vp19 (vp19) wrote in carole_and_co,

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A daughter of two legends tells all

Carole Lombard occasionally had intense interest in famed screenwriter Robert Riskin. She supposedly romanced him in 1932 as her passion for husband William Powell waned, and in 1935 these were regularly seen in public, though by year's end that too fizzled out and Carole pursued the married-in-name-only Clark Gable early in 1936.

Riskin -- whose earlier amorous interests included Glenda Farrell -- later pursued another noted actress romantically linked to writers...

...Fay Wray, whose many fine performances prove she was far more than a "scream queen." (Want proof? Watch her in the 1928 silent "The Wedding March," where she holds her own with Erich von Stroheim.) Wray and Riskin married and had three children, one of them Victoria Riskin.

After many years as a psychologist, Victoria transitioned to writing and producing for television; her works included "The Last Best Year" (1990), "World War II: When Lions Roared" (1994) and "My Antonia" (1995). She had a term as president of the Writers Guild of America, West. She's also worked to aid persecuted writers throughout the world.

And she's soon to release a book about her famed parents.

the book is scheduled to come out in late February, and already have been lauded in early reviews. It's another in the series of memoirs of classic Hollywood folk written by their offspring (think of "The Entertainer" a few years back by Lyle Talbot's daughter Margaret).

Victoria examines the lives of both parents, whose romantic relationship didn't begin until 1940. She pulls few punches about their earlier lives, especially Wray's troubled marriage to writer-aviator John Monk Saunders ("The Eagle And The Hawk"). Riskin suffered a stroke in 1950 and would die five years later, and it was up to Fay to handle family affairs (https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-5247-4728-2?fbclid=IwAR3MjS-ddT7G5JCC27MSMuCJBTWC4Zlw4VXxezNHkFED30Tk3k6QR_fVxgw).

I eagerly await this book, and believe most of you will too. Order it at https://www.amazon.com/Fay-Wray-Robert-Riskin-Hollywood/dp/1524747289.

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