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When actress Claudia Christian flees a troubled childhood and moves to Hollywood at age 17, she steps through the looking glass into another world. From the set of Dallas to her starring role on the sci-fi series Babylon 5, Claudia’s affairs with billionaires, supermodels, rock stars, and celebrities are mixed with shootings, stalking, heartbreak, and betrayal. Onset and of When actress Claudia Christian flees a troubled childhood and moves to Hollywood at age 17, she steps through the looking glass into another world. From the set of Dallas to her starring role on the sci-fi series Babylon 5, Claudia’s affairs with billionaires, supermodels, rock stars, and celebrities are mixed with shootings, stalking, heartbreak, and betrayal. Onset and off, drama follows Claudia—an alcohol-fueled coke run and makeout session with a bridesmaid on her wedding day; her tempestuous, love-hate relationship with actor Angus Macfadyen; the conspiracy theories surrounding her ex-husband’s death; and a 20-year on-and-off relationship with billionaire Dodi Fayed before he dated Princess Diana. Hollywood life takes its toll on Claudia as she descends into alcohol addiction and a desperate battle to reclaim her life. Rehab, alternative treatments, and even hypnotism can’t break the cycle of alcohol abuse that threatens to destroy Claudia. Close to despair she discovers The Sinclair Method, a treatment that saves her life. Sometimes shocking, often humorous, always captivating — Babylon Confidential is a story of hope that will inspire and enlighten you.


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When actress Claudia Christian flees a troubled childhood and moves to Hollywood at age 17, she steps through the looking glass into another world. From the set of Dallas to her starring role on the sci-fi series Babylon 5, Claudia’s affairs with billionaires, supermodels, rock stars, and celebrities are mixed with shootings, stalking, heartbreak, and betrayal. Onset and of When actress Claudia Christian flees a troubled childhood and moves to Hollywood at age 17, she steps through the looking glass into another world. From the set of Dallas to her starring role on the sci-fi series Babylon 5, Claudia’s affairs with billionaires, supermodels, rock stars, and celebrities are mixed with shootings, stalking, heartbreak, and betrayal. Onset and off, drama follows Claudia—an alcohol-fueled coke run and makeout session with a bridesmaid on her wedding day; her tempestuous, love-hate relationship with actor Angus Macfadyen; the conspiracy theories surrounding her ex-husband’s death; and a 20-year on-and-off relationship with billionaire Dodi Fayed before he dated Princess Diana. Hollywood life takes its toll on Claudia as she descends into alcohol addiction and a desperate battle to reclaim her life. Rehab, alternative treatments, and even hypnotism can’t break the cycle of alcohol abuse that threatens to destroy Claudia. Close to despair she discovers The Sinclair Method, a treatment that saves her life. Sometimes shocking, often humorous, always captivating — Babylon Confidential is a story of hope that will inspire and enlighten you.

30 review for Babylon Confidential: A Memoir of Love, Sex, and Addiction

  1. 4 out of 5

    Adrian

    I am not normally an autobiography reader so I do tend to pick and choose whose I read. As a minor Sci-Fi geek it was through the Babylon 5 series & films that I discovered Claudia Christian. So when I saw this autobiography I thought why not, could be an interesting read. I found the book to be riveting and at times hard to put down, as it takes you on a journey from a childhood lost, struggles to make it in Hollywood, the good years and the spiral into alcoholism and near bankruptcy. The journe I am not normally an autobiography reader so I do tend to pick and choose whose I read. As a minor Sci-Fi geek it was through the Babylon 5 series & films that I discovered Claudia Christian. So when I saw this autobiography I thought why not, could be an interesting read. I found the book to be riveting and at times hard to put down, as it takes you on a journey from a childhood lost, struggles to make it in Hollywood, the good years and the spiral into alcoholism and near bankruptcy. The journey continues in the battle against her inner monster that encouraged and drove her to drink, so much so you end up routing for Claudia.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rahadyan

