Sunday, April 1, 2012

Blog Tour Stop: Hollywood Stories by Stephen Schochet

  A while ago, I made a commitment to Ever After PR to advertise this book during one of their blog tour stops in the month of April.  Well, my time has come to dojust that and I couldn't be more excited to introduce to you this short collection of stories about Hollywood and the actors and filmakers that have been influential in making said town what it is today, a booming, lucrative, and thriving media hotspot.

   From learning how Eddie Murphy got his start in the movie biz to how Sammy Davis Jr and Frank Sinatra got out of a near death experience with Leo, the famous roaring lion at the beginning of all those MGM movies.

    Learn why Walt Disney was so controlling to staff and family and just how legendary actor Errol Flynn found himself locked behind bars with illegal immigrants waiting to be deported.

   At times heartfelt and funny. these Hollywood stories will make you rethink what it took for the making of Hollywood and all the behind the scenes antics that took place.

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And without further ado here is a very funny excerpt that I found just couldn't be missed.

At high noon on a cold November day in 1974, sixty-seven-year-old John Wayne faced off with the staff of the Harvard Lampoon on the famous campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The students had issued their challenge by calling the beloved American icon a fraud. Wayne, who had his new movie McQ to promote, responded by saying he would be happy to show his film in the pseudo-intellectual swamps of Harvard Square. After the screening, without writers, the former USC footballer delivered a classic performance. When one smart young man asked where he got his phony toupee, Wayne insisted the hair was real. It wasn't his, but it was real. The appreciative underclassmen loved him and after the Q and A session, they all sat down to dinner. Later Wayne, who was suffering greatly from both gout and the after effects of lung cancer (sadly the Duke only had five years to live), said that day at Harvard was the best time he ever had.

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