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Start the New Year in EPIC Style! Cecil B. DeMille & the Art of the Epic w/ Mark Vieira!


FRIDAY,JANUARY 9th-Cecil B. DeMille & the Art of the Epic!

6:30 pm book signing/7:3o pm films- “Cleopatra”& “The Sign of the Cross”

the Billy Wilder Theater @ the Hammer Museum- 10899 Wilshire Boulevard

Happy New Year!

How are you all doing? I certainly hope you’ve had a wonderful  holiday season, we have here at the Lare.I am so ready to get 2015 underway with so many great guests & books! Every year has brought a bounty of cinematic gold and I feel very fortunate to do what I do. This year will be no exception.

We are happy to start the new year at a venue that is welcoming us for the first time & I would like to thank the Billy Wilder Theater for having us.

We will be with an old friend, Mark  A. Vieira & we will be talking about & watching Cecil B. DeMille.

More about the many other screenings during this salute to DeMille can be found at :

If you can’t make it, we can get it signed and sent as always.

We thank you Larry Edmunds Bookshop customers. Here’s wishing you the finest of years in 2015!

Here’s more about the book:

SUMMARY Colossal. Stupendous. Epic. These adjectives, used by movie companies to hawk their wares, became clichés long ago. When used to describe the films of one director, they are accurate. More than any filmmaker in the history of the medium, Cecil B. DeMille mastered the art of the spectacle. In the process, he became a filmland founder. One hundred years ago, he made the first feature film ever shot in Hollywood and went on to become the most commercially successful producer-director in history. DeMille told his cinematic tales with painterly, extravagant images. The parting of the Red Sea in The Ten Commandments was only one of these. There were train wrecks (The Greatest Show on Earth); orgies (Manslaughter); battles (The Buccaneer); Ancient Rome (The Sign of the Cross); Ancient Egypt (Cleopatra); and the Holy Land (The Crusades). The best of these images are showcased here, in Cecil B. DeMille: The Art of the Hollywood Epic.

This lavish volume opens the King Tut’s tomb of cinematic treasures that is the Cecil B. DeMille Archives, presenting storyboard art, concept paintings, and an array of photographic imagery. Historian Mark A. Vieira writes an illuminating text to accompany these scenes. Cecilia de Mille Presley relates her grandfather’s thoughts on his various films, and recalls her visits to his sets, including the Egyptian expedition to film The Ten Commandments. Like the director’s works, Cecil B. DeMille: The Art of the Hollywood Epic is a panorama of magnificence—celebrating a legendary filmmaker and the remarkable history of Hollywood.

ABOUT CECILIA DE MILLE PRESLEY AND MARK A. VIEIRA Mark A. Vieira is a photographer and writer who specializes in Hollywood history. He has lectured at USC, UCLA, Lincoln Center, Universal Studios, the Hollywood Heritage Museum, and the Palm Springs Film Festival. Vieira has appeared in documentaries such as TCM’s Moguls and Movie Stars, Playboy’s Sex at 24 Frames Per Second, and the BBC’s Shooting the Stars. He is also the author of George Hurrell’s Hollywood, Greta Garbo: A Cinematic Legacy, and Majestic Hollywood, among other film-related titles. Vieira resides in Los Angeles. Cecilia DeMille Presley is the president of the Cecil B. DeMille Foundation, which endows higher education and child welfare in Southern California. She produces documentaries and serves as vice chairman of the National Film Preservation Foundation. She is also on the board of trustees of the American Film Institute, the Chapman University School of Film, and the executive board of the UCLA School of Film & Television. Presley lives in Newport Beach, California. Mark A. Vieira is a writer, historian, and photographer with over forty years of experience working in Hollywood. He makes portraits using the George Hurrell technique. Mark has lectured at USC, UCLA, Lincoln Center, Universal Studios, the Hollywood Heritage Museum, and the Palm Springs Film Festival. He has appeared in documentaries such as TCM’s Moguls and Movie Stars and Playboy’s Sex at 24 Frames Per Second. Mark is also the author of several books, including The Making of Some Like It Hot (with Tony Curtis), Greta Garbo: A Cinematic Legacy, and Sin in Soft Focus: Pre-Code Hollywood.






