Monday, May 18, 2015

Book Spotlight: Twitch, Essential, and Gidgets by: Herbie J. Pilato

Beautiful, bright and becoming…
The immortal female legends of
classic television are profiled in exciting new book!

GLAMOUR, GIDGETS AND THE GIRL NEXT DOOR:
TELEVISION’S ICONIC WOMEN OF THE 50s, 60s, and 70s
By Herbie J Pilato
(Taylor Trade Publishing)

“Pilato pays tribute to the women who lit up the small screen in such now-classic shows as I Dream of Jeannie, Charlie’s Angels and The Mary Tyler Moore Show.  He devotes 5 to 10 pages to each actress, recounting her rise to fame, her experience on the show (or shows) she starred in, and some basic facts about her life. Among the profiled are Sally Field, who rose to fame in two very disparate roles in Gidget and The Flying Nun before going on to movie stardom; Cher, whose variety show launched her singing career; Patty Duke, who charmed viewers as Patty and her look-alike cousin Cathy on The Patty Duke Show but was forbidden to watch the show by her tyrannical managers; and Nichelle Nichols, who made history on the bridge of the Enterprise in Star Trek. With photographs of the leading ladies and plenty of quotes culled from magazines and interviews, Pilato’s guide will be a welcome trip down memory lane for many readers and a terrific resource for all film and television buffs.”
  • Booklist
“Back in the 60s and 70s, women on TV really knew how to work their magic on viewers, especially those playing witches or genies. Now, television historian Herbie J Pilato celebrates those small-screen sorceresses, as well as the surfer girls, sweethearts and superwomen that were the stuff of male baby boomers' fantasies, in the new book ‘Glamour, Gidgets and the Girl Next Door.’  Pilato has penned breezy profiles of 45 ‘iconic’ actresses, from Gale Storm (My Little Margie) to Mary Tyler Moore, who personified boomer TV in chapters with titles like ‘Teen Angels,’ ‘Country Girls,’ ‘Wonder Women’ and ‘Liberated Souls.’  Peppered throughout are interviews from many of the women, including Elinor Donahue (Father Knows Best), Adrienne Barbeau (Maude), Diahann Carroll (Julia) and Lindsay Wagner (The Bionic Woman). There's also plenty of trivia. Dawn Wells, for example, played Mrs. Howell in a stage musical of Gilligan's Island.   And while it's clear the women enjoyed the spotlight, they also seem humble. ‘It's flattering that anyone would consider me an icon,’ Donahue says in the book, but I don't.’”
  • Newsday
“Back in the 60s and 70s, women on TV really knew how to work their magic on viewers, especially those playing witches or genies. Now, television historian Herbie J Pilato celebrates those small-screen sorceresses, as well as the surfer girls, sweethearts and superwomen that were the stuff of male baby boomers' fantasies, in the new book ‘Glamour, Gidgets and the Girl Next Door.’  Pilato has penned breezy profiles of 45 ‘iconic’ actresses, from Gale Storm (My Little Margie) to Mary Tyler Moore, who personified boomer TV in chapters with titles like ‘Teen Angels,’ ‘Country Girls,’ ‘Wonder Women’ and ‘Liberated Souls.’  Peppered throughout are interviews from many of the women, including Elinor Donahue (Father Knows Best), Adrienne Barbeau (Maude), Diahann Carroll (Julia) and Lindsay Wagner (The Bionic Woman). There's also plenty of trivia. Dawn Wells, for example, played Mrs. Howell in a stage musical of Gilligan's Island.   And while it's clear the women enjoyed the spotlight, they also seem humble. ‘It's flattering that anyone would consider me an icon,’ Donahue says in the book, but I don't.’”
  • Newsday
Had a crush on a favorite star of the 50s, 60s and 70s?  This is your new guide to the lovely ladies of the era whether it was Diana Rigg in The Avengers, Goldie Hawn in Laugh-In or Suzanne Pleshette in The Bob Newhart Show. These memorable actresses all appear in ‘Glamour Gidgets, and the Girl Next Door Television’s Iconic Women from the 50s, 60s and 70s.’  
  • Cinema Books

“From Loni Anderson to The Lennon Sisters, Herbie J Pilato’s collection of small screen legends reminds us that America's pop-culture icons have never fit neatly into one simple mold. Americans have always been drawn to beauty and glamour, but there is more to the timeless subjects of Glamour, Gidgets, and the Girl Next Door, and it is revealed more clearly with each turn of a page.”
  • Terry Marks, President & CEO, Hooters

“Here are the women that we Baby Boomers wanted to be, date, or go shoe-shopping with in mid-century America. What a fabulous shindig Herbie J Pilato has thrown to celebrate these luscious legends! Glamour, Gidgets, and the Girl Next Door! is a joy for any TV fan who was there when these classic shows were new, and a must-read for anyone who wasn't." 

