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STEPHEN MICHAEL SHEARER - SCHEDULE

MAY 2019 through OCTOBER 2019 (CONFIRMED Schedule)

 

May 2019 Schedule

Los Angeles, CA - Filming & Research (AMPAS, UCLA, USC)

Las Vegas, NV - Research (UNLV)

 

June 2019 Schedule

New York, NY – Memorial Service (Saint Peters Lutheran Church)

 

July/August 2019 Schedule

Chicago, IL - Research (Northwestern University)

        

October 2019 Schedule

New York, NY - Research (Lincoln Center Performing Arts Library)

Washington, DC – Research (Library of Congress)

Washington, DC – Out & Equal Gala Event

Washington, DC – Arlington National Cemetery Inurnment

 

London, England (Ireland) – Filming, To Be Announced 2019/2020

Rebecca Ferguson is in talks to star opposite Hugh Bonneville in John Hay's untitled biopic about Roald Dahl and Patricia Neal. Set in New York, England and Los Angeles at the start of the 1960s, the film will chronicle Dahl's struggles to write some of his most famous works and Neal's return to Hollywood after she suffered three cerebral aneurysms in 1965. The screenplay is based on Stephen Michael Shearer's novel "Patricia Neal An Unquiet Life".

The strange but true story of Gloria Swanson's attempt to produce a musical version of SUNSET BLVD. For Gloria Swanson, the iconic star of Sunset Boulevard, both the movie and the character of Norma Desmond provided a renewed spotlight. Seeing in Norma a portal back to the stardom she once commanded as a silent screen superstar, Swanson began to envision a musical stage adaptation of the film. Enter, Dickson Hughes and Richard Stapley, two struggling songwriters (and also a romantic couple) looking for their big break. Playing Joe Gillis to Gloria’s Norma Desmond, they threw caution to the wind and joined forces to bring the musical to life, beginning a journey that would alter the course of their lives. Years before Andrew Lloyd Webber would bring his own adaptation of Sunset Boulevard to Broadway, Stapley and Hughes completed their own musical vision of Norma’s story. But after several failed attempts to bring the musical to fruition, the three entertainers eventually declared the project a wash and parted ways. Also complicating matters was the fact that Gloria set her sights on handsome Richard Stapley, resulting in a classic love triangle.

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Women's Club Speaking Engagement
February 13, 2019

Enjoyed addressing the RPYCC Women's Club Presidents Luncheon in Boca Raton, Florida. Thank you members for your interesting questions.

Thank you to Lucille and Amy for organizing such a wonderful event. Thank you Marla for your technical assistance.

Stephen Michael Shearer - Lecture Series

If you are interested in booking Mr. Shearer for a speaking engagement, please contact Mad Max Associates at the following email:

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"Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story"
Stephen Michael Shearer helps to narrate this documentary project.

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2019/2020 Movie Project - Rebecca Ferguson is in talks to star opposite Hugh Bonneville in John Hay's untitled biopic about Roald Dahl and Patricia Neal.

The actress of the Mission: Impossible franchise and the upcoming all-star musical The Greatest Showman is eyed to play the Oscar-winning actress Neal (Hud, The Subject Was Roses) in the bittersweet and comedic story of her marriage to best-selling children's author Dahl (played by Bonneville).

Set in New York, England and Los Angeles at the start of the 1960s, the film will chronicle Dahl's struggles to write some of his most famous works (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda and The BFG) and Neal's return to Hollywood after she suffered three cerebral aneurysms in 1965. The film is set to shoot in and around London beginning in late January.

The screenplay is based on Stephen Michael Shearer's novel An Unquiet Life.

Goldcrest Films is financing, co-producing and overseeing global sales and distribution. The movie is produced by Elliot Jenkins for Atticus Pictures and by Pascal Degove for Goldcrest.

http://www.zapgossip.com/hugh-bonneville-to-play-roald-dahl-in-new-biopic/
http://www.zapgossip.com/rebecca-ferguson-in-talks-for-roald-dahl-biopic/

Movie Project 2019/2020 (VARIETY - May 11, 2017)

The currently untitled biopic, described as being in the vein of “Saving Mr. Banks” and “Finding Neverland,” is based on Stephen Michael Shearer’s biography of Neal, “An Unquiet Life.” It re-teams director and writer John Hay with co-writer David Logan; the pair worked together on 2011 television drama “Lost Christmas,” which won an International Emmy for best kids TV movie/miniseries.