Cary Elwes – “As You Wish” w/ “The Princess Bride” at the PALACE!


SATURDAY,DECEMBER 20, 2014-6 pm-the PALACE THEATER-630 S. Broadway-Downtown

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One more for 2014! This Saturday we’re going to have a blast at our 1st ever show at the Palace Theater downtown with special guest Cary Elwes signing “As You Wish” & a screening of “The Princess Bride”!

We’re bringing the books and our friends from Street Food Cinema are doing the rest.

There will be a book signing from 6 pm -7:45 pm with Cary, then a Q & A at 8 pm followed by a screening of “The Princess Bride”.

If you can’t make it, we’ve got a signed copy of “As You Wish” ready for you to start the new year with.


A classic fairy tale, with swordplay, giants, an evil prince, a beautiful princess, and yes, some kissing (as read by a kindly grandfather).

The producers of Street Food Cinema present YULETIDE CINEMA!

Before each film, there’s so much to see and do…Are you on Santa’s list this year? Well, you’ll know for sure at the North Pole station where our irreverent Elves can check Santa’s big book to see if you’ll get your “naughty” certificate or your “nice” report card. Explore and indulge in holiday sweets and savory treats like delicious gourmet popcorn from Dakota’s Pop Parlor, holiday sausages by Doghaus, mulled wine, roasted chestnuts and more!

Wear your ugliest Christmas sweater or your silliest onesie and special treats wait! Need a more adult moment? Then grab a glass of beer or wine up in the adults only refreshment area. Sugarplum wishes and good tidings everywhere. Come one, come all, to the ultimate holiday event of all!

More info & tickets? :

All seating first come, first serve. No outside food or beverages. Parking not included.

Purchase AS YOU WISH through Yuletide Cinema and Cary Elwes will personally sign it for you at the event!

By purchasing your book in advance via Yuletide Cinema, you will receive Priority at the book signing!

*New York Times Bestseller*

AS YOU WISH- Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by CARY ELWES with Joe Layden and Foreword by Rob Reiner

“The movie The Princess Bride achieved a certain cinematic magic, which Elwes (Westley) captures in his warm and revealing behind-the-scenes account.” –Publisher’s Weekly

“This is an entertaining tale…” –

Featuring never-before-told stories from Cary and his extraordinary co-stars, AS YOU WISH is the ultimate account of the film that has captured the hearts of viewers for generations.

The Princess Bride, based on William Goldman’s remarkable novel, has stood the test of time as both a family favorite and cult classic for nearly three decades. Only a modest hit in theaters in 1987, the movie gained popularity on VHS, and is now ranked by the American Film Institute as one of the top 100 Greatest Love Stories, and by the Writers Guild of America as one of the top 100 screenplays of all time. The film’s timeless love story and brilliantly funny screenplay have endured, proving to be just as relevant and charming for fans today as they were at its premiere.

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It’s A Tiki Pop Christmas w/ Sven Kirsten-Larry Edmunds Christmas party!


tiki_pop_va_gbf_3d_02897_1405300934_id_797062 FRIDAY,DECEMBER 12th @ 7:30 pm @ Larry Edmunds Bookshop- It’s A Tiki Christmas with Sven Kirsten

We want to invite you to a Tiki Pop paradise on Hollywood Boulevard!

It’s Larry Edmunds Christmas Party w/ Tiki emcee & archaeologist Sven Kirsten.

Sven will bring some fun clips to watch & his fantastic book, “TIKI POP” will be available to be signed.

We’ll add some tunes & cocktails! It’s Christmas time Hollywood Tiki style!

Already have a copy of, “TIKI POP” ?  Then, give the gift of TIKI!