    I've been an admirer of Claudia Christian and her work, especially on the sf series Babylon 5. As audience members and as fans, we are often not privy to another side of what appears to be a glamorous life. One of my longtime heroes was my high school guidance counselor, who died at the too-young age of 63 a few years ago. I had unfortunately lost touch with him, but never forgot one of his many aspects: He was strong because he allowed himself to be vulnerable. Ms. Christian's similar strengths I've been an admirer of Claudia Christian and her work, especially on the sf series Babylon 5. As audience members and as fans, we are often not privy to another side of what appears to be a glamorous life. One of my longtime heroes was my high school guidance counselor, who died at the too-young age of 63 a few years ago. I had unfortunately lost touch with him, but never forgot one of his many aspects: He was strong because he allowed himself to be vulnerable. Ms. Christian's similar strengths shine through in Ms. Christian's memoir _Babylon Confidential_. I have read at least two other memoir of people with addictions: Pete Hamill's _A Drinking Life_ and David Carr's _The Night of the Gun_. Ms. Christian's book ranks up there with those two. I very highly recommend this, not just for fans of Ms. Christian, but for those who struggle with alcoholism and for anyone who care for someone who struggles.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Julie G

    I don't usually read Hollywood tell-all books. Who did what, and with whom, doesn't generally intrigue me. But, I am a huge Babylon 5 and Claudia Christian fan. And I have always wondered what happened to her, after the show. Little did I know just how incredible her story would be. Admittedly, for me, it was an uncomfortable read. Ms. Christian pulls no punches and hides no secrets. Her life is presented, warts and all, for public consumption. It feels, at times, a bit like peeking through a keyh I don't usually read Hollywood tell-all books. Who did what, and with whom, doesn't generally intrigue me. But, I am a huge Babylon 5 and Claudia Christian fan. And I have always wondered what happened to her, after the show. Little did I know just how incredible her story would be. Admittedly, for me, it was an uncomfortable read. Ms. Christian pulls no punches and hides no secrets. Her life is presented, warts and all, for public consumption. It feels, at times, a bit like peeking through a keyhole at things one just shouldn't see. However, what was most interesting was the 'cure' she found for her alcoholism. Which, I suspect, was the impetus for writing the book - publicity for The Sinclair Method. Don't get me wrong. I am thrilled when anyone, who has destroyed their life with alcohol, finds a way out of the abyss. And there is some clinical support for naltrexone, as a 'treatment' for alcoholism. Mainly, it was just nice to know that Ms. Christian is around, doing well, and may well pop up on a screen near me when I least expect it. Never a bad thing. Oh, speaking of bad? I'll certainly never look at Corbin Bernsen the same way again. About the Story When actress Claudia Christian flees a troubled childhood and moves to Hollywood at age 17, she steps through the looking glass into another world. From the set of Dallas to her starring role on the sci-fi series Babylon 5, Claudia’s affairs with billionaires, supermodels, rock stars, and celebrities are mixed with shootings, stalkings, conspiracies, heartbreak, and betrayal. On set and off, drama follows Claudia - from an alcohol-fueled coke run and makeout session with a bridesmaid the day of her wedding to a 20-year on-and-off relationship with billionaire Dodi Fayed. Years of the Hollywood lifestyle put Claudia aboard a roller-coaster ride descending into alcohol addiction and a desperate battle to reclaim her life. Rehabs, alternative treatments, and even hypnotism can’t break the sober-binge cycle of alcohol abuse that threatens Claudia’s life. In her desperation, she finds The Sinclair Method and a pill that would change her life. Babylon Confidential will captivate, shock, and enlighten you - all with a healthy dose of humor. About the Authors Claudia Christian is an actress, writer, singer, songwriter, director, producer, and voice-over artist. She landed her first TV series at age 18 with NBC’s Berringers and her first studio feature at 20 in the cult hit The Hidden. Christian went on to star in studio pictures such as Clean and Sober with Morgan Freeman and Michael Keaton and in TV shows such as sci-fi megahit Babylon 5. More than 50 films and hundreds of TV shows later, Christian has worked with George Clooney, Sharon Stone, Nicolas Cage, and countless other luminaries. She was the voice for Jaguar cars and Helga Sinclair in Disney’s Atlantis. Christian starred in the new Showtime series Look and was recently seen on NBC’s Grimm. Morgan Grant Buchanan is an Australian writer of sci-fi and historical fantasy. He has written for comics and film and is currently collaborating with Claudia Christian on Wolf’s Empire, a future Rome sci-fi novel. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary electronic galley of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.com professional readers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mel

