larger-than-life father. The result is a moving and insightful look at life in the shadow of a legendary figure and an immensely entertaining story of growing up in the unreal reality of Hollywood, enhanced by Welles Feder's collection of many never-before-seen family photographs.

About the Author
Chris Welles Feder has spent a great part of her life working in the field of education and is known to many as a writer for the children's educational series "Brain Quest". She lives with her husband in New York City.

Sunday, Nov 22, 2009

The name Orson Welles has the power to jog millions of memories. His radio work sent the nation into a panic. Host Liane Hansen speaks with Chris Welles Feder about her new book, In My Father's Shadow, an account of her life growing up as the daughter of Orson Welles. More at

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