Friday, June 5, 2015


Welcome to countdown to launch, 13 days to go until my book, Ann Blyth: Actress. Singer. Star. is published on Thursday, June 18th.

Special thanks to Vienna at Vienna's Classic Hollywood for her post yesterday about the book.

Every day until the 18th, I'm going to give away a small piece of memorabilia I've gathered on this journey: photos, magazines, an audio CD of old time radio, a DVD of a film, of a television appearance, a few original lobby cards from Ann's films.  So stop by frequently and see what's happening.  I'll let you know day by day what the prize is, and I'll just pick the winners from a hat. 

Since a number of bloggers have kindly offered to review the book, I'll link to their blogs throughout the month, before and after the 18th, whenever they decide to post.  Other bloggers will be posting their interviews with me.  If you care to get involved, please send me an email at:

You can read interviews with me and reviews of Ann Blyth: Actress. Singer. Star. at these blogs:

Vienna's Classic Hollywood
Silver Screenings

If you want put to your name in for the daily raffle of stuff, please, also, send me an email.  Don't just leave a comment in the comments box because I need some way to contact you if you've won.  Your email will never be published, I will NOT be putting it on my newsletter list, it will not be used for anything except contacting you tell you if you've won, and to ask where to send the stuff. 

Today's prize is a issue of Scarlet Street magazine from the spring of 1994.  Please don't be put off by the hideous cover depicting a demon child.  Clearly, the editors had some unresolved emotional issues.  Nevertheless, this is a humdinger of a magazine.  There are two articles in it relative to Mildred Pierce (1945).  One is a six-page article, with photos, by Joan O. Scrivani on the making of the movie.  The second is an interview with Ann Blyth with Jessie Lilley on the making of the movie and her role as the evil Veda Pierce.  It is a five-page article with photos on that movie, and a retrospective of her career.  Two very good articles for the Ann Blyth or Mildred Pierce fan.

The magazine is subtitled "The Magazine of Mystery and Horror" and is geared more towards the serious film buff.  There are other articles on Jack Nicholson in Wolf, and on Village of the Damned, Psycho, and various articles about sci-fi and fantasy films and television, lots of info for the serious collector or fan of this genre.

So, that's what's on the block for today.  If this suits your fancy, send me an email to and just say something like "Give me the magazine."

Until June 18th, if you want to enter this daily contest more than once, even if you've already won a prize, go ahead.  I don't care.  I'm going to wait until the end of it to send out these items to the winners, in case some of you do win more than once, and it'll save me several trips to the post office if I do it one time at the end. 

Also, if you happen live outside of the United States, that's okay.  I will mail to our friends and neighbors around the globe.

That's it for today.  I'll see you tomorrow with more stuff.

Coming June 18th -, CreateSpace, and directly from the author: Ann Blyth: Actress. Singer. Star., the first book written on the career of Ann Blyth.

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