Patricia A. DeMaio


British Film Institute Sight & Sound Magazine July 2014

November 11, 2014

Tags: Sight & Sound July 2014; Garden of Dreams Review

"Garden of Dreams is a well-researched, sensitive and highly readable biography that gives Signoret her due. DeMaio documents the complications of her life without getting lost in detail. Particularly illuminating are the sections devoted to the war years, revealing Signoret caught in the contradictions of the era. When her father left the family without (more…)

Review: A Classic Movie blog

May 1, 2014


A Garden of Dreams: The Life of Simone Signoret
Patricia A. DeMaio
University Press of Mississippi, 2014

When Patricia DeMaio began to research Simone Signoret, she came against significant resistance from concerned family, colleagues and friends. The people in her life were protective of the star, who had always valued privacy. They said, "enough has (more…)

Library Journal Starred Review

March 15, 2014

Tags: Starred Review for Garden of Dreams

“Renowned French actress Simone Signoret (1921-1985), who captivated audiences in such films as Casque d’Or, Room at the Top, Les Diaboliques, and numerous others, is sensitively depicted in the biography by DeMaio. The description of Signoret’s early days is particularly insightful, revealing the essence of the young woman’s character as her (more…)

WTNH Connecticut Style Interview

March 11, 2014

Tags: Book Lovers Corner Garden of Dreams

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First French Oscar Winner Simone Signoret profiled in new book

February 14, 2014

Tags: Joe Meyers, CT Post

Epinions Review

February 10, 2014

Tags: Epinions Review of Garden of Dreams

Susan Frances wrote the following review of Garden of Dreams for Epinions.

Pros: The author gives readers a well-rounded (more…)