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David Carradine: The Eye of My Tornado Hardcover – June 7, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1926745282 ISBN-10: 1926745280 Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 472 pages
  • Publisher: Transit Publishing, Inc.; 1 edition (June 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1926745280
  • ISBN-13: 978-1926745282
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,610,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Carradine's ex-wife and author, Marina Anderson is credited with saving David's life and for returning him to sobriety.

As his personal manager for six years, Marina Anderson was responsible for Carradine's career resurgence that culminated in Tarantino's Kill Bill films.

Marina is the only wife who knows all facets of David's personality. They had a six-year relationship. She knew him during his non-sober years.

From the Author

The following applies to no matter what version of my book is being sold - hard cover, paperback, ebook...MY MESSAGE TO READERS IS AS FOLLOWS: Originally, the main purpose for writing this book was first to help heal myself and maintain a sense of humor as I vented.  I found as I talked to people about what David and I went through, and as friends read chapters, it was helping by opening a door to dialogue, especially about "taboo" subjects.  It then became my mission to help empower others through my experiences and David's - our life together as well as apart.  Through our journey together, maybe others will see how they too can help themselves -- confront their demons, issues, seek answers, recognize patterns, listen to their instincts, get clarity, closure and healing. If people reach out and are open to change, miracles can happen. It's not to say it won't be painful, but we can transform our lives for the better.  By bringing various sensitive issues out in the open, I hope this book sheds a beacon of light on a path for others to find their way as I did.

More About the Author

This Marina Anderson is not the same person as the erotic book genre author. This Marina Anderson is a dual citizen (American-Canadian), multi-hyphenate. A noted actress, voice-over artist, writer-journalist (including children's books), TV host, producer, designer makeup artist, acting teacher and coach, personal manager and career consultant. For over 35 years, Marina has made a successful life for herself venturing in practically every facet of the entertainment industry in front of and behind the camera.

She was singly responsible via her efforts as personal manager and publicist, for resurrecting the career of actor David Carradine (her now, ex-husband), which culminated with his being cast in Quentin Tarrantino's film KILL BILL. It was Marina who befriended and introduced Tarrantino to Carradine, which ultimately led to his being cast in the film. During their six years together, her life and career with Carradine has been highly publicized worldwide. It was publicly acknowledged that Marina was the sole motivating factor of his sobriety after many years of alcohol abuse (E! True Hollywood Stories and E! Hollywood Wives Tales). Marina combined her skills to rebuild his career as well as pursuing her own.

During this time and throughout her career, Marina has been cast in unique and diverse starring, recurring, supporting roles in many independent feature films. Her talents as a skilled, versatile character actress were showcased in many comedic and dramatic films and television shows where she displayed chameleon like qualities in roles from murderers to moms, attorneys to bimbos. She has achieved notoriety and recognition in her own right within the indie movie circuit as well as prime-time mainstream distribution. Her talents have lent themselves to hosting, reporting and other journalistic ventures as well.

Recently, Marina was cast as the co-lead in an episode of the new series UNSOLVED for NBC Universal slated to air later this year. She also has appearances on GHOST WHISPERER, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, SIDE ORDER OF LIFE, 12 MILES OF BAD ROAD, Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip, PURE PWNAGE, and co-lead in SOPHIE CHASE which was nominated for a Daytime EMMY for Outstanding Achievement In Video Content For Non-Traditional Delivery Platforms (New Media - iPod, Broadband) in addition to many press articles which include Lulu, her collie.

Other credits: Licensed To Wed, Wild Hogs, Rendition Sex & Mrs. `X' (for Lifetime opposite Linda Hamilton), Macon County Jail (Ally Sheedy and David Carradine), Kiss Of A Stranger (opposite Mariel Hemmingway), My Little Hollywood (Sylvester and Frank Stallone, Dennis Hopper), Naked Movie (Christian Slater, Tori Spelling), Shepherd and Natural Selection (supporting with David Carradine, Michael Bowen, Bob Balaban), The Donor (starring Marina), American Reel, Puzzle In The Air, Zoo, Dangerous Curves (Marina co-lead).

Previous credits include starring and supporting roles in many television shows, feature films, commercials and voice-overs include three films directed by Walter Hill (Brewster's Millions, Johnny Handsome, Crossroads) and 32 SHORT FILMS ABOUT GLENN GOULD (which won Canada's equivalent to the Oscars, directed by The Red Violin award winning French-Canadian Francois Gerard), Dynasty, Cagney & Lacey, Seinfeld, Amazing Stories, Forever Knight and more.