    I'd been looking forward to reading this book for months. Claudia is one of the actresses I most admire. This book is a very intimate look at her life. She talks about her family, her career, her loves and most importantly her battle with alcoholism. For me the part that touched me the most was when she discussed her decent into alcoholism. She talked about her "monster" the way it would always pull at her low self-esteem. It was interesting to see how her triggers were similar to my own. Claudi I'd been looking forward to reading this book for months. Claudia is one of the actresses I most admire. This book is a very intimate look at her life. She talks about her family, her career, her loves and most importantly her battle with alcoholism. For me the part that touched me the most was when she discussed her decent into alcoholism. She talked about her "monster" the way it would always pull at her low self-esteem. It was interesting to see how her triggers were similar to my own. Claudia has been talking about the Sinclair Method for quite a while now but it wasn't until reading this book that I understood what that meant. The need to keep drinking once you start is something that plagues alcoholics and something which over the years I've felt from time to time. The constant battle between periods of extended abstinence and then bouts of drinking binges that she talks about is something that I've seen time and time again in people with alcoholism. Often their friends ask how they can go back to drinking. The method in the book is a chemical, a pill that you take before you drink. Unlike other alcohol "cures" this treats the physical addiction; it works on reducing the cravings. It has an 80 percent success rate. It was fascinating to read Claudia's first-hand account of how after taking the pill before drinking the need to keep drinking after that first glass disappeared. It sounds like one of those things that is too good to be true. But considering how much money is made from the recovery industry I think it is probably not in their best interest to promote this method. To me the latter half of the book talking about addiction and recovery really hit home. But I don't want to give the impression that the book is all about serious issues. Claudia is a very funny woman and this comes across in book. There are many funny stories of her experiences working on different shows (and some stories about the misogynistic tendencies of famous actors you will really shocked by)! as well as some very funny stories about experiences with fans. Claudia is a woman who has experienced loss and suffering but also the life of the rich and famous. Throughout it all she has remained strong and independent. I'm not normally one to enjoy "celebrity autobiographies" but this book is so much more than that. I would very highly recommend this book to all her fans and to anyone, whether a fan or not, who has had their own battles with alcoholism or has a loved one who has.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kerry Kilburn

    I wanted so badly to love this book. I am a huge Babylon 5 fan, and that is largely due to being a HUGE fan of Commander Susan Ivanova, played by Claudia Christian. I knew her memoir would focus heavily on her alcoholism and expected something along the lines of Ashely Judd's "All That Is Bitter and Sweet" - a long look at childhood and its attendant traumas; a middle section describing the Hollywood glory days (and yes, I did hope for some extended anecdotes about the B5 experience!); and a fin I wanted so badly to love this book. I am a huge Babylon 5 fan, and that is largely due to being a HUGE fan of Commander Susan Ivanova, played by Claudia Christian. I knew her memoir would focus heavily on her alcoholism and expected something along the lines of Ashely Judd's "All That Is Bitter and Sweet" - a long look at childhood and its attendant traumas; a middle section describing the Hollywood glory days (and yes, I did hope for some extended anecdotes about the B5 experience!); and a final section describing the final confrontation with her disease and her recovery process. Along the way, I expected discussions of how past events, left unresolved, can continue to affect us; I also expected some insights into the life of a sci-fi actress and how that kind of career unfolds and develops. Unfortunately, what Christian delivers is much more superficial and less satisfying than that, although following the same basic narrative arc. We do learn about childhood traumas, but the bulk of the narrative is primarily a chronology of roles, people (co-workers and lovers, for the most part), and drinking episodes. Introspection is largely absent in spite of frequent reference to her inner "monster". Having read the book, I feel I know little more about the author than I did before. And that in spite of what I now know are some shared experiences. A disappointing read from the woman who created one of my favorite television roles.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    For anybody that has had addiction problems and just life problems in general this is a great book to read. There are a lot of things Claudia writes about in this book that I could relate to as not only somebody that has had addiction problems, but also from the standpoint of being a friend with these kinds of problems. The thing with addiction is its not about what your addicted to its about the ways your life change as a result of that. I think Claudia hits a lot of nails right on the head wit For anybody that has had addiction problems and just life problems in general this is a great book to read. There are a lot of things Claudia writes about in this book that I could relate to as not only somebody that has had addiction problems, but also from the standpoint of being a friend with these kinds of problems. The thing with addiction is its not about what your addicted to its about the ways your life change as a result of that. I think Claudia hits a lot of nails right on the head with this book and I think if you or a close friend of yours is having a lot of issues in their own lives this would be a great selection. Sometimes an extra level of awareness arises when you can sit down and read about another person having the same tussle with life as you are. This book will make you think about your own life and there are so many things in this book that you can reflect upon. Shes a very special person for taking the time to write a book like this and speaks well of her character.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Bingham

