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Alexa
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posted: 6/23/2008 at 2:35:25 PM ET
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Bernadette's official website has finally been updated with dates for her book signings. Yay! They're in the calendar section.

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posted: 6/23/2008 at 4:48:52 PM ET
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posted: 6/24/2008 at 11:44:11 AM ET
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New Broadway.com feature on the writing of Broadway Barks

"Let's admit one thing right upfront: With the possible exception of Bernadette Peters, not everyone stays young and cute forever." (NYPost 2/2/05)

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posted: 6/24/2008 at 1:34:54 PM ET
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That is really a charming article. I loved it.

Notice how she misconjugated "to lie" towards the end of the sixth paragraph? That should be "then lay down." Where was her copy editor?

If she's getting so into this writing business, maybe she eventually will write a book for adults some day. I used to think that was unlikely, but circumstances might have changed.

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posted: 6/24/2008 at 1:47:13 PM ET
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I would love it if Bernadette wrote her memoir, but I doubt it would ever happen because she's so private and seems to hate talking about herself. I think it would be interesting to read about life from her perspective as a child performer growing up in showbiz in the 50's and 60's and how she somehow managed to come out of it unscathed and become the incredible person that she is.

But who knows, maybe if the book was for charity.

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posted: 6/24/2008 at 7:04:35 PM ET
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Don't you find celebrity autobiographies a little sterile these days? Of course we're all interested in the interior thoughts of our favourite stars and how they made it to the top of their profession etc., but their autobiographies never seem to include anything remotely scandalous or controversial -- at least not after the legal department gets through with the manuscript. Surely forty, fifty, sixty years in shobiz must throw up some good juicy stories to entertain the reader? However would Tallulah Bankhead and Noel Coward cope in this modern age with all the restrictions on their honesty and wit? Give me a well written unauthorised biography any day!



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posted: 6/24/2008 at 10:11:16 PM ET
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I couldn't agree more. My favorite autobiographies are the two written by Rosemary Clooney, one right after her breakdown and the other a few years before she died. Now that was a woman who would tell it like it was and didn't really care what people had to say about it. I wish others were as upfront with their lives. I don't mean that those who are private should feel pushed to write about everything, but it seems that if you're going to write about your life, you should write about your life. If you're going to soften everything, what is the point?

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posted: 6/24/2008 at 10:26:37 PM ET
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That's true, I've read some pretty juicy unauthorized bios in my day, but Bernadette is as pure as the driven snow, surely there could be no scandals to write about? They'd have to write pure fiction to make it juicy.

Even if there were scandals, she'd never write about them, because she doesn't like to invade other people's privacy by talking about them. Still, I think it'd be interesting to read her story, even if the text was littered with exclamation points and from an overly positive perspective on things.

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posted: 6/24/2008 at 10:29:25 PM ET
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I agree, but notice I said "book for adults," not "juicy tell-all." I didn't necessarily mean a memoir. It's just that she may have been bitten by the writing bug. The possibilities for what she could come with are endless.

edit: written before seeing Alexa's last post, but still relevant to discussion.

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posted: 6/25/2008 at 7:39:25 AM ET
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Re autobiographies ... to my thinking, a "juicy story" isn't in any way a "who did what to whom and in which bedroom " thing. I would find that really boring. It's more like an in-depth and truthful telling about how something pivotal came about, and how it's reflected in the author's life and work. And a "scandal" needn't be of the sexual variety ... for instance, I find a certain award winner's recent non-magnanimous remarks quite scandalous.

I hate reading autobiographies that might just as well have been written by the star's publicist. Showbiz, like every other part of human life, is littered with saints and sinners. Most creative, successsful people have (or have had) a little of both in them. It would just be really refreshing to read an autobiography that told the truth, that's all. From what Jaeleigh says, Rosemary Clooney had enough courage, and enough respect for her readers, to do just that.





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posted: 6/25/2008 at 9:23:34 PM ET
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The Rosemary Clooney autobiographies "This In Remembrance" and "Girl Singer" are actually two of the most honest and straightforward books I've ever read, and to have them deal with such strong issues as mental breakdown, drug abuse, and attempts to rebuild a career that quite literally fell from the "America's Sweetheart" podium to "The Nutter who screamed at and then walked out on her audience" makes them both a fast and captivating read. There are no excuses and no apologies; there is only the first hand account of what happened and how she kept going. I also completely respect the fact that while she was so honest in everything that happened, in matters that might tarnish other people simply by relation (for example other well known people who were in the psych ward with her during her breakdown) she refrains from naming them and instead says "friend" or "acquaintance." So, if you're looking for an autobiography (or two) that no publicist in their right mind would allow their client to release (ha) these are both really good choices. Having said all that, I can't imagine the courage it took not only to write the books, but to allow them to be published and really just bare all to anyone who felt like looking, and I don't at all blame celebrities for not wanting to do the same. Again, I go back to my earlier point that if someone is going to write about their life, I think that is exactly what they should write about. If they don't feel comfortable for whatever reason, it's probably not a good idea. Also, if they are writing "their" story in order to let loose a bunch of info about someone else, I think it's kind of a cheap shot. If Bernadette was interested in writing her story, I know that I would totally read it and I know that I could count on her to make it her story and not about someone else. She may, for her own reasons, simply not be interested or comfortable in doing it.

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posted: 6/28/2008 at 10:08:35 AM ET
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Another book signing scheduled for July 19 in the Hamptons.

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A 40 second clip of the Kennedy Center book signing.

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