This book is the ultimate Christams gift!

We hope you can join us to ring in the holidays!

Here’s a little more about the book:

How Tiki became an American dream-

Urban islands and bamboo hideaways set the stage for a pop culture phenomenon like no other.In mid-century America, the imaginative appeal of Tiki penetrated fashion, music, tiki_pop_va_gbf_3d_02897_1405300934_id_797062eating, drinking, and architecture.

Published in connection with an exhibition at the prestigious Musée du quai Branly in Paris, Tiki Pop traces the development of Tiki as romantic vision and cultural appropriation. Follow Tiki from James Cook’s first Pacific Island expeditions, through Gauguin’s exotic paintings, Hollywood jungle fantasies, and elaborate temples erected to celebrate Tiki as the god of recreation. With hundreds of previously unpublished images, Tiki the pop icon unfolds from its earliest, enthusiastic beginnings to its spectacular downfall in the dawning awareness of the Western world’s colonial misdeeds. This book is the culmination of the extensive research of Sven Kirsten, urban archaeologist, Tiki sage, and author of earlier TASCHEN books, The Book of Tiki and Tiki Modern, which first recovered the figure of Tiki from obscurity.

In his widely lauded graphic style, Kirsten places venerable ancient godheads next to their Polynesian pop counterparts, movie posters next to matchboxes, comic strips next to Robinson Crusoe illustrations. The result is at once a visual feast, a piece of cultural history, and a tribute to a very particular vision of paradise.

The author: Sven Kirsten was conceived on a freighter of his grandfather’s Hamburg-Chicago Line. Following the call of the big world, he moved to California at the age of 25. Kirsten studied at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles and began shooting music videos in the late 1980s for The Cramps, Tom Waits, Sergio Mendes and others. After years of hunting down pieces of the puzzle of Polynesian Pop, Kirsten has developed a singular insight into the Cult of Tiki and has become the country’s most eminent Tiki archaeologist.

“The Unspeakable” w/ Meghan Daum & Sandra Tsing Loh!



Thursday, December 11, 2014 8:00pm (reception at 7pm with wine and live music)

It’s a Live Talks Los Angeles encore! One more for 2014 with a very good friend of Live Talks, Meghan Daum!Screen-Shot-2014-11-22-at-11.34.24-PM

Meghan Daum in conversation with Sandra Tsing Loh

The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion

William Turner Gallery- Bergamot Station Arts Center- 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Join us for our year end party featuring Meghan Daum in conversation with Sandra Tsing Loh. Plus live music, wine and some nibbles.

Meghan Daum is a columnist for the Los Angeles Times and the author of the essay collection My Misspent Youth. She is also the author of Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived in That House and The Quality of Life Report, a novel. Her essays and reviews have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, The New York Times Book Review, Vogue, and other publications. She has also contributed to NPR’s Morning Edition, Marketplace, and This American Life. Meghan has appeared several times on the Live Talks Los Angeles stage, interviewing Molly Ringwald, Anna Quindlen and Francine Prose.

In her new book of essays, Daum pushes back against false sentimentality and manufactured emotion in American life. Negotiating the fraught territory between youthful preoccupations and the jolt of encroaching middle age, she uses her own life experience to examine our culture’s relationship to ideas and feelings that have previously been considered “unspeakable.” The essays range in subject and in tone from a defense of inappropriate romantic partners, and a bittersweet celebration of the love of a good dog, to a jeremiad against foodie culture and an outrageous, comedic treatise on the allure of lesbian culture.

In her poignant essay, “Difference Maker,” Daum describes her work in the child welfare system and her own wrenching decision not to have children. In “Matricide,” Daum considers a legacy of mother-daughter antipathy and the uncomfortable emotions provoked when a parent dies. In “Diary of a Coma,” she traces the process of losing her grasp of language and spending five days unconscious during a freak illness. Other lighter essays take on the ephemeral nature of “being an adult,” the proper way to appreciate Joni Mitchell, and the perverse pleasure of feeling invisible while playing charades with movie stars in Hollywood.

