On cover: Val Jellay - Mrs Maurie Fields: a history of Australian entertainment. This book tells honestly and entertainingly, through the eyes of Val Jellay, some wonderful aspects of experiencing life in show business, which for Val began when she was only four years of age. Supported by an incredibly interesting and beautiful range of photographs dating back decades that tell their own story, the book is a superb account of Val's show business life from Vaudeville and the Tivoli in Australia before, during, and after the second world war to the heady days doing the London circuit where she and her party took the English stage by storm! Through the introduction of television and the hilariously funny routines to her roles in early soapier such as 'The Flying Doctors' from which amazingly a world-wide fan club evolved, and continues to grow, Val still keeps her finger very much on the pulse when it comes to Australian show business. She generously offers experienced advice for aspiring actors both young and not-so-young to assist and encourage them to follow their dream. She offers tips and shortcuts that can only come from someone with a lifetime of successful experience.