Dawn French: ‘I hated my unauthorized biography so much I paid my fans £20 NOT to read it’

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‘I hated my unauthorized bio so much I paid my fans £20 NOT to read it’: Dawn French reveals she thought about legal action but started writing herself for to be able to set the record straight










Dawn French has revealed she was so upset by an unauthorized biography of herself that she paid her fans £20 each to hand over the book.

The comedian said she was considering legal action, but eventually started writing herself so she could set the record straight.

Speaking at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, Ms French recalled: ‘The book came out and – it may seem like tiny mistakes – but they add up to a misrepresentation of you.

“There were big untruths in this book about my father and my mother – who were still alive at the time – and she was extremely hurt by it and wanted me to involve the lawyers.

Dawn French has revealed she was so upset by an unauthorized biography of herself that she paid her fans £20 each to deliver the book

“But I realized that if we were to do this, mum would have to come to court and answer questions about her marriage to my dad. It wasn’t worth it.

The Vicar Of Dibley star – who did not name the book’s author – said she took drastic measures to take the books out of circulation while on tour with comedic partner Jennifer Saunders.

She continued, “Because it was the only book about me, people would bring it for me to sign. They are lovely people. I didn’t sign but proceeded to take the book and give the person £20.

“Jennifer said, ‘You can’t keep doing this, you won’t get anything from the tour.

“So my only recourse was to write my own book. I’m glad I did. She then wrote her autobiography, Dear Fatty, in 2008, which was written as letters to family members.

She appeared at the festival in conversation with author Bernardine Evaristo, who won the Booker Prize in 2019, and spoke about her bestselling novel Because Of You.

The Vicar Of Dibley star - who did not name the book's author - said she took drastic measures to take the books out of circulation while on tour with comedy partner Jennifer Saunders (pictured )

The Vicar Of Dibley star – who did not name the book’s author – said she took drastic measures to take the books out of circulation while on tour with comedy partner Jennifer Saunders (pictured )

The star, 63, also revealed how difficult she was to deal with criticism when performing on stage.

She added: “If someone says I can’t concentrate because all I’m looking at is her fat ass – that’s the kind of criticism I get – then I can’t do this. scene without thinking about it. And I don’t want that kind of nonsense in my head.

“I don’t watch reviews until last night. It’s kind of a tradition if I do theater, like where I did my own show – I get all the criticism and I have a ‘big rum’. The very last night, I read them, drink the rum and then off we go.

Last week she revealed how she let her natural gray hair show, after being inspired by American actress Jamie Lee Curtis, who starred in the 2019 film Knives Out.

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