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The Real Mrs. Brown The Authorised Biography of Brendan O'Carroll by Brian Beacom

The Real Mrs. Brown The Authorised Biography of Brendan O'Carroll

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...And this is the real Brendan O' Carroll and the truth behind his success as Mrs Brown in the hit TV comedy. It’s based on his much loved and much missed mother, Maureen O’Carroll who was first introduced to the public in the book The Mammy, her indomitable spirit always an influence on Brian Beacom’s life. With eleven children, the family were extremely poor but somehow they survived and in The Real Mrs Brown we learn of Brendan’s long hard road to success.

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The Real Mrs. Brown The Authorised Biography of Brendan O'Carroll by Brian Beacom

Who'd have thought a potty-mouthed Dublin mammy with a cream cardigan and elasticated tan tights could storm British TV screens and leave a nation helpless with laughter? Brendan O'Carroll performs to tens of thousands of people a night in packed-out stadiums across the country. In the last four years Mrs Brown's Boys has become a number 1 ratings success and he's even making a movie. But Brendan has had to battle hard for success. The youngest of eleven children, his mother was Maureen O'Carroll, a former nun who went on to become the first woman to be elected to the Irish parliament. Brendan adored his strong, widowed mother - and she later became the inspiration for his indomitable character Agnes Brown. However, the family endured poverty reminiscent of Angela's Ashes and Brendan saw no option but to leave school at 12 to work. He married young and for decades struggled to make ends meet. Eventually, bankrupt and desperate, Brendan went to see a fortune teller who told him she could see his future achieving worldwide success as a comedian and actor. At first Brendan laughed at the notion, but then he thought of how much his friends loved his gags, and decided to give it a go...This is the magical story of how a loveable Irishman with a wig and a wit as caustic as battery acid surprised everyone - most of all himself - by becoming one of the best-loved comedians in the world. It is a story of hardship, heartbreak, and talent and will remind readers afresh that sometimes the facts can be even more extraordinary than the fiction.

About the Author

Brian Beacom is Senior Features Writer for the Herald and Times Group in Glasgow. He has written two celebrity biographies and is currently working on his third, and a book of (allegedly) hilarious theatre stories, that will 'shake the very core of Scottish theatre society', in a gentle, nudging, luvvy sort of way. He lives in the Renfrewshire village of Kilmacolm with two cats, Effie and Simba, who were dumped upon him when his partner moved in. His interest in hair recovery, he claims, is only bordering on the obsessive.

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30th November 1999


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