First hour: Part 2 of our conversation with Geoffrey Mark, author of Ella: A Biography of the Legendary Ella Fitzgerald: Centennial Birthday Edition, a comprehensive biography, discography and videography of the legendary First Lady of Song. Topics include Ella’s remarkable ability to sing virtually any song, from any era (and still make it sound like her own), her numerous appearances on television all over the world (including her famous Memorex commercials), and how she first learned what it meant to be a star with the help of Marilyn Monroe. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen devote This Week in TV History to the career of late night TV talk show Dick Cavett. Second hour: Part 2 of our conversation with actor, director and screenwriter Lou Antonio. Topics include Lou’s work with David Janssen, James Arness, Elia Kazan, Wayne Rogers, Lee Remick, Ralph Waite and Jaclyn Smith, plus the role Lou played in discovering such talents as Henry Thomas and Renee Zellweger. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar reviews the recent DVD releases of The Roman Holidays and Tarzan: Lord of the Jungle.
Lou Antonio’s recently released memoir, Cool Hand Lou: My Fifty Years in Hollywood and on Broadway, is available in softcover and as an eBook through McFarland Books. You can also order it by calling (800) 253-2187. If you’d like an autographed edition of Cool Hand Lou from Lou Antonio himself, you can contact Lou through his website, LouAntonio.com.
Ella: A Biography of the Legendary Ella Fitzgerald: Centennial Edition is available in hardcover through Ultimate Symbol. There is also a deluxe edition of the book that includes a bonus two-CD set with more than forty studio/live tracks of Ella in her prime. All forty tracks in the CD set were personally selected by Geoffrey Mark himself from all four of Ella’s major recording labels, Decca, Verve, Capital Records and Pablo. The bonus two-CD set is exclusive to the book and can only be purchased directly at UltimateSymbol.com/ella. Proceeds from the sale of the deluxe edition will be donated to the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation to further Ella’s desire to help people of all races, cultures and beliefs.