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Fans of the ABC daytime soap opera Dark Shadows (1966–1971) will be swept back almost four decades when Robert Cobert's spooky main theme opens this audiobook. His distinctive compositions from the series play throughout, complementing Scott's warm recollections. The landmark "spook opera" became a ratings hit when it broke serial conventions by introducing vampires, werewolves, ghosts and ghouls as main characters. Scott cheerfully recalls her happy memories playing multiple characters ("I died so many times in those various incarnations, only to return in another time period as another character," she laughs). She affectionately remembers special effects mishaps and bloopers recorded on film because of the hectic daily shooting schedule ("We never stopped tape in those days.... Drafts blew out candles, secret panels sometimes needed an extra shove to open magically."). Scott reveals the inside scoop on why vampires always exited coffins off-camera, how fake fingernails sometimes substituted for missing fangs, and how the cast filmed both a daily TV show and two theatrical films concurrently. Scott is an engaging, melodious and supremely knowledgeable tour guide;her publishing company has released a dozen Dark Shadows books. Based on the Pomegranate paperback. (June)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

Kathryn Leigh Scott starred in the show for four years and has written 11 books including My Scrapbook Memories of Dark Shadows. Lara Parker played Angelique in the series. Both live in Los Angeles.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Pomegranate Press; 35 Anv edition (May 30, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0938817604
  • ISBN-13: 978-0938817604
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,102,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Writing and Acting have always been twin careers for Kathryn Leigh Scott. She has a recurring role playing George Segal's girlfriend Miriam in The Goldbergs, and appears in the 2015 mid-season launch of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Her most recent novels are the mysteries JINXED and DOWN AND OUT IN BEVERLY HEELS. Kathryn, who wrote the novel DARK PASSAGES based on Dark Shadows, appears in a cameo role in Tim Burton's Dark Shadows, starring Johnny Depp. Her latest nonfiction title is DARK SHADOWS: RETURN TO COLLINWOOD.

Kathryn grew up on a farm in Robbinsdale, Minnesota. Upon graduation from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, she landed the ingénue lead in the classic Gothic daytime drama Dark Shadows (ABC, 1966-1971), and starred in the 1971 MGM feature House of Dark Shadows. Kathryn played four roles in the series: Maggie Evans, Josette du Pres, Lady Kitty
Hampshire and Rachel Drummond. Kathryn wrote DARK SHADOWS MEMORIES to coincide with the show's 20th anniversary and DARK SHADOWS COMPANION as a 25th-anniversary tribute.

Kathryn launched Pomegranate Press, Ltd. to publish books about the entertainment industry, including guidebooks, biographies, textbooks and coffee table art books. She wrote THE BUNNY YEARS (the 25-year history of Playboy Clubs told through
the women who worked as Bunnies), optioned by Disney for a feature film and acquired by Imagine Entertainment's Brian Grazer. She also co-produced a two-hour special for the A&E Network, and a one-hour documentary for BBC1 and Canadian TV, based on the book. Pomegranate has published over 50 nonfiction titles, including LOBBY CARDS: THE CLASSIC FILMS (Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Coffee Table
Book) and LOBBY CARDS: THE CLASSIC COMEDIES, both of which were published in the U.K. by Bloomsbury.

Kathryn's theatrical credits include a lengthy run with James Stewart in Harvey in London's West End. She has appeared in many television series and mini-series, including Barbara Taylor Bradford's Voice of the Heart, as Dan Travanti's wife in Murrow, as George C. Scott's mistress in The Last Days of Patton, as Philip Marlowe's girlfriend in Chandlertown, and as a series regular with Brian Dennehy in Big Shamus, Little Shamus. Feature films include Providence, The Great Gatsby, Brannigan, The Greek Tycoon, Assassination, 187, Parasomnia, Dr. Mabuse, Dark Shadows, and more.

Kathryn maintains homes in Los Angeles and New York. Pomegranate Press recently issued a trade paper edition of COYA COME HOME, with a foreword by Walter F. Mondale. Kathryn has written three novels, DARK PASSAGES (2012), DOWN AND OUT IN BEVERLY HEELS (2013), JINXED (2015), and a forthcoming memoir, LAST DANCE AT THE SAVOY.