    I loved the character that Claudia Christian played on Babylon 5. I understand now that she put a lot of herself into the character. I wish her well on fighting her addiction. Ms Christian provided a lot of good information, resources for those with addictions.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rose Young

    I have read and reread this book - it is a salvation to those of us who struggle. Claudia provides insight and honesty in her self disclosure. Great read! Love the book and the great respect for the author. Read this one! It will change your life.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Hollie Parrish

    An Amazing story of love, loss, addiction, heartache, and triumph. Claudia is an inspiration that it is possible to over come pain and personal demons. She is a survivor.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Heather Boustead

    Babylon Confidential: A Memoir of Love, Sex, and Addiction By Claudia Christian and Morgan Grant Buchanan Claudia Christian had a starring role on Babylon 5, a science fiction television series. Now she is coming forward with her memoirs revealing a whole new side of herself that few others have seen. First off since this is a memoir I will not be reviewing the “story” I mean how can you criticize someone’s life? Second I had no idea who Claudia Christian was when I was sent this book for review; t Babylon Confidential: A Memoir of Love, Sex, and Addiction By Claudia Christian and Morgan Grant Buchanan Claudia Christian had a starring role on Babylon 5, a science fiction television series. Now she is coming forward with her memoirs revealing a whole new side of herself that few others have seen. First off since this is a memoir I will not be reviewing the “story” I mean how can you criticize someone’s life? Second I had no idea who Claudia Christian was when I was sent this book for review; they had me at Love, Sex and Addiction. I have never seen Babylon 5 but I did grow up with a parent who watches anything science fiction, yes my mother is a Trekkie, she even has the entire series of Babylon 5 so I know what it is. Luckily for me I didn’t need to know the show to be able to truly get to know Claudia’s story. The book itself seems to get Claudia’s point across precisely, however there were times when the narration would bounce around. It wasn’t hard to follow along so you shouldn’t find yourself lost as you go but I felt it could have “flowed” a bit better. The only thing that actually drove me crazy was all the “name-dropping.” For instance she is describing someone and in one sentence talk about how charming he is and in the next paragraph lists everyone in Hollywood that he knew, I would have preferred more on their own personal character rather than the list of their accomplishments. As for that it can be overlooked and maybe it is a “Hollywood” thing that I missing, otherwise it’s a great read truly fun and absolutely heart wrenching at times. For More Reviews be sure to visit my blogs at: http://reflectionsofabookworm.wordpre... http://bookwormrflects8.blogspot.com/

  11. 5 out of 5

    Angus

    Babylon Confidential A Memoir of Love, Sex & Addiction by Claudia Christian with Morgan Grant Buchanan "Ivanova is always right. You will listen to Ivanova." I was late catching the Babylon 5 bug but once I did I watched it in reruns and on DVD enough to make up for it and become fan worthy. I am even more of a fan of Claudia Christian now after reading this memoir. You are awesome and this will do a lot of good. It is a chronological journey from child to present, from trauma to healing and from ad Babylon Confidential A Memoir of Love, Sex & Addiction by Claudia Christian with Morgan Grant Buchanan "Ivanova is always right. You will listen to Ivanova." I was late catching the Babylon 5 bug but once I did I watched it in reruns and on DVD enough to make up for it and become fan worthy. I am even more of a fan of Claudia Christian now after reading this memoir. You are awesome and this will do a lot of good. It is a chronological journey from child to present, from trauma to healing and from addiction to sobriety. Yeah, that pretty much covers it. Oh all right. Claudia hits on disappointment or trauma to healing and victory multiple times in her life and the story rolls through this book in waves. Naturally the lows are self-explanatory but the highs are not always what you would expect and they paint depth into the image of her character. One bit that I especially found interesting and irritating was the casting decision made to replace her in season 5 of Babylon 5. Turns out that was only one show in a varied career for her. The B5 fan in me satisfied I learned of the other struggles to maintain a career and residences always at the whim of a fickle industry and numerous romances one of which with a namesake I will disown right now. I celebrate the victory that is your book and journey to balance Claudia.. You are sure it's not the Cmdr. Sinclair method? Zathros 'No, not the One.' I recommend this book to anyone who is allowed to decide what they want to read. http://www.amazon.com/Babylon-Confide...

