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  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: BearManor Media (January 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593934327
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593934323
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #997,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An interesting life and well written.
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Her story was bittersweet but has has managed to pull through as the wonderful, dignified lady that she is.
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I highly recommend this great read and hope she writes another one!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. McAtee on March 13, 2013
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This lovely lady wrote another book and I purchased it a long time ago and really enjoyed it. Didn't even realize she had written another one until I happened to be in Las Vegas and caught the Bobby Rydell show. Beverly Washburn was in the audience! they have been friends for a long time and during his wonderful show, he recognized her , so after the show I went over to meet her. After meeting this soft spoken, beautiful and kind woman, I just had to get her second book. It is so very interesting and she really has had a wonderful life. There are so many pictures in her book of this fascinating life she has led!!! It's well written and gives you such an inside picture of how life on the set really was. I highly recommend this great read and hope she writes another one! You can also read more about her on Bobby Rydell's facebook page.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bruce E. Dettman on October 10, 2013
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The child movie star, sacrificed and abused by Hollywood, exploited by greedy parents, psychologically battered, self-destructive and unable to adjust when fame, attention and youth begin to recede and bank accounts dry up, is as much a cliché as anything Tinsel Town ever laid bare on the big screen. However, like most clichés it has a foundation in truth, sometimes a lot of it.

Hollywood history is littered with the carcasses of many a child performer who either never made it to adulthood or if they did were woefully prepared for the challenge of real life. A list of such individuals would be a long one, from early juvenile performers such Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer and Bobby Driscoll up through modern performers Anissa Jones, River Pheonix and the recent Corey Haim, screen lore is replete with a sad and wasteful tally of youthful talents who withered much too early on the vine.

There are, of course, notable exceptions to this grim scenario, a prime example being Beverly Washburn, one of the busiest child actors of the 1950s and early 60s, who honed a steady and impressive list of credits and, as they say, lived to tell about it.

In Reel Tears (the double-edged title referencing the youthful Beverly's uncanny and industry-wide reputation for being able to shed realistic tears at a directorial drop of the hat) Beverly recounts her early years as a busy child actress in such films as Old Yeller, Shane, The Greatest Show On Earth, The Juggler, The Lone Ranger, The Killer That Stalked New York, Here Comes The Groom and Superman and the Mole Men. She was also busy on the small tube with appearances on Wagon Train, Thriller, Science-Fiction Theatre, Zane Gray Theatre and The New Loretta Young Show, to mention just a few.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Unsatisfied Sal on March 20, 2013
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I have meet writer/star Beverly Washburn several times and she is a REEL joy and a real doll. Her story was bittersweet but has has managed to pull through as the wonderful, dignified lady that she is. The photos of her life and career are an added bonus.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jim Nolt on September 30, 2013
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Because I was born in 1946, the actors who worked on the programs that first appeared on television's small screen in the 50s have long been my all time favorites. And more often than not, it was the character actors, those people who appeared on "Superman" one day and on "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" the next who intrigued me the most. Television shows were different then; they were more simple... but somehow, at lease to me, each one carried a message or thought-provoking moment that was delivered by these most most interesting people. So profound was there influence on me, that through these many years I've made it my goal to meet as many of them as I can... just so I can say "thanks" for all the times they entertained and enlightened me, stimulated my imagination, and caused me to think and reflect. Beverly Washburn appeared in many TV shows and movies in her career. I remember her best from "Superman" (1951), "Science Fiction Theatre" (1955), and "The Lone Ranger" (1956). Ms Washburn's story sends a message, entertains and enlightens... and it definitely caused me to think and reflect.

This was part of my review for the first edition of her book, and "Real Tears: The Beverly Washburn Story, Take Two" is all that plus more text and photos. It is definitely worth a second look.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By helkhill on May 10, 2013
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Classic Hollywood, Classic/Classy Lady. Wonderful stories and pictures. Brings back alot of wonderful memories of old Hollywood. Great stories, fun to read and it is so nice to see writing nice things of yesteryear and the performers instead of a tell all full of gossip and dirt. Well written -- did not want to put the book down.
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By Robert E. Tevis on April 29, 2014
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"The most beautiful thing to see, is a person smiling, and even more beautiful is knowing that you are the reason behind it."

According to Beverly, on page 104, this is one of her favorite sayings. It also is a fitting tribute to this writer who brings more smiles to your eyes than tears in this well written autobiography. It is a thrill to read about someones personal experiences when the tone and the language of the work speaks to you with the voice of the writer. This is Beverly in her own words as she would speak them if she were speaking to you in person. It never holds back from triumph to personal tragedy, and yet always projects the positive attitude of an acting participant and survivor. The work should prompt the reader to view the many samples of her work available on YouTube. There you will see that, even as a child, she is an actress that approaches her roles with honesty and deep involvement and loses herself completely in her characterizations. Buy the book and learn to smile with her.
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