Sandra Tsing Loh’s work ranges from off-Broadway solo shows (Aliens in America, Bad Sex with Bud Kemp) to radio commentaries on NPR’s Morning Edition and on This American Life. Variety named her as one of America’s 50 most influential comedians. Her weekly Loh Life and syndicated Loh Down on Science are broadcast on KPCC. A contributing editor for The Atlantic Monthly, her memoir The Mad Woman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones, based on her Best American Essay 2012 on menopause, was published by W.W. Norton in May, 2014. Her previous books include Mother on Fire, A Year in Van Nuys and Depth Takes a Holiday. Her new solo show Burning Woman, developed by the Sundance Theatre Lab, will premiere in 2015.

RSVP/PURCHASE TICKETS General Admission: Complimentary Purchase the book, $26, guarantees a reserved seat.



Raymond Chandler with Barry Day & Esotouric-The LARE heads downtown!


Join us for a very special afternoon downtown with our friends from Esotouric Tours & author & editor Barry Day as we celebrate “Raymond Chandler In His Own Words”!

Library Bar -630 W 6th St Los Angeles, CA 90017

Start Time: Sunday, December 7, 2014 – 2:00pm to 5:00pm

LAVA – The Los Angeles Visionaries Association and The Larry Edmunds Bookshop invite you to join Barry Day for a celebration of his new book, The World of Raymond Chandler: In His Own Words (Random House). Space is extremely limited and reservations required for this free event.


Barry Day will give a short illustrated talk about Raymond Chandler and his new book, answer questions and sign books.

Immediately following the signing, LAVA co-founders and Raymond Chandler historians Richard Schave (host of Raymond Chandler’s Los Angeles: In A Lonely Place) & Kim Cooper (author of The Kept Girl and The Raymond Chandler Map of Los Angeles) will lead a free hour-long walking tour of Chandler’s downtown, ending at the King Eddy Saloon with a tour of the genuine prohibition speakeasy in its basement. Locations will include the Oviatt Building (called The Treolar Building in The Lady in the Lake), the Barclay Hotel (site of an icepick murder in The Little Sister), and numerous points of interest along the way.

Please note that the walking tour will not return to its starting point, but it will be a short walk back at each guest’s leisure.


As always, a signed copy is available to be sent your way from the hard-boiled streets of L.A.

ABOUT BARRY DAY: Barry Day is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and a trustee of the Noël Coward Foundation. In addition to his seven previous books on Noël Coward, he has written about Dorothy Parker, Oscar Wilde, Johnny Mercer, and Rodgers & Hart. Day was awarded the OBE (Order of the British Empire) “for services to British culture in the United States.”

ABOUT THE NEW BOOK: Raymond Chandler never wrote a memoir or autobiography. The closest he came to writing either was in—and around—his novels, shorts stories, and letters. There have been books that describe and evaluate Chandler’s life, but to find out what he himself felt about his life and work, Barry Day, editor of The Letters of Noël Coward (“There is much to dazzle here in just the way we expect… the book is meticulous, artfully structured—splendid” —Daniel Mendelsohn; The New York Review of Books), has cannily, deftly chosen from Chandler’s writing, as well as the many interviews he gave over the years as he achieved cult status, to weave together an illuminating narrative that reveals the man, the work, the worlds he created. Using Chandler’s own words as well as Day’s text, here is the life of “the man with no home,” a man precariously balanced between his classical English education with its immutable values and that of a fast-evolving America during the years before the Great War, and the changing vernacular of the cultural psyche that resulted. Chandler makes clear what it is to be a writer, and in particular what it is to be a writer of “hardboiled” fiction in what was for him “another language.” Along the way, he discusses the work of his contemporaries: Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Agatha Christie, W. Somerset Maugham, and others (“I wish,” said Chandler, “I had one of those facile plotting brains, like Erle Gardner”).


