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Diane Franklin:The Excellent Adventures of the Last American, French-Exchange Babe of the 80s Paperback – August 2, 2012
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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!
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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.
After that, not being a close follower of the movie business. I had lost track of her. So I was delighted to see that she had published this short autobiography, with lots of pictures, focusing on that period but carrying her up to the present as mom, radio-show host and supporter of her children, including rising young director Olivia de Laurentis.
I was not disappointed. As you would expect if you've read any of Diane's many interviews (most recently in "Fangoria," a retrospect of Amityville II: The Possession), it is sweet, honest, feisty and funny. Sweet? She hardly says a discouraging word in the whole thing about any of the movie figures she worked with over a long career. Honest? She admits that by her not competing with pal Laura Dern for the lead in Smooth Talk, the movie probably ended up benefitting (and helped launch Dern's career). Feisty? How many 19-year-old actresses on their second movie would have stood up to famous producer Dino de Laurentis when he wanted her to do a full-on nude scene in Amityville II? (The scene in question, which only shows her topless, is unsettling enough as it is.) Ironically, neither of them knew at the time that he was her future father-in-law. Funny? Her description of how she almost froze to death while cavorting naked as a very charming Eve in the Garden of Eden (in Second Time Lucky) is one of the more priceless movie anecdotes I've heard in years (for those who have not seen the movie, her smile DOES look a bit forced on occasion).
So if you remember Diane or are a fan of '80s cinema, read this book. If you weren't in love with her when you started, by the time you finish, as Yoda says in The Empire Strikes Back, "You will be. You will be."