Don Bauder 2:33 p.m., Dec. 11
Carlsbad resident Karen Truesdell Riehl has published an eBook version of her memoir, Love and Madness: My Private Years with George C. Scott. Film and theater audiences were attracted to 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 Scott moved to New York City together, where George's problems with booze and joblessness sent him into frequent rages. Karen, broke, pregnant and ruling out an abortion, 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
For a limited time Truesdell Riehl's electronic book version of Love and Madness, priced in paperback at $19.95, will be available to the public as a free download at Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/332012
While much has been written about scandalous Hollywood love affairs, none tell how it feels to be pregnant and single in the judgmental 1950's, when Karen Truesdell began hiding the truth, first from her parents while she was in a home for unwed mothers, then from the rest of the world when the father of her daughter became a world famous actor after winning an Oscar for his leading role in Patton.
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About Karen Truesdell Riehl Karen Truesdell Riehl is an award winning actress, novelist and playwright. She acted and directed in professional and community theatre for 30 years. Her acting honors include the Indiana Community Theatre League's award for best actor in a supporting role.
Her writing achievements are remarkable, since she battled dyslexia and couldn't read until she was 10 years old. She began writing for publication 12 years ago. Two of her plays, Alice in Cyberland and Getting out of Salem, were award winners in national playwriting competitions. Her first novel, Saturday Night Dance Club, was published in 2000.
Karen's novel, The Ghosts of Fort Ord, her first eBook, was published earlier this year. She was inspired by living next door to the abandoned military base for a month while her husband, Richard, was a consultant for Cal State Monterey.
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