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    To say this memoir is a good read is absolutely an understatement. No matter how long you have followed Claudia Christian's career, there will be some revelation here. The struggles she has been through mean this book is not merely from the heart and soul, but that parts of it strike a truly visceral level too. You can feel her strength of personality, her determination, her will, and also her love of life. The similarities between her and her character Susan Ivanova on Babylon 5 come through, but To say this memoir is a good read is absolutely an understatement. No matter how long you have followed Claudia Christian's career, there will be some revelation here. The struggles she has been through mean this book is not merely from the heart and soul, but that parts of it strike a truly visceral level too. You can feel her strength of personality, her determination, her will, and also her love of life. The similarities between her and her character Susan Ivanova on Babylon 5 come through, but the book is about her whole life from childhood. If all one is interested in are the Babylon 5 years, or sci-fi conventions, though, there is still plenty of that to satisfy too, I believe. As one who recently lost a loved-one to complications of many years of alcoholism, and also knows that alcohol can be a problem for myself, too, I do identify with that aspect of this book. It is a help to anyone who has struggled with addiction themselves, and also those who love them. Thank you so much, Claudia, for this memoir.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Fr. Ryan Humphries

    I love, love, love Babylon 5. I loved Claudia Christian's character and I really wanted to know the backstory about why she left the show after season 4. I can now say, the story is neither interesting nor worth my time. I did really appreciate the honesty of someone who is working the AA program. She is 5th stepping it like crazy. But this book was just not good. She writes about herself as a "star" over and over again. She's a B-lister at best. She throws lots and LOTS of names around in very e I love, love, love Babylon 5. I loved Claudia Christian's character and I really wanted to know the backstory about why she left the show after season 4. I can now say, the story is neither interesting nor worth my time. I did really appreciate the honesty of someone who is working the AA program. She is 5th stepping it like crazy. But this book was just not good. She writes about herself as a "star" over and over again. She's a B-lister at best. She throws lots and LOTS of names around in very embarrassing ways with almost no regard for their reputations or her own. The tone of the book is mean and spiteful. It's hard to enjoy a book by someone whose anger comes through again and again and again. B5 fans may enjoy some of the on-set stories, but I didn't because she also threw all of her fellow cast members under the bus. This book reads like a late-night rage call. Deleting it from my devices.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Verna

    Very inspirational memoir! I do not have a drinking problem or other addictions except maybe for the printed word. But after reading Claudia's life story, I am really impressed that she survived and managed to find a cure for her alcoholism. I am familiar with Naltrexone as a low-dose treatment for autoimmune diseases but didn't realize the potential for the drug to help those with serious addictions. I encourage everyone to read this book in order to not only help themselves but to inform others Very inspirational memoir! I do not have a drinking problem or other addictions except maybe for the printed word. But after reading Claudia's life story, I am really impressed that she survived and managed to find a cure for her alcoholism. I am familiar with Naltrexone as a low-dose treatment for autoimmune diseases but didn't realize the potential for the drug to help those with serious addictions. I encourage everyone to read this book in order to not only help themselves but to inform others about The Sinclair Method for treating addiction. This little known method of treatment could save lives. However, I also highly recommend reading this book for the sheer entertainment value alone. Claudia's story has many twists and turns. Her experiences as an actress are plain fascinating. The other famous and not so famous people she meets are interesting to say the least. Never a dull moment.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Robert Rapplean

    Babylon Confidential is a gripping book that had me thrilled with Claudia's successes, aghast at the machinations of Hollywood, and horrified with the lengths to which her addiction drove her. Many of her stories involving other celebrities were fascinating. The way that she presented both the events and her feelings about them with unrelenting openness made reading the book a very enriching experience. I can highly recommend it. Despite her having been dragged by her addiction through some of th Babylon Confidential is a gripping book that had me thrilled with Claudia's successes, aghast at the machinations of Hollywood, and horrified with the lengths to which her addiction drove her. Many of her stories involving other celebrities were fascinating. The way that she presented both the events and her feelings about them with unrelenting openness made reading the book a very enriching experience. I can highly recommend it. Despite her having been dragged by her addiction through some of the the deeper ditches in hell, this is the only non-fiction book involving alcoholism I know of with a truly happy ending. If this were fiction, I would call the sudden shift to being able to control and eventually eliminate her alcoholism to be deus ex machina. Life is stranger than fiction, though, and I've witnessed dozens of others benefit similarly from the treatment she describes.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Auddie

