Catch a Fallen Star (Paperback)
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Catch a Fallen Star is the story of Layton Cross, a man who fails upward. It's a private look at the fast-paced life of an actor who achieved stardom after marrying a superstar, but his career unraveled as she outshone him. His downward spiral touches all bases: drugs, divorce, violence, megalomania. Cross's career sinks from bad films to worse TV and an embarrassing stint in the theater--yet his fame and popularity continue to rise. We're privy to all the sordid events: his public battles with both ex-wives; his clash with the head of a major studio; his best friend's deceit; his daughter's troubling secret. Grobel, whose in-depth interviews have appeared in Playboy, Movieline, Premiere, and Rolling Stone, is on familiar territory with this novel.
About the Author
Lawrence Grobel (www.lawrencegrobel.com) is a novelist, journalist, biographer, poet and teacher. Four of his 22 books have been singled out as Best Books of the Year by Publisher's Weekly and many have appeared on Best Seller lists. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for his fiction. PEN gave his Conversations with Capote a Special Achievement Award. The French Society of Film Critics awarded his Al Pacino their Prix Litteraire as the Best International Book of 2008. James A. Michener called his biography, The Hustons, "a masterpiece." His The Art of the Interview is used as a text in many journalism schools. Writer's Digest called him "a legend among journalists." Joyce Carol Oates dubbed him "The Mozart of Interviewers" and Playboy singled him out as "The Interviewer's Interviewer" after publishing his interviews with Barbra Streisand, Dolly Parton, Henry Fonda and Marlon Brando. He has written for dozens of magazines and has been a Contributing Editor for Playboy, Movieline, World (New Zealand), and Trendy (Poland). He served in the Peace Corps, teaching at the Ghana Institute of Journalism; created the M.F.A. in Professional Writing for Antioch University; and taught in the English Department at UCLA for ten years. He has appeared on CNN, The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Charlie Rose Show and in two documentaries, Salinger and Al Pacino's Wilde Salome. His books can be found at Amazon.com. and other retailers. He is married to the artist Hiromi Oda and they have two daughters.