Here I am again in Aspen. Every summer! I’m doing a book event at the Explorer Book Store on July 6at 5:30! There are a ton of things to do here, so I hope my old friends and new take a little time to come to see me, buy a book and laugh!
Well, the saying is ‘you can’t go home again.” So, you can…but not really. I went home for a booksigning event at Boswell’s Book store in Milwaukee, where I grew up. It was bittersweet. My parents are nolonger with us, and I had not been back since a High School reunion a few years ago, which I always enjoy.
This visit, a distant cousin who I only knew from Facebook, took me to lunch and a city tour. Just lovely of Jeff. And it too was mixed in that the city looked so different, I had no memory of the new, clean and pretty place which was built up all around.
Then I asked to go to my childhood home. Big Mistake! I was so surprised to see the house, painted anothercolor, it looked only vaguely familiar and so much closer to the houses next to it. It made me feel sad thinkingof the past and feeling so alienated from it now.
My great friends from High School showed up for the book signing and that was wonderful and yet I felt disconnected as I talked to them about my life since. We went for pizza and that was lovely, reconnecting and laughing about now and then.
So, the event was successful, lots of book sold which made the store happy. I, quite teary remembering how my parents would always be waiting for me at the airport and how I hated to leave them there as well. Now,I took myself there and back and memories are all I have of home.
One of the most difficult ways of Growing Bolder is to break barriers; to become the first to do something. But being the first can also be an incredibly rewarding experience.
Susan Silver changed television in the 1970s when she became one of the first female writers. She wrote for some of the most iconic sitcoms of all time, including The Mary Tyler Moore Show; Maude; Bob Newhart, The Partridge Family, Square Pegs, Love, American Style and many others. She not only proved she could do it, she brought a true, female perspective to an industry overwhelmingly dominated by men and her voice benefited everyone.
These days she is a contributor to CNN, HLN, Good Day NY, and The Today Show. She has written opinion-editorials for The New York Times and had a long running column on newyorksocialdiary.com called “The Search For Mr. Adequate.” Her weekly radio commentary “Susan Says,” which covers news, politics and culture can be heard on-demand at robinhoodradio.com and iTunes.
She’s also, for the first time, taking a deeper look at those early years in TV in her new book, Hot Pants in Hollywood: Sex, Secrets & Sitcoms. She explains to Growing Bolder what compelled her to finally pen her memoir and how she thinks it will not only take other Boomers on a fun journey back in time but will speak to many of their own experiences as well.
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Downing Drinks for a Jaw-Dropping Memoirist
by MICHAEL GROSS
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A trailblazer for female writers in Hollywood, Susan Silver has written for some of the greatest sitcoms of all time, creating laugh lines for Mary Tyler Moore, Sarah Jessica Parker, Beatrice Arthur, Bob Newhart, and The Partridge Family.
Susan began her writing career in 1971 at The Mary Tyler Moore Show in an industry overwhelmingly dominated by men, who sometimes referred to her as “the broad with beauty and brains.” And she was the first and only television writer to be featured in TV Guide wearing hot pants.
Now, in her memoir Hot Pants in Hollywood: Sex, Secrets and Sitcoms (Hi Mount Press, May 2, 2017), ( www.hotpantsinhollywood.com ) Susan tells all about her times as a sitcom writer — from the female camaraderie on The Mary Tyler Moore Show to being considered too old to write for Square Pegs. Silver reveals herself as a modern-day Zelig, working and flirting with some of the biggest names in Hollywood and Washington, DC. From a date with Lenny Bruce (with her Uncle as a chaperone) to reveling in the rapport with a smitten Elvis Presley on the set of Viva Las Vegas; and from communicating with Bill Clinton to having Warren Beatty mess up her date with a presidential candidate.
Susan reveals her exciting experiences with movie stars (Sean Connery, Steve McQueen, Clint Eastwood, and James Garner) and fascinating interactions with presidents (Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton, Shimon Peres) — not to mention athletes and rock stars.
And through it all, it’s Susan’s humor that keeps both her and this hilarious memoir so sparklingly seductive.
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