Bright Lights , Lonely Nights w/ SERENA!


9781593935979_p0_v1_s260x420SATURDAY,DECEMBER 6 -7:30 pm @ Larry Edmunds Bookshop-SERENA!

We love Serena!

Twice prior she has been a part of our Golden Goddesses events & now the spotlight is all hers to tell her story.

Join us on Saturday, December 6th @ 7:30 pm as we welcome Serena back to the L.E.B. to sign her new autobiography,


Serena’s story is the story of the adult film world in the 1970’s told by one of the biggest stars of the time & all the players that played a part.

Join us for a trip to the Valley with an outlaw film community that changed the face of adult entertainment.

If you can’t make it, you can still order a signed copy of “Bright Lights, Lonely Nights” and we’ll send it to you just in time for the holidays!

“A true pioneer, artist, and star of her generation, Serena is the very definition of individuality and freedom tantamount to an exclusive community of golden era, erotic film performers. Melding natural beauty and raw sexuality with an intuitive, ethereal sensitivity, Serena created an abiding presence on screen. Almost 40 years after her film debut, exquisitely characterized by quiet wisdom and honesty, Serena continues to mystify and titillate fans. In her “memory book” Serena has crafted an odyssey of events, ruminations and images reflecting an inspired age of liberation. This is a superb read.” —Jill C. Nelson, author of Golden Goddesses: 25 Legendary Women of Classic Erotic Cinema, 1968-1985


Dice gives you “The Filthy Truth” @ the Egyptian!




Join us for an evening of full on laughs with the one and only Diceman!

Thursday, December 4th at the world famous Egyptian, it’s “The Adventures of Ford Fairlane” on the big screen, a Q & A  with Andrew Dice Clay & and a book signing of his brand new book “The Filthy Truth” to close the night out!

Signed books make excellent Christmas gifts too. Just sayin’.

Here’s more about the film & the book:

THE ADVENTURES OF FORD FAIRLANE 1990, 20th Century Fox, 104 min, USA, Dir: Renny Harlin

Andrew Dice Clay found a movie character perfect for his larger-than-life persona in Ford Fairlane, a “rock ‘n’ roll detective” catering to the music industry from behind the wheel of a 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner. With an arsenal of off-color one-liners, Ford confronts a motley crew of musicians, shock-jocks, groupies and label executives to solve the on-stage murder of a heavy metal singer; among the many cameos in this cult favorite are memorable turns by Vince Neil, Gilbert Gottfried, Wayne Newton, Priscilla Presley and NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET baddie Robert Englund.

From Andrew Dice Clay, the “Undisputed Heavyweight Comedy King,” comes the unapologetic and uncensored autobiography fans have been waiting for. Andrew Dice Clay’s raw stand-up delivery has shocked and entertained audiences for decades and continues to do so to this day. When he released his debut album, Dice, in 1989, the parental advisory label simply read “Warning: This album is offensive.” His material stretched the boundaries of decency and good taste to their breaking point, and in turn he became the biggest stand-up comic in the world.

In The Filthy Truth, Dice chronicles his remarkable rise, fall, and triumphant return. Brooklyn-born Andrew Clay Silverstein started out at Pips Comedy Club in Sheepshead Bay and eventually made a name for himself a decade later with a breakout appearance on the Rodney Dangerfield HBO special Nothing Goes Right. With that single TV appearance he became the new king of comedy, and Dicemania was born. He was the first and only comedian to sell out over three hundred sports arenas across the country to an audience of more than twelve million people. He was also the first comedian to sell out Madison Square Garden two nights in a row. But Dice’s meteoric rise and spectacular fame brought on a furious backlash from the media and critics. Billboards for his album produced by Rick Rubin and for his movie The Adventures of Ford Fairlane were defaced and ripped down as fast as they were put up. By the mid-nineties, though still playing to packed audiences, the turmoil in his personal life, plus attacks from every activist group imaginable, led him to make the decision to step out of the spotlight and put the focus on raising his boys. The Diceman was knocked down, but not out. Taking inspiration from what Frank Sinatra once told him—“You work for your fans, not the media. The media gets their tickets for free”—Dice is now back with critically acclaimed roles in HBO’s Entourage and Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, and is once again playing to sold-out audiences.

