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"To Olivia" the drama written by David Logan and Hay and based on Patricia Neal: An Unquiet Life, written by Stephen Michael Shearer. To Olivia portrays the idyllic lives of Dahl and Neal tragically turned upside down after their young daughter, Olivia, contracted the measles virus and died in the 1960s. Her passing devastated the couple, yet their shared heartbreak and grief ultimately led Dahl to write the classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory kids novel. To Olivia stars Hugh Bonneville as Dahl, Keeley Hawes as Neal, Conleth Hill, Sam Heughan and Paddington star Geoffrey Palmer in his final role. "To Olivia is a heartfelt portrayal of Roald Dahl and his family's lives, the highs and the lows, and how Dahl grappled with an unimaginable loss and channeled it into creating stories that would uplift and brighten children's lives for decades to come," Tony Piantedosi, partner at Vertical Entertainment, said in a statement.


The U.K. drama is produced by Donall McCusker, Martin Metz, Adrian Politowski and Nick Quested. "I am delighted that Vertical Entertainment is releasing To Olivia. It's been a labor of love to bring this remarkable and timely story to the screen and I look forward to seeing the response of the North American audience to this wonderfully acted and finely crafted film," McCusker said in a statement.


Executive producers on To Olivia include Nadia Khamlichi, Nessa McGill, Norman Merry, Peter Hampden, David Kennedy, Gretchen McGowan, Hay and Hugh Williams. Tony Piantedosi negotiated the distribution deal on behalf of Vertical Entertainment, while David Kennedy of Goldcrest Features hammered out the agreement for the filmmakers.


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"Patricia Neal: An Unquiet Life"

University Press of Kentucky


Adapted as a major motion picture starring Hugh Bonneville, Keeley Hawes, and Sam Heughan





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February 23, 2022

Veritcal Entertainment has nabbed the North American rights to director John Hay's "To Olivia", a U.K. drama based on the true lives of renowned novelist Roald Dahl and his film star wife Patricia Neal.


Veritcal plans a day-and-date release on April 15, 2022, for the drama written by David Logan and Hay based on "Patricia Neal: An Unquiet Life", written by Stephen Michael Shearer.  "To Olivia" portrays the idyllic lives of Dahl and Neal tragically turned upside down after their young daughter, Olivia, contracted the measles virus and died in the 1960s.


Her passing devastated the couple, yet their shared heartbreak and grief ultimately led Dahl to write the classic "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" kids novel.  "To Olivia" stars Hugh Bonneville as Dahl, Keely Hawes as Neal, and Sam Heughan as Paul Newman.

New Book Release Date – March 1, 2022

Due to printing & shipping delays!


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Author Stephen Michael Shearer will be at D.G. Wills Books in La Jolla to discuss his new book "Glamour and Style: The Beauty of Hedy Lamarr" on Thursday, March 31, 2022 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.  This is a coffee table companion book to his biography, "Beautiful: The Life of Hedy Lamarr," about the classic Hollywood star and inventor.

Just Fabulous Books - Author Book Signing Event - Palm Springs, CA

Stephen Michael Shearer

Friday, April 1, 2022 from 2:00PM to 4:00PM Pacific Time


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Author Stephen Michael Shearer attended Thursday, February 24, 2022

Go see this show if you can.  It is delightful!

She'll be back at Crooners Supper Club April 22nd through 24th

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"To Olivia" details, including worldwide release dates pending.

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


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 Greetings, all you wonderful people out there in the dark!


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.

Directed by John Hay, the heartwarming biopic - based on

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

"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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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

'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.




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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.

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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.

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





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:

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."


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.”

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"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.

"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.

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.


Pictured Here: 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.

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 Barnes & Noble Book Kickoff 09-06-13

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.

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

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