Hollywood at the Races

It was Jock Whitney's idea to call it A Star Is Born, evidence that he was more than just Selznick's moneyman. The picture won two Oscars: one for the ...

Author: Alan Shuback

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813178318

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 304

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Horse racing was so popular and influential between 1930 and 1960 that nearly 150 racing themed films were released, including A Day at the Races, Thoroughbreds Don't Cry, and National Velvet. This fast-paced, gossipy history explores the relationship between the Hollywood film industry, the horse racing industry, and the extraordinary participation of producers, directors, and actors in the Sport of Kings. Alan Shuback details how all three of Southern California's major racetracks were founded by Hollywood luminaries: Hal Roach was cofounder of Santa Anita Park, Bing Crosby founded Del Mar with help from Pat O'Brien, and Jack and Harry Warner founded Hollywood Park with help from dozens of people in the film community. The races also provided a social and sporting outlet for the film community -- studios encouraged film stars to spend a day at the races, especially when a new film was being released. The stars' presence at the track generated a bevy of attention from eager photographers and movie columnists, as well as free publicity for their new films. Moreover, Louis B. Mayer, Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Betty Grable, and Don Ameche were all major Thoroughbred owners, while Mickey Rooney, Chico Marx, and John Huston were notorious for their unsuccessful forays to the betting windows.

Jock Mahoney

Being so far removed from Hollywood, the presence of a genuine cowboy movie and television star would always be a draw to the kids and their parents.

Author: Gene Freese

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476612874

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

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Iowa-born Jock Mahoney was an elite athlete and U.S. Marines fighter pilot prior to falling into a film career. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest stuntmen in movie history, having taken leaps and bounds for Errol Flynn, John Wayne, Randolph Scott, and Gregory Peck. One of the first stuntmen to successfully move into acting, he was the popular star of the 1950s television westerns Range Rider and Yancy Derringer and twice played Tarzan on the big screen, presenting a memorable portrayal of an educated, articulate and mature jungle lord true to author Edgar Rice Burroughs’ original vision. Filming in real jungles around the world took a physical toll on Mahoney that transformed him from leading man to burly character actor. He had to overcome the effects of a stroke but true to his tough guy nature rose above it to resume his life’s many adventures. Mahoney was beloved by fans at conventions and appearances until his untimely demise in 1989 from a stroke-caused motor vehicle accident.

Jock The Life and Times of John Hay Whitney

8 ~ Have I Gone Hollywood? ... Jock, as a smooth-cheeked teen-ager spending summer holidays on the Massachusetts North Shore, contrived with his like-minded ...

Author: E.J. Kahn, Jr.