Filled with no-holds-barred humor and honesty, The Filthy Truth sets the record straight and gives fans plenty of never-before-shared stories from his career and his friendships with Howard Stern, Sam Kinison, Mickey Rourke, Sylvester Stallone, Axl Rose, and countless others.

“In the midst of reading this book I remembered what I really, really liked about Andrew Dice Clay–he said what you thought and would never say out loud; very honest and bitingly funny. The only thing I truly didn’t know was what a fine actor he is (but that’s not in the book, I’m just commenting). I loved the book because it’s him. It’s SO him.” — Whoopi Goldberg

“I’ve known Dice since he was Andrew Silverstein and his nursery rhymes were actual nursery rhymes. I’ve always thought his life would be a page turner. I wasn’t wrong. Anybody who is a fan of comedy owes it to themselves to know Dice’s whole story. The Filthy Truth is he’s a really great guy and a hell of a storyteller.” — Arsenio Hall

“After working with Andrew on Blue Jasmine he will always appear to me as an incredibly talented movie actor. I encourage anyone to read this book to discover the path that led him there.” — Alec Baldwin

“No one did it bigger, louder, or ruder. And definitely no one did it funnier than Andrew Dice Clay.” — Nikki Sixx

“My friend Andrew Silverstein is a great comic who invented a character, ‘Andrew Dice Clay,’ who intends to offend, expose, and mock the common arrogance and stupidity of the ultra-macho male dinosaur, allowing us to laugh the whole archetype to scorn.” — Roseanne Barr



It’s “Happy Days” @ the LARE! An Evening with Anson Williams!

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FRIDAY,NOVEMBER 21 @ 7:30 pm – Larry Edmunds Bookshop

Growing up in the 70’s there is no way that “Happy Days” wasn’t a part of your Tuesday night viewing. That brilliant cast & wonderful collection of talent was the perfect reason for your family to watch Milwaukee’s finest family, the Cunninghams.Anson Williams as the lovable best friend “Potsie” Weber was a major part of that. We here at the LARE are thrilled to welcome Anson Williams to the store for a very special evening signing his new book, “Singing To A Bulldog”.

Not only that, but you can watch an episode of “Happy Days” with Anson Williams! Make a reservation by ordering “Singing To A Bulldog” and we’ll save you a seat to watch Happy Days with Anson!

Best known for his Golden Globe- nominated role as Warren “Potsie” Weber on the series Happy Days, Anson Williams is also an award-winning television director and writer as well as a singer and producer. He has directed more than 300 hours of television for a variety of series, including Beverly Hills, 90210, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and The Secret Life of the American Teenager. He won the prized Humanitas Award for his writing, has been honored by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and served on the board of the USO. Together with business partner JoAnna Connell, he founded StarMaker Products, an international product company. He lives with his wife and five daughters in Los Angeles, California.

Growing up in 1950s California, young Anson Williams was clumsy and unsure of himself. He started working odd jobs as a teenager to help support his family and met Willie, an aging, uneducated, African-American janitor who unexpectedly became a mentor. In Singing to a Bulldog, Williams relates both the life lessons taught by Willie and the never-before-revealed stories of the famous (and not-so-famous) folks he’s encountered during his 40 years in Hollywood, including:

• the day Robin Williams woke up Happy Days

• being directed by Steven Spielberg in his first dramatic role

• getting kidnapped by Gerald Ford’s daughter at the White House

• being inspired by Shailene Woodley on the set of The Secret Life of the American Teenager

“…a truly inpirational book of life lessons…” -Ron Howard

“Singing To A Bulldog is such a meaningful, fun, and uplifting book. I have such sweet memories of Anson . . . like millions of others, I loved him on “Happy Days.” I am proud to be a little part of this wonderfully written, revealing, informative, and entertaining book. Praise and congratulations to Anson.” –Dolly Parton

Don’t miss our night with Anson Williams!

