Exorcising My Demons is the story about dreams, about taking great chances, believing in yourself, and never looking back. For Eileen Dietz–a skinny, little, flat-chested, buck-toothed child from Queens-those dreams and a myriad of choices led to a role in the scariest movie of all time… The Exorcist. For the first time, Eileen tells her heartbreaking, funny and inspiring story. From auditioning for the role of a demon to becoming the legendary “Pazuzu,” to performing some of the most infamous scenes in the movie, Eileen got to be part of film history…only to be denied credit for the work she did. With over fifty film, stage and television credits to her name, Eileen has had a career most actors dream of. But like most, her success was not had without a price. Her story is one of a fighter, but also a dreamer. For Eileen, it was never enough to simply have the dream; you have to follow the dream.
“Exorcising My Demons” by Eileen Dietz is a hugely entertaining autobiography about one woman’s journey as an actress and a horror icon. From growing up in Queens and nurturing her childhood dreams of being on the stage, to appearing off Broadway in New York City, to the arduous and memorable work she did in “The Exorcist”, to making her way through the green and golden jungle that is Hollywood, Ms Dietz details her life in a wonderfully vivid and engaging way.
After reading this book, I felt compelled to revisit “The Exorcist” and it still holds up as a superbly made horror film in every way. Of course, knowing the background to some of the more deeply disturbing scenes that Ms Dietz brought so effectively to life in “The Exorcist” makes the experience even more delicious for any film or horror fan.
For such a petite, beautiful woman, Ms Dietz has played her fair share of twisted and odd beings: from the demon in the scariest film of all time, to a Manson cult member, to a girl ape in the ‘Planet of the Apes’ TV series, to a Neanderthal woman, to evil nurses, to zombies and more. What comes through more than anything else is her passion for her craft and how much joy she takes in acting — along with a great sense of humor and humility.
Highly recommended if one desires to know more about the background and machinations of the acting business. And certainly a must-have for all horror fans.