Publisher: Plunkett Lake Press


Category: Biography & Autobiography


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Born into one of America’s wealthiest and most distinguished families, John (“Jock”) Hay Whitney (1904-1982) spent his childhood in an Italian Renaissance town house on New York’s Fifth Avenue, in Westbury, Long Island and Greentree, South Carolina. Groton, the prestigious prep school, transformed the pudgy, awkward, stuttering young boy with a penchant for day-dreaming into an accomplished young man with direction, who went on to study at Yale and Oxford. Jock pursued a life dedicated to leadership, to using his money responsibly and wisely, and to cultivating diverse interests. He brought patrician quality and flair to an incredible array of worlds: to café society as a redoubtable playboy; to sports as a polo player who appeared on the cover of Time and as a stable owner who raced horses on a prodigious scale; to family life as the husband of two of the era’s great beauties, the second being Betsey Cushing Roosevelt, FDR’s favorite daughter-in-law; to Hollywood as the producer, with David O. Selznick, of “Gone With the Wind,” “A Star is Born,” and “Rebecca”; to Broadway as the backer of “Life with Father” and “A Streetcar Named Desire”; to the arts as a collector and as president and trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; to World War II as a volunteer and as a German prisoner of war who made a dramatic escape from a moving train; to politics as an early supporter of Eisenhower and later as a close friend of the President; to diplomacy as ambassador to Great Britain from 1956 to 1961; to education as Yale’s Senior Fellow; to philanthropy as an innovator; to investing as founder, in 1946, of one of the earliest venture-capital firms; and to journalism as the publisher who battled valiantly to save the troubled New York Herald Tribune. “Mr. Kahn covers, apparently in full, the life of Mr. Whitney. It is by writing down the ascertainable that the picture of his personality — an intelligent, concerned man with a talent for bringing together those who are poles apart — emerges... Each sentence, with style and sophistication, pushes forward the narrative with an offering of new information, laced at times with witty comment. There are no unanswered questions... [A] wholly absorbing... story of an unusual life.” — Richard F. Shepard, New York Times “In relating Whitney’s always-interesting story and in setting it in the texture of the times, Kahn writes with awe. In fact, there are times when he is irreverent. That is all to the good, but his Whitney is a thoroughly credible person, a genuinely well-mannered and nice person, who has wanted to do well whatever he started out to accomplish. He’s a delight to meet.” — Alden Whitman, Boston Globe “Kahn’s New Yorker style, richly anecdotal and detailed... does justice to this highly likable millionaire sportsman, diplomat, newspaper publisher, stage and Hollywood angel and Maecenas, who played all these roles with zest and imagination... A delightful tribute to a man who ‘epitomized, in a world of increasing egalitarianism, the vanishing patrician.’” — Publishers Weekly

Jock Mahoney

Iowa-born Jock Mahoney was an elite athlete and U.S. Marines fighter pilot prior to falling into a film career.

Author: Gene Freese

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786476893

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

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Iowa-born Jock Mahoney was an elite athlete and U.S. Marines fighter pilot prior to falling into a film career. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest stuntmen in movie history, having taken leaps and bounds for Errol Flynn, John Wayne, Randolph Scott, and Gregory Peck. One of the first stuntmen to successfully move into acting, he was the popular star of the 1950s television westerns Range Rider and Yancy Derringer and twice played Tarzan on the big screen, presenting a memorable portrayal of an educated, articulate and mature jungle lord true to author Edgar Rice Burroughs' original vision. Filming in real jungles around the world took a physical toll on Mahoney that transformed him from leading man to burly character actor. He had to overcome the effects of a stroke but true to his tough guy nature rose above it to resume his life's many adventures. Mahoney was beloved by fans at conventions and appearances until his untimely demise in 1989 from a stroke-caused motor vehicle accident.

Hollywood Jock

Rob Ryder made that pledge to his wife, and he was determined to stick to it. As technical consultant on blockbuster sports films, he had seen up close how the film business works and what kind of chaos can, and usually does, ensue.

Author: Rob Ryder

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780062003607

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 304

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Rob Ryder made that pledge to his wife, and he was determined to stick to it. As technical consultant on blockbuster sports films, he had seen up close how the film business works and what kind of chaos can, and usually does, ensue. And now he was ready to take it on! Hollywood Jock is the suspenseful, dramatic, outrageous, and honest true story of the year when Rob Ryder, screenwriter, laid it all on the line -- and kicked, scratched, wheeled, dealed, and fought like hell to hit the Tinseltown big time. It is a chronicle of schmoozing producers, shopping screenplays, corralling sports legends, and dodging irate actors -- a fascinating perspective on the highs, the very lows, and the behind-the-scenes madness that makes the world of Hollywood so endlessly compelling . . . and infamously brutal.

Hollywood s Second Sex

If Jock's horse won the race, he might have left her for Kitty, but women weren't like that in Hollywood in 1947. We know that O'Hara will bail him out ...

Author: Aubrey Malone

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786479788

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 244

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"Women stars in Hollywood were invariably in two categories," said director Otto Preminger. "One group was of women who were exploited by men, and the other, much smaller group was of women who survived by acting like men." Beginning with silent film vamp Theda Bara and continuing with icons like Greta Garbo, Marilyn Monroe and Raquel Welch, this study of film industry misogyny describes how female stars were maltreated by a sexist studio system--until women like Katharine Hepburn and Bette Davis fought for parity. The careers of Doris Day, Brigitte Bardot, Carole Landis, Francis Farmer, Dorothy Dandridge, Inger Stevens and many others are examined, along with more recent actresses like Demi Moore and Sharon Stone. Women who worked behind the scenes, writing screenplays, producing and directing without due credit, are also covered.

