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Brooklyn's Scarlett Susan Hayward: Fire in the Wind [Paperback]

Gene Arceri
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Sept. 12 2010
Gene Arceri's fascination with Susan Hayward began as a teenage usher at the Roosevelt Theatre on Flushing, Long Island. New York. And began to shape itself as an idea for a book when he began hosting a talk show over at PBS radio, in San Francisco. Everytime he interviewed someone who had known Hayward he asked : What was she like?". The resulting anecdotes formed the beginning of the extensive research that went into this book. A journey that took him from Brooklyn to Atlanta, with stops everywhere, and in-between wanting face to face interviews, anywhere he could find some insight into this compelling personality. With help from Hayward's brother Walter, it ultimately brought the real person, hitherto to life. To quote Kirkus Review -"This is the book Susan Hayward deserves." Gene is the author of biographies on Elizabeth Taylor, Betty Hutton and Charlie of Nob Hill (San Francisco's reluctant celebrity cat) and a columnist for 10 years for Jo Lee International Magazine. He has been awarded by the Bay Area for several of his written stories. A native New Yorker he currently lives outside San Francisco.

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By J. Lovins TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
BearManor Media presents "BROOKLYN'S SCARLETT SUSAN HAYWARD:FIRE IN THE WIND" (Paperback), by Gene Arceri (Author). This is a well crafted book on one of Hollywood's favorite starlets, Miss Susan Hayward. Many behind the scenes gives us the feeling we've known her during her life here on this planet.

Found myself not wanting to stop reading this book, talk about a wonderful human being thinking of others before herself. Knew she was a great actress, but this sheds more light on her persona and career with such positive vibes. The cover art captures her inner and outer beauty, with that certain twinkle in her eyes that made you melt.

Gene Arceri gives the readers behind the scenes anecdotes, which most of us fans and collectors die for. The weaving of her personal life and career gives a scenic pattern to this beautiful tapestry of a loving and caring woman. Much detailed accounts by the author.

* Love the quips that appear before each chapter, here are just a few:
Chapter 2: -- "This I was born with: an imagination and a natural talent for lying. The perfect ingredients for an actor.

Chapter 3: -- "If I were starting out in this day and age, I don't think I would choose an acting career. The motion picture has all changed so tremendously, I think I'd be much more attracted to a career in something like archeology or geology. Acting, no!

Chapter 4: -- "Some People have to be constantly amused, I don't. I don't have to be surrounded by people or "entertained".

Chapter 5: -- "I have no interest in gossip. I think people who repeat tales about other people should have their mouths taped"

Chapter 6: -- "John Wayne is my favorite leading man all time. Why?
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I Was Born With A Natural Talent For Lying, Perfect Ingredients For An Actor" Sept. 21 2011
By J. Lovins - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
BearManor Media presents "BROOKLYN'S SCARLETT SUSAN HAYWARD:FIRE IN THE WIND" (Paperback), by Gene Arceri (Author). This is a well crafted book on one of Hollywood's favorite starlets, Miss Susan Hayward. Many behind the scenes gives us the feeling we've known her during her life here on this planet.

Found myself not wanting to stop reading this book, talk about a wonderful human being thinking of others before herself. Knew she was a great actress, but this sheds more light on her persona and career with such positive vibes. The cover art captures her inner and outer beauty, with that certain twinkle in her eyes that made you melt.

Gene Arceri gives the readers behind the scenes anecdotes, which most of us fans and collectors die for. The weaving of her personal life and career gives a scenic pattern to this beautiful tapestry of a loving and caring woman. Much detailed accounts by the author.

* Love the quips that appear before each chapter, here are just a few:
Chapter 2: -- "This I was born with: an imagination and a natural talent for lying. The perfect ingredients for an actor.

Chapter 3: -- "If I were starting out in this day and age, I don't think I would choose an acting career. The motion picture has all changed so tremendously, I think I'd be much more attracted to a career in something like archeology or geology. Acting, no!

Chapter 4: -- "Some People have to be constantly amused, I don't. I don't have to be surrounded by people or "entertained".

