Hello, I just thought I would come on board and let you know that my first book has just been released. It is titled, "I Love the Illusion: The Life and Career of Agnes Moorehead" (Bear Manor Media, 428pp, $19.95).
As you all know, Miss Moorehead was one of Orson Welles' favorite actresses--in fact, his favorite. Her performance as Aunt Fanny in "The Magnificent Ambersons" is one of the greatest performances ever put on film.
But today, of course, she is best known as "Endora" on "Bewitched". It was my intentions with this book to remind the reader of the great character actress she was in radio, film and on stage. She was nominated four times for an Oscar and appeared in more than 60 films. She was one of the great "voices" in radio especially for her performances with the Mercury Theatre (Dracula, in particular) but also "Sorry, Wrong Number."
Naturally Orson Welles figures large in the Agnes Moorehead story. Agnes always had praise for Welles and considered him her "Svengali".
I had access to 159 boxes of Moorehead papers at the State Historical Society in Madison, Wisconsin. In addition I interviewed over 30 co-workers and friends including Jane Wyman, Karl Malden, Debbie Reynolds, William Windom, Rose Marie, Carol Lynley, Joan Fontaine, William Asher--and these radio giants--Himan Brown and Norman Corwin, both in their 90's and still their memories were clear and consise. I also interviewed two alumni of the old Mercury Theatre--Arthur Anderson and Elliott Reid, who shared wonderful memories of the Mercury and the relationship between Orson and Agnes.
Here is a link to the publishers site:
The book is also available on Amazon.com and BN.com