Turning Right at Hollywood and Vine

The best-selling author Jock Hecht—a Norman Mailertype who has written a notorious book on sexual freedom—is wanted for the murder of the anchorwoman on a ...

Author: Roger L. Simon

Publisher: Encounter Books

ISBN: 9781594035548

Category: Political Science

Page: 232

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An Academy Award–nominated screenwriter and a mystery novelist, Roger L. Simon is the only American writer to pull off the amazing trick of being profiled positively in both Mother Jones and National Review in one lifetime. The stunning story of his political odyssey is told in this memoir, where Simon recounts his migration from financier of the Black Panther Breakfast Program to pioneer blogosphere mogul beloved by the right as a 9/11 Democrat. But Simon is beholden to neither right nor left in this tale of Hollywood chic run amuck, as he talks out of school about his adventures with, among many others, Richard Pryor, Warren Beatty, Timothy Leary, Richard Dreyfuss, Woody Allen, and Julian Semyonov, the Soviet Union’s version of Robert Ludlum and also a KGB colonel who tempted Simon to join the KGB himself. Among the topics covered along the way: Is there a new blacklist in Hollywood, this one targeting conservatives? Simon’s red-carpet tours of the People’s Republic of China, Cuba, and the Soviet Union with Hollywood screenwriters and famous mystery novelists. Why Al Gore’s documentary on global warming didn’t deserve the Oscar on artistic grounds alone; and why the Academy’s voting system is so corrupt. And, as they say, there is much, much more besides.

AFI Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States

Valiant wins and also triumphs against Relampago in races at Saratoga , Belmont , Jamaica and Hollywood Park . Meanwhile , Jock has returned to the U.S. and ...

Author: American Film Institute

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520215214

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 1115

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A descriptive listing of the films produced during this decade is presented together with credit and subject indices

Olivia de Havilland and the Golden Age of Hollywood

“For a while she was madly enamored of millionaire Jock Whitney.”8 Ann Rutherford, Scarlett's little sister Carreen, was the first of the Hollywood ...

Author: Ellis Amburn

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781493034109

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 440

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This is classic Hollywood history as told through the life and career of one of its most iconic actresses. The book benefits tremendously from the author's meeting with Olivia de Havilland after he was assigned to handle her projected memoir at the Delacorte Press in 1973. Amburn also knew many of the key figures in her life and career, a veritable pantheon of Hollywood royalty from the 30s, 40s, and 50s: Jimmy Stewart, George Cukor, and David O. Selznick, and he was an editor at William Morrow when the company published the autobiography of de Havilland's difficult sister Joan Fontaine. Superbly researched and full of delicious anecdotes about Clark Gable, John Huston, Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier, Montgomery Clift, Errol Flynn, David Niven, and Bette Davis--particularly the bloody, bone-crunching fistfight Flynn and Huston waged over Olivia--this book not only profiles one of the finest actresses of her time, but also the culture of the film industry's Golden Age. It details de Havilland's relationships with the men who sought her--Howard Hughes, Jimmy Stewart, Errol Flynn, John F. Kennedy, Burgess Meredith, and John Huston, as well as her friendships with Grace Kelly, British Prime Minister Edward Heath, Ronald Reagan, Victor Fleming, and Ingrid Bergman. Here, too, are the fabulous and often surprising back stories of her 49 films, including Gone With the Wind, The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Snake Pit, Hush . . . Hush, Sweet Charlotte, and the two for which she won Oscars, The Heiress and To Each His Own. The account of the filming of Gone With the Wind is unique in that the author interviewed many of the people involved in the epic making of this masterpiece as Lois Dwight Cole, who discovered the novel, producer David O. Selznick, director George Cukor, agents Kay Brown and Annie Laurie Williams, Radie Harris, Vivien Leigh's closest friend in the press, and both Edie Goetz and Irene Mayer Selznick, daughters of Louis B. Mayer, head of MGM, the studio that funded, released, and ended up owning Gone With the Wind. Also included in this biography are Olivia's adventures with Bette Davis. They appeared together in four movies and Davis tried to destroy her, but Olivia stood up to Davis as no other actress had ever dared to do. She won Davis's respect, and by the time they made their biggest hit, Hush . . . Hush, Sweet Charlotte, a lasting friendship had blossomed. Undertaking a joint national publicity tour, they attracted mobs of boisterous fans and, in private, reminisced about the Golden Age of movies, evaluated the current crop of stars, and exchanged observations about love goddesses, nudity, and parenthood.

