Bloomington, IN (Vocus) July 9, 2010
She kept eleven journals throughout her long life. And now The Journals of Charlie Gordon is being released in her candid autobiography. Author Charlie Marie Gordon invites readers to experience the emotional loves and betrayal in this open book of her life. All is unveiled here.
A homosexual woman, the author lived and worked in early Hollywood in the 50s and 60s when vice squads raided gay clubs and homosexuals were put in jail. In 1947, Charlie sailed to Stockholm, Sweden, where she lived for seven months with a famous Swedish sculptress. In this book, she unravels the story of her life “in the closet” as a secretary to a movie producer and her time as a producer herself on PBS. Later, Charlie was a freelance writer for television and films. She had numerous female lovers and both gay and straight male friends. Though she had a conservative Texas family, and although they did not understand Charlie's love life, still, they accepted her female lovers. At forty-two, Charlie fell in love with Bebe, a true Brit. They lived together for eighteen years until Bebe was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Amazingly, in an atmosphere of pain and frustration, their love blossomed.
With the colorful life she has lived, she has so many more vignettes to tell and she bares her all—thoughts, sentiments, observations, and experiences—in this honestly written collection of her journals.
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About the Author
Charlie Marie Gordon grew up in the early magic of Hollywood’s movie and television industries. She graduated from Hollywood High School and entered Los Angeles City College. As secretary to a movie producer, the company produced a movie directed by a young Steven Spielberg. Her first writing sale was a story published in True Confessions magazine. Her television sales included a children's story for Universal, Return to Peyton Place for NBC, Mulligan’s Stew for Paramount, Faith for Today for Transda, Gift of Life for Lutheran League. She optioned her screenplay Nellie Cashman to Metromedia. In New York, Luther Davis hired her to write the book for a musical, War Widow. She wrote the book for another musical, My Hong Kong, produced in Hong Kong. She was a story analyst for CBS-TV and staff producer at PBS. She was a reader for Group One Films in Hollywood and for Private Screenings in New York. She sang in the Santa Monica Opera Company, performing Musetta in La Boheme and Hansel in Hansel and Greta. She joined the Los Angeles Grand Opera Co at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre, singing Suzuki in Madam Butterfly. She is a member of Writers Guild, west, a reviewer for the National Humanities Awards in Washington D.C., and had private lessons in French and Italian.
The Journals of Charlie Gordon * by Charlie Marie Gordon
Publication Date: July 6, 2010
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