Rob McConnell Interviews – LAURIE JACOBSON – Haunted Hollywood

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Laurie Jacobson is a renowned Hollywood writer and historian – is currently working on a documentary and book on a major Hollywood icon – under wraps right now. Her fourth book, Timmy’s in the Well – the Jon Provost Story (Cumberland House, 2nd printing) celebrated the 50th anniversary of Timmy from the original Lassie TV series. She co-wrote the memoir with Provost, her husband. It will be out in paperback for summer, 2010. Laurie’s saucy and inventive Dishing Hollywood (Turner Books, 2nd printing), spills the beans on 43 Tinseltown scandals – with a recipe connected to each one. Laurie’s second book, Hollywood Haunted (Angel City Press, 7th printing) covers more than 100 years of ghostly goings-on in filmland. A reformed stand-up comic, Laurie worked out in Harvey Lembeck’s Comedy Improv Workshop for years with classmates Robin Williams, John Larroquette and John Ritter. While performing with improv groups, Laurie immersed herself in the history of those who came before her. The stories she uncovered during this period became the basis for her debut, archetype book, Hollywood Heartbreak (Simon & Schuster, 3 printings), a 75-year history of Hollywood told through the lives and deaths of 31 people. Following its publication, Laurie emerged as a leading Hollywood historian. Since then she has written and produced documentaries, television series and specials, including: 20th Anniversary of the Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Museum of Television and Radio’s Salute to Funny Women of Television, The Warner Bros. Studio Rededication Party, The Suzanne Somers Show, Photoplay and Hollywood Chronicles. Collaborations with other writers include Suzanne Somers on her book Wednesday’s Children, interviews with celebrities raised in abusive environments, as well as contributions to tomes like Hollywood Handbook and Hollywood Archive. As the reigning expert on Tinseltown’s ghosts, scandals and mysteries, Laurie appears regularly on radio and television, including: E!, A&E, History Channel, Discovery Channel, TV Land, CNN, Mike Wallace’s 20th Century, Entertainment Tonight, Art Bell and AMC. In 2007, she made her film debut in a role written for her in Not Fade Away, starring Oscar™-nominee Shirley Knight. Never idle, Laurie is developing several series for TV, including one based on Dishing Hollywood. In her spare time, she’s at the reins of Living Legends Ltd., representing more than 120 nostalgic celebrities for appearances. In 2010, she cast several animated series for NickToons. Laurie Jacobson and Jon Provost make their home in Northern California. For more on Laurie, please visit www.lauriejacobson.com and www.livinglegendsltd.com

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