If for some reason you can’t join us back to 1950’s Milwaukee, order “Singing To A Bulldog” and we’ll send a signed copy your way for the holidays!




ANJELICA! At the ALEX! It’s the Live Talks Finale for 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014 8:00 pm (reception, 6:30-7:30pm)Screen-Shot-2014-09-17-at-8-1.48.48-PM

An Evening with Anjelica Huston discussing her memoir, Watch Me

The Alex Theatre – 216 North Brand Boulevard Glendale, CA 91203

A book signing follows the event.

Wow! This is going to be amazing! I have been fascinated w/ the Huston family since “Treasure of the Sierra Madre” & am really looking forward to this evening with the amazing Anjelica Huston.

Get your tickets at:

Order your books from us here at the L.E.B. & we will get them signed & sent!

Academy Award-winning actress and director Anjelica Huston has received honors from the National Society of Film Critics; the Independent Spirit Awards; and the Golden Globe Awards; as well as multiple Oscar, BAFTA, and Emmy awards or nominations. Huston most recently starred on the hit TV show Smash. She is the author of the memoirs A Story Lately Told and Watch Me. Following her well received coming-of-age memoir, Huston writes about her relationship with Jack Nicholson, her rise to stardom, her work with the greatest directors in Hollywood, her love affair with her husband, and much more. Anjelica Huston was twenty-nine years old and trying to create a place for herself as an actress in Hollywood when the director Tony Richardson said to her: “‘Poor little you. So much talent and so little to show for it. You’re never going to do anything with your life.’ Tony had a singsong voice, like one of his own parrots, but there was no mistaking the edge. ‘Perhaps you’re right,’ I answered. Inside I was thinking, Watch me.”

In A Story Lately Told, Anjelica Huston described her enchanted childhood in Ireland and her glamorous but troubled late teens in London. That memoir of her early years ended when Anjelica stepped into Hollywood. In Watch Me, Huston tells the story of falling in love with Jack Nicholson and her adventurous, turbulent, high-profile, spirited seventeen-year relationship with him and his intoxicating circle of friends. She writes about learning the art and craft of acting, about her Academy Award-winning portrayal of Maerose Prizzi in Prizzi’s Honor, about her roles as Morticia Addams in the Addams Family films, Etheline Tenenbaum in The Royal Tenenbaums and Lilly Dillon in The Grifters, and about her collaborations with many great directors, including Woody Allen, Wes Anderson, Bob Rafelson, Francis Ford Coppola, and Stephen Frears. She movingly and beautifully writes about the death of her father, the legendary director John Huston, and her marriage to sculptor Robert Graham. She is candid, mischievous, warm, passionate, funny, and a superb storyteller.


Grey Gardens, An American Life & the Secret of Walter Newkirk!

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SATURDAY,NOVEMBER 15th-4-6 pm @ Larry Edmunds Bookshop

Next Saturday we welcome Walter Newkirk, author &  publicist to tell his tales , both personal & professional.

Walter will share stories about Little Edie Beale, An American Family  & many many more.

There will be clips & conversation as well as 2 books, “The Secret Life of Walter Newkirk” & “memoraBEALEia”. There will be a CD, “Little Edie Live” all available for sale & ready to be signed.

Walter’s insight into a pair of the 70’s most known documentary subjects will be just the beginning to an afternoon of interesting conversation.

Hope to see you here at the LARE next weekend!

Here’s a little more on the books:


Backstage stories about Lena Horne/LENA HORNE: The Lady & Her Music, Sheryl Lee Ralph/ DREAMGIRLS, Grey Gardens The Musical and The Broadway Annies including Sarah Jessica Parker, Andrea McArdle, Shelley Bruce, Alyson Kirk and Alyson Smith are featured in the new book The Secret LIfe of Walter Newkirk.

