“Brian is the perfect example of a true friend – and to so many,” says multi-platinum recording artist and actress Vanessa Williams.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) May 21, 2014
Brian Edwards may be a celebrated talent executive, multi-award winning producer, writer and occasional performer, but to friends such as Joan Rivers and Cindy Crawford, he is known quite simply as Miss Thang. His recent autobiography, “Enter Miss Thang” (published by Archway Publishing: A Simon & Schuster Company) received top honors this week at The National Indie Excellence Awards for Best Autobiography and Best Gay Non-Fiction, in addition to being named as a finalist in the category of Best Cover Design – Non-Fiction.
At The International Book Awards announced this morning in Los Angeles, “Enter Miss Thang” won the top honor for Best Gay Non-Fiction and was also a finalist in the category of Humor.
During the current book awards season, Edwards also won two Beverly Hills Book Awards (Best Gay Non-Fiction and Best Cover Design – Non-Fiction) back in April, and will be vying for gold in the category of Best Humor at next week’s IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards in New York City.
Originally from the sleepy little town of Covington, La., Edwards always felt destined for something extraordinary. In the fall of 1985, he trusted his instincts and left the safety of his hometown for the bright lights of Hollywood. After many challenges and struggles, Edwards landed a job as the executive assistant to 5-time Grammy Award winner Donna Summer, which became his gateway job into the world of show business. In 1995, Edwards later worked as an assistant to famed talent agent Betty Fanning, then vice president of commercials at the William Morris Agency before really making it big.
In 1998, Edwards signed on as manager of celebrity talent to television networks American Movie Classics (AMC) and WE: Women’s Entertainment. He served as the talent executive/talent producer for three Emmy Award-winning shows, including “Reel Models: The First Women of Film” and “Beyond Tara: The Extraordinary Life of Hattie McDaniel.” Edwards worked with some of the biggest names in Hollywood: Joan Rivers, Cindy Crawford, Vanessa Williams and legendary talent agent Sam Haskell— all of whom Edwards considers close, personal friends and confidantes.
“Brian is the perfect example of a true friend – and to so many,” says multi-platinum recording artist and actress Vanessa Williams. “Enter Miss Thang” is his story, filled with humor and passion for his work and the people he loves the most. A diva indeed, but it’s a title he’s definitely earned by managing to survive 30 years in Hollywood, cushioned by intelligence, flamboyance, gut instinct, loyalty, and, most of all, his sense of humor.”
CMA and Grammy Award winning country recording artist Pam Tillis adds, “Having gotten to know Brian over the years, I have come to realize his own personal story is as interesting as those of many of his clients and famous friends. He’s fiercely loyal, outrageously funny and generous to a fault.”
In 2012, the International Press Academy honored Edwards with the Satellite Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Entertainment, making him only the third recipient of this honor in the academy’s history. All of Edwards’ hard work and dedication paid off, and now his friends are coming out to support the release of “Enter Miss Thang.” Joan Rivers has written the foreword, and Cindy Crawford the introduction.
Through the good and bad, Edwards faced his challenges with dignity and a sense of humor and style. “By finding the humor in any situation in life,” Edwards writes, “nothing is really ever as bad as it seems.”
“Enter Miss Thang”
By Brian Edwards
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 314 pages | ISBN 9781480801714
E-Book | 314 pages | ISBN 9781480801738
Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iTunes
About the Author
Brian Edwards has enjoyed a successful career in the entertainment industry as a celebrity talent executive, producer and writer. Over his 30–year career he has worked with such celebrities as Donna Summer, Vanessa Williams, Susan Sarandon, Shirley Jones and Whoopi Goldberg. Edwards served as a talent executive and talent producer for three Emmy Award-winning shows.