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Slow Fade to Autumn

Slow Fade to Autumn [Kindle Edition]

Anthony Lawrence
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About the Author

Anthony Lawrence has over fifty years experience as an actor, director, writer and producer in the motion picture industry. Born and educated in Los Angeles, Mr. Lawrence spent time in the U.S. army, then returned to study acting with Charles Andre of the Paris Conservatory, Michael Chekov of the Moscow Arts Theatre, and Charles Laughton. He acted in numerous repertory theatre groups, as well as in over a hundred TV and motion picture films. He also operated his own school of acting and coached many well-known film actors. As a pioneer in episodic television, Mr. Lawrence began writing in the late fifties, and has more produced freelance credits than any other writer in the industry. He began writing and producing with his wife, Nancy, in 1980. Mr. Lawrence has been a member of Actor's Equity, American Federation of Radio and TV Artists, Screen Actor's Guild, Director's Guild, Writer's Guild of America, has received two nominations for the Screen Writer's Annual Awards, and two nominations for the TV Writer's Annual Awards. The Department of Rare Books and Literary Works at the University of Wyoming, as well as the Theatre Arts Research Library at UCLA contain extensive ANTHONY and NANCY LAWRENCE collections. He currently lives in Calabasas, California.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1674 KB
  • Print Length: 244 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (29 Sep 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005VX0VY6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #86,929 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Lawrence Anthony is a highly respected conservationist and environmentalist, and founder of The Earth Organization. He is known for his bold conservation initiatives, including the rescue of the Baghdad Zoo at the height of the Iraq invasion in 2003 (the subject of his first book, Babylon's Ark). He also negotiated with Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army in Sudan, in an attempt to protect endangered species from the rebels, including the last of the Northern White Rhinoceros. He is head of conservation on his Thula Thula game reserve, where he has developed a unique relationship with a wild herd of elephants which he wrote about in The Elephant Whisperer.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Slow fade to Autumn 25 Oct 2013
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Not my type of book at all, I deleted it from my books on the kindle a dissapointment sadly, this one had to be deleted..
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2.0 out of 5 stars Sad topic 25 Jun 2013
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Its a slow read and a topic which is most sensitive these days. Its a good attempt to portray Alzheimer's / dementia, but didn't really work for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable memoir 11 Jan 2013
By Douglas Wood - Published on
Like one of his many screenplays, Anthony Lawrence's "Slow Fade to Autumn" takes us on a memorable journey. It's a poignant love story, a gripping family drama and a colorful show-biz saga, the only difference being the protagonist at its center isn't Elvis, Liberace or fictitious, but, in fact, himself.

Published by AuthorHouse, "Slow Fade to Autumn" is the personal memoir by writer/director/producer/husband/father Anthony Lawrence, or as he's more commonly known by fellow residents at the Motion Picture and Television Fund, Tony. Unflinchingly honest, the memoir flits back and forth in time to tell the story of how Lawrence fell in love with an Irish beauty named Nancy Carroll, the daughter of the wealthy CEO of Signal Trucking company, and how that powerful love remained intact for over fifty eventful years, surviving many obstacles.

Those obstacles are what make "Slow Fade" such a compelling read. They include class struggles (Lawrence was from the wrong side of the L.A. tracks), Machiavellian in-laws, substance abuse, the challenge of raising five kids while simultaneously navigating the treacherous waters of the entertainment industry, the devastating loss of a son, and finally, the ravages of Alzheimer's, the cruel disease that eventually claimed Nancy's life in May of 2008.

The subject matter may sometimes be grim, but the read is anything but. Lawrence skillfully balances the heartache with the joy to tell an ultimately inspirational story of human resilience. Written in a conversational, often self-deprecating tone, the memoir takes us through Lawrence's career as a struggling actor, a novice writer (at the urging of Nancy who recognized his talent before he did), and his rise to success as one of the most prolific television writers in the business.

There are wonderful anecdotes including working with Elvis (Lawrence co-wrote three of Presley's features as well as writing the acclaimed ABC biopic that starred Kurt Russell), battling a licentious Aaron Spelling, and writing for such iconic shows as "Outer Limits," "Bonanza," and "Hawaii Five-O." Along the way, Tony and Nancy befriended celebrities such as Chuck Norris who trained them in karate, and hockey legend Bobby Hull who invited the Lawrence family to his Canadian cattle ranch for an adventure-filled vacation that included a hilarious episode involving an enema and the Winnipeg Jets (sorry, you'll have to read it yourselves).

But the heart and soul of the book concern Lawrence's wife, Nancy. In a surprising turn of events, after devoting much of her life to her family, at the age of fifty Nancy revealed a natural talent for writing. Before long she became her husband's writing partner on the MOW, "Liberace" as well as his producing partner on the revival of "The Twilight Zone" series. Lawrence recounts his spirited and creative wife's success with such genuine admiration, her gradual descent into dementia is all the more heartbreaking. They made quite a team and "Slow Fade to Autumn" makes one wish Nancy were still around to adapt it, with Tony, into a classic movie romance.
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Hollywood Lovestory ever. 13 Oct 2009
By Jack Remner - Published on
Simply put, Tony Lawrence's SLOW FADE TO AUTUMN is one of the best, if not the best, Hollywood Love Story ever written. An expansive in depth telling with literary genius and warm emotional connection.

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