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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