In the new memoir THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER NEWKIRK, a veteran publicist confronts all aspects of his life including bouts with depression from 1978-2013, 4 hospitalizations between 2004-2013, the paralyzing and overwhelming fear of becoming homeless in 2011, his gay relationships from 1978-present day, in addition to his PR career in the fine and performing arts with backstage stories. Newkirk states: “The title of my book refers to the 1947 film THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY starring Danny Kaye. The book has backstage stories with actors and celebrities including Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis, Louis Zorich. Eartha Kitt, Academy Award winners James Ivory & Ismael Merchant, Ron & Betty Galella, Quentin Crisp, Paul Cadmus, Arlene Dahl, Deborah Gregory (THE CHEETAH GIRLS). Connie Francis, Kim G of THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY, Pat Loud, Edie Beale, Bob Paris, Celeste Holm, Richard Dupont, Richard Wesley, Nikki Haskell, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Sarah Jessica Parker, Andrea McArdle and Lena Horne. The book includes Newkirk’s interviews for The Rutgers Daily Targum ,his college newspaper, with Edie Beale Pat Loud of the landmark TV series “An American Family”( PBS 1973), Jon Voight (1978) and Divine (1974). “It’s funny, sad, and goes all over the place. Ithas a happy ending which is my life now without medications,” said Mr. Newkirk.

A graduate of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ , Walter Newkirk spent his wonder years in Mt. Laurel NJ and is now a resident of Chatham, NJ. He is the author of 2 books memoraBEALE A Private Scrapbook about Edie Beale of Grey Gardens and Letters of Little Edie Beale. His book memoraBEALEIa has endorsements from Bryan Batt, Michael Korie, Christine Ebersole, Scott Frankel, Doug Wright, Joey Arias and Sheryl Lee Ralph.

memoraBEALEia : A Private Scrapbook about Edie Beale of Grey Gardens, a new book by Walter Newkirk, celebrates and pays tribute to Edith “Little Edie” Bouvier Beale. Miss Beale was the first cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and is best known for her participation in the famous documentary Grey Gardens (1976). The book was specifically produced for fans of Edie Beale and the film Grey Gardens. On April 22, 1976 college journalist Walter Newkirk traveled to Grey Gardens, the Beale estate on Long Island, to interview Edie Beale about the movie documentary Grey Gardens, for his college newspaper, The Rutgers Daily Targum. In the 1970s, Edie Beale and her mother Edith Bouvier Beale — the respective cousin and aunt of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis — former society ladies — were living in a cat-infested, filthy, crumbling estate called Grey Gardens in East Hampton on Long Island. The film Grey Gardens about their reclusive lives together in that house inspired a Tony Award winning Broadway musical during the 2006-2007 season by Doug Wright, Michael Korie and Scott Frankel, also called Grey Gardens, which fictionalized the back story and decline of the women.

The interview for the Rutgers newspaper was conducted shortly after the release of the film. Newkirk and Beale kept in touch for several years, by phone and by mail. After the estate was sold and her mother died, Beale moved to New York for three years (1980-1983) and the author escorted her to luncheons, parties and special events. “Little Edie” later moved to Florida, and died in January 2002. memoraBEALEia contains never-before-seen photographs of Edie Beale and Grey Gardens, the Rutgers Targum interview along with a few other obscure newspaper clippings, reproductions of letters written by Little Edie (and cards created by her, along with art inspired by Grey Gardens. There are also essays about Edie and Grey Gardens by photojournalist/paparazzo Ron Galella, former literary agent Pat Loud (An American Family, PBS TV series, 1973) and the artist Maria Manhattan. The documentary Grey Gardens is now available on DVD.

Little Edie Live! A Visit To Grey Gardens, a 72 minute interview with Edie Beale which was the basis for the Rutgers University newspaper article in 1976, is now available !



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