Ep 646: Scott Eyman with Illeana Douglas

Dec 04, 2020

[4 mins. 5 secs.] Actor/author/podcaster/film historian Illeana Douglas returns to the podcast to co-host this episode with guest, biographer Scott Eyman. This is Scott's second time on the podcast; he last visited on Episode 468 in March of 2018 with his previous book, "Hank & Jim". Scott's new book, "Cary Grant: A Brilliant Disguise" (Simon & Schuster) does a successful job of both telling Grant's story but it also acts as an analysis of the ongoing internal battle between Archie Leach and Cary Grant. Don't miss this memorable conversation. "Cary Grant: A Brilliant Disguise" is available wherever books are sold.

Scott Eyman was formerly the literary critic at The Palm Beach Post and is the author or coauthor of fifteen books, including the bestseller "John Wayne" and (with actor Robert Wagner) the bestsellers "Pieces of My Heart" and "You Must Remember This". Among his other books are "Hank and Jim: The Fifty-Year Friendship of Henry Fonda and James Stewart"; "Empire of Dreams: The Epic Life of Cecil B. DeMille"; "Lion of Hollywood: The Life and Legend of Louis B. Mayer"; and "Print the Legend: The Life and Times of John Ford". Eyman also writes book reviews for The Wall Street Journal, and has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Chicago Tribune. He and his wife, Lynn, live in West Palm Beach.

Award winning actress Illeana Douglas Illeana is a hit with critics and moviegoers alike. Past films include Peter Bogdanovich's "She’s Funny That Way" (2015), "Max Rose" (2013) with her close friend Jerry Lewis, Gus Van Sant’s "To Die For" (1995), for which she was a New York Film Critics award nominee, "Goodfellas" (1991), "Cape Fear" (1993), "Alive" (1993), "Grace of My Heart" (1996), and countless others. Illeana’s pioneering branded web series for IKEA was "Easy To Assemble". has been downloaded over 40 million times and has been called, “The most successful branded show of all time” by Ad-Week. "Easy to Assemble" features a cornucopia of stars including Jeff Goldblum, Kevin Pollak, Jane Lynch, Cheri Oteri, Patricia Heaton, Tim Meadows, Kate Micucci, Tom Arnold, Ed Begley, Fred Willard, Roger Bart, Justine Bateman and spawned a spin-off "Sparhusen" which starred Keanu Reeves. In 1969 Illeana Douglas’ parents saw the film "Easy Rider" and were transformed. Taking Dennis Hopper’s words, “That’s what it’s all about man” to heart, they abandoned their comfortable upper middle class life and gave Illeana a childhood filled with hippies, goats, free spirits, and free love. Illeana writes, “Since it was all out of my control, I began to think of my life as a movie, with a Dennis Hopper-like father at the center of it.” Her memoir, "I Blame Dennis Hopper" tells that story but mores it is the story of one woman’s experience in show business, and a genuine reminder of why we all love the movies: for the glitz, the glamor, the sweat, passion, humor, and escape they offer us all. Illeana may currently be seen in the Hulu series "Shrill".

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