“FOREVER YOUNG is a definitive portrayal of Loretta Young…”
Norman Brokaw, Chairman, William Morris Agency
“A rich tale replete with youthful scandal, the story behind (a) mystery…and the steadfast devotion to the Catholic Church…”
Pat Gerlach, reviewer, The Daily Herald
“It would be a difficult task for any writer to chronicle 87 years of anyone's life, but the life of one of Hollywood's most productive actresses would be a formidable… task for most authors. Joan Wester Anderson rose to the task.”
Diana Schafer, researcher, Centervile, Ohio
When author Joan Wester Anderson read some of the fan mail in response to FOREVER YOUNG, she was thrilled. She had never written a biography---her first sixteen books covered topics as diverse as angels, miracles and family humor. But when actress Loretta Young requested that Joan write her biography, Joan said yes. There were too many stories, both fascinating and heart-breaking, to leave untold. How did the Young family support themselves in their early years? How did they walk the fine line between their Catholic faith and their refusals to work on immoral movies? Was Clark Gable really the father of Loretta’s child? Did Spencer Tracy break her heart?
Loretta died just a few weeks before the book’s release, in August, 2000. And when the first printing sold out, there were no more available copies. No doubt, FOREVER YOUNG had reached just a fraction of the fans who mourned her loss.
But certain stars leave the brightest legacies, and in fall, 2012, Loretta’s daughter-in-law realized that Loretta’s one hundredth birthday would be arriving next year. Television stations, vintage movies, exhibiters for the Hollywood Museum, all climbed on board. Yes, they remembered Loretta and would love to celebrate her life...
There would be an updated item too, a souvenir marking one hundred years, no longer limited by paper and type. FOREVER YOUNG was now a product of the electronic age, and would never be lost again.
E-book or classic…The life, loves and enduring faith of a Hollywood legend live on.
Author and lecturer Joan Wester Anderson was born in Evanston, Illinois. She began her writing career in 1973 with a series of family humor articles for local newspapers and Catholic publications, and was a monthly columnist for two national magazines during the 1980s. She has published more than one thousand articles and short stories in a variety of publications, including Woman’s Day, Modern Bride, Virtue, Reader’s Digest, and the New York Times Syndicate.
Her 15 books include WHERE ANGELS WALK: True Stories of Heavenly Visitors, which was on the New York Times best-seller list for over a year, has sold almost two million copies and been translated into fourteen languages.
Published in fall, 1994, were the sequel to ANGELS, titled WHERE MIRACLES HAPPEN, and for children, AN ANGEL TO WATCH OVER ME. Both books were written in response to suggestions from readers, and were followed in rapid succession by three more in this series.
FOREVER YOUNG (Thomas More Publishers), the life story of actress Loretta Young, was first published in hardcover in November, 2000. The actress had read the angel series, and requested Anderson as her biographer. The two became close friends. Anderson’s book, IN THE ARMS OF ANGELS covers angelic activity primarily during the past decade, including stories of hope from the 9/11 and Columbine School tragedies. Her most recent books, GUARDIAN ANGELS, ANGELS AND WONDERS and ANGELIC TAILS, focus on amazing and tender stories of God’s answers to prayers.
Anderson has appeared on national television programs including “Good Morning America,” “Oprah,” “20/20,” “NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw” and “Mother Angelica Live,” and was featured in such documentaries as “Angels–Beyond the Light” (NBC), “Angel Stories” and “Stories of Miracles” (The Learning Channel), and many videos. She was a story consultant for the television series, “It’s a Miracle,”lectures in cities across the country, and has been interviewed on hundreds of radio talk shows.
Anderson is a Catholic and member of St. Edna’s Parish in Arlington Heights IL., a graduate of Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and a former adjunct professor at Harper Community College in Palatine, Illinois.