Happy Days Healthy Living

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Both a celebrity autobiography and the tale of a journey to healthful and a living-foods lifestyle, Happy Days Healthy Living chronicles the Hollywood childhood and acting career of Cathy Silvers, daughter of iconic comedian Phil Silvers. The first half of the book's title references Cathy's years as a cast member of the popular TV series Happy Days, on which she played the character of Jenny Piccolo. The story of her auditions and capture of the coveted role provides a fascinating backstage glimpse inside the ...

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Overview

Both a celebrity autobiography and the tale of a journey to healthful and a living-foods lifestyle, Happy Days Healthy Living chronicles the Hollywood childhood and acting career of Cathy Silvers, daughter of iconic comedian Phil Silvers. The first half of the book's title references Cathy's years as a cast member of the popular TV series Happy Days, on which she played the character of Jenny Piccolo. The story of her auditions and capture of the coveted role provides a fascinating backstage glimpse inside the television industry and one of the most popular series of all time.

The second part of this story is Cathy's adult journey from "fast-food mom" to spokesperson for healthy living on a new "web vision" network, The Healthy Living Network. In addition to her own experience learning about juicing, vegetarianism, organic food, non-toxic products, and other elements of a healthy diet and life, the author brings in voices from the world of health, nutrition, and alternative medicine to lend their expertise—these include leaders in the living-foods movement such as Dr. Gabriel Cousens, David Wolfe, and Victoria Boutenko, along with professionals well-versed in alternative medicinal approaches. Cathy Silvers successfully healed a breast condition with Chinese medicine when her doctor wanted to perform a double mastectomy. This and other experiences with alternative medicine led her to include healing along with diet in her discussion of healthy choices. One of the more moving themes of the book is the author's touching relationship with her famous and largely absent father, the late Phil Silvers, who inspired her as an actress and entrepreneur but also left her to grapple with the issue of who he really was. Short passages by Erin Moran, Marion Ross, and Henry Winkler of Happy Days highlight the book, along with a preface by the show's producer, Garry Marshall, and an introduction by its star, Ron Howard. A good read with plenty of salient information about Hollywood and healthy living.

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“There are plenty of autobiographies out there about Hollywood kids who fell deep into drugs and never climbed out. Here’s a happier tale about a girl who found her way to healthy and happy living. She’s smart. She’s funny. She’s sexy. And she’s very healthy. So, go ahead and read her book and find out how you can be, too.”
—Garry Marshall, creator and executive producer of Happy Days

“‘Sincerity’ is the first word that comes to mind when I think about Cathy Silvers’s book. Her story is so riveting that it almost seems fictional. The fact that it’s true makes it all the more exciting.”
—Victoria Boutenko, author of 12 Steps to Raw Foods and Green for Life

“Cathy Silvers has a message to everyone, especially moms who, like herself, are the nurturers, comforters, shoppers, chefs, healers, and very often the providers: By offering yourself, your family, and your community organic food and non-toxic products, together we can have healthy families and a healthy planet. … each individual’s actions moving in this direction will create a healthy world and yes, the ‘Happy Days’ we all yearn for.”
—Ron Howard, Richie Cunningham on Happy Days and Academy Award-winning director of A Beautiful Mind

“Cathy Silvers is most known to audiences as ‘Jenny Piccolo’ on television's Happy Days, but now she is doing something to make sure our days stay happy by speaking on the benefits of a healthy lifestyle… We always hear about the importance of a healthy lifestyle. This book takes it even further, revealing facts that most individuals aren't aware of and would be shocked to hear. It shakes the reader out of their reverie to realize their lifestyle and diet is not good for them. Even more importantly, it inspires thinking for the better—helping to conduce real change.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556437342
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books
  • Publication date: 11/13/2007
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Cathy Silvers began her career appearing as Jenny Piccolo on the hit sit-com Happy Days. When she later married and became a mother, her interest in health and lifestyle became first a passion then a career. She combines her expertise in mothering, health, and nutrition as a lifestyle coach, teaches rock-climbing, and serves as a raw food chef for hipcooks.com

Now, with her own shows, The Healthy Living Show and The Healthy Living Kids Show, Cathy has the opportunity to share her knowledge and personal experiences. With the aid of a variety of experts, she hopes to show other families how to live each day to the fullest.

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Table of Contents


Dedication     ix
Preface: Arnold's Drive-In     xi
Foreword: The Day Jenny Piccolo Walked Through My Door Garry Marshall     xv
Foreword   Victoria Boutenko     xvii
Foreword   Ron Howard     xix
Happy Days
From Whence I Came   Freddie Fields     3
Hollywood Parties     10
Behind the Scenes     17
Growing Up in Beverly Hills     21
Life in The South     26
My Teen Years     29
My First Public-Speaking Gigs   Shawn Schepps, Hollywood-Film and Television Writer, Producer, and Director     35
Drama Queen     44
The Fourth of July     49
The Bet: How I Got the Role of Jenny Piccolo   Erin Moran   Joanie Cunningham   Talent Manager Lou Pitt     54
"Lights, Camera, Action!" Filming Happy Days   Henry Winkler, The Fonz     72
Softball and USO Tours with the Happy Days Crew   Marion Ross (Mrs. Cunningham)     87
The Sit-Com Circuit     93
Exit, Stage Right: College-Bound     97
Hollywood Calling, But the Handsome Doctor Prevails     105
When "Happily Ever After" Ended   Talent Agent ScottHarris     113
The Return of Sgt. Bilko (The Movie)     118
Back in the Sit-Com Saddle     126
Camping with My Kids     130
Rock Climbing     135
Health Problems Lead Me to Alternative Medicine     146
My New Family     149
Healthy Living
The Fast Track to My Grave   Kristin Rotblatt, LAc     159
"Mom, I Am a Vegan Now"   Matt Amsden     173
The Vegan Challenge   Vegan and Raw Vegan Chefs Matt Amsden   Ann Gentry   Tanya Petrovna     182
Seeking the Quick Fix     193
Homeopathy, Nature's   UCLA Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Dr. Jay Gordon     197
Healing My Sinus Problems Naturally   Colon Hydro-Therapist Carrie Kish     205
A Non-Toxic Home     209
From Vegan to Raw Vegan   Raw Vegan Chefs Matt Amsden   Rod Rotondi   Living Foods Movement Authority Dr. Gabriel Cousens     213
Adventures in Raw-Food Prep     226
The Healthy Living Network, THLN   Entertainer E.G. Daily, Living-Foods Movement Pioneer David Wolfe   Raw Melissa, Dessert Chef     232
All Aboard! We're Taking It to the Streets and Screens     244
Additional Experts: More Voices of Experience
Sergei Boutenko: Living Foods Movement Leader     256
Valya Boutenko: Living Foods Movement Leader     260
Alex Malinsky: Living Foods Movement Leader     264
Janabai Amsden: Natural Beauty and Health Leader     266
Dr. Matia Brizman: Doctor of Chinese Medicine     275
Lynda Fassa: Organic Clothing Pioneer     282
Tessa Hill: Founder of Kids for Saving Earth     286
Happy Oasis and Laura Fox: Raw Spirit Festival Founders     294
Afterword     297
Acknowledgments     301
Resources for Healthy Living     307
Bibliography     313
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