Hollywood Stunt Performers 1910s 1970s

Ron Ely dodges a Jock Mahoney kick on Tarzan's Deadly Silence (1970). See: Freese, Gene. Jock Mahoney: The Life and Films of a Hollywood Stuntman.

Author: Gene Scott Freese

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476614700

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 356

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This biographical dictionary shines the spotlight on several hundred unheralded stunt performers who created some of the cinema’s greatest action scenes without credit or recognition. The time period covered encompasses the silent comedy days of Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd, the early westerns of Tom Mix and John Wayne, the swashbucklers of Douglas Fairbanks, Errol Flynn, and Burt Lancaster, the costume epics of Charlton Heston and Kirk Douglas, and the action films of Steve McQueen, Clint Eastwood, and Charles Bronson. Without stuntmen and women working behind the scenes the films of these action superstars would not have been as successful. Now fantastic athletes and leading stunt creators such as Yakima Canutt, Richard Talmadge, Harvey Parry, Allen Pomeroy, Dave Sharpe, Jock Mahoney, Chuck Roberson, Polly Burson, Bob Morgan, Loren Janes, Dean Smith, Hal Needham, Martha Crawford, Ronnie Rondell, Terry Leonard, and Bob Minor are given their proper due. Each entry covers the performer’s athletic background, military service, actors doubled, noteworthy stunts, and a rundown of his or her best known screen credits.

Princeton Alumni Weekly

BooksandArts BookShorts HOU VODO 30K Hollywood Jock : 365 Days , Four Screenplays , Three TV Pitches , Two kids , and One Wife Who's Ready to pull the Plug ...


Publisher: princeton alumni weekly

ISBN: PRNC:32101060937842



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LA Sports

... 188; Olympic Games (1984), 203–204 Hollywood Bears, 114–15, 117 Hollywood Ice Review, 76 Hollywood Jock (film), 181 Hollywood Park, 20 Hollywood stars, ...

Author: Wayne Wilson

Publisher: University of Arkansas Press

ISBN: 9781610756297

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 376

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LA Sports brings together sixteen essays covering various aspects of the development and changing nature of sport in one of America’s most fascinating and famous cities. The writers cover a range of topics, including the history of car racing and ice skating, the development of sport venues, the power of the Mexican fan base in American soccer leagues, the intersecting life stories of Jackie and Mack Robinson, the importance of the Showtime Lakers, the origins of Muscle Beach and surfing, sport in Hollywood films, and more.

American Incognito

In Hollywood Jock was back among childhood magic first met in a Kirkcaldy picture house. A whiff of childhood become reality. Whiff seemed an appropriate ...

Author: Donald Armour

Publisher: YEHKRI.COM A.C.C.

ISBN: 9781470061524

Category: Fiction

Page: 318

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Jock Muir, a lone-wolf Scot, the eternal traveller in hope who never arrives, marries an innocent in Montana, concealing his other self as a pulp-fiction best-seller writing under a pen-name. But she accidentally finds novel sketches and mistakes them for murder contracts. Marriage crisis follows. Muir is a wanderer in search of his version of the American Dream. Ultimately he is semi-detached, happier with dreams than with fellow-men. Hollywood was where insincerity was dedicated lifestyle. Montana is where sincerity could be faked. The only relationship he cannot escape is with himself. Betrayals, infatuations, the marriage lottery, false accusations, deceitful masks people hide behind, are the themes of a kind of road novel roaming from New York to Hollywood to San Francisco to Montana.

