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Product Details

  • Paperback: 134 pages
  • Publisher: Diane Franklin (August 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615641369
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615641362
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Diane Franklin has been professional actress for over 40 years. In addition to her extensive acting career she has also pursued her education at NYU, Otis/Parsons School of Design and CSUN. Her writing includes a children’s book she also illustrated, educational plays, and several musicals for children. Diane presently spends her time public speaking, coaching young actors, attending autograph conventions, performing in her daughter’s films, and caring for her wonderful family, including her adopted cat, dog, rabbit, chinchillas and exotic chickens!

Customer Reviews

I'm hoping she will come out with a sequel.
Donald P.
The devotion to acting as outlined by her, from auditions to character detail, is rich with insight and first-hand experience.
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I did not know what to expect from this book but it was a fun read and very down to earth.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By CultFilmFreaksDotCom on August 14, 2012
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"There is something magical that happens when an actor connects to a character," writes Diane Franklin. "Suddenly, the actor disappears, and only the character is in the room."

This sentence sums up Diane's book about her EXCELLENT ADVENTURES AS THE LAST AMERICAN, FRENCH-EXCHANGE BABE OF THE 80'S. You'll be transformed into the backstory of each character she brought to life in classic films ranging from THE LAST AMERICAN VIRGIN to BETTER OFF DEAD to BILL AND TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE. Yet some of the most involving stories center on her more racy roles in AMITYVILE 2: THE POSSESSION and SECOND TIME LUCKY.

But this book isn't only about the 1980's. Diane's story, and career, spanned years earlier when she found her calling as a young model and eventually a commercial actress. And you'll learn that show business isn't as easy as it looks. Being pretty and talented is only part of what it takes. Diane shares about the stresses of working long hours on set, surviving impatient photographers, and dealing with the toughest thing an actor or actress must face: rejection.

You'll not only get exclusive glimpses into Diane's career, but how her characters fit within the story and how she brought them to life. Whether it's the quirky French girl from BETTER OFF DEAD, the seductive siren from the TV movie SUMMER GIRL, and other roles spanning film and television: Diane shares exciting behind the scene tidbits, details the acting craft, and goes a step further by comparing various archetypes of female roles during the 1980's.

An oversized paperback loaded with terrific photos, and professional writing that grabs your attention in each accessible chapter... this is a must read for film fans and anyone curious about the life of a hard working actress.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By smithtownds on September 7, 2012
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Diane Franklin wrote a sweet memoir that not only looks at her early start in show business, and growth as a model and actress, but also adds great behind-the-scene tidbits to round out the reader's experience. Anyone who is an 80's film lover will enjoy this book. With tons of photos and a bodacious foreword by Savage Steve Holland, this truly is a most excellent book of a Babe of the 80's.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jerry at the Movies on February 22, 2014
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I did not know what to expect from this book but it was a fun read and very down to earth. I have seen Diane in movies in the past and I had sort of let her slip from my mind. Then, most recently, I rediscovered her work, especially Better Off Dead. This book is very in-depth look at the hard work and career choices one makes when making movies - in her case, from modeling as a kid to making movies until most recently with her daughter. A delight to read...you'll want to watch her movies all over again after reading it.
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It's OK. A few nice pictures and stories.

Main reason I bought it is if you become one of her Facebook friends she will autograph it for you.
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Loved the book. I enjoyed knowing more about Diane Franklin's career. I'm hoping she will come out with a sequel.
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A very nice informative book by Diane, she gives us a lot of inside info about her,....if you are from the 80's, I highly recommend this book!
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By Mike Valentine on November 15, 2013
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Great Book! I'm a BIG Diane Franklin fan. I really enjoyed this book. Also it brought back many happy memories from my movie going teens and twenties! I recommend it. Very personal autobiography by a great lady, and great actress!
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By film buffman on November 10, 2013
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A fun journey through her Hollywood career, and an inspiration to all who persevere in the quest to make art out of the commercialism of major studio acting work.
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