Chapter 5: -- "I have no interest in gossip. I think people who repeat tales about other people should have their mouths taped"

Chapter 6: -- "John Wayne is my favorite leading man all time. Why? He's so big and so rugged and so strong and can do practically anything, yet he's very gentle. I've always adored him, always, but then so has the whole world"

Chapter 7: -- "I'm terrified of the dark; always have been I don't like the night and I keep the lights on - all the time. I can remember the very moment it happened when I was a child, I was in my grandmother's house and an uncle scared me by telling me there was a bogeyman waiting for me on the second floor. I can still remember that moment - vividly. I've been afraid of the dark ever since; not too crazy about that uncle, either. I'm also nearsighted and that doesn't help, it adds to my lack of security in the dark.

Very reasonable and a good value for the price --- For product description and editorial review check this out on the Amazon site above my review.

BIOS:
Susan Hayward [aka: Edythe Marrenner]
Date of Birth: June 30, 1917 - Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York
Date of Death: March 14, 1975 - Hollywood, California

** Special footnote: -- "The Conqueror" (1956) - John Wayne, Susan Hayward, Dick Powell, Agnes Moorhead and most of the top production people on the same movie developed cancer later on. Character actor Pedro Armendariz, Carroll Clark died, production manager of the film, his wife, the make-up chief and so many others working on this film all died of cancer related illnesses.

BearManor Media, a small press that publishes BIG books. They pride themselves on publishing quality entertainment biographies, so they often put out the first book on unique subjects -- plus specializing in books with nostalgic themes and keeping classic Hollywood alive not only thru his publishing house, but thru his own books. Big thank you to Ben Ohmart and his staff.

Perfect coffee-table book. Highly recommend - a good read!

Total Page: 286 Pages ~ BearManor Media #ISBN-13: 978-1593930288 ~ (September 12, 2010)
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a classy lady Oct. 14 2010
By Marshell L. Elliott - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A well written book on a very moving and powerful actress who worked very hard at her trade. Who never let others hold her back.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A moving and remarkable read about a star of the golden age of television and film, highly recommended Nov. 7 2010
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Susan Hayward did much to capture the imagination of many throughout her career. "Brooklyn's Scarlett: Susan Hayward: fire in the Wind" traces the life and career of Susan Hayward from a devoted fan and PBS talk show host Gene Arceri who gives readers anecdotes from those who knew her as well as her own research. "Brooklyn's Scarlett" is a moving and remarkable read about a star of the golden age of television and film, highly recommended.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brooklyn's Scarlett - Susan Hayward: Fie in the Wind April 20 2012
By Zeke 60 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Being from Carrollton, Ga and knew Mrs Chalkey and was a friend of Tim, I found the book a decent read but has several inaccuracies and the "Index" references in the back do not correspond to the page number in the text. Ie: If you look for "Tim Barker" the Index tells you page 71 when it is actually page 76. I think they are like 3 or 4 pages off. Also, Her Florida years, after Chalky's death, and her last days seem a little too much "Hollywoodish". All-in-all it is worth the time to read it.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book Resurrects Susan Hayward In A Positive Way July 27 2011
By Crabigail Cassidy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Even with the typos mentioned by another reviewer, this is a very well-done book which recalls the life and career of actress Susan Hayward. Containing input from both friends and family, this book abounds with personal recollections about the fiery redhead from those who knew her best while placing a lot of emphasis on Hayward's spiritual life which she embraced later in her life.
In many ways, the reader is presented with a tempestuous lady who fights a lot of personal demons and ultimately prevails in making her own peace.
I was particularly impressed with Hayward's stoicism when she was striken with the cancer which eventually claimed her life. I remember her last public appearance at the Academy Awards when the news of her imminent demise was being tracked by the media. Preparing for that appearance was a herculean task, but with the help of a wig and make-up and pure fortitude Hayward managed to pull off the impossible and created a wonderful last memory for her friends and fans.
Having read Mr. Arceri's previous book on Hayward, I thought this book was better in the respect that it was far more personal because of the anecdotes from those she was close to. Hayward seemed far more human and was easier to relate to than a lot of celebrities who have been subjects of recent biographies.
This is a great read for any fan of the actress. I also really liked the beautiful cover art which captured Hayward's vivacious personality.
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