Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Book Review: 'Hollywood Royalty' by Pat Silver-Lasky

Washington born Pat Silver-Lasky attended the University of Washington, Stanford University and Reed College where she produced and directed their first play. Her relationship with Hollywood is an in depth one. In 1913, her future father-in-law, Jesse L. Lasky, produced the first full-length motion picture ‘The Squaw Man’. Her late husband, Jesse L. Lasky, Jr. wrote 48 films, 8 for C.B. DeMille, including The Ten Commandments, and Samson And Delilah; both are in the Top 10 All-Time Box Office Hits. Pat began her career as a Hollywood actress and progressed to directing and writing. With Jesse, she wrote 4 books, 8 produced films, 119 TV scripts including HBO's Philip Marlowe series. Her solo book, SCREENWRITING FOR THE 21ST CENTURY was published in 2004 by Chrysalis in the UK. She and Jesse moved to London in1962. After his death in1988 she taught screenwriting for 9 years at the London Film School, until 2009. Pat married cartoonist/painter Peter Betts in 1998 They now live in Orange County, California.

HOLLYWOOD ROYALTY is aptly titled. This beautifully constructed book is a compendium of everything you need to know about Hollywood in the fashion of letters from famous people and stars, daily accounts of activities from 1880 to 1959, photographs, images of film posters, scenes from films – al related in Pat’s warm and often humorous manner of writing.

Pat has written a family history that is as much a personal reminiscence as it is a history of Hollywood. And that is exactly what she has set out to do. She has been through years of Hollywood as a star, a director and a writer of screenplays so she has the credentials to tackle history by the klieg lights!

More rich memorabilia that one movie could cover, this is Pat Silver-Lasky at her best. Grady Harp, October 17
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

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