Linda J. Alexander
Glamour. Intrigue. The Golden Era of Hollywood and television.
They just don't make entertainment like they used to!
“I have never found recognition and admiration hard to live with. It’s only the lack of it that bothers me.”
~ Jack Kelly, November, 1960
For a man who for the most part lived his life to make others happy, it was somewhat ironic that actor Jack Kelly should create a name for himself in a show called Maverick.
With A Maverick Life: The Jack Kelly Story, author Linda J. Alexander will tell the true tale of a man who was born into a powerful family structure, a two-parent family run by a strict maternal figure. Nan Kelly, his mother, was an actress and model before Jack was even born. Older sister, Nancy Kelly, learned well the idea of the iron hand as she helped to raise her little brother, and led by example.
The story of Jack Kelly is a Hollywood tale never before told, grabbing reader attention for its deep look into the life of a man who was a public person from his earliest years; a man known to millions because of his face, his voice, his famous family and his attractive masculine form ... yet Jack Kelly was a man no one ever really knew.
A Maverick Life: The Jack Kelly Story is OUT! Buy it now at these online sellers, or ask for it at your local bookstore:
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Linda Alexander has written about entertainment figures since 1987. Years of entertainment interviews, with articles in Soap Opera Update, The Washington Times, Spotlight Magazine, regional publications like The Baton Rouge Advocate, and others, gives her a strong background in listening—to the heart of a life story, and the essence of that life. As the author of six published books, 2 novels and 4 biographies, she has long-standing experience in bringing character, and characters, to life ... and back to life.
She also teaches character-driven writing at community colleges, as well as in online seminars in 2012.
Linda Alexander is available for interviews. For booking, please contact William Scherer, Press Agent, MBSTIA, Inc., at 240-529-6240, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org .
RELUCTANT WITNESS: ROBERT TAYLOR, HOLLYWOOD & COMMUNISM
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Accomplishments: I've written professionally for nearly 30 years: The Washington Times, Soap Opera Update, Spotlight Magazine, and many other publications. Books on the market:
A Maverick Life: The Jack Kelly Story ... biography of actor, politician, & bon vivant, Jack Kelly, who was the co-star of TV's "Maverick" from 1957 - 1962, with many other TV, film, & stage credits to his name. Women still sigh over him....
Reluctant Witness: Robert Taylor, Hollywood, & Communism ... biography of arguably the most handsome man to ever grace the movie screen--and the story of the Golden Era of film.
The Unpromised Land ... historical, international nonfiction.
Out-of-print but soon to be re-released:
Until Next Time -- novel of dark romantic suspense (won Florida Freelance Writer's award)
Dorothy From Kansas Meets the Wizard of X -- caring, human look into lives of adult film stars ... NOT pornographic
Weekends In New England -- novel of dark romantic suspense
Wrote & produced a public reading of two satirical stage plays, readings given by professional soap actors with proceeds donated to charity.
I'm proud of my public presentations ... on mixed race genealogy -- "Bridging the Color Line," child abuse, &, of course, Jack Kelly, Robert Taylor, & writing.
Photography has placed in the Top 3 in many regional art shows.
My ultimate achievements: two grown sons--one served as a Marine in Operation Desert Storm, has since toured the US & is pursuing a degree in Turf Management in Pittsburgh; the other, in Arizona, going to school with his degree to be in Hotel Management.
THEY are my true accomplishments ... gifts from God!
|A Maverick Life: The Jack Kelly Story by Linda J. Alexander|
Jack Kelly was a child performer, son of New York model, Nan Kelly, brother of actress, Nancy Kelly, brother-in-law of actor Edmond O'Brien and cinematographer Fred Jackman, Jr. On TV, from 1957 until 1962, he was James Garner's brother on the show, Maverick....
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|Weekends In New England by Linda J. Alexander|
Love, romance, innocence, intrigue, danger, and lust. Life is complicated, and love even more so. Life, and love, can be hazardous to a lady's health. Especially if she's fallen in love with a married pop star....
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|Dorothy From Kansas Meets the Wizard of X by Linda J. Alexander|
Our sexuality is very misunderstood. . . .
What if the tornado dropped Dorothy not into Oz, but onto the shooting set of an X-rated film?
Eric Edwards makes sex films. Period . . . Sex-on-command . . . Sex-for-hire. . . .
