Anne Edwards is the author of several bestselling biographies of notable figures, including film stars Judy Garland, Vivien Leigh, and Katharine Hepburn, as well as Queen Mary and Gone with the Wind novelist Margaret Mitchell. A fastidious researcher and accomplished writer, Edwards received a Pulitzer prize nomination for her book Early Reagan: The Rise of an American Hero.
In this new memoir, Edwards turns the spotlight on herself, chronicling her 20-year exile from the United States from the 1950s until the early 1970s. After working for MGM as a junior writer, Edwards sold two original screenplays and was employed as a story editor on a television program. An attack of polio left her physically compromised and struggling to make ends meet, so the divorced mother of two left her homeland to find work in Europe. After arriving in London, she was able to find writing jobs under an assumed name, along with her expatriated colleagues.
Leaving Home is a personal story about a young mother and her two small children, but it is also about the many famous-and not so famous-people whose lives intertwined with theirs: Judy Garland, John Garfield, Rod Serling, Norman Mailer, Greta Garbo, and several others. This is an intimate story of a woman who refused to be subdued by her circumstances and determined to rebuild her life in the wake of McCarthyism. It is also a story about a woman who found and lost love and will appeal to any readers wanting to learn more about Hollywood history during one of its darkest periods.
Anne Edwards has written screenplays, novels, and children's books. She is the author of several bestselling biographies, including Judy Garland: A Biography, Vivien Leigh: A Biography, and Early Reagan: The Rise to Power, all published by Taylor Trade.
Acknowledgments Preface: "Setting the Scene Chapter One: The Departure Chapter Two: An American in a Queen's Land Chapter Three: In a London Kind of Fog Chapter Four: A Dream Is Born Chapter Five: Gentlemen Don't Always Prefer Blonds Chapter Six: "My Kid Seems To Like Your Kid." Chapter Seven: "Everything in Life Is a Gamble." Chapter Eight: A Time for Decision - And Norman Mailer Chapter Nine: Love and Other Emotions Chapter Ten: "Funny Girl" Chapter Eleven : Hollywood Calling Chapter Twelve: A Question of Adultery Chapter Thirteen: The End of An Affair Chapter Fourteen: Judy, Judy, Judy! Chapter Fifteen : The Emerald City of Madrid Chapter Sixteen: Swiss Interlude Chapter Seventeen: On the Riviera Chapter Eighteen: Going Home Chapter Nineteen: Last Call Index About the Author