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Did you ever wonder what it was like to be a part of showbiz history? Marilyn Monroe babysitting your brothers. Ethel Merman teaching you how to make martinis. Paul Newman giving you acting tips in your parents’ living room. Fielding all those annoying telephone calls from reporters the night your mom won the Oscar. Welcome to the world of Luke Yankee, son of Broadway and Hollywood actress, Eileen Heckart.

In JUST OUTSIDE THE SPOTLIGHT, this masterful storyteller pulls the curtain aside to reveal a world you’ve only dreamed about - full of showbiz gossip and behind-the-scenes tales of all your favorite celebrities. This book includes never-before seen photos of stars like Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren, Lucille Ball, Clark Gable and Lyndon Johnson, plus scores of humorous and heartfelt stories.

Luke Yankee, a director, actor and playwright in Los Angeles, wrote JUST OUTSIDE THE SPOTLIGHT after his mother, Oscar, Tony, Emmy winner and Theatre Hall of Famer, Eileen Heckart, passed away. She was one of the most respected character actresses in show business and worked with every major star of the past half century, from Lillian Gish to Ellen Degeneres.

“I realized I had this incredibly rich legacy of Broadway and Hollywood memorabilia and I had to do something with it,” says Luke. “My mother was not a household name who never wanted to be. But everybody she knew and worked with was one.”

Luke Yankee shares hilarious and touching moments, including:

•How Marilyn Monroe saved Eileen Heckart from being trampled by an angry mob.
•How Eileen Heckart inadvertently “outted” Ellen Degeneres.
•How Luke and his mother were enraged by a local caterer named Martha Stewart.
•How Marlene Dietrich berated Heckart two hours after winning the Oscar.
•How Lucille Ball offered to buy off Heckart’s husband in order to make her a star.

JUST OUTSIDE THE SPOTLIGHT is also a loving tribute to a bygone era. With a foreword by Mary Tyler Moore, this book will be a “must-read” for anyone who loves Broadway and Hollywood – and any son or daughter who loves their mother.

JUST OUTSIDE THE SPOTLIGHT is a joyous and wonderfully entertaining book. It’s like a party with the biggest names from Broadway to Hollywood – and you’re invited!

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16 Camp Classics That Keep Us Laughing - Advocate.com

The Ritz (1976). In this gayer-than-gay sex farce, Jack Weston is on the run from a Mafia hit man and hides in what he discovers is a gay bathhouse. Flash Gordon (1980). The 1930s sci-fi comic strip gets a high-camp upgrade in this wonderfully ridiculous extravaganza that bulges with beefcake (especially from star Sam J. Jones) and overblown sets and costumes. Max von Sydow has great fun as Ming the Merciless, and the film gets extra gay points for its title song, written and performed by Queen. This clever update of Jane Austen’s Emma informed every ditz-girl comedy that followed, including Legally Blonde and Mean Girls. Batman: The Movie (1966). Long before the caped crusader went dark (with Tim Burton) and darker (with Christopher Nolan), Batman was a campy TV series starring Adam West and Burt Ward. Mike Myers’s groovy time-tripping secret agent from the 1960s hit audiences like a ton of psychedelic bricks in this first of three sexy, campy comedies. Myers’s inspired comic creation is a twisted spoof of the wildly popular secret agent films of the ’60s — and popularized the term “fem-bot. The First Wives Club (1996). The three great comic actresses of their time, Bette Midler, Diane Keaton, and Goldie Hawn, star as recently dumped middle-aged wives who concoct masterful schemes of revenge against their ex-husbands — with the help... The huge cast includes Sarah Jessica Parker, Maggie Smith, and Eileen Heckart in fine comic turns. The Birdcage (1996). Robin Williams and Nathan Lane brought gay camp and drag into the movie mainstream in director Mike Nichols’s update of the 1978 French classic La Cage aux Folles. As a drag club owner and his longtime drag diva partner, Williams and Lane are both over-the-top and compassionate as they try to pass for straight to please their prospective right-wing in-laws. Source: www.advocate.com