So begins the story of Eric Edwards, Mr. Everyman of X-rated films, an adult film industry icon since 1969. Yet Eric Edwards is also a regular guy who...
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|Until Next Time by Linda J. Alexander|
Perry Conners, Arizona tycoon and soon-to-be politician, can't sleep or make love anymore, and he's losing all sense of reality. Is it the Devil's fault?...
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How Taylor Hicks Made it Possible For Adam Lambert to Win American Idol by Linda J. Alexander
American Idol isn't interested in anything out of the ordinary . . . or at least it wasn't 'til Taylor Hicks won....
To Speak Her Name: Margie Hart, Ace Stripper by Linda J. Alexander
Imagine -- a stripper becoming the wife of a Los Angeles City Councilman, a well-respected politician. Hmmm. . . . Life is so very intriguing, and we can't invent the stories that have already been l...
In The Hands of the Law by Linda J. Alexander
Prologue to an as-yet unpublished true-crime faction . . . faction is a true story with names and certain facts changed for a variety of reason. Copyright 1999, Linda Alexander, no reprints or use wit...
Reluctant Witness: Robert Taylor, Hollywood, and Communism by Linda J. Alexander
Hollywood and politics -- we think the mix is new, but it's happened since the first "movie star" hit the silver screen.
Photos: On left -- Robert Taylor. On right -- my dad. In my child's ...
Has He Made It Through The Rain? by Linda J. Alexander
American Idol has gripped the world. Taylor Hicks has captured many of our votes. Why?
Copyright Linda Alexander, 2006. No reproduction without permission of the author....
Voice In My Head by Linda J. Alexander
I'm the landlord -- and I don't think I'm charging enough.
Article and photo copyright 2006, Linda J. Alexander. No use without permission of writer/artist....
New Orleans vs Irag? by Linda J. Alexander
New Orleans. Home of my heart. How can we pledge our concern, and money, for a foreign country while caring so little for our own?
Something's wrong here.
Photo and article copyrigh...
Diamonds vs Kisses . . . a Flippant Commentary on Women’s Lib by Linda J. Alexander
Smoochie, smoochie, smoochie. Heck, it's almost Valentine's Day. Let's neck....
Birth Of An Activist by Linda J. Alexander
copyright 1992, Linda Alexander
photo: Mama Linda, son Erik, & nephew...
Lou Christie: Lightning is Still Striking by Linda J. Alexander
This is a newly revised article from a 1980s in-person interview with pop star, Lou Christie....
Charlotte Behrens by Linda J. Alexander
Charlotte Behrens really lived. She was an up-&-coming stage actress in the late 1800s when, at the age of 32, she died in rather mysterious circumstances. This story tells of how, in the year 2002, I...
The Way It Is by Linda J. Alexander
Life goes on....
I Don't Know by Linda J. Alexander
How Do I Tell You?...
Ms. Simile Skeltonics by Linda J. Alexander
John Skelton, ca. 1460-1529, has inspired me. The term is "Skeltonics."...
Getting Older by Linda J. Alexander
This is the beauty of Life's plan. . . .
Paved Street, III by Linda J. Alexander
The progression of life. It goes on and on. When I wrote this, I didn't yet have children. I do now -- & I've found that this story poem is true to course....
Man in the Box by Linda J. Alexander
The musician and listener have a strangely intimate relationship....
The Younger Years by Linda J. Alexander
Childhood . . . most often, I'm so glad it's behind me....
Intoxication by Linda J. Alexander
The gift of sharing just may be the ultimate gift. ...
Music or Love? by Linda J. Alexander
Music or love . . . sometimes they are the same thing....
On The Radio by Linda J. Alexander
Listen to that voice. Let it transport you....
Life Before by Linda J. Alexander
Written during my 1st marriage. ...
My Mama by Linda J. Alexander
Life isn't always easy. But Mama's always there. ...
My Prayer by Linda J. Alexander
The Lord is with us....
Old Friends by Linda J. Alexander
Everyone who touches our life makes an impression . . . some more than others....
The Affair That Didn't Happen by Linda J. Alexander
We've all been there. . . ....
First Class Vacation by Linda J. Alexander
Take a porpoise on vacation. He'll see that you get to San Francisco....
