It was so great seeing many of you at the recent USC Twin Peaks Retrospective! As promised, here are the images (and more) that were on display. You can find them over at Twin Peaks Archive.
Wishing you all best wishes and a Happy New Year!
Here is wishing all the very best to each and every one of you and all of your loved ones. May the New Year bring you success at every level on your path in this lifetime. Joy, love and harmony be with us all!
Piper has decided to appear at the Hollywood Show in Burbank, CA in February 2012.
She will be selling/autographing copies of her fantastic autobiography, “Living Life Out Loud,” just released by Crown this month.
Piper will also have photos available for sale and signature, with all proceeds to be donated to Paralyzed Veterans of America. From early in her childhood and as a burgeoning actress, Piper volunteered to entertain the troops under very dangerous circumstances, and has always believed in supporting our troops.
God bless our troops and Piper for her wonderful support of them!
I am grateful for so much in my life, including you. I wish you and your loved ones all the best in health, success, career, love and life in general each and every day in every way.
Be good to yourself and to one another, and thank you for being who you are!
Best as always, Paula
They have incorrectly listed her as attending, but she confirmed with me that this is NOT true!
Here is the RAVE review that the AP (Associated Press) gave to Piper on her book: Congratulations, Piper!
Here is the link to the review (which follows):
Laurie achieves what eludes many performers when they write about their outsize lives: a gripping but intimate story that never loses touch with the complexities of life that challenge all of us.
Actress Piper Laurie writes absorbing memoir
By DOUGLASS K. DANIEL – Associated Press | AP – Fri, Nov 4, 2011
In this book cover image released by Crown Archetype, “Learning to Live out Loud,” …
“Learning to Live Out Loud: A Memoir” (Crown Archetype), by Piper Laurie: Rosetta Jacobs was a bright and thoughtful child but struggled to express herself. Only after she was a teenager and theater marquees began carrying her new name — Piper Laurie — did the quiet girl from Detroit begin to find the strength to speak up.
It would take time and heartache for her to reach a full-throated freedom.
“Learning to Live Out Loud” is Laurie’s absorbing memoir about that personal transition as well as her professional development from a popular star of grade B entertainments to an Oscar-nominated actress (“The Hustler,” ”Carrie” and “Children of a Lesser God”) who also had memorable roles on television and the stage.
She was born in 1932 to first-generation American Jews — her mother’s parents had emigrated from Russia, her father’s from Poland. They accepted their youngest daughter’s relative silence — she now believes she suffered from acute anxiety disorder — without much question.
Laurie would find her voice through the make-believe world of acting. But she wanted to say something meaningful, too. Her career as a Universal contract player in movies like 1951′s “The Prince Who Was a Thief” turned out to be profitable but hardly challenging.
Rebelling against her image as a “perky starlet,” she tore up her contract in spite of an uncertain future. TV dramas of the 1950s sharpened her talents, yet acclaimed turns in the live TV play “The Days of Wine and Roses” in 1958 and the 1961 movie “The Hustler” with Paul Newman didn’t result in more top roles.
Laurie left movies for 15 years. Living in upstate New York, she grew personally as a wife, a mother and an artist. Her return to the screen as Sissy Spacek’s mother in 1976′s “Carrie” heralded a new phase in her career that would include the cult TV series “Twin Peaks” (1990-1991).
Gregory Peck, her co-star in “Other People’s Money” in 1991, described one of Laurie’s performances as “a series of revelations moving and true.” That could be said of “Learning to Live Out Loud.” In a voice that is simple and straightforward, she looks back in joy and amusement, in anger and disappointment, and with tinges of regret.
As promised, here are some details that came in this morning from Piper about a few of the public events to which Twin Peaks Fans are most welcome. Of course, I will continue to update with other information as it comes in…Happy Halloween!
About the Twin Peaks fans, of course they can show up in Florida and Texas. In Florida there are two events at private clubs and two public events at which they would certainly have opportunities to meet you and get a signed copy of the book.
Nov 8 at 6: Cinema Paradiso in Ft. Lauderdale, the Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival
Nov 9 at 7: Books and Books (the most beautiful bookstore in America) in Coral Gables
In Ft. Worth:
Nov 11 at 8.30 at the Ft. Worth Film Festival, at the AMC Theatres
In each case the fans can check websites of the venues, listed above.
I spoke with Piper last night and again this morning, and told her how much I am loving this book!
It is truly a labor of love and courageous intention of letting her tell her own stories about the life she has led, the many paths and adventures taken thus far and how, in some ways, she has been shaped by Life and decisions as well as her own determined choices in who she is today.
I am only one-third through her book, and have been dumbfounded and amazed at her journey thus far. My mom, also, has been unable to put down the book and is almost done reading it, as she stayed up from early this morning to keep reading…
As promised, I will continue to publish more information about Piper’s book tour and other information.
Here is some information she sent to me just this morning:
The post about Learning to Live Out Loud is now up on the Word & Film website:
We will post a link to the page on Facebook and Twitter shortly.
And, a couple other mentions—more to come!
My brother, Derick, and I had a lovely visit with Piper at her beautiful home just yesterday.
During our visit with her, she shared with us advanced copies of the autobiography she has worked on for so long; it truly is a labor of love. I have only had time to read a little, and I was held captive from the preface…there are many secrets and facets to this amazing, intelligent, beautiful and courageous person, whom we know as “Piper Laurie.” Wow!
Piper is heading off for a brief book tour this week, starting in New York (where she will do a number of interviews), Boca Raton and Dallas.
There will be some public events, details of which are forthcoming. I know she mentioned that there will be a screening of one of her films at which she will be be present on Dec 10 in Hollywood, CA, so mark your calendars for a special treat!
Her book, “Learning To Live Out Loud: A Memoir” published by Random House, will be available in stores and on Kindle November 2 or 3.
I can assure you that there is a LOT more to Piper than could ever meet the eye, and the review I saw was very good and raised my level of curiosity about learning more about her.
My mom read just a few pages late last night and was just discussing with Derick and me about what she learned and what an impact just a few pages have already made…
I will update information about Piper’s schedule as it becomes available.
Best to you all,