STEPHEN MICHAEL SHEARER - SCHEDULE
MAY 2019 through OCTOBER 2019 (CONFIRMED Schedule)

 

May 2019 Schedule

Los Angeles, CA - Filming & Research (AMPAS, UCLA, USC)

Las Vegas, NV - Research (UNLV)

 

June 2019 Schedule

Chicago, IL - Research (Northwestern University)

 

July/August 2019 Schedule

Paso Robles, CA - Research

        

October 2019 Schedule

New York, NY - Research (Lincoln Center Performing Arts Library)

Washington, DC – Research (Library of Congress)

Washington, DC – Out & Equal Gala Event

Washington, DC – Arlington National Cemetery Inurnment

 

London, England (Ireland) – Filming, To Be Announced 2019/2020


Music: Henrik Chaim Goldschmidt playing Ennio Morricone's "Gabriel's Oboe")

Produced by Reframed Pictures in association with American Masters, the new documentary Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story explores how Lamarr’s true legacy is that of a technological trailblazer. The film premieres nationwide May 18, 2018, at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) and will be available to stream the following day via pbs.org/americanmasters and PBS apps.
Lamarr never publicly talked about her life as an inventor and so her family thought her story died when she did. However, in 2016, director Alexandra Dean and producer Adam Haggiag unearthed four never-before-heard audio tapes of Lamarr speaking on the record about her incredible life, finally giving her the chance to tell her own story. Family, friends and colleagues, including Mel Brooks and the late Robert Osborne, also share their personal memories of Lamarr, explaining the atmosphere that created the disconnect between her brilliance and her beauty. Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story world premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, earned multiple awards at film festivals and was named Best Documentary by the New York Film Critics Online.

See Stephen Michael Shearer as he helps to narrate this documentary project. See the IMDB link below for full cast details:

January 15, 2018 Issue (pages 20-21)

Patricia Neal - Tragedy & Toughness an interview with author Stephen Michael Shearer; "Patricia Neal: An Unquiet Life".

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Stephen Michael Shearer - ARTICLE

Woodbury Magazine September 2017 - True Hollywood Story
Meet movie star biographer Stephen Michael Shearer.

"ONE LOCAL AUTHOR IS CAPTURING THE GLAMOUR, GLITZ AND GOSSIP of the true stories of old Hollywood one book at a time, and proving you're never too old to begin anew."

"I'm a history buff and I've always thought it was important that we know where we came from, and this is why I write today."

STEPHEN MICHAEL SHEARER

BOMBSHELL: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Cast & Credits
Director: Alexandra Dean
Screenwriter: Alexandra Dean
Cinematographer: Buddy Squires
Editor: Lindy Jankura
Composer: Keegan Dewitt, Jeremy Bullock
Executive Producer: Susan Sarandon, Michael Kantor
Producer: Adam Haggiag, Alexandra Dean, Katherine Drew
Co-Producer: David Koh, Dan Braun
Cast: Mel Brooks, Diane Kruger, Peter Bogdanovich, Denise Loder DeLuca, Anthony Loder, Richard Rhodes, Robert Osborne, Stephen Michael Shearer, Jeanine Basinger, Michael Tilson Thomas, Fleming Meeks

Film Information - Year: 2017 - Length: 90 minutes - Language: English - Country: USA - Premiere: World

Before rehearsals began for the 1952 Broadway revival of "The Children's Hour" starring Neal and Kim Hunter, playwright Lillian Hellman hosted a formal party. There, Neal first met author Roald Dahl, and they were married nine months later.



FROM A DISTANCE
There is harmony
And it echoes through the land


Longtime fans of Close are still waiting for her to reprise her Tony-winning role as Norma Desmond in a big-screen musical version of “Sunset Boulevard.” It was revealed the project was going forward at Paramount Pictures a year ago, but there’s been little word on it since. Close bluntly explains what’s transpired. “Somebody pulled out and so we were back to the drawing board in certain aspects, but yes, it’s definitely an on-going thing,” Close notes. And as to whether the new regime at the studio is still supportive of it she adds, “I’m told that they [are]. You know, there was a certain amount of skepticism, I have to believe it because I think that it’d be incredible, incredibly powerful film. I hope it happens.”