The Grove Book of Hollywood

Jock was on standby and, finally given the signal, arrived. This was it. David decided when, but not where – you can't tell if you don't know.

Author: Christopher Silvester

Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic

ISBN: 9780802195494

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 720

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A “treasure trove” of insider accounts of the movie business from its earliest beginnings to the present day—“exceedingly savvy . . . astute and entertaining” (Variety). The Grove Book of Hollywood is a richly entertaining anthology of anecdotes and reminiscences from the people who helped make the City of Angels the storied place we know today. Movie moguls, embittered screenwriters, bemused outsiders such as P. G. Wodehouse and Evelyn Waugh, and others all have their say. Organized chronologically, the pieces form a history of Hollywood as only generations of insiders could tell it. We encounter the first people to move to Hollywood, when it was a dusty village on the outskirts of Los Angeles, as well as the key players during the heyday of the studio system in the 1930s. We hear from victims of the blacklist and from contemporary players in an industry dominated by agents. Coming from a wide variety of sources, the personal recollections range from the affectionate to the scathing, from the cynical to the grandiose. Here is John Huston on his drunken fistfight with Errol Flynn; Cecil B. DeMille on the challenges of filming The Ten Commandments; Frank Capra on working for the great comedic producer Mark Sennett; William Goldman on the strange behavior of Hollywood executives in meetings; and much more. “A masterly, magnificent anthology,” The Grove Book of Hollywood is a must for anyone fascinated by Hollywood and the film industry (Literary Review, London).

Hollywood TV

Selznick clipped a November 1934 frontpage article in the Hollywood Reporter ... JohnHay “Jock” Whitney, whowas already a partner in the new Technicolor ...

Author: Christopher Anderson

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9780292759534

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 355

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The 1950s was one of the most turbulent periods in the history of motion pictures and television. During the decade, as Hollywood's most powerful studios and independent producers shifted into TV production, TV replaced film as America's principal postwar culture industry. This pioneering study offers the first thorough exploration of the movie industry's shaping role in the development of television and its narrative forms. Drawing on the archives of Warner Bros. and David O. Selznick Productions and on interviews with participants in both industries, Christopher Anderson demonstrates how the episodic telefilm series, a clear descendant of the feature film, became and has remained the dominant narrative form in prime-time TV. This research suggests that the postwar motion picture industry was less an empire on the verge of ruin—as common wisdom has it—than one struggling under unsettling conditions to redefine its frontiers. Beyond the obvious contribution to film and television studies, these findings add an important chapter to the study of American popular culture of the postwar period.


In Hollywood it is chic to know Jock , who plays six - goal polo and owns a racing
stable , a privilege to do business with him . Jock organized Hollywood like
lightning . Calling together the production heads of the studios , he told them his
plan ...



ISBN: UCSC:32106017175248



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Hollywood and the Baby Boom

Like Romeo and Juliet, it presented generational conflict in personal terms (the jock clashes with his father over his choice of partner) and ended ...

Author: James Russell

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501331527

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 352

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Between 1946 and 1964 seventy-five million babies were born, dwarfing the generations that preceded and succeeded them. At each stage of its life-cycle, the baby boom's great size has dictated the terms of national policy and public debate. While aspects of this history are well-documented, the relationship between the baby boom and Hollywood has never been explored. And yet, for almost 40 years, baby boomers made up the majority of Hollywood's audience, and since the 1970s, boomers have dominated movie production. Hollywood and the Baby Boom weaves together interviews with leading filmmakers, archival research and the memories of hundreds of ordinary filmgoers to tell the full story of Hollywood's relationship with the boomers for the first time. The authors demonstrate the profound influence of the boomers on the ways that movies were made, seen and understood since the 1950s. The result is a compelling new account that draws upon an unprecedented range of sources, and offers new insights into the history of American movies.