    Not only is her life story incredible, but her strength and perseverance are beyond belief. Anyone struggling with a problem--not simply alcoholism--could benefit from Claudia's story. But for alcoholics especially, she is proof that there is life beyond the bottle and that TSM can help. Best of all (for me), her style is addictive. Her honest prose draws you right through the pages; she knows exactly what she wants to say, and by god we will understand. And we do-- rooting for her all the way. T Not only is her life story incredible, but her strength and perseverance are beyond belief. Anyone struggling with a problem--not simply alcoholism--could benefit from Claudia's story. But for alcoholics especially, she is proof that there is life beyond the bottle and that TSM can help. Best of all (for me), her style is addictive. Her honest prose draws you right through the pages; she knows exactly what she wants to say, and by god we will understand. And we do-- rooting for her all the way. This isn't the story of some celebrity who has had some wee troubles with fame and blew their money on drugs; this is the story of a woman who has survived more than anyone ought to in a lifetime and has come out the other end stronger and ready to make life her bitch.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Niles Oscarson

    I thought it was a really good book. It is just short of amazing what trials Ms. Christian has made it through. The writing was good the book flowed well for an autobiography. I can't say I couldn't put it down but I enjoyed it when I did pick it up. I have to say I found the photos very interesting, I didn't know she had known and still knows some very interesting people. The book was easy to read, the material was interesting and I feel I know her as a person better. What more could one ask of I thought it was a really good book. It is just short of amazing what trials Ms. Christian has made it through. The writing was good the book flowed well for an autobiography. I can't say I couldn't put it down but I enjoyed it when I did pick it up. I have to say I found the photos very interesting, I didn't know she had known and still knows some very interesting people. The book was easy to read, the material was interesting and I feel I know her as a person better. What more could one ask of a biography. The only real objection was the sort of commercial there in the back of the book. But I feel it was well worth the price.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    I've been a big fan of babylon 5 for a very long time. I tend to watch the entire series every so often, and Claudia's character is awesome. I had heard at one time that she had done an album, and it never seemed to fit. After reading this book, it makes a lot of sense, This book tells the ups and downs of a talented actress who slowly descends into alcoholism and fights to recover. What an incredibly fast read. I really enjoyed it... If that is the right phrase to say when reading about someone I've been a big fan of babylon 5 for a very long time. I tend to watch the entire series every so often, and Claudia's character is awesome. I had heard at one time that she had done an album, and it never seemed to fit. After reading this book, it makes a lot of sense, This book tells the ups and downs of a talented actress who slowly descends into alcoholism and fights to recover. What an incredibly fast read. I really enjoyed it... If that is the right phrase to say when reading about someone slowly destroying their life.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dietmar

    Lt. Ivanova has always been my favorite character within the Babylon 5 universe. Reading Claudia Christians biography sheds a completely different light on this great actress. Her battles with the monster alcoholism are gripping and I am glad that the biography has a happy end and that she has found a way to chain her demons. Although at some point the book read just like a list of movies, lovers and famous aquaintances, in the end and as a whole it has been a very interesting look into the soul Lt. Ivanova has always been my favorite character within the Babylon 5 universe. Reading Claudia Christians biography sheds a completely different light on this great actress. Her battles with the monster alcoholism are gripping and I am glad that the biography has a happy end and that she has found a way to chain her demons. Although at some point the book read just like a list of movies, lovers and famous aquaintances, in the end and as a whole it has been a very interesting look into the soul of a great actress.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Reuben Herfindahl

    Pretty entertaining read. It's very honest and human. There's the usual bit of hollywood, "I met this person and partied with that person.", but my guess is that's kinda par for the course living out there. Of course the sci-fi fanboy in me enjoyed learning a few new tidbits of info, but that was secondary to just plain enjoying it on it's own merits. At the end it does turn into a bit of a sales pitch for the particular cure which worked for her as do most of these celebrity addiction memoirs, Pretty entertaining read. It's very honest and human. There's the usual bit of hollywood, "I met this person and partied with that person.", but my guess is that's kinda par for the course living out there. Of course the sci-fi fanboy in me enjoyed learning a few new tidbits of info, but that was secondary to just plain enjoying it on it's own merits. At the end it does turn into a bit of a sales pitch for the particular cure which worked for her as do most of these celebrity addiction memoirs, but that's fine. If it helps someone out with their devils all the better.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jodi

