Leaked Amy Winehouse diary shows what she wanted to achieve before she died
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Excerpts from Amy Winehouse's diary shows what she wanted to achieve before she tragically died.
For the late singer's 40th birthday, Winehouse's parents Janis Winehouse-Collins and Mitch Winehouse dove into their family archives and revealed the content of their late daughter's notebooks throughout the years in the book, Amy Winehouse: In Her Words.
"After Amy’s passing, we started sifting through her writings and drawings collected from her early childhood, and we started to understand more of how, behind her casual attitude, Amy had been carefully honing her talent for years," the book explains.
It went on to reveal that the singer's bedroom was her 'haven' and was 'place she would always take herself off to work in'.
"We didn’t know it at the time, but she was filling notebook after notebook with lists and drawings, maps and plans, which she would constantly revise and update, often working in her bedroom until the early hours of the morning," the parents continued.
"Amy’s lists still make us laugh," the pair went on. "Even as a 16-year-old she had ambitions way beyond most people’s dreams. Our daughter really was one of a kind!"
One of the lists, titled 'Fame ambitions' mapped out several major goals the star wanted to accomplish.
The first on the list was to 'open Dolly's Diner' followed by a desire 'to be photographed by David LaChappelle'.
Third on the list was to: "To do a movie where I look ugly," alongside one day acting with Kill Bills' 'Michael Madsen'.
She also wanted to be a 'good friend' of three fellow celebs; Sarah Jessica Parker, Stella McCartney and Eddie Izzard.
"To f*** Huey," was number six on the list closely followed by some more professional goals: "To collaborate with Missy Elliott + Timbaland."
Fashion was next on the rundown with Winehouse wanting 'to have a shoe collection (and over 300 pair of shoes)'.
Ninth was 'to have Marilyn hair' while tenth was: "To meet Liz Taylor and Paul Newman."
"Avoid surgery" was next alongside the heartfelt ambition: "To have people look up to me."
Little did she know she would go on to become one of the world's most beloved music legends.
Eleventh on the list saw the 'Tears Dry On Their Own' hit-maker reveal she wanted to 'buy a house in South Beach'.
"To make a movie with Steve Buscemi in it," was another milestone on the checklist.
"Twelve years on from her death, looking back on these drawings and scribblings still makes us smile, just like Amy did," the parents wrote.
They added: "It’s now bittersweet for us to look back on a diary entry that Amy wrote when she was a teenager: 'Mostly I have this dream to be very famous, to work on stage. It’s a lifelong ambition. I want people to hear my voice and just forget their troubles for five minutes … I want to be remembered for being … just me'."