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  • 16 Camp Classics That Keep Us Laughing

    05/13/15 ,via Advocate.com

    star as recently dumped middle-aged wives who concoct masterful schemes of revenge against their ex-husbands — with the help of a gay decorator and a lesbian daughter. The huge cast includes Sarah Jessica Parker, Maggie Smith, and Eileen Heckart 

  • Unexpected treat

    05/13/15 ,via Times of Malta

    “It is very well known because it was also developed into a film of the same name, which won Eileen Heckart an Oscar for portraying the role of the mother. It is a challenging and exciting piece, which, although set in 1969, is still just as relevant

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Recipes

  • Aunt Eileen's Stuffed Eggplant

    olives, bread crumbs, capers, garlic, gruyere cheese, gruyere cheese, lemon, olive oil, olive oil, onions, parsley, black pepper, red pepper flakes, salt, tomato

  • Eileen's Meatloaf

    ground beef, eggs, bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, sour cream, worcestershire sauce

Books

  • Just Outside the Spotlight

    justoutsidethespotlight.com. 2015. ISBN: 0823078884,9780823078882. 320 pages.

    • Renowned character actress Heckart knew everybody in Hollywood—and her son spills the stories she could never tell • Juicy tidbits about Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, Lucille Ball, Paul Newman, Bette Davis, Ethel Merman, and dozens of others • Part memoir, part scrapbook, part scandal sheet—unusual and enjoyable • Book has been endorsed by more than a dozen celebs, including Ellen DeGeneres, Betty White, Goldie Hawn, and Joanne Woodward Rex Reed called this memoir of award-winning character actress Eileen Heckart “touching, hilarious, enthralling”—and readers everywhere will call it fabulous! Written by Heckart’s son, this unusual biography tells all the tales that Heckart heard and saw in her fifty-year career in movies, theater, and TV. Oscar-, Emmy-, and Tony-winning actress Heckart, she of the foghorn voice and forward-leaning gait, worked with most of the greatest stars of the twentieth century. Wait till you read the one about Dietrich and—wait, can’t tell that one here. Or the one about—nope, not that one either. Oh, well.Just Outside the Spotlightis a remarkable memoir, packed with heartwarming family photos and never-before-seen images of stars, and with unforgettable anecdotes.

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  • 16 Camp Classics That Keep Us Laughing

    05/13/15 ,via Advocate

    The huge cast includes Sarah Jessica Parker, Maggie Smith, and Eileen Heckart in fine comic turns. The Birdcage (1996) Robin Williams and Nathan Lane brought gay camp and drag into the movie mainstream in director Mike Nichols’s update of the 1978 French ...

  • Unexpected treat

    05/13/15 ,via Times of Malta

    “It is very well known because it was also developed into a film of the same name, which won Eileen Heckart an Oscar for portraying the role of the mother. It is a challenging and exciting piece, which, although set in 1969, is still just as relevant today.

  • Butterflies Are Free

    05/11/15 ,via The Malta Independent

    "It is very well known because it was also developed into a film of the same name, which won Eileen Heckart an Oscar for portraying the role of the mother. It is a challenging and exciting piece, which, although set in 1969, is still just as relevant today."

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Eileen Heckart - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Eileen Heckart (March 29, 1919 – December 31, 2001) was an American actress of film, stage, and television. Contents 1 Early life 2 Career 2.1 Stage 2.2 Film and ...

Eileen Heckart - IMDb

Eileen Heckart, Actress: One Life to Live. Versatile, award-winning character actress Eileen Heckart, with the lean, horsey face and assured, fervent gait, was born ...

Eileen Heckart - Biography - IMDb

Versatile, award-winning character actress Eileen Heckart, with the lean, horsey face and assured, fervent gait, was born Anna Eileen Stark on March ...

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