Monday, February 2, 2015

Lorie's Book Nook with Lorie Kellogg Guest: Sandra Grabman who wrote PLAIN BEAUTIFUL: THE LIFE OF PEGGY ANN GARNER

Lorie's Book Nook with Lorie Kellogg
Guest: Sandra Grabman

Producer: Joseph Bevilacqua

Host Lorie Kellogg interviews Sandra Grabman,
author of Plain Beautiful the Peggy Ann Garner Story. The book is published by BearManor Media and the audio book, which is read by Sandra, is published by Waterlogg Productions.
PEGGY ANN GARNER                        by Sandra Grabman
foreword by Margaret O'Brien.

Coming into our hearts first as the young Jane Eyre, twelve-year-old Peggy Ann Garner then proceeded to give an Oscar-winning performance in the 1945 film A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. The studio execs were so pleased that they then put her in a movie bought especially for her, Junior Miss. Before long, however, the studio system broke up, throwing many contract

Peggy Ann Garner
"A Tree Grows In Brooklyn" - 1945
players out on the streets. Peggy was among them. She took her talents to the stage and ended up on Broadway. We also saw her in many top television series over the next few decades: Studio One, The US Steel Hour, Bonanza, Naked City, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Untouchables, Batman, Police Woman, etc.

Sure, Peggy Ann made newspaper headlines occasionally. Her flamboyant mother made more. Strong-willed Mrs. Garner's ambitions for her little girl resulted in the Hollywood career she craved, but also caused what was once a loving mother-daughter relationship to take on nightmarish overtones. She went too far, and pain and estrangement was the end product. Were Peggy Ann's inner strength and caring nature enough to help her overcome this handicap? Would she ever achieve contentment?

Sandra Grabman (author of Spotlights & Shadows: The Albert Salmi Story and Pat Buttram, The Rocking-Chair Humorist, and co-author of No Retakes!) has painted a loving, but even-handed portrait through family letters and communication with friends Carol Burnett, Gregory Peck, Johnny Sheffield, Margaret O'Brien, and others.


Once you get to know her, you'll fall in love with Peggy Ann all over again.

Peggy Ann Garner
"A Tree Grows In Brooklyn" - 1945

Also on the hour:Blast from the Past: A Tree Grows In Brooklyn (Radio Adaptation)
Starring: Peggy Anne Garner & James Dunn
Original Air Date: January 27, 1946
Episode Number: 4

Hollywood Star Time, 1946 to 1947 was produced by CBS as a drama anthology starring the greatest stars of Stage, Screen and Radio of the era. To underscore the level of talent that the series would employ, CBS persuaded Tyrone Power to perform in the series premiere of January 6, 1946. Power and co-star Jeannie Crain performed Seventh Heaven, the successful romantic drama previously performed on the Broadway stage and produced in Film twice by 20th Century Fox. Tyrone Power had just been released from the Marine Corps and this was his very first public performance since his release. Produced By Robert L. Redd, Directed By Robert L. Redd, Jack Johnstone, Written By Robert L. Redd, Franz Werfel, Adapted For Radio By Milton Geiger, the show's announcer was Wendell Niles and hosted by Herbert Marshall

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Inspired by the unusual Lorie Kellogg has been creating and performing since an early age. In high school she wanted to perform but since she was also an artist was left to get the 3rd highest Thespian points her Senior year by making props and performing in background roles. In art school she played with every medium at the Kansas City Art Institute sans clay and cloth. Printmaking, painting,
Lorie designs all the packaging
for Waterlogg Productions
photography, video and computer art were her main studies. Continuing with video and computer art Lorie attained her Masters Degree at Cal Arts. After graduating she worked as a graphic designer and performed with Diavolo Dance Theater in Los Angeles. And then she met Joe Bevilacqua and the world of voice acting was open to her. They quickly started creating audio projects together and formed Waterlogg Productions. They now have over 177 audio books distributed through Blackstone Audio and produce and syndicate their fifteen radio shows to online and public radio stations. Lorie continues to create graphic but is also an actress, comedian and voice artist. Her website is

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