Checkout this book:
"GLORIA SWANSON - The Ultimate Star", An in-depth biography spanning nine decades. The first in-depth biography of film legend Gloria Swanson, whose unforgettable role in Sunset Boulevard overshadowed her true life. In this comprehensive biography, Stephen Michael Shearer tells the life story of the woman who defined what a movie icon is.

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"The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy." "Acting is not about being someone different. It's finding the similarity in what is apparently different, then finding myself in there." "Integrate what you believe in every single area of your life. Take your heart to work and ask the most and best of everybody else, too."
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WE BRING TODAY'S GREAT VOICES TO YOUR EVENTS - Macmillan Speakers Bureau - We provide extraordinary professional speakers for all types of events and topics anywhere in the world. Our team of specialists can help you select the best speaker for your event - contact us today to book Stephen Michael Shearer for your next event!
Stephen Michael Shearer (Film Historian, Biographer, Actor) - Topics: Academic Interest, Biography, Culture & Society, Entertainment, Film History - Travels From: Minnesota

SHOW DATE: "LIVE BROADCAST TONIGHT" Tuesday, December 8th - Stephen Michael Shearer, best selling author, returns tonight to talk about Hollywood legend, Hedy Lamarr! His book, "Beautiful: The Life of Hedy Lamarr" shares stories from the early days of Hollywood and Stephen tells all of the juicy stories you'll want to hear before buying the book!

Stephen Michael Shearer separates the truth from the rumors regarding the life of Hedy Lamarr, and highlights her astonishing role as inventor of a technology that has become an essential part of everything from military weaponry to today's cell phones.

Click on blogtalkradio to listen! - Call in to speak with the host (323) 657-1493 (Press 1)

PART TWO - VIP Superstar Guest Star on an episode of Rated G Radio! - PART TWO

Garrett Miller interviews Film Historian and Author - Stephen Michael Shearer about his book "Patricia Neal: An Unquiet Life".

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - PART TWO
Pacific Time - 7:00P, Central Time - 9:00P, Eastern Time - 10:00P

TUNE IN HERE - To listen to the interview! - (Click on Rated G Radio icon)
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/garrettmiller/2015/04/30/stephen-michael-shearer-patricia-neal--an-unquiet-life--part-2

PART ONE - VIP Superstar Guest Star on an episode of Rated G Radio! - PART ONE

Garrett Miller interviews Film Historian and Author - Stephen Michael Shearer about his book "Patricia Neal: An Unquiet Life".

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - PART ONE
Pacific Time - 7:00P, Central Time - 9:00P, Eastern Time - 10:00P

TUNE IN HERE - To listen to the interview! - (Click on Rated G Radio icon)
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/garrettmiller/2015/02/18/stephen-michael-shearer-patricia-neal--an-unquiet-life

See Stephen Michael Shearer (filming completed)

American Heroes Channel Documentary - - NOW SHOWING - Check YouTube

"America: Facts vs Fiction" - "Wartime Rosie's" - Season 2, Ep. 7

See Stephen Michael Shearer - Now in select theaters and on DVD!

A feature-length documentary about Star Trek's iconic Green Girl, Susan Oliver: Prolific actress of the '50s - '80s, original member of the AFI Directing Workshop for Women, record-setting female aviator; Tragically taken by cancer in 1990.
- Written by George Pappy

A feature-length documentary about Star Trek's iconic original Green Girl, Susan Oliver: Prolific actress of the '50s - '80s, original member of the American Film Institute's Directing Workshop for Women, record-setting female aviator; Tragically taken by cancer in 1990. With over 120 major acting credits in film and television, Susan Oliver was literally a household name in the 1960's. She set a number of world records as a pilot and was one of the only women directing major TV shows in the 1980's. And yet many people don't even remember her name today. It's time to remember Susan Oliver...
- Written by Anonymous

Click on YouTube button below to see "The Green Girl" teaser trailer.

