This is an entertaining ad, with the fun illusion of my sister as a reporter and Kirstie Alley as a fairy with a purple poodle.
I think we all love illusion and escape. Writing, reading and movies are three of my favorite past times, because there's nothing like running away into a world of fantasy!
In my novel, Masquerade, Part II of the Unchained Trilogy (which takes place in the 1880s, and is due out this summer), my main character is Lavinia Taylor. Lavinia is the product of an interracial union. Raised in a straitlaced home, she runs away to pursue a life as a stage actress in New York, and passes as white (I'll save "The Tragic Mulatto" post for another time). Lavinia's parents are devastated by her choices. She rejects her mother to pass as white, but worse yet, seeks a career as an actress! Back in those days, actors were considered rather disreputable characters!
Now, I've been a fan of Hollywood and its illusions ever since my mom took me to see That's Entertainment when I was about ten years old. After seeing that film, I fell in love with old movies, watched them whenever I could, and admired several of the stars who made all those wonderful, fluffy stories from days gone by come to life.
As I grew older, I read several biographies and tell-alls (like Hollywood Babylon) that shattered many of my illusions. A few weeks ago, one hit the market that will probably destroy any that remain. I've already read several reviews, and from them learned lots of shocking revelations, including that two of the greatest love affairs from the twentieth-century were complete shams! If you're a movie buff, you probably know the book I'm referring to, Full Service by Scotty Bowers.
All the stars mentioned are dead, but their legacies will be forever tarnished.
If you're a movie buff, do you plan on reading Full Service, or are you content to live with your illusions in tact?
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