The First Hollywood Musicals

... to rich playboy and Zanfield crony Jock Warriner ( Kenneth Thomson ) . ... although it would be modified some , would become standard in Hollywood ...

Author: Edwin M. Bradley

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786420294

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 400

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As Hollywood entered the sound era, it was rightly determined that the same public fascinated by the novelty of the talkie would be dazzled by the spectacle of a song and dance film. In 1929 and 1930, film musicals became the industry's most lucrative genre--until the greedy studios almost killed the genre by glutting the market with too many films that looked and sounded like clones of each other. From the classy movies such as Sunnyside Up and Hallelujah! to failures such as The Lottery Bride and Howdy Broadway, this filmography details 171 early Hollywood musicals. Arranged by subgenre (backstagers, operettas, college films, and stage-derived musical comedies), the entries include studio, release date, cast and credits, running time, a complete song list, any recordings spawned by the film, Academy Award nominations and winners, and availability on video or laserdisc. These data are followed by a plot synopsis, including analysis of the film's place in the genre's history. Includes over 90 photographs.

The Encyclopedia of Feature Players of Hollywood Volume 1

The first time I got on a horse was in a Sam Katzman serial, Cody of the Pony Express, which starred Jock Mahoney, a stuntman turned actor.

Author: Tom and Jim Goldrup

Publisher: BearManor Media


Category: Performing Arts

Page: 576

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Learn from the following actors and actresses what it was like for the feature players of Hollywood working in films during its Golden Era. Read of their often humorous and exciting stories as they lived out their lives & careers behind and in front of the camera. Featured in this volume: Peter Adams John Agar Chris Alcaide John Alvin John Anderson Richard Anderson Michael Ansara John Archer R.G. Armstrong Luke Askew George Barrows Gregg Barton Billy Barty Hal Baylor Ed Begley Billy Benedict James Best Lyle Bettger Whit Bissell Lane Bradford Robert Bray Rand Brooks James Brown Robert Brubaker William Bryant William Campbell Harry Carey Jr. Olive Carey Anthony Caruso Wally Cassell Virginia Christine Matt Clark John Cliff Phyllis Coates Tristram Coffin Faith Domergue Robert Donner John Doucette Robert Douglas Warren Douglas Andrew Duggan Sam Edwards Jack Elam Ross Elliott Robert Emhardt Richard Emory Leif Erickson Gene Evans Jason Evers Tommy Farrell Fritz Feld Evelyn Finley Terry Frost About the Authors Tom and Jim Goldrup, sons of Eugene and Fernita (McKillop) Goldrup, were born in Palo Alto, California, and raised in the historic town of Sonoma in that state. They, with older brothers Bill and Ray, had a strong love of the movies, which was aided by their father building their first television set in 1949. After growing to adulthood, Ray made a living as a screenplay writer, and Tom and Jim pursued a less successful career as actors. They also turned to writing, having a book, Growing Up on the Set, a book based on former child performers in Hollywood, published in 2001. They have also interviewed over one hundred and fifty actors—these interviews serve as the basis for this book. They reside in Ben Lomond, California, where they are active in the local theater. In between their writing and acting they enjoy travel, having recently visited Nepal and India where they trekked in the Himalaya Mountains.

Four Things My Geeky Jock of a Best Friend Must Do in Europe

“In Hollywood!” “Huh,” I said. Lahn and Tatyana had another little conversation then. This time I could understand only THESE words: “geeky” and “jock.

Author: Jane Harrington

Publisher: Darby Creek ™

ISBN: 9781467732147

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 160

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Brady is going to Europe—with her mother! It's a family coming-of-age tradition, so there's no way out of it. To make the trip more interesting, Brady's best gal pal, Delia, has written four things Brady must do while she's in Europe—and Delia used permanent marker so Brady can't chicken out. Brady would never do these things without some encouragement (AKA pressure) from Delia.