Marina began her acting and modeling career at age 13, appearing in various commercials and television shows. An Art major at Ulysses S. Grant High School, she later attended Los Angeles Valley College where she became their first female DJ (KLAV). After attaining her Associate Arts degree in Theatre/Cinema, Coco received the ASO scholarship, which allowed her to pursue Journalism and Broadcasting at California State University Northridge and UCLA. As an artist, she sold her Grandma Moses style primitive paintings (as Nina Penn) to various galleries in Southern California and also ran her own basket decorating company (The Basket Lady), selling high-end, one-of-a-kind creations she crafted herself, to famous Hollywood clientele.

Entertainment runs in Marina's family. Her mother (MARIANA DOTTORE, the Sicilian side) was a contract singer for Warner Bros. in the 40's, also Pasadena Civic Light Opera as well as appearing in various noted nightclubs. She is related to famed CARDINAL d'ESTE (Villa d'Este in Italy) and LUCREZIA BORGIA. Coco's father (JOSEPH BENJAMIN, Lithuanian descent) was a professional musician, inventor, aerospace engineer and Imagineer for EPCOT/DISNEY. Her father's uncle was film and TV producer, HARRY JOE BROWN (Randolph Scott westerns, classic films such as CPT. BLOOD starring Errol Flynn). Via Brown, Marina is related to acclaimed actor PETER O'TOOLE and Academy Award winning lyricist, RAY EVANS (Mona Lisa, Que Sera Sera, Silver Bells, Mr. Ed and Bonanza themes). Marina has one older brother, Daniel who is also a professional musician as well as a computer programmer and analyst. He is happily married to Maggie Lew (Benjamin), a real estate investor born in Hong Kong).

In 1990, Marina returned to acting and moved to Toronto, Canada, where she received her dual citizenship , wrote and developed comedy projects as well as guest starred in many Canadian-American TV and film projects (as Marina Anderson). It was there in Toronto, where Marina had recurring guest star roles on the show KUNG FU, THE LEGEND CONTINUES, where she met Carradine (1992). They did not start their relationship until 1995.

On February 20, 1998, Marina and David were married in a highly publicized ceremony on Laramie Street of the Warner Bros. Studio's Western street back lot where they first met in the 70s. David was filming the original series Kung Fu and Marina was taking acting classes located on the lot. Marina divorced David December 12, 2001 and changed her name to Coco d'Este for a time.

Marina enjoys working on the other side of the camera and for over 15 years "at practically every studio in town in just about every capacity from production assistant to Executive Assistant of company's CEO's to producing". In the 70s, Marina co-owned American Biograph Production Company, where she held the position VP of Production and was the youngest producer at that time to join the Academy of TV Arts and Sciences. The company produced commercials and live-action promotions for record companies such as Motown and Warner Bros.

Freelancing in other areas, Marina has held the positions of: Script Analyst for ShowTime/Viacom, makeup artist (specializing in glamour makeovers, personal makeup artist to Yoko Ono), Director of Publicity for various companies, freelance journalist and screenwriter. to owning her own basket decorating company (The Basket Lady) which sold hand-painted and porcelain one-of-a-kind creations across the country and Canada. She has worked as Director of Publicity for various companies and publications and as a modeling and acting teacher (John Casablancas/Elite, John Robert Powers, Sutherland Models (Canada), Film Actors Lab).

Originally trained in theatre, Marina has performed leads in over twenty productions and touring companies including Taming Of The Shrew, Twelfth Night, Butterflies Are Free, My Fair Lady and Company. Marina has also hosted her own roving reporter on-the-town interview show for WCCO radio Minneapolis.

Dividing her time between Toronto, Canada and Los Angeles, Marina is currently writing her autobiography, a spiritual journey that takes us to, through and beyond her publicized marriage and divorce to Carradine. To add to her schedule, Marina has her own jewelry line -- The Flying Goddess™ which has been covered in the media and is in the possession of celebrities such as: Shirley MacLaine, Fran Drescher, Dr. Maya Angelou, Jillie Mack (Mrs. Tom Selleck) and Jan (Mrs. Mickey) Rooney.

Marina is also developing film projects, paints, sculpts and has an active acting career. She enjoys playing guitar, singing, dancing, horseback riding, jet skiing, golf and bowling! Previous owner of Lulu The Collie (who was Lassie IX's sister and a Ralph Lauren Model) and three cats, Marina actively supports animal and children's rights groups (American Oceans, World Wildlife Foundation, PETA. MADD, ASPCA, Children Uniting Nations, LA Family Housing, to name a few).

Customer Reviews

A fascinating insight into the real Hollywood.
Someone once said that divination should not be as leading strings, lest we forget to how to walk on our own.
D. S. Ryelle
Like others, you couldn't pay me enough to finish this piece of trash.

