Raised by Stars New Book by Nick Thomas – Great Reading!

24 Sep

                                         •  Available Now from McFarland  •  

From the Website:

Fans of movies from the Golden Era of film will enjoy this collection of
new interviews
with the children of Hollywood legends. Each child talks about the
joys and difficulties of growing up in the shadow of the Hollywood
While some were significantly influenced by their famous parents
and chose a career in entertainment,
others felt no attraction toward the glamour of Tinseltown fame.…

Nick says, “Errol is in chapter 9. Can you guess why chapter 9? As a bit of hidden
trivia in the book, all of the chapter numbers have something to do with
the career of the actor. Some easy, some not so. (Eg interview with
Harpo Marx children is in chapter 5 – get it?). Perhaps you can ask the
EF blog readers why Errol should be in chapter 9!”

Anybody know why?

An excellent article about this book is at….

Thanks, Nick! We appreciate the news! The book is published by McFarland, and will be available soon from  Amazon and Barnes and Noble!

— David DeWitt


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  1. Anonymous

    September 24, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    He is in Chapter 9 either because he was close to bankruptcy, that he never said “nein” to anything, because it's his numerological birth number, it's the amount of lives he used up, or that he was born and died in years of “9”.

  2. Anonymous

    September 24, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    All reasonable, but nope!

  3. Anonymous

    September 24, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Hi Nick and David;
    Congratulations to your new book it sure will make great reading, thanks for sharing the news with us!
    In regards to your quiz and the example of Harpo…..
    (Eg interview with Harpo Marx children is in chapter 5 – get it?).
    Did you mean with your – get it? that he had 5 children – if so I have to tell you he only had four and they were adopted – he himself had none!
    Harpo adopted four children: Bill, Alex, Jimmy, and Minnie.
    By the way, Errol's lucky birth date number was 9 — his date of birth 20-06-1909 add the date to a single digit and it is 9!
    I wish you all the very best and good luck with the sales of the book! Tina

  4. Anonymous

    September 24, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    I think he means the five Marx Brothers, Tina. And I mentioned Errol's numerological number in my series of answers that was shot down so swiftly and cruelly!

  5. Anonymous

    September 24, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    That is a different cup of tea – the brothers – ah so!
    Errol sure was inundated with “9” being a lucky number or perfect number, he should have lived daily on the sunny side of the road!
    Shacks – one can't believe in nothing anymore!
    I am interested what Nick is going to come up with – the chapter 9 = number 9!

  6. Anonymous

    September 24, 2011 at 8:01 pm


  7. Anonymous

    September 24, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    No, wasn't a reference to Harpo Marx's four children, but you're close!

  8. Anonymous

    September 24, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    Thanks Tina.
    No shrimp on the barbie for you yet. nick

  9. Anonymous

    September 24, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    No it is the 5 brothers – Robert told me – see above his post!

  10. Anonymous

    September 24, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Yes, the five bros.

  11. Anonymous

    September 24, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    So what about Errol's number 9 ??? I gave a perfect answer or at least a good guess! So what is the answer?

  12. Anonymous

    September 24, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    I thought I gave the perfect answer(s)?!

  13. Anonymous

    September 24, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    Well, it’s like this.
    Suppose we have an answer of 42.
    So what’s the question? Could be:
    What’s the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything?
    What’s six times seven?
    What’s the typical IQ of a US state senator?
    They each are correct.
    Same with chapter 9 for EF in the book. One could come up with many 9’s in Errol’s life. You’ll probably go, “Oh, of course” when you hear which 9 I chose. Hint: has to do with his films, not his private life.
    But good answers Rob!

  14. Anonymous

    September 24, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    But the answer to the ultimate question of life is peanut butter quiche, and the IQ of the typical Senator is less than 42. So this leads me to believe that your answer may be faulty, like claiming he did nine films with OdH, or, since you're talkin' familial with this book, that he was nine years older than his sister, for instance.

  15. Anonymous

    September 24, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    Yay, OdH is what I had in mind!
    Sending you a Vegemite quiche

  16. Anonymous

    September 25, 2011 at 12:05 am

    Thank you for the offer but “Thank Your Lucky Stars” doesn't count. Like I said…………..
    And also, the hidden number clues should have remained relevant to your book's topic: Hollywood kids

  17. Anonymous

    September 26, 2011 at 3:42 am

    Hi Nick – another great number 9 for Errol! Yeah, the good old number 9 in Errol's life and it was in multitude, it should have been the “Golden Road” for the “Golden Boy” all the way till eternity – how did it ever got screwed up? Yeah don't tell me – I know! He had it all in one magnificent package and that is the truth – what he or mostly certainly others did with it that is another story all together!

  18. Anonymous

    September 26, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Except that in this case it's really 8.

  19. Anonymous

    September 26, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    I also counted “Thank your Lucky Stars” – not same scene but same movie! If one excludes this movie that would make only eight. I suppose most times it is excluded. But Nick counted it – I think? How would he otherwise say 9!

  20. Anonymous

    September 26, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Might as well say that Flynn starred in a movie with Eddie Cantor. No biographer of Errol Flynn that I know of, including Tony Thomas and Rudy Behlmer, claims that he starred in nine films with Olivia de Havilland.

  21. Anonymous

    September 27, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Sure, we all know there is one film in which they did not share any scenes together. I have a letter that Oliva DH sent me last year pointing out that they are in the credits for nine movies. She claims nine, not eight. That's good enough for me!

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