    "The movie star world isn't all champagne and caviar." In fact far from it!! This is a gritty, somewhat depressing Hollywood tell-all by a shockingly immoral actress that honestly, I'd never heard of. It made me seriously grateful for my small little life! It was eye-opening to read as she vilified several of Hollywood's elite. The writing wasn't amazing... But it was still interesting to read about her life, rise to fame, and fall through alcohol. It finally just got too depressing, so I didn't "The movie star world isn't all champagne and caviar." In fact far from it!! This is a gritty, somewhat depressing Hollywood tell-all by a shockingly immoral actress that honestly, I'd never heard of. It made me seriously grateful for my small little life! It was eye-opening to read as she vilified several of Hollywood's elite. The writing wasn't amazing... But it was still interesting to read about her life, rise to fame, and fall through alcohol. It finally just got too depressing, so I didn't finish it.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ed

    Good depictions of Christian's losing battle with alcoholism that continued until she stumbled across a controversial but effective in her case method of battling addiction, the Sinclair Method, which combines a drug that blocks the effects of alcohol--you don't feel good (or bad)-- along with some talk therapy. Recommended for those interested in her career, the story of a B to C level celeb and for those who are looking for something beyond the 12 step programs for dealing with addiction. Good depictions of Christian's losing battle with alcoholism that continued until she stumbled across a controversial but effective in her case method of battling addiction, the Sinclair Method, which combines a drug that blocks the effects of alcohol--you don't feel good (or bad)-- along with some talk therapy. Recommended for those interested in her career, the story of a B to C level celeb and for those who are looking for something beyond the 12 step programs for dealing with addiction.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Brian Cahill

    A poignant, personal story, detailing the roller coaster-like highs and lows of a Hollywood life. It's also very relatable, as Claudia shares the story of her life and the challenges that she, like so many of us, has had to face. If you don't tear up twice in the first 25 pages, you should get your heart checked. A poignant, personal story, detailing the roller coaster-like highs and lows of a Hollywood life. It's also very relatable, as Claudia shares the story of her life and the challenges that she, like so many of us, has had to face. If you don't tear up twice in the first 25 pages, you should get your heart checked.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mark Baker

    One of the stars from the TV show Babylon 5 talks about her life and overcoming alcoholism. While I would have loved more about Babylon 5 since it's my favorite TV show, I still found the book fascinating and had a hard time putting it down. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers. One of the stars from the TV show Babylon 5 talks about her life and overcoming alcoholism. While I would have loved more about Babylon 5 since it's my favorite TV show, I still found the book fascinating and had a hard time putting it down. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    Interesting autobiography; I loved Babylon 5 and enjoyed reading the behind-the-scenes happenings, but Claudia Christian has led an interesting and varied life. Even so, this is more about her descent into alcoholism and her eventual triumph through discovering the Sinclair Method of treatment. Timely, well-written and engaging.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nina

    An incredibly brave and honest memoir, full of humor and pathos, with tons of juicy tidbits about life in Tinseltown and a courgeous narrative of her descent into alcoholism and slow climb back out again. I've been a fan for years, but had no idea of the kind of things she has lived through. An incredibly brave and honest memoir, full of humor and pathos, with tons of juicy tidbits about life in Tinseltown and a courgeous narrative of her descent into alcoholism and slow climb back out again. I've been a fan for years, but had no idea of the kind of things she has lived through.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Elle Frederick

    Claudia bravely takes us with her through the storm to show us the way to the rainbow that is The Sinclair Method. A MUST read for anyone who is themselves dealing with the struggle of addiction or who's loved one is. Claudia bravely takes us with her through the storm to show us the way to the rainbow that is The Sinclair Method. A MUST read for anyone who is themselves dealing with the struggle of addiction or who's loved one is.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ker Wilkie

    I beautiful read about a young girl becoming a woman through tragedy and with strength of will becoming a comsumate and powerful person showing us all how we can develope the best of that which is within us.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Geoffrey

    A brutally honest and dizzying account about alcohol addiction, and one actress' career redemption. Hopefully her story will reach a few people facing similar "monsters" and that they too can benefit from the "Sinclair Method" to overcome alcoholism. A brutally honest and dizzying account about alcohol addiction, and one actress' career redemption. Hopefully her story will reach a few people facing similar "monsters" and that they too can benefit from the "Sinclair Method" to overcome alcoholism.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jon C Manzo

    Nicely done; interesting anecdotes about her career, but the main focus of the book is about her struggles with alcohol addiction. On that topic, she is brutally honest about the hell she went through. Highly recommended.

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