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Roderic on July 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
It's important to preface this review by establishing that I've been and admirer of David Carradine ever since I was in my young teens. The first film I saw him in was "Boxcar Bertha" when I was only 12 years old. He became a role model to me in later years, inspiring me to begin serious studies in martial arts and eastern mysticism. At the age of 18 I spent a week of intensive training at the Shasta Abbey Buddhist Monastery. As a teenager, I was fortunate to have met David Chow, a guest star in the Kung Fu series, and the technical and Kung Fu advisor for the show. Since then, I've read David's autobiography "Endless Highway", his self-penned book "Spirit of Shaolin." I've learned from his Tai Chi workout tapes and DVDs. I've seen well over 50 of his films, as well as most every episode of his television series and mini-series. For 41 years, from "Boxcar Bertha" through "Son of a Dragon" I've followed his work with admiration.

So naturally, when this book was released, it piqued my interest. It was no mystery to me or anyone else that David was no paragon of virtue, having recalled his much publicized drug induced burglary and malicious mischief incident in 1974, and subsequent similar reports. I wasn't naive enough to be disillusioned then, and am not now. He was a great actor, a wonderful presence, but a flawed, troubled person, as many of us are. Yes, this book brings to light aspects of David's character and practices that may disturb people. I understood that, but it did not ultimately diminish my respect for the man, nor am I one to throw the first stone, as so many people seem willing to do. I do feel I'm qualified to write a constructive review of this book. One would think I would be biased in David's favor, and have harsh words for this book. I was prepared to.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Provopro on July 13, 2010
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This is an honest and direct story of a gifted but struggling actress who was, yes, attracted to the flame and fury of a remarkable last of the Bohemians. (I hope not!). Cultures clashed, and then were assimilated. This woman gave all. And still does, in this book. A fascinating insight into the real Hollywood. From the perspective of probably 98% of screen actors guild members. Doesn't anyone share her suspicions of his last fateful trip? Were there two visitors? Her analysis shows this case should be reopened.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Vissi D'arte on July 2, 2010
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I bought the book expecting to get some interesting Hollywood type inside tidbits, and also because of the extensive interview with Dr. Drew Pinsky. Well, wowie zowie I got plenty of what I was expecting - worth the price of the book alone. However, I was very surprised at the extensive detail about the other facets of David's and his wife Marina's life together, including aspects of the business end of the entertainment arena, how his wife struggled to help his health and career and how she dealt with the difficult aspects of the marriage in addition to the happy aspects.

I was really surprised to see so much about the positive aspects of David and their marriage. Their marriage was quite a struggle with wonderful highs and some really strange lows. I have since bought another couple of copies to send to close female friends who are struggling with their marriages - this book may give them some insight to human nature and how to survive tough times.

Most people are aware of David's history and his dark side and struggles, since his early days. This book will give a further insight to his life and character. For those fans of David that aren't familiar with that history and are mainly interested in worshiping his every appearance, movie, etc., then I do not recommend this book - Kung Fu yes, but Saint ? No.

In summary, I wish other Hollywood books were more like this one - give me the good and the bad, the real deal.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By ultralight on July 5, 2010
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Great book! What a page turner. Fascinating life. Good to put things out there - flaws and all... it's the only way to help others - help us all to learn and grow. Couldn't put it down.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By K. Naraine on July 6, 2010
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"David Carradine: The Eye of My Tornado" is a surprisingly uplifting book. Marina Anderson portrays her marriage to Carradine in a very honest way, revealing a complex and sometimes troubled relationship. Anderson remains very positive and respectful throughout the book and the description of her own personal struggles prove to a be a delightul and inspiring suprise addition to this biography. "The Eye of My Tornado" is a great book for anyone interested in learning about Carradine on a more personal level, as well as anyone interested in an authors personal triumph over hardships. I highly recommend it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Libby Pelham on July 28, 2012
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I wanted this book when it was originally released, but had forgotten about it. I wasn't a David Carradine fan from Kung Fu (as a 10 year old, I couldn't understand why they hired a Caucasian to play an Asian) but really appreciated his work in the Kill Bill films. I saw it on sale at Garden Ridge of all places and picked it up.

It was the kind of book I love - read it within a week (with an 8 year old, that is an accomplishment for me) because I simply couldn't put it down.

I am sure the story was a bit skewed, but anytime one person recounts memories of something that included someone else, it is going to be. I found Marina to come off as honest and loving, if not a bit quirky and needy at times. That being said, I believe her account was mostly true. I am certain Carradine could not have been an easy man to live with. And I have to commend her somewhat for keeping X's identity a secret. I can however understand how his family cut her off. After all, he had been married numerous times and as his daughter said, she couldn't stay friends with ex-wives and the current wife at the same time.

Now I am off to order the Carradine bio he wrote to see how it jells with this one.
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