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Driving the Saudis

Driving the Saudis

A Chauffeur’s Tale of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness on Rodeo Drive

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The true-to-life account of a female chauffeur hired to drive the Saudi royal family in Los Angeles

After more than a decade of working in Hollywood, actress Jayne Amelia Larson found herself out of luck, out of work, and out of prospects.

When she got hired to drive for the Saudi royal family vaca­tioning in Beverly Hills, Larson thought she’d been handed the golden ticket. She’d heard stories of the Saudis bestowing $20,000 tips and Rolex watches on their drivers, but when the family arrived at LAX with twenty million dollars in cash, Larson realized that she might be in for the ride of her life.

With awestruck humor and deep compassion, Larson shares the incredible insights she gained as the lone female in a detail of more than forty chauffeurs assigned to drive a beautiful Saudi princess, her family, and their extensive entourage.

At its heart, this is an upstairs-downstairs, true-to-life fable for our global times; a story about the corruption that nearly infinite wealth causes, and about what we all do for money. Equal parts funny, surprising, and insightful, Driving the Saudis provides both entertainment and sharp social commentary on one of the world’s most secretive families.
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  • Simon & Schuster | 
  • 224 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781451640038 | 
  • October 2013
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Driving the Saudis by Jayne Amelia Larson

Jayne Amelia Larson offers a funny and insightful memoir about the time she spent as a driver for members of the Saudi royal family visiting Beverly Hills.

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About the Author

Jayne Amelia Larson
photograph by Amy J. Schmidt

Jayne Amelia Larson

Jayne Amelia Larsonis an actress and independent film producer based in Los Angeles. She’s also been an occasional chauffeur between gigs. Her award-winning one-woman show, Driving the Saudis, has shown across the country.

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