An Only Child and Her Sister: A True Hollywood Memoir of Two Little Girls Lost and One Found


An Only Child and Her Sister is a compelling true life story.

Two sisters born to the same parents but treated so differently; one ended up pregnant and married at thirteen. The other didn't fare so well.

Casey and her little sister, Christine, started off with what looked like a good beginning. But looks can be deceiving. Their mother, Eve Whitney, a stunning Hollywood beauty, didn't much care for children. Unfortunately, she had two. Their ...

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An Only Child and Her Sister is a compelling true life story.

Two sisters born to the same parents but treated so differently; one ended up pregnant and married at thirteen. The other didn't fare so well.

Casey and her little sister, Christine, started off with what looked like a good beginning. But looks can be deceiving. Their mother, Eve Whitney, a stunning Hollywood beauty, didn't much care for children. Unfortunately, she had two. Their father, Eddie Maxwell, was a successful songwriter and gag man; he was a brilliant, handsome, hugely charismatic man, but he had a secret drug habit that sent him careening between warm and loving parent one day, to hair-trigger monster the next.

If Casey got only sporadic moments of love and caring, Chris got nothing. Neither Eddie nor Eve ever had a kind thought for their youngest child. And so the sisters were forced to find their own paths through this horrific excuse of a childhood, each making choices that pulled them farther and farther apart when the one thing they needed was each other.

Casey's incredible journey sent her see-sawing between glamorous parties at the homes of Hollywood's elite, and nights spent sleeping on the carport floor in the rain. Somehow Casey managed to find the humor in it all, and to turn the little bit of love she had received into a hugely successful life, ending up a Vice-President at CBS and a successful television writer and finding her own irrepressible way to love and marriage.

Told without an ounce of self-pity or bitterness, this tale of a truly bizarre Hollywood life is both unique as well as universal. The scenes of pain and incredible neglect live side by side with amazing moments of humor, and magic, and triumph.

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What People Are Saying

Don Murphy
Casey Clair's new book is so powerful, so insightful, so riveting and so shocking that it deserves its own new category. No work of horror or science fiction can equal this true story of her upbringing, with Dad as a drugged out space alien and mom as the unemotional female Freddy Krueger. I kept waiting for the blood bath ending wherein the author took out a schoolbus full of kids with a pair of knitting needles. The fact that I instead got warmth, love and family is a testimony to the resilience of the human spirit and the strength of Clair's soul. The book should be sold with a warning sticker- BEWARE- YOUR LIFE DOESN'T SUCK AS MUCH AS THIS. No review or cover blurb can prepare you for the extreme darkness and the redemptive light within. You need to experience it firsthand. --(Don Murphy - Film Producer, NATURAL BORN KILLERS, APT PUPIL, FROM HELL, TRANSFORMERS)
Elayne Boosler
"They say there are no new stories, but Casey Clair has lived one I've not heard before. I could not stop reading, so compelling is Ms. Clair's memoir. Her incredible personal history, unfolding against the backdrop of old Hollywood and new, is so rich in detail; you realize the "True E Hollywood Story" has not been laid so bare since "Day of the Locust". The fact that Ms. Clair tells this heartrending story, starting with a childhood worthy of Dickens in Hollywood, with such perception and unforced humor, such a welcome lack of bitterness or self pity, is a tribute to the writer as a person, and the person as a writer. This book is for everyone who loves Hollywood history but was never privy to an inside angle like this; the day to day, hand to mouth life of people living inside the old system, and two little girls trying to survive being "non-raised" by the equivalents of a less successful Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald. Watching Ms. Clair navigate the unbelievable events of her trip to adulthood, and seeing her become the brilliant, funny and successful writer and person she now is, makes you want to throw all your self help books out the window, and just live. You can win." Elayne Boosler – writer/comedian, regular contributor to the Huffington Post
Jody Greenstone Miller
Casey Clair's "An Only Child and Her Sister" is a brave, beautifully written memoir that should be read by every teenager, not to mention every loving parent, in America. While Casey's story has a happy ending, the trials she endured offer a chilling and cautionary tale about teen pregnancy. This book is a gripping read that will also prompt life-saving conversations among parents and daughters. --(Jody Greenstone Miller, board member, National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unwanted Pregnancy )
Matt Miller
"A funny, heartbreaking story of resilience that grips you from the first line and won't let go. Written with equal parts laughter and tears, Casey Clair takes you on a rollercoaster ride through her amazing life. From extravagant parties at the homes of Hollywood's "A" list to nights spent exiled to the carport, sleeping in the rain, Casey's childhood was something straight out of Dickens. Running away from home, married and a mother by fourteen, Casey defied all the odds when she went on to become a Vice President at CBS as well as a successful television writer. But through it all was Chris, Casey's little sister, who made very different choices and lived a very different life. An Only Child and Her Sister" is an inspiring true life story of how a young girl took the few rays of light that found their way into her childhood and turned them into a hugely successful life." --(Matt Miller -- author, columnist, Host of public radio's Left, Right, & Center, regular contributor to Daily Beast and Huffington Post , among others)
Rubin Carson
"An amazing life, even for Hollywood. Casey Clair writes with honesty, passion and humor. I loved it! --(Rubin Carson – editor LA Family Magazine Group)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781450252317
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/17/2010
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

