Choose Positive Living with Sara Troy and her guest Mary Claire Kendall aired October 27th-Nov 2nd
We all love to hear the stories of the Hollywood Legends of yesterday, for they paved the way for all actors today, what really went on in their lives? Mary Claire knows.
Oasis: Conversion Stories of Hollywood Legends, Mary Claire Kendall writes about all, “all-star twelve” from film’s “Golden Age”—including: Alfred Hitchcock, Gary Cooper, Bob Hope, Mary Astor, John Wayne, Ann Sothern, Jane Wyman, Susan Hayward, Lana Turner, Betty Hutton, Ann Miller and Patricia Neal. She also writes sketches of more stars in her opening chapter, including: Mary Pickford, Gloria Swanson, Ethel Barrymore, and Spencer Tracy. The book uncovers stories of recovery and conversion, with intimate portraits that often contrast with the more common profiles, of these all-too-human movie stars.
Mary Claire Kendall is a Washington-based writer, with a special focus on Hollywood. Her book, “Oasis: Conversion Stories of Hollywood Legends,” was published in April 2015. In 2012-13, she transformed the manuscript for “William ‘Bill’ Walton: A Charmed Life,” about a Kennedy confidante who changed the face of Washington, published in 2013.
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Currently, she is working on several books, including a follow-on to “Oasis” and one about Hemingway. She is also producing and hosting an interview show about Hollywood legends, for which four episodes have been filmed.
She has written three feature film screenplays; three pilot sitcoms; a TV action drama pilot; two feature film treatments. In 2013, she completed a collection of short stories and continues to add to it.
She has been published in Forbes, where she was a regular columnist in 2012 and 2013; and Breitbart, where she was a regular columnist in 2014; as well as the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Washington Examiner, The Weekly Standard, Washington Times, San Francisco Examiner, NY Daily News, New York Post, Newport Life Magazine, National Catholic Register, Catholic New World, and Our Sunday Visitor, among other venues.
She has done numerous TV, radio and other public appearances, most recently to discuss her book “Oasis.”
Starting in November 2012, Mary Claire took time away from her writing for several months to spearhead the “Friends of President Reagan’s Chicago Home,” a cause she wrote about in many national publications. She was formally elected President by the Board of Directors on March 4, 2013.
A graduate of Wellesley College, Mary Claire served as a political appointee in the Administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, at the Departments of Education (1987-88) and Health and Human Services (1989-93), respectively, as a speechwriter, policy analyst and representative spearheading various initiatives.