At the End of His Rod . . . or . . . The Guilty Fisherman by Linda J. Alexander
Who catches who here?!...
Depression by Linda J. Alexander
Don't let it get you down . . . at least, not for long....
Only You Can Prevent Forests by Linda J. Alexander
Death of the trees. But then, that's progress . . . isn't it?...
Question Of The Day by Linda J. Alexander
It's an uprising, or it could be....
Five PM Playground by Linda J. Alexander
The day is done....
Frog Stew by Linda J. Alexander
It tastes just like chicken. . . ....
The Chase by Linda J. Alexander
Young love. It's adorable and oh-so immature....
Nostalgia by Linda J. Alexander
Can you remember?...
Stop Asking Questions by Linda J. Alexander
Just go with it....
From General Hospital to American History X . . . and beyond by Linda J. Alexander
John Martinuzzi. John Morrissey. General Hospital. American History X. Yes, all are connected.
Copyright Linda J. Alexander, 2008. No reprints without permission from author.
Michael Cole -- Pete Cochran from The Mod Squad by Linda J. Alexander
This interview was done in the early 1990s. It was my wildest answered dream, even as a professional reporter. Photo & article copyright Linda Alexander. No reprint without permission....
Bobby Pickett by Linda J. Alexander
copyright 1991, Linda Janus-Napier (aka Linda Alexander); originally published in Celebrity News column, Central Maryland's Newspaper
This interview was part of a series done as a sideline t...
From Queen of Me to Queen of Indy Music by Linda J. Alexander
From Queen of Me to Queen of Indy Music, Blue-Eyed Soul Singer Natalie Brown Finds Success Doing it Her Way
Guiding Light’s Joseph Breen Crazy Like A Fox - Dr. Will Jeffries by Linda J. Alexander
Linda Janus-Napier (aka Linda Alexander), written for Soap Opera Update & copyright 1990. Photo copyright Joan Fries. No use of article or photo without permission of author &/or photographer.
Puckett Praises Jesus by Linda J. Alexander
Gary Puckett, Article #2, published in the Spring of 1992 in my regular weekly Maryland newspaper column, "Celebrity News." Photo & article copyright Linda J. Alexander - no reprints without author/ph...
Taylor Hicks Interview by Linda J. Alexander
2006 Winner of Fox TV's "American Idol," Taylor Hicks . . . copyright June 2007, published in the Frederick News Post [Frederick, MD] - no reprints w/o permission of the author...
Browne Has Big Plans After Departing Another World by Linda J. Alexander
copyright Linda Janus-Napier (aka Linda Alexander), President's Day, 1992, Celebrity News Column, Mt. Airy News
AUTHOR'S NOTE: This interview was done, as of today, 17 yrs a...
The White House by Linda J. Alexander
My family history has held a secret for over 100 years. Not until I began digging deep into it did I find that I, a white woman, was the great-great-great-granddaughter of a freed Louisiana slave. Lif...
Taylor & Stanwyck: The First Meeting by Linda J. Alexander
Much has been written about how legendary actors Robert Taylor and Barbara Stanwyck first met. What is known is that they were married for over eleven years, considered one of Hollywood’s most stable ...
Robert Taylor: Still A Star by Linda J. Alexander
Published 11/1994, Classic Images, No. 233...
The Family Legacy of Robert Taylor, Film Legend . . . & Father by Linda J. Alexander
Published 1994, Volume 3, POSITIVE NEWS...
The Love Life of Robert Taylor by Linda J. Alexander
Robert Taylor, Golden Era film heartthrob, thrilled women the world over. What was he like as a young lover?...
Guiding Light’s Secretary, Wanda, Hails from Washington, DC Area by Linda J. Alexander
Written in 1991. Carey Cromelin, who has for many years played the occasionally recurring role of Wanda Hyatt, the Lewis secretary on CBS’ Guiding Light, became a friend after a series of fun intervie...
The Adult Video Awards Show – 1990 by Linda J. Alexander
This piece was written at the tail end of my interview and research period for my book, Dorothy From Kansas Meets the Wizard of X, a look into the adult film industry and, in particular, the life of a...
Tales of Love by Linda J. Alexander
Copyright 1995. Published, "100 Years of Moving Pictures, The Centenary of the Motion Picture" official souvenir magazine. Note: You may notice a few words are spelled in the British form. The publica...
