I’m thrilled to announce that I will be giving 3 talks this fall/winter at the Penn Hills Library. If you missed either of my first two talks, you’ll have a chance to catch them in October and November. In December, I’m debuting brand new material.

Right now, there is no need to formally register on the Penn Hills website. I’ll update you here on the blog if that changes as we get closer to the dates.

Mark your calendars and I hope to see all of you there!

Bogart and Bacall…the Lives and Films of Hollywood’s Greatest Romance

Thursday, October 6 @ 5:30 pm

The love affair of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall  should have been doomed.  They faced a twenty-five year age gap, a jealous wife, and neither had grown up in homes with happy marriages.

Come hear the story of how Bogart and Bacall overcame every obstacle to becoming Hollywood’s greatest romance and making a fistful of iconic films in the process.  As Bacall herself rightly said, “No one has ever written a romance better than we lived it.”

Hollywood Uncensored:  Rediscovering The Pre-Code Films of 1930-1934

Thursday, November 3 @ 5:30 pm

Many think classic films are stuffy relics of a bygone era when families ate dinner together every night.  Yet early talking films shocked audiences with their boundary-pushing depictions of violence, drinking, and sexually liberated women.  After a backlash, a code was enacted that strictly dictated Hollywood film content.  These “pre-code” films are enjoying a renaissance with modern audiences.  Come learn the history and charm of the pre-code era, and leave with a list of must-see films.

The Dueling De Havillands:  Hollywood’s Juiciest Sibling Rivalry

Thursday, December 1 @ 5:30 pm

Sisters Olivia de Havilland and Joan Fontaine were both accomplished actresses, starring in such classics as Gone With the Wind and Rebecca.  They also had a lifelong feud.

What was fact and what was exaggerated to sell magazines?  Did Olivia rebuff Joan’s congratulations when she won an Oscar?  Did they go years without speaking after Joan made a cutting public remark about Olivia’s first husband?

And why did the 101 year old Olivia sue the 2017 series Feud over its portrayal of her relationship with her sister?

Find out in this 40 minute talk that celebrates their lives and films.