Books: Daddy's Girl

A PRIVATE VIEW by Irene Mayer Selznick Knopf; 384 pages; $16.95

Early in this star-strewn memoir, Irene Mayer Selznick recalls one of the many admonitions that she heard from her father, the second M of MGM, Louis B. Mayer: "You can't run a house if you don't know how to cook. Your cook will have no respect for you." Years later, separated from David O. Selznick and temporarily cookless in a Manhattan apartment, L.B.'s daughter comes home to a ghastly vision of uncooked poultry in the refrigerator and the realization that "I had never touched a raw chicken."

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