True story, how my screenwriting career was launched…

Murder at the Vanities, directed by Mitchell Leisen
Murder at the Vanities, directed by Mitchell Leisen

You know I have to put a qualifier in here… My screenwriting career, such as it was…

Anyway, once upon a time a big Hollywood producer had a bored overnight guest and after a sweet interlude in bed this young lady wandered through his house looking for something to read. She plucked my script from a pile on the floor, sat herself down on a couch with views to the ocean, and began to read. She didn’t respond to Mr. Hollywood’s entreaties to return to the bedroom. She ignored him when he appeared by the couch, coffee and muffins in hand. When he finally did achieve the lady’s attention she closed the pages that had put her in thrall, placed the script in his hands and said, “You need to buy this.”

I don’t even know her name but I hope she’s the head of a studio now.

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  1. June 8, 2015

    I just naturally thought that’s how all scripts got purchased in Tinseltown;-)

    • June 8, 2015

      Hey! How are things going in Tinseltown, mister? Sending you all good thoughts script-wise.

    • June 8, 2015

      I could have given a few more details, but then…probably better I didn’t πŸ˜‰ .

      • June 9, 2015

        Oh! Know that there are more details makes it all the juicier!

      • June 9, 2015

        Sorry… I meant “knowing” not “know”.

  2. June 8, 2015

    ….delectably told.

    • June 8, 2015

      All the chagrin of the early years transmutes into something quite different at my age β€” I really do wish I knew her name. She did me a great kindness and I never got to thank her properly.

    • June 8, 2015

      It was pure Hollywood! A story more than one writer can tell!

      • June 9, 2015

        Are you sure? Sounds pure Ms Lester to me.

      • June 9, 2015

        I got the story straight from the producer’s assistant, who had been instructed to read the script (as he couldn’t be bothered) and report back πŸ˜‰

      • June 9, 2015

        Ah, I wondered who told you the details. πŸ™‚

  3. George Kaplan
    June 8, 2015

    Hello, Madame Vicki, long time no write. I very much like this, a True Hollywood Story. A Lana Turner at the drinking fountain tale! The lady in question seems to have greater acuity than Mr Producer Man! As an aside, I suspect that the bedroom interlude wasn’t very “sweet” for our perspicacious young popsy or else she would have been reluctant to leave that Lion of Hollywood and his little lion to their own devices… *winks*
    The Girl had taste!
    Warm regards, G.K.
    P.S. Hope you are having a Shamu of a time writing Lady Lester X

    • June 8, 2015

      Ha! You always get to the true essence of the story. Yes, I suspect the little lion was not so intriguing, but thank goodness, else she wouldn’t have been compelled to read my script.
      Thank you for asking about the writing, am trying to focus on finishing the novel, and when I do find the time I can happily report it’s shaping up…
      All my best, V

  4. June 10, 2015

    That’s a great story, VL! It *aches* to be used in one of your novels. And if not, let me know – I may have to put it into one of mine…

    • June 10, 2015

      Martin! How are you? What’s going on with the novel that got optioned? Fingers crossed! xox, V

      • June 10, 2015

        Apparently the project is still in play. Of course “in play” is a waiting game that can go on for years. It’s a good thing I’m a double Capricorn with a bottomless pit of patience…

      • June 10, 2015

        And I bet you’re already working on the next novel, my hat’s off to you Mr. Capricorn πŸ™‚
        Say, I have to read Searchlights and Shadows so I’ll be ready for #5!

      • June 10, 2015

        And you’d win that bet, Miss Vickie. I’m on the home stretch to finish the first draft. I hope your next tome is going equally well.

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