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HOLLYWOOD & MINE — There are millions of stories here in Tinseltown. Let me read you this one about BILLIE and her meteoric rise from babysitter to Hollywood Studio Chief and what happened next...

BEGUILING HOLLYWOOD Susannah Corwin

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HOLLYWOOD & MINE — There are millions of stories here in Tinseltown. Let me read you this one about BILLIE and her meteoric rise from babysitter to Hollywood Studio Chief and what happened next...

    1 An Introduction to Hollywood & Mine

    1 An Introduction to Hollywood & Mine

    HOLLYWOOD & MINE — There are millions of stories here in Tinseltown. Let me read you this one about BILLIE and her meteoric rise from babysitter to Hollywood Studio Chief and what happened next...

    • 15 min
    35. You made it! The last chapter of Hollywood & Mine

    35. You made it! The last chapter of Hollywood & Mine

    I’ve been tossing about as much stardust as I can muster right now. That’s it, this novel is done. I think the podcast of the book runs a bit over 10 hours in its entirety.

    Let me know if you’d like to hear another Hollywood novel podcast — remember it will take me some time to write it — if you think I should independently publish what you’ve heard, or, if you just want to chat the comments are open. I’d love to hear from you.

     

     

     

    • 18 min
    34. Hollywood & Mine — Life is the past, the present, and the perhaps.

    34. Hollywood & Mine — Life is the past, the present, and the perhaps.

    “Do you know the Mayo Clinic lists menopause under diseases and conditions? What do you think of that?”

    “Well, I know it’s not contagious.” He sat down beside me. “Jesus, this is hard on my knees.”

    “Sorry about that, old-timer. Cooper, I am not pissed off.”

    “Then what’s with the face?”

    “This old thing?” He laughed. “Did I ever tell you about when I was nineteen? When I was working for the Taylors?”

    “You worked for them?”

    “I was the nanny.”

    “Classic.”

    “Shut up!”

    “I never knew you were their nanny.”

    “I guess I never told you.”

    “I was going to say we should go for a drive, catch up, and you could charge your phone in the car, but I don’t think I can get up for a while. Why don’t you tell me now?”

    “God. It seems like a million years ago. I came out here from Boston and it was like I’d landed on an alien world. Everything was brighter, so much brighter, more dramatic. The Taylors made me feel like I was living on a movie set.”

    • 24 min
    33 Hollywood & Mine — Hollywood is very pretty, but people grow old here — not outside, but inside.

    33 Hollywood & Mine — Hollywood is very pretty, but people grow old here — not outside, but inside.

    There were heaps — accumulated reminders of a life — all around. Everything that served as an archival asset, or a teaching aid for future filmmakers, I boxed and hauled over to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Clothes, I donated. Books, I culled down to the essentials and gave the balance to the library. I avoided looking at my computer for days, ignored my constantly vibrating mobile, and I turned off the ringer on my landline. I played music at all hours, danced when I felt like it, and slept in any room where I had spent the day organizing. If I couldn’t quite see a plan to execute in my mind, I could in my house. And what about the house? It was so ridiculously big. A home should be filled, specifically with children. I pulled all the papers from my files (that I could find) to deed the property over to Jake, his future wife, and my (yet to be born) infant grandchildren.

    When I texted Jake the good news he replied, “Thanks Mom. But don’t think I’ll be needing a screening room.” The issue of the house I put on hold.

    • 23 min
    32 Hollywood & Mine — It’s said in Hollywood that you should always forgive your enemies — because you never know when you’ll have to work with them.

    32 Hollywood & Mine — It’s said in Hollywood that you should always forgive your enemies — because you never know when you’ll have to work with them.

    All through life, instinctively or intellectually, we adapt to survive. Even insects have some boss strategies, for example, the formation of a chitinous exoskeleton, which is the somewhat see-through shell that encapsulates and protects a shrimp or a spider. I have a theory about directors who succeed in the movie industry; they have see-through shells. The shell can be the ability to tune 100 other people out and focus on what’s right in front of you. It can be a tough ego. It can be a calming chemical cocktail that allows all to think they have access to your attention, while your core remains protected. Or, it can be a producer that never leaves your side.

    As this is the holiday season the comments are open, and, our story is drawing to a close — just a few more chapters.

    • 13 min
    31 Hollywood & Mine — I always say that if a woman will tell you her age, she will tell you anything.

    31 Hollywood & Mine — I always say that if a woman will tell you her age, she will tell you anything.

    Life is a series of metamorphoses. Some of them get more airtime than others. I remember once waiting in a gynecologist’s office to see the doctor. There was his desk, on the walls family pictures, on the shelves, some weighty texts. I was curious about hot flashes, so I pulled one of the volumes and flipped to the index. There was a single page referenced, and on the page one paragraph. It said, to paraphrase, that your internal thermostat might go haywire, the medical establishment wasn’t sure why, they hadn’t really studied it much, and the publication’s advice was: dress in layers or take supplements and don’t worry about it. Oh. And it (it, meaning menopause) can go on for ten years.

    That’s a long time.

    The comments are open…

    • 21 min

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Oh, Susannah! How I miss my segments of your story! I so looked forward to every episode, and was dashed each time I heard the narrator soothingly sign off, until next time. And when it was all over, for real, I wanted to wring the author’s neck for not writing more!
The story is a fairytale, of the modern variety, full of heroes and villains and enchanting twists and magical good fortune and heartbreaking misfortune. The perfect pitch of narration adds a layer of reality, especially when she goes off script to comment on politics and pandemics. The perfectly chosen quotes that begin each episode bring a lovely reminder of Hollywood’s long reaching allure.
The author’s talent is in the weaving of humor and mirth into an insiders view of Tinseltown. It was a story that should not end, because there is always more to say. I beg of you, Susannah Corwin, take me down another rabbit hole filled with the wonders of your Hollywood!

Bill Kuhn ,

An Insider’s Guide to Hollywood

If anyone knows Hollywood from an insider’s perspective, Susannah Corwin does. She’s been in the business. Her husband’s been in the business. She’s been *around* the business most of her working life.

So do you think it’s unlikely that a babysitter would land a job as studio exec? Believe me, follow this story one step at a time and it’ll seem completely natural.

I first read this book when it was print only. I turned the pages entranced. I cried at the end. But in a good way. To hear the author’s voice takes it to a whole new level. I felt I was being enchanted and my troubles were being soothed away by the sound of Susannah Corwin telling her story.

KnittyBiddy ,

Oh, Susannah!

I've been a fan of Susnnah Corwin's writing for years, loving her early screenplays' quirky characters & unusual plots. Here, her already-great writing style just keeps getting better.

These Hollywood characters *are* beguiling, pulling you into the bizzare world of L.A. in the most delightful way. The narrator's voice softly leads you on a walk through Hollywood "locations" - a walk with *just* the right amount of wander. Corwin's observational eye catches all & her take on what she sees will keep you chuckling.

A five star listen!

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