Yesterday’s Mashed Potatoes, the Fabulous Life of a Happy Has-Been, written by Patricia Wilson and published by Dog Ear Publishing, tells the story of a third generation actress from a theatrical family, a child performer who grew up to become a star during Broadway’s “Golden Age” and a respected Hollywood actress. Set against an authentic backdrop of theatrical, TV, and film history, the story spills over with anecdotes of the celebrated: John Steinbeck, who called himself “Patricia Wilson’s understudy,” and first suggested that his young protege write this book; Rodgers and Hammerstein, Jackie Gleason, Richard Burton, and Carol Burnett, among many others. Of two of her leading men, Bob Fosse and Gene Kelly, the author writes, “I wasn’t a dancer, and I was too tall for both of them!”
Born in Columbus, Ohio to actor/entertainer parents, Patricia’s sixty-year career includes the Broadway stage, four television series, 200 primetime television episodes, nineteen films, two soap operas, and commercials too numerous to count. Throughout the book there are many wonderful photographs from Patricia’s days in Hollywood and on Broadway.
Infused with humor and touching moments as well, Patricia’s story reads like a novel, a compelling tale of an everywoman’s journey through love, loss, success and sorrow. Yesterday’s Mashed Potatoes, the Fabulous Life of a Happy Has-Been won first place for Excellence in Writing at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference in 2007.
Yesterday’s Mashed Potatoes: The Fabulous Life of a Happy Has-Been
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-160844-125-9 296 pages US
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