  • Frank DeCaro, Sirius XM Satellite Radio Host and author of The Dead Celebrity Cookbook. 


“As soon as I began to read Herbie J Pilato's Glamour, Gidgets and the Girl Next Door, a wide grin appeared on my face.  It never disappeared.  This book is a joyous account of the wonderful women from yesteryear's television.  I'm happy to say that I knew and worked with many of them.  Anybody who watched their delightful shows appreciated their talent and beauty.”

  • William Wellman, Jr., actor, author and son of the famed director, William Wellman


“Fans of classic TV will surely treasure Herbie J Pilato’s insightful new collation of our favorite ‘girls’ from yesteryear.  Herbie’s reflections and his collection of rarely scene photos will transport you back to simpler times and wonderful memories of these glamorous ladies.”

  • David Van Dusen, Author, The Walnut Times (The Official Dick Van Dyke Show Newsletter)


“Why is it so many books written about the entertainment industry aren't entertaining?  Not so with Herbie J Pilato's Glamour, Gidgets and the Girl Next Door.  He's clearly in love with the business and the actresses in it and it's a fun read to zip through.  This isn't one of those tell-all books, revealing private secrets that should've stayed untold -- this is a positive, fact-filled celebration of the women he writes about.”

  • Treva Silverman, Emmy Award winning story editor of The Mary Tyler Moore Show and That Girl


“A marvelous feast of observations…celebrates the glorious days of Hollywood's Gidgets and glamorous women that we should never forget….Herbie J Pilato is a brilliant author that preserves Hollywood history in a way that no other author has succeeded in doing.” 

  • Margaret Wendt, award-winning executive producer, director, journalist

The darling Donna Douglas who with both gusto and grace played the hot and hollering Elly May Clampett, the diamond in the rough on The Beverly Hillbillies…The barrier-and race-breaking performance of the distinguished Diahann Carroll as Julia in the same-named, first-African-American-led sitcom in TV history…The smart and sassy magic of  Barbara Eden on I Dream of Jeannie…Mary Tyler Moore…Lynda Carter…Dawn Wells…Farrah Fawcett…Suzanne Somers…Sally Field…each of them and more are probed, prodded and paid tribute to GLAMOUR, GIDGETS AND THE GIRL NEXT DOOR: TELEVISION’S ICONIC WOMEN OF THE 50s, 60s, and 70s, which is filled with insightful, entertaining and revealing biographies by renowned classic television historian, producer and consultant Herbie J Pilato (Retro Active Television, Twitch Upon A Star, The Kung Fu Book of Wisdom, among others). 

According to Herbie J Pilato, “There are so many charismatic women who have made their ‘beauty-mark’ in television. I wanted to celebrate their contributions, not only with regard to aesthetic appeal but to honor the intelligence, individual wit, and unique talent and style that each of them have contributed to television—and how that great medium in particular was utilized to introduce and showcase so many amazing and wonderful women to the world.”

For exclusive and key information on TV's top leading ladies who shattered expectations and paved the way for successive generationsGLAMOUR, GIDGETS AND THE GIRL NEXT DOOR will become the number one resource and go-to guide.  "We are pleased with our clients success" states Melissa McComas, CEO of Tsunami Worldwide Media, who represents Pilato in the areas of television, film and literary.  "Herbie J Pilato is fully engaged with his craft and is talented in many disciplines, he now has several television series in development and we will soon announce additional updates on those fronts" said McComas. 





Herbie J Pilato resides in Burbank, where he established Television, Ink, a production company geared toward family entertainment, he has produced for A&E, Bravo, TLC, Syfy, TV Guide Channel, Sony, Warner Bros., NBC Universal and others. In addition to his busy schedule, Herbie J Pilato established The Classic TV Preservation Society, a nonprofit organization that seeks to close the gap between popular culture and education.  Interviews with the author, and book copies are available upon request. 



CONTACT Herbie J Pilato

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