Author Stephen Michael Shearer: The Interview
(Posted by Michael G. Ankerich on January 11, 2014)

I’ll never forget the encouragement that author Stephen Michael Shearer gave me when I was writing my Mae Murray biography several years ago. His Hedy Lamarr biography had just been released in hardcover. Although he was busy doing publicity for the release, he made time to give me a call and talk through some important points to remember when writing a life story.

When his latest book, Gloria Swanson: The Ultimate Star, came out last fall, I was anxious to learn what he uncovered about the legend. I took the book on my travels to Italy in October and learned more about Gloria during those two weeks than I had read 30 years ago in her own memoirs, Swanson on Swanson.

After reading her book, I thought I knew all there was to know about the “ultimate star.” I was wrong!

Click on photo to see the entire interview on the Michael Ankerich BLOG.

Gloria Swanson had a singular film career. She starred with Rudolf Valentino during the Silent Era and with William Holden in Sunset Boulevard in what has been called the most celebrated film comeback in history. During the Silent Film era her fans worshiped her. But her career took a crushing downturn in the 1930s. But she never stopped working and Gloria appeared in numerous films, on stage and television. Always acting as the penultimate star on and off screen. Tune in tonight when we speak with writer STEPHEN MICHAEL SHEARER about his monumental new biography GLORIA SWANSON: THE ULTIMATE STAR. If you love film and Hollywood history, don’t miss tonight’s show.

Marty Allen & Karon Kate Blackwell Show at the Las Vegas Plaza Hotel - 10/24/2013 and B&N Book Signing with Stephen Michael Shearer (Nelson Sardelli & Marty Allen attended) 10/27/2013

Stand-up comedian Marty Allen is still at it. A spry 91 years old, the legendary comic has been entertaining audiences for decades. He’s appeared on classic TV shows such as "The Ed Sullivan Show" alongside the Beatles, and was part of the hilarious duo "Allen & Rossi" with Steve Rossi for many years.

Allen is a World War II veteran and was stationed in Italy with the U.S. Army Air Corps (today the U.S. Air Force). While there, he earned a Soldier’s Medal for his bravery during a fire while an airplane was being fueled.

Singer and composer Karon Kate Blackwell also co-starred with Allen during his weekend appearances at the Plaza in downtown Las Vegas.

Sunday, October 27, 2013 - B&N Las Vegas, NV - Book Signing with Nelson Sardelli and Marty Allen.
D.G. Wills - La Jolla, CA

Visit the D.G.Wills Books YouTube Channel, featuring past appearances by Norman Mailer, Gore Vidal, Maureen Dowd, Allen Ginsberg, Christopher Hitchens, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Gary Snyder, Billy Collins, Patricia Neal with Stephen Michael Shearer, Edward Albee, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, and Oliver Stone.

Author Book Signing Event - Saturday, October 26th - 4P

Film Historian & Author, Stephen Michael Shearer will appear at Larry Edmunds Bookshop on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 4P. Please join Mr. Shearer as he talks about his latest book "Gloria Swanson: The Ultimate Star".

It will be great to have our old friend Stephen Michael Shearer back at the Lare! Stephen will be signing and talking about a subject we all dearly love too, "Gloria Swanson-the Ultimate Star" his latest release. Join us on Saturday, October 26th @ 4pm here @ the store for some G-L-O-R-I-A!

Stephen Michael Shearer will discuss his new book "Gloria Swanson: The Ultimate Star" - Friday, October 25, 7PM.

Gloria Swanson defined what it meant to be a movie star, but her unforgettable role in Sunset Boulevard overshadowed the true story of her life. Now Stephen Michael Shearer sets the record straight in the first in-depth biography of the film legend. Swanson was Hollywood’s first successful glamour queen. Her stardom as an actress in the mid-1920s earned her millions of fans and millions of dollars. Realizing her box office value early in her career, she took control of her life.

