My guest today Carla Malden grow up in a life somewhat surrounded by TV and films, with her Dad being Karl Malden famous character actor and of course Streets of San Francisco. Yet for Carla as she shared with us, he was just anormal Dad who happened to go away every now and then to work.
With a background like that it was obvious that English in the form of a Bachelor of Arts at U.C.L.A then working in the film business would be a path she would tread.
This led to her meeting, working with and then marrying filmmaker Laurence Starkman. They worked together on twelve feature screenplays; also serving as rewrite guns-for-hire. The team of Malden & Starkman wrote and produced the short romantic comedy Whit & Charm, which screened at eight major film festivals, including The Hamptons, and won several awards. They also wrote and created a series of Cine Golden Eagle Award-winning Art History films produced in association with The Detroit Institute of Art and The National Gallery.
Carla's wonderful book "AfterImage: A Brokenhearted Memoir of a Charmed Life" delivers a fiercely personal account of her battling the before and surviving the after of losing her husband to cancer.
As Carla shared, it’s not a case of getting over what happened more about being able to live with it… “You don’t know what you’ve got tell it’s gone…”
The book in Carla words ….
Is a book is about my transition to widowhood. It is about a last year and a first year: the last year of my husband's life and my entire life up to that point and the first year after he died and the rest of my life. I have found that different moments and themes resonate with different readers according to their personal experiences with relationships, marriage, and loss. I hope that everyone will think about valuing their loved ones in the moment - which is all we really ever have. Put simply, the take-away is "carpe diem."
The book is not only a shared love letter, but intermixed with snapshots of their lives together can actually bring a smile to ones face while knowing that there are tears behind some of the words.
AfterImage: A Brokenhearted Memoir of a Charmed Life delivers a fiercely personal account of her battling the before and surviving the after of losing her husband to cancer. It offers an alert for an entire generation: this is not your mother’s widowhood.
With a novel just finished and a possible children book next, Carla I’m sure will continue to share her talent as with “After Image” she has shared her life and her love.
So listen to an interesting and hugely entertaining show as I spend thirty minutes sharing "A Book and a Chat with Carla Malden"
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