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Hollywood Royalty: Rutanya Alda Talks About the Mommie of All Movies

Rutanya Alda

Though she has 100 film credits and has turned in amazing performances in movies like The Deer Hunter and Amityville Horror II, Rutanya Alda is linked forever, and to her delight, to the camp classic, Mommie Dearest. She comes to Denver Public Library tomorrow evening to tell stories and sign copies of her new book, The Mommie Dearest Diary. Meet Hollywood Royalty!

Carol Ann Airs Faye's Dirty Laundry: Actress and Author Rutanya Alda Visits Denver

Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest

Joan Crawford isn't mad at Rutanya Alda, author of the new tell-all book about the making of the film Mommie Dearest; Joan's mad at the dirt. And there's plenty of dirt. Alda visits Denver Public Library to share stories from her book, The Mommie Dearest Diary, on Wednesday, October 7. Meet Hollywood royalty and hear the best tinseltown backstory ever. 

Carol Ann Tells All: The Mommie Dearest Diary is Here!

Meet movie actress Rutanya Alda (Deer Hunter, Amityville Horror 2) at her premiere book signing at Denver Public Library. Rutanya's new book, The Mommie Dearest Diary, was just released and finally fans of the cult film Mommie Dearest can find out the backstory and the truth about why Faye Dunaway won't talk about this film.

"Barbara! Barbara, please! If you need something, ask Carol Ann!" Oh, yeah, we're gonna ask Carol Ann: Meet author Rutanya Alda

Cover of the new book, The Mommie Dearest Diary

Sometimes cult movies happen because the director, cast and crew have set out to make something eccentric and unique. And sometimes cult films happen in spite of, or because of, the passion and certitude that the main players bring to a film production. Mommie Dearest, released in 1981 and almost instantly receiving cult film status, was just such a film -- laced with overwrought performances from Faye Dunaway, Mara Hobel and Diana Scarwid.

Death Becomes Her: New York Times Bestselling Author, Caitlin Doughty, Visits Denver

“Accepting death doesn't mean you won't be devastated when someone you love dies. It means you will be able to focus on your grief, unburdened by bigger existential questions like, "Why do people die?" and "Why is this happening to me?" Death isn't happening to you. Death is happening to us all.”
― Caitlin Doughty, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory

Meet Marceline the Vampire Queen

Olivia Olson, who is the voice actor behind Marceline the Vampire Queen, will be joining her father, Martin Olson, to talk about all things Adventure Time - the popular animated series that features both Olivia and her dad as characters. Martin Olson plays Olivia's father on the show as well -- acting the part of Hunson Abadeer. Meet them both at their author event here at Denver Public Library this month. 

Oscar Wilde's Leadville Adventure

Oscar Wilde recorded, in his Impressions of America, that when he visited Leadville, Colorado in April of 1882, he was lowered in a bucket to the bottom of one of Horace Tabor's mines and while at the bottom of the mine, he was treated to a three-course dinner hosted by a group of rough and ready miners. Dinner was described thusly, "The first course was whisky, the second course was whisky and the third course was whisky."

The Day That Eugene Field Punk'd Oscar Wilde

Eugene Field

Based on this photo, you may not guess that the author and journalist, Eugene Field, had a wicked sense of humor. During his tenure as the editor of the Denver Tribune (1880-1883), he pulled many pranks on his friends and acquaintances and even visiting dignitaries.

Portrait of India with Photographer Amy Wright

Photographer Amy Wright hosts a beautiful slide show of her photos as she talks about her journey to India to record the lives of women and their families who have been impacted by microloans.

What is a microloan? It is a very small, short-term loan at low interest, especially for a start-up company or self-employed person. --

How Becomes a Legend Most? The Making of Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway was once just a school kid with hopes and aspirations like every other kid. Yet he grew up to be a definitive American author with a distinctive style; and he lived a life that could have been torn from the pages of one of his own books. Author Nancy Sindelar, who once worked as a teacher in Hemingway's high school, has written a fascinating book about the people and places that made Hemingway into the author and man who culturally dominated the last century. 

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