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NOW AVAILABLE IN E-BOOK -- FRIENDLY WITNESS: ROBERT TAYLOR, HOLLYWOOD, & COMMUNISM
Frederick, MD; March 24, 2008– Golden Era Movie Star, Robert Taylor, finally has his story told.
Over sixty years after Robert Taylor’s infamous House Un-American Activities Committee appearance, Linda Alexander, multi-published author, announces the electronic book release of “Reluctant Witness: Robert Taylor, Hollywood, & Communism.”
The print version will be available by May, 2008, but her publisher is offering an e-version sneak peek through www.FictionWise.com. The official "Reluctant Witness" page is at:
Send proof of e-book order to Linda's publicist at:
and receive a rarely seen 5X7 framed print of Robert Taylor!!
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Robert Taylor was ultra-conservative, active in local and national politics, with a keen eye on the international stage. In 1947, he led the Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals (MPA). Like-minded industry professionals, most of whom worked for MGM, were determined to preserve what they believed was the “American Way.” On their watch, Communism—the biggest threat of their time—would not infiltrate their country.
Taylor was subpoenaed in front of the HUAC in Washington, DC, on October 23, 1947, the only movie star whose appearance was pre-announced to the media, and the event was a circus. Alexander’s book reveals that Taylor was originally officially classified as a “Reluctant Witness” but through studio and government coordination, he became the “face to blame” for the “Hollywood Ten’s” imprisonment and blacklisting.
“Reluctant Witness” shows Taylor’s many facets—beginnings as son of a strict Midwestern father and histrionic mother; meteoric rise as a Hollywood heartthrob and longest-running studio contract player in film history, and a tumultuous personal life, including affairs with well-known women. He finally found peace through his second marriage, to German model/actress Ursula Thiess, with whom he had two children, and supported her two children from a previous marriage.
Linda Alexander has written about Taylor since 1993. She was a Featured, and a Keynote, Speaker at conferences held in his name, and has written many articles about him. Her book is due in spring of 2008. Her publisher, Tease Publishing LLC, is a small press in North Carolina.
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 Alexander a strong background in listening—to the heart of a life story, and the essence of that life. Author of four published books, 2 novels and 2 biographies, she has long-standing experience in bringing character—and characters—to life
. . . and back to life.
Linda Alexander is available for interviews, appearances, and book talks. For booking, please contact press agent William Scherer at MBSTIA, Inc., 240-529-6240, or via e-mail at williamATmbstia.com .
For publisher information, contact Marketing Director, Stacee Sierra, via e-mail at
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