Ann Dvorak Book Launch Party Re-cap

Year of Ann Dvorak: Day 319


I have finally recovered from the Ann Dvorak: Hollywood’s Forgotten Rebel Official Book Launch Party on Tuesday. I think it’s safe to say that it was more than successful and is probably one of the few Los Angeles parties where people actually showed up early. Guests were filtering in while I was sitting there getting my hair done!

There has probably never been so much Ann Dvorak piled into one room, and the response was overwhelming. The Library Store ordered 40 copies, and at the end of the evening, there were only two left. The Ann Dvorak recipes seemed to have gone over well and the food table was empty by the end, other than some of the fudge which was admittedly too sweet with a weird molasses aftertaste.

The turnout was way better than I expected and it felt like my own episode of “This is Your Life,” with some people showing up who I hadn’t seen over 25 years. There was also a good amount of people who I did not know or am related to, which reinforces that Ann Dvorak is someone others give a damn about. Being able to have the party at Central Library, which is my home away from home, made it even more special.

Thanks to everyone who came out or sent well wishes. After 15 years, it’s still bizarre to have the book out in the world but now feels much more real.


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6 Responses to “Ann Dvorak Book Launch Party Re-cap”

  1. Mike says:

    Thanks for sharing all the marvelous pictures. And congratulations again on your magnificent accomplishment – we old movie buffs are forever grateful.

  2. admin says:

    Thanks Mike, I appreciate it!

  3. Vienna says:

    Great pics. Gives us a real flavor of the event. You look quite at home, signing copies!
    Glad it all went so well. You deserve it.

  4. admin says:

    Thanks Vienna! I have to admit, it felt pretty good signing books!

  5. Scott says:

    Day-yum! Sure wish I could have been there. Appreciate all the phabulous photographs. So many nice smiles.

    Mary C is 101 years old, is she not? Unbelievable.

    Anyway, congratulations.

  6. admin says:

    I did some digging into our genealogy collection at the library and she is going to be 100 in February. Still unbelievable and she is a hoot!

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