CASEY MAXWELL CLAIR has worked in the entertainment industry for over twenty-five years. She began her career designing major motion picture campaigns and subsequently served as the Director of Advertising for Warner Bros. and ABC Motion Pictures, as well as Vice President of Advertising and Promotion for CBS Television Network. After that, she spent the next decade as a successful comedy writer and television producer for several hit sit-coms. In her role as network executive as well as published author, Casey has spoken to groups as small as five and as large as five thousand. Ms. Clair has written articles for print as well as online magazines and also authored the well received "Still Single: Are You Making Yourself Unavailable when You Don't Want to Be? What to Do About It", a book on relationships in which she explored her own penchant for choosing unavailable men. She examined ways in which to change this behavior and promptly met an available man with whom she fell in love; they have now been married for eight years. Clair and her husband, producer and screenwriter Christopher Beaumont, live in Los Angeles and are currently at work on a feature screenplay. Clair has two amazing daughters.

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  • Posted January 24, 2011

    A titanic memoir of grace and courage. An absolute 'must read' from Casey Clair.

    This book literally takes your breath away. That Ms. Clair not only survived her bizarre and tragic childhood but emerged a whole, compassionate -- and quite funny -- human being is a testament to the boundless tenacity of the human spirit. Unbelievably inspiring. If you are raising children -- read it. If you are teaching children -- read it. If you are just someone in search of an uplifting miracle of a story -- read it. It will warm your heart to the core.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 22, 2011

    My absolute favorite new book

    "My favorite new book. Not since Glass Castles has a book hit me like this one. I went to the bath tub with it at 9:30 and finished at 1:30am. I laughed and cried and reread several chapters. I JUST LOVED IT. To grow up in spite of one's childhood is always an epic event. I could not recommend this book more and I'm not even related to the author."

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  • Posted January 20, 2011

    Stunning, AND funny!

    This is a survivor's story, written with clarity & humor, at once appalling & uplifting. I couldn't put it down - partly the fascination of looking at an horrific accident - but mostly due to the fascinating & funny experiences the author shares of her life as 1 of 2 little girls trying to survive nearly complete lack of parenting by 2 world-class narcissist Hollywood players. Not one to wallow in self-pity, the author tells her truths in a life-affirming way; she builds a remarkable world (eventually) for herself out of little but her determination, intellect, & indomitable spirit!

    "An Only Child and Her Sister" is an amazing story, all the better because it's true; a cautionary tale about the effects of parental neglect, a hopeful tale of the redemptive powers of love -- it knocked me out!

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  • Posted January 18, 2011


    This true-life story has it all, humor, tragedy, conflict, resolve. a candid glimpse into a life on the edge of Hollywood, not of its stars but one family on the periphery of the entertainment industry.

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