Love and Madness: My Private Years with George C. Scott [NOOK Book]

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Film and theater audiences were attracted to George C. Scott's powerful stage presence and charisma, as was Karen Truesdell, a Stephens College theatre student. After performing with him on stage, a long term love relationship developed. Following her graduation, Karen and George moved to New York City together, where George's problems with booze and joblessness sent him into frequent rages. Broke, pregnant and ruling out an abortion, Karen entered a home for ...

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Overview

Film and theater audiences were attracted to George C. Scott's powerful stage presence and charisma, as was Karen Truesdell, a Stephens College theatre student. After performing with him on stage, a long term love relationship developed. Following her graduation, Karen and George moved to New York City together, where George's problems with booze and joblessness sent him into frequent rages. Broke, pregnant and ruling out an abortion, Karen entered a home for unwed mothers.

Her liaison with Scott spanned 30 years as his hidden mistress and mother of his child. Truesdell Riehl's honesty and willingness to expose her own blindness to Scott's Jekyll and Hyde persona creates a compelling page-turner that reveals a compassionate understanding of young women trapped in the hypocrisy of the 1950's.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940044628380
  • Publisher: Karen Truesdell Riehl
  • Publication date: 7/1/2013
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 136,256
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Karen Truesdell Riehl's writing achievements are remarkable, given her lifelong battle with dyslexia. She was unable to read until the age of ten. Her published works now include a memoir, Love and Madness: My Private Years with George C. Scott, telling of her 30-year hidden liaison with the international film star, five novels, eight plays and a radio comedy series, The Quibbles, available from ArtAge Publications at http://www.seniortheatre.com/product/the-quibbles-radio-shows/. Her children's play, Alice in Cyberland, was an award winner in the National Southwest Writers Contest.

The Ghosts of Fort Ord was inspired by living for a month near the abandoned military base.

After having lived for several years in Terre Haute, Karen was inspired to write a story about scandals in a fictional small town in Indiana, Freedom's Sins.

Saturday Night Dance Club, was inspired by a true story of four couples, from the 1900's to 1930's, touched by the Great War, organized crime, the Depression and the threat of another war, finding sanctuary in their weekly dance club.

In the romance novel, Hello Again, Shannon Taggert falls in love with Nate, a graduate student teaching assistant. But there's another woman in Nate's life, Tally, the daughter of Walter, his mentor and benefactor. Before meeting Shannon, as Walter lay dying, Nate promised to marry his daughter.

Drawing from her own experience, Karen wrote Bad Girl: A Play. The Safe Haven Home for Unwed Mothers provides shelter from a judgmental society, but reveals its hypocrisy as well. The young women from all levels of society, rich and poor, share only their shame.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2013

    Re

    An interesting look into the REAL life a celebrity lives. I read it in one sitting. Like a train wreck, it is impossible to look away.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2013

    Meh

    Baby,sweetie.darling, etc etc etc, does anyone really tallk like that. Terrible writing,, and totally unlikable people. Save your money.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2013

    Avid Reader

    I read this book and finished it feeling "dirty" from both sides of this ??love affair??. All I can say is, form your own opinion.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2013

    Boring

    This book was a complete waste of time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    Silly Book

    I am a fan of George C. Scott and thought this book might give some insight to Mr. Scott. This basically reads like a Jr. High student diary. It is immature and silly. I couldn't finish it.

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  • Posted August 25, 2013

    Pity!

    This read left me feeling pity for George C. Scott, a talented actor that I had always enjoyed, and Karen Truesdell Riehl, his mistress and author of this book. It is so sad that these two had the mental/emotional/self-esteem problems that they had - will definitely see George C. Scott in a different light when viewing his performances now. I, like one of the other reviewers wrote, felt "dirty" from both sides of the "love affair" if you can call it a "love" affair, after reading this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2013

    Madness and poor choices

    Interesting and sad look into lives of the tortured. Infatuation, stalking, passion, are all part of this sad story.

    There are parts where you want to shout at the book "why are you doing that?" But reviewing now actions than make it only more painful.

    Good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2013

    Interesting read

    I can't help but wonder why the author waited so much for George C. Scott. He treated her so poorly and yet she stayed and waited for him. Clearly a case of mental abuse and a woman who did not realize what was happening to her, and it is sad.
    It affected her relationships - with her friends, her daughter.
    The book is fairly well written - but the questions were never answered.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2013

    recommend

    a well written but sad story about a famous actor. Was sorry to hear of his troubles outside of his screen performances--which my husband and I always enjoyed. Not good if you are let down knowing the problems of an actor you enjoyed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2013

    great details

    This book covers 25 years of George C. Scott's early years of his career & his relationship with his mistress. It is a rare insight in the actor's private life.
    George C. Scott had another persona that was detailed in this book. He was an alcoholic, abusive man & at the same time a family man. I was surprised how his personalities were described.
    This is a rare look of his life & career.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2013

    How to let an obsession ruin your life

    Not very well written but interesting. An infatuation goes terribly wrong with a bipolar alcoholic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2013

    I found this book compelling.  It's a quick read and, as I come

    I found this book compelling.  It's a quick read and, as I come from a theater/performance background, its reality
    spoke to me. George C. Scott  appears here to be what was seen in the press through the years.  This story
    confirms what was suspected in his behavior and fills in private gaps to which we weren't privy.  I couldn't put it
    down and was sad when it ended. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2013

    Way below average...............................................

    Way below average......................................................
    Couldn't get past the first chapter the writing was so sophomoric and disjointed.   

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