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Welcome to the website for Tara Hanks, author of The Mmm Girl and Wicked Baby.

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Lauren Bacall 1924-2014

Lauren Bacall

This article is also published at Immortal Marilyn

Hawksian Women: Marilyn and Lauren Bacall

“And to begin with, to me, a legend is something that is not on the earth, that is dead…legends are built and evolve in the past. They’re not the present. I don’t like categories either…You are what you are, everyone is an individual.” - Lauren Bacall, 2005  Continue Reading »

Refugee Radio Times

Refugee Radio Times

Refugee Radio is a Brighton-based human rights charity. Their projects include a weekly radio show, live events and media training, as well as mentoring, a post-traumatic resilience panel, and a cookery group. Refugee Radio Times, a new book, was compiled by Stephen Silverwood, the charity’s chief executive, and Lorna Stephenson, who also edits a monthly newsletter of the same name. The book includes personal testimonies from refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants, alongside journalism and analysis by human rights campaigners. Continue Reading »

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‘The Misfits’ (1961)

This article can also be read at Immortal Marilyn.

The Last Misfit: Eli Wallach 1915-2014

Eli Herschel Wallach was born at Union Street, in Brooklyn’s Red Hook district, in December 1915. One of four children, he grew up above Bertha’s candy store, managed by his Polish immigrant parents – one of the few Jewish businesses in a predominantly Italian neighbourhood. Two months previously, Arthur Miller had been born in Harlem; while Elia Kazan, born in Istanbul in 1909, was living in New York with his Greek Orthodox family.

‘Even in my earliest memories, my wish was always the same: I wanted to be an actor,’ Wallach wrote in his 2005 memoir, The Good, the Bad and Me.  Continue Reading »

My Baby Shot Me Down

my baby shot me down

‘My Baby Shot Me Down’ is the subtitle of ‘Bang Bang’, an eerie ballad made famous by Cher and Nancy Sinatra in the 1960s, and more recently revived in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill. And it is now the title of a new anthology, showcasing women writers. On the cover a paint-splattered angel, or ballerina – a little girl’s figurine – dons a gas-mask for what looks like a psychedelic reworking of Nirvana’s In UteroContinue Reading »

Stella! Mother of Modern Acting by Sheana Ochoa

My review of Stella! Mother of Modern Acting, Sheana Ochoa‘s compelling new biography of Stella Adler – the actress, director and teacher who lived through extraordinary times, and after a revelatory meeting with Stanislavsky, made it her mission to challenge the dominance of Lee Strasberg’s Method – is posted today at For Books’ Sake.

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Marilyn Monroe: Private and Undisclosed

Finishing The Picture

Casillo Marilyn Diaries

My interview with novelist Charles Casillo, author of The Marilyn Diaries, is posted today at Immortal Marilyn.

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Tropico

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“I prefer to bask in the legend of people I’ve only heard about,” Lana Del Rey writes in a memo given out at the premiere of her short film, Tropico, in December 2013. “To me – they are as real as the people sitting in this theater.” Continue Reading »

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