Actress Shohreh Aghdashloo made history in 2003 as the first Iranian-American actor to be nominated for an Academy Award. Forced to flee Tehran before the 1979 revolution for her avant-garde theater work, she settled in California and continued acting. Her performance in the film "House of Sand and Fog," opposite Ben Kingsley, won her an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress. Later, she received an Emmy Award for her role in the 2009 HBO miniseries "House of Saddam." In her new memoir, Aghdashloo reflects on her personal journey from Tehran to Hollywood.
Excerpted with permission from "The Alley of Love and Yellow Jasmines" by Shohreh Aghdashloo. Available from Harper. Copyright © 2013. All rights reserved.