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer Zzz p on September 10, 2001
Format: Paperback
"Dark Shadows Memories" - by Kathryn Leigh Scott
A Review - by Tim Choate
This book is an updated version of the Kathryn Leigh Scott's
1986 book, "My Scrapbook Memories of Dark Shadows."
"Dark Shadows Memories" contains the following:
1. Acknowledgements and A Table Of Contents
2. A Foreword - by Alexandra Moltke (Victoria Winters)
3. My Memories of Dark Shadows - by Kathryn Leigh Scott
4. A Conversation With David Henesy (David Collins)
5. The Dark Shadows Story - by Kathleen Resch
(a synopsis of all the plots)
6. A "House of Dark Shadows" plot summary (the first DS movie)
7. A "Night of Dark Shadows" plot summary (the second DS movie)
8. The Museum of Televion & Radio Tribute to Dark Shadows (03-08-01)
9. The Legend of Dark Shadows - Jim Pierson
10. Behind The Scenes Photo Gallery
11. Episode Guide - by Ann Wilson
Approximately 6 X 9 inches, 302 pages plus 16 pages for the
Acknowledgements, Table Of Contents and Foreward.
Her original book, "My Scrapbook Memories of Dark Shadows"
contained the following:
1. Acknowledgements & Table Of Contents
2. Dark Shadows Memories - by Kathryn Leigh Scott
3. Pictures From The Album
4. The Dark Shadows Story (a synopsis of all the plots)
5. The "House Of Dark Shadows" plot summary (the first DS movie)
6. The Dark Shadows Cast (Performer, Character and Time Period)
7. The Dark Shadow Staff & Crew
8. In Memoriam
Approximately 7 X 9.75 inches, 152 pages. Thick glossy paper.
What's new in "Dark Shadows Memories":
1. Added a Foreword by Alexandra Moltke
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on June 29, 2001
Format: Paperback
Pomegranate Press has chronicled and paid tribute to the "Dark Shadows" mythos for nearly 15 years now, and as the 35th Anniversary of the show draws close, "Dark Shadows Memories" becomes the latest in a long line of commemorative tomes.
The book is made up of cast remembrances and factual commentary, including a lengthy excerpt from Kathryn Leigh Scott's long out-of-print memoir, "My Scrapbook Memories of Dark Shadows". Scott speaks with warmth and anecdotal wit, feeling encouraged to comment warmly of the series that launched her career. This is an unashamedly subjective overview of the series, written with gratitude and nostalgia, leisurely trawling through happy times, but still manages to offer some occasional surprises along the way.
Perhaps the most interesting element of the book is its subtle shift in tone from its predecessors. Whereas past books have taken a firmly reverent, nostalgic look at the actors and their lives, this book seems more willing to acknowledge some of the disappointments and pain that the "Dark Shadows" cast also faced. Alexandra Moltke sets the tone in her foreword, in her comments about Thayer David. Presented warmly, but with pragmatism, they emerge as a commendation for the actor, delivered without malice or judgement.
Similarly, David Henesy's contribution shares a welcome candour with readers, delivering healthy doses of nostalgia and gossip with aplomb. Where previous books tiptoe coyly around sensitive areas, David gleefully shares stories of cosmetic surgery and narcotic substances with moments of genuine insight. In many ways, his contribution is the highlight of this book, and thus seems frustratingly brief. His memories are vivid and detailed, and he clearly has a lot of unique things to say about the "Dark Shadows" phenomenon.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 12, 2001
Format: Paperback
I have mixed feelings about this book. It's got some lovely photos that I've not seen before; the color ones are especially worth the purchase of the book. However, I strongly feel that this could have been a better effort by Pomegranite Press.
There's an episode guide which contains not only a one or two sentence synopsis of each episode but also a listing of the characters, writer and director involved in each.
The history of the show has been seen elsewhere, but it fits and it's worth the read if you don't happen to have the out-of-print books in which it was first published. I prefer the original version of the history which was written with more awareness of the absurdities to which the show was often subject.
Ms Scott has obviously made some much-needed corrections to her narrative that first appeared in "My Scrapbook Memories of Dark Shadows," but there are still any number of factual mistakes. They detract.
The paper quality and the black and white photos could have been better considering the price of the book.
Still, this has quite a few plums for anyone interested in Dark Shadows or certain facets of television history.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. Martin on July 11, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is a great book for those wanting to learn more about "Dark Shadows", whether the show is new to you or you're rediscovering it after years of last seeing it. Behind-the-scenes information, a short synopsis for each episode, and memories of the other cast members by the author. Kathryn Leigh Scott really enjoyed her time on the show, and it comes through in the book as she talks about the hectic shooting schedules, almost with a fondness. It's nice to read that over 30 years later she is still friends with her "Shadows" co-stars. How many people can say they are friends with their ex-co-workers after that many years? I recommend this book to anyone who ever had or still has a fondness for the show.
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