TV DINNERS: TV Kid Stars Dish Up Favorite Recipes with a side of Memories is as American as apple pie, capturing all the fun and warmth of the era through childhood recipes and recollections from the cream of the crop of Classic TV kids. Meanwhile, a second helping of their favorite adult recipes brings the reader right up to the minute. Their personal stories are funny, charming, often revealing. All serve up a cornucopia of cherished memories. And author, Laurie Jacobson, has a unique connection to these kids that gives her more access than most. She is married to one of them and has called the rest friends for two decades. She is able to cut right to the meat of every story. The result is so genuine, fans will feels like their TV heroes are in the kitchen with them. And what a great story they will have when they serve their TV dinners.
As a reigning expert on Hollywood’s social history, Laurie Jacobson has written has written four books, numerous documentaries and TV specials and countless magazine articles. While performing improv for years with the likes of Robin Williams, John Ritter and John Larroquette, Laurie immersed herself in the history of those who came before her. The stories she uncovered became the basis for her debut, archetype book, Hollywood Heartbreak (Simon & Schuster, 3 printings), a 75-year history of Hollywood told through the lives and deaths of 31 people. Following its publication, Laurie emerged as a leading Hollywood historian.
Her fourth book, Timmy’s in the Well – The Jon Provost Story (Franklin-Green, 3rd printing) is a memoir she co-wrote with Provost, her husband, Timmy from the original “Lassie” TV series.
Prior to that, Laurie published the saucy and inventive Dishing Hollywood (Turner Publishing, 2nd printing), spilling the beans on 43 Tinseltown scandals – with a pertinent recipe connected to each one. Laurie’s second book, Hollywood Haunted (Angel City Press, 7th printing) just won’t die! In print for 20 years, HH covers more than 100 years of ghostly goings-on in filmland. She has also written and produced documentaries, television series and specials, including: The 20th Anniversary of the Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Museum of Television and Radio’s Salute to Funny Women of Television, The Warner Bros. Studio Rededication Party, The Suzanne Somers Show, Photoplay and Hollywood Chronicles. For nine years, she served as head of development for legendary producer Jack Haley, Jr. In 2017, the Southern California Motion Picture Council presented her with their Lifetime Achievement Award for her outstanding literary contributions in the entertainment industry.
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