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Dickson Hughes and Richard Stapley, two young songwriters and romantic partners, find themselves caught in movie star Gloria Swanson's web when she hires them to write a musical version of "Sunset Boulevard." Life imitates art when Gloria falls for Richard, and the men find themselves living a real-life version of the classic film.

 

Everyone knows about the 1994 Andrew Lloyd Webber Broadway musical adaptation of Sunset Boulevard, but few know that the idea for a musical adaptation of Billy Wilder's 1950 movie was actually first formulated by the movie's star, Gloria Swanson. From 1952 to 1956, Swanson worked with gay couple Dickson Hughes and Richard Stapley on writing the book and score. They were almost finished when a love triangle between the three derailed the project. Fans of Old Hollywood cannot fail to appreciate this project that seems tailor-made in so many ways for Outfest!

 

Outfest alum Jeffrey Schwarz's amazing true story of Gloria Swanson's attempt to get a musical version of Sunset Boulevard made, and the bizarre love triangle that derailed the whole venture.

 

See Stephen Michael Shearer in this new documentary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RELEASE DATE: December 1, 2021

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"Patricia Neal: An Unquiet Life" (Book) & "To Olivia" (Movie)

 

University Press of Kentucky

Jackie Wilson

jackie.wilson@uky.edu

Directed by John Hay, the heartwarming biopic - based on

Stephen Michael Shearer's biography, Patricia Neal: An Unquiet Life

 

AUDIO COMING SOON - September 29, 2020

"Beautiful The Life of Hedy Lamarr" by Stephen Michael Shearer

 

Hedy Lamarr's exotic beauty was heralded across Europe in the early 1930s. Yet she became infamous for her nude scenes in the scandalous movie Ecstasy. Trapped in a marriage to one of Austria's munitions barons, a friend of Mussolini's who hid his Jewish heritage to become an "honorary Aryan" at the onset of World War II, Lamarr fled Europe for Hollywood, where she was transformed into one of film's most glamorous celebrities, appearing opposite such actors as Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, and James Stewart. As her career faded, she went from one husband to the next, her personal troubles and legal woes casting a shadow over her phenomenal intelligence and former image.

 

Stephen Michael Shearer's in-depth and meticulously researched biography, written with the cooperation of Hedy's children, intimate friends, and colleagues, separates the truths from the rumors, the facts from the fables, about Hedy Lamarr, to reveal the life and character of one of classic Hollywood's most beautiful and remarkable women.

 

 


"Beautiful The Life of Hedy Lamarr"
Author Stephen Michael Shearer

Narrated by Christa Lewis

Publication date Sep 29, 2020

Running time 17 hrs 26 min

"There are friends in life and there are friends for life."

 "The world is full of kind people… If you can't find one, be one"

"You can't always have a good day. But you can always face a bad day with a good attitude."

"I have faced many challenges this year but I had great people by my side. You know who you are. All I can say is thank you!"

"You don't need everything to enjoy life. You have life to enjoy everything."

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New revised edition of "Patricia Neal: An Unquiet Life" by author Stephen Michael Shearer will be released in 2021.
'Outlander' and 'The Durrells' stars join Hugh Bonneville in Roald Dahl movie
 13th February 2020
 
An incredible cast of period drama stars has been assembled for a film about Roald Dahl.
 
The upcoming biopic has been in development since 2017, when it was first announced that Hugh Bonneville would star as the famous British children's author.  Originally titled An Unquiet Life, and based on Stephen Michael Shearer's book of the same name, the movie finally began filming in Surrey, England last autumn.  Roald Dahl is the writer of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The Witches, The BFG and many more classic stories.
 
Bonneville will play Dahl in the early 1960s as the author struggles to write some of his most famous works. The English actor is best known for his role as the Earl of Grantham in all six seasons of Downton Abbey and last year's hit movie.
 
Producer Donall McCusker (The Hurt Locker) has promised "a warm, funny and powerful script that we know is going to resonate with audiences throughout the world."  Set in New York, England and Los Angeles, the movie will focus on Roald Dahl's marriage to American actress Patricia Neal, who won an Oscar for 1963's Hud.
 
Dahl married the Breakfast At Tiffany actress in 1953, but the couple later divorced in 1983.  It was announced last November that Neal is being played by Keeley Hawes (The Durrells).  The Bodyguard star said: "The story of Patricia Neal and Roald Dahl is extraordinary, and I'm so excited to be part of it and so looking forward to working with the brilliant Hugh Bonneville and the hugely talented John Hay, who has provided us with such a beautiful script."
 
Bonneville and Hawes are joined by another face that'll be familiar to British period drama fans.  Sam Heughan (Outlander) will be playing American actor Paul Newman, star of Cool Hand Luke and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.  Newman co-starred with Patricia Neal in Hud.
Producer Donall McCusker commented: "We are delighted that Sam has joined us, he is the perfect actor to play Paul Newman and a terrific addition to our already wonderful cast."
 
Teasing the story, director John Hay added: "Roald Dahl and Patricia Neal seemingly had it all until an unimaginable event threatened to tear their family apart."
 
The film will be released in cinemas later this year.
 
Stephen Michael Shearer's book Patricia Neal: An Unquiet Life is available on Amazon.
DELIVERING LUNCH TO BETHESDA HOSPITAL STAFF - ST. PAUL, MN - May 20, 2020

 

 

 

Ave Maria by Franz Biebl (Chanticleer)

 

 

 

 

 

 

SKY Cinema Release Date February 2021

 

 

 

 

Release Title: To Olivia - SKY Cinema Release 2021

 

Original Title: An Unquiet Life - Post Production 2020

 

 

Keeley Hawes will star opposite Hugh Bonneville in a film about the Oscar-winner Patricia Neal and her husband, author Roald Dahl. Formerly known as "An Unquiet Life," and based on Stephen Michael Shearer's book of the same name, the family drama starts filming this week in Surrey, southern England.

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.

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


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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WATCH IT NOW on NETFLIX

 

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

WATCH IT NOW on NETFLIX

 

 

  

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".

Closer mainly specializes in celebrity news and gossip, real-life stories, fashion and television/entertainment. Closer is a British tabloid magazine published by Bauer Media Group.

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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

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

 

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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.

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
(Click on photos to see event details)

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."

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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



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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
Book Cover - "Patricia Neal: An Unquiet Life" (1.86 MB)

Paperback Edition Available August, 2011