Soon she was not only producing her own films, she was choosing her scripts, selecting her leading men, casting her projects, creating her own fashions, guiding her publicity, and living an extravagant and sometimes extraordinary celebrity lifestyle. She also collected a long line of lovers (including Joseph P. Kennedy) and married men of her choosing (including a French marquis, thus becoming America’s first member of “nobility”). As a devoted and loving mother, she managed a quiet success of raising three children. Perhaps most important, as a keen businesswoman she also was able to extend her career more than sixty years.

NYC Book Event - NYC Book Event - NYC Book Event
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Thank You to all who attended the lecture & book signing of "Gloria Swanson: The Ultimate Star" by Film Historian & Author Stephen Michael Shearer at the Barnes & Noble Booksellers in New York City (86th & Lexington Avenue) at 7:00P on Friday, September 6, 2013.


From top left corner clockwise: Stephen Shearer & Christa Venecia; LED Board at B&N Entrance; SMS Signing Books; "The Twins" Kit Kreilick & SMS; Book Display at B&N; SMS talking during conversations with Tom Santopietro at book event. Center: Author Event Poster.

LIVE Interview 09-06-2013 at 4:30P (ET)

Michaelangelo Signorile interviews Film Historian and Author Stephen Michael Shearer about his latest book, "Gloria Swanson: the Ultimate Star".

Mr. Shearer followed this interview with the NYC kickoff book signing at 7:00P (ET) at the Barnes & Noble Booksellers Store at 86th & Lexington Avenue; New York, NY, on September 6, 2013.

SMS with Gene Heinemeyer, MULTICULTURAL RADIO - NYC

Radio Host Gene Heinemeyer interviews Film Historian & Author Stephen Michael Shearer

Multicultural Radio
27 Williams Street
New York, NY 10005

"Tricia Welsch and Stephen Michael Shearer have trawled through the same archives but written two very different books. Mr. Shearer's 'Gloria Swanson: The Ultimate Star' is more conventionally journalistic—far livelier, more detailed, and not above juicy gossip."

WE BRING TODAY'S GREAT VOICES TO YOUR EVENTS - Macmillan Speakers Bureau - We provide extraordinary professional speakers for all types of events and topics anywhere in the world. Our team of specialists can help you select the best speaker for your event - contact us today to book Stephen Michael Shearer for your next event!

Stephen Michael Shearer (Film Historian, Biographer, Actor) - Topics: Academic Interest, Biography, Culture & Society, Entertainment, Film History - Travels From: Minnesota

STEPHEN MICHAEL SHEARER is the author of "Gloria Swanson: The Ultimate Star","Beautiful: The Life of Hedy Lamarr" and "Patricia Neal: An Unquiet Life". He has written for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and is also a former model and actor, having appeared on stage, television, and in film. Shearer currently resides in the Twin Cities in Minnesota.

BOOK SIGNING VENUES & MEDIA and SPECIAL EVENTS:
"Gloria Swanson: The Ultimate Star" - PUB Date August 27, 2013
"Beautiful: The Life of Hedy Lamarr" - Stay Tuned for Paperback Edition - Fall 2013
"Patricia Neal: An Unquiet Life"

BOOK SIGNING VENUES & MEDIA and SPECIAL EVENTS:
"Gloria Swanson: The Ultimate Star" - PUB Date August 27, 2013

SEPTEMBER 2013- Completed
(LIVE Radio Interview)
September 6, 2013 @ 4:30P (ET) LIVE Radio Interview SiriusXM Progress 127

Join Michaelangelo Signorile as he interviews Film Historian and Author Stephen Michael Shearer about his latest book, "Gloria Swanson: the Ultimate Star".

SEPTEMBER 2013- Completed
(Book Signing & Lecture Series Schedule)
New York, NY - Barnes & Noble (86th & Lex) - September 6, 2013 @ 7P



Click on EVENTS for more event schedule information.

Now Available: "Beautiful: The Life of Hedy Lamarr"
(St. Martin's Press/Thomas Dunne Books)
Coming Soon - Paperback Edition - October 2013

St. Martin's Press/Thomas Dunne Books

Now Available - "Patricia Neal: An Unquiet Life"
(Hardcover-Print On demand and Paperback Edition)

Meet Author: Stephen Michael Shearer

Paperback Edition Available August, 2011

REVIEWS and INTERVIEWS (Print, Radio, Television)
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