Dear John, Harry Groener Is No Nerd by Linda J. Alexander
Written from an interview done in Beverly Hills circa 1990 with Harry Groener who at that time played “Ralph” on Dear John, from 1988 – 1991, with Judd Hirsch. Harry has since gone on to create an imp...
Handsome Jay Hammer of Guiding Light by Linda J. Alexander
Written from an interview done in summer, 1991, at the Guiding Light Studios in New York City. Copyright Linda Alexander/Linda Janus-Napier. No reprints without permission.
Two Originals Remain From the Herman’s Hermits by Linda J. Alexander
Written from an interview done in the early 1990s. Published in Celebrity News. Copyright Linda Alexander/Linda Janus-Napier. No reprints without permission.
NOTE: The author regrets that Le...
Spotlight . . . on Michael Swan by Linda J. Alexander
Michael Swan played Duncan McKechnie on TV’s soap opera, As The World Turns, from 1986 – 1995. I was fortunate to get the chance to interview him in December of 1989, and the article appeared in the N...
Dion is a Lasting Smile by Linda J. Alexander
Published 1994 -- Celebrity News
Copyright Linda Janus-Napier (aka Alexander)...
The End of An Era: Freda’s Gone and Now Don Is, Too by Linda J. Alexander
Once a mainstay of drive-time talk radio, Don Geronimo started a slow fade when Freda passed away. . . ....
I'm Holding It! by Linda J. Alexander
Home Improvement Can Be a Funny Business!
copyright Linda Alexander, 2007...
Look, Vern, It's Jim Varney by Linda J. Alexander
published Celebrity News, Mt. Airy, MD; Summer, 1991; copyright Linda Janus-Napier (aka Alexander)
NOTE: Jim Varney has since passed away. It's a shame. He was such a talented, intriguing m...
In Memoriam: Freda Wright-Sorce by Linda J. Alexander
It's odd how incidents cross paths in our great big universe, incidents that, otherwise, would never meet, coming or going. Such is the case with the interview I did with Freda Sorce many years ago.
Reluctant Witness: Robert Taylor, Hollywood, & Communism: AD Top Books! by Linda J. Alexander
Biography of Golden Era movie star repeated in Author's Den "Today's Top Books" during 1st weekend of official sales...
e-book Available: Reluctant Witness, Robert Taylor, Hollywood, & Communism by Linda J. Alexander
Out in print in May, "Reluctant Witness: Robert Taylor, Hollywood, & Communism" is now available in e-book!...
Biography - Reluctant Witness: Robert Taylor, Hollywood & Communism by Linda J. Alexander
copyright October 2007 -- ROBERT TAYLOR BOOK SOLD & TO BE ON THE MARKET FOR SPRING 2008!!...
Robert Taylor Scholarship Announced! by Linda J. Alexander
Robert Taylor, film hearthrob and matinee idol of Hollywood's yesteryear, is being honored in his home town of Beatrice, Nebraska with a scholarship created in his name....
Award-Winning Photographer's Work to Grace Cover of New Book Set In Boston by Linda J. Alexander
For More Information, contact: Diana Hignutt, Behler Publications Marketing Director: toll free: 866-684-5355, or by e-mail at: email@example.com ...
Linda Alexander Signs New Book Contract! by Linda J. Alexander
Multi-Genre Author Linda Alexander rounds out her published books, adding a 2nd fiction title to 3 previously published books!...
X-Rated Industry Insider Recognizes by Linda J. Alexander
One must be responsible when writing about folks in the public eye, especially those in a delicate area of film entertainment. I always feel a responsibility to be as honest about, and with, them, as ...
Dorothy From Kansas Meets the Wizard of X: Back in Print by Linda J. Alexander
DOROTHY FROM KANSAS MEETS THE WIZARD OF X is being put back into print by PublishAmerica -- 2nd edition due within the year!...
So Many Stories . . . So Little Time
Books, more books ... stories ... genealogy ... more stories....
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I'm the "Spirit Biographer."
Book, "A Maverick Life: The Jack Kelly Story" is out ... November 2011. Six published books--check here on Authors Den for titles--& I'm half of "The Three Wise Girls," a Radio Show. Check us out ... http://www.blogtalkradio.com/threewisegirls
Linda J. Alexander
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