In the Shadow of Fame

October 14, 2017 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Merten Hall, Room 1202, George Mason University
4441 George Mason Blvd
Fairfax, VA 22030
Kara Oakleaf

Melanie McCabe seeks to discover more about her father in His Other Life: Searching for my Father, His First Wife, and Tennessee Williams. Following her father’s death, McCabe was surprised to learn about his former wife Hazel, her romance with playwright Tennessee Williams, and Williams’ choice to create characters based on McCabe’s father and Hazel; so she set out to find answers. Elizabeth Winder follows Marilyn Monroe in Marilyn in Manhattan: Her Year of Joy, 1954, the one year the iconic actress lived in Manhattan, which forever changed her career. Andrew Gifford documents the fall of his family’s D.C. ice cream empire in We All Scream: The Fall of the Gifford’s Ice Cream Empire. Gifford is the last living Gifford heir to the fortune…if there had been a fortune. Instead, there is a tale of theft, betrayal, and suicide in the fall of Gifford’s.