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An Agoraphobic's Guide to Hollywood: How Michael Jackson Got Me Out of the House

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When award-winning screenwriter Darlene Craviotto receives a call from Disney Studios asking her to write a musical PETER PAN for Steven Spielberg, with Michael Jackson in the starring role, it seems as though all of her Hollywood dreams are about to come true... If she can just get out of the house. Life isn't exactly a walk in the park for this working mom, with two rest ...more
paperback/e-book, 265 pages
Published November 17th 2011 by Front Door Books (first published November 8th 2011)
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Daniel
Jan 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, memoir
Reading An Agoraphobic's Guide to Hollywood made me realize that Michael Jackson is about as iconic and mythical a personality for me as Peter Pan. I grew up in Santa Barbara, herded sick kids around Neverland Ranch, and spent about eight years in Los Angeles convincing myself that I didn't want to be part of the Hollywood machine (I don't, I don't, wait... where do I sign to sell out?). So I could visualize Westwood, the Santa Ynez Valley, and all of that, but I could also see the Hideaway and ...more
Brie
Dec 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
It was an interesting read about the authors battling her agoraphobia while writing a screenplay for a movie version of Peter Pan for Michael Jackson to star in. The movie never was made and she was able to use this project to help her push out of her home and rejoin the world a little. Definitely an interesting read and I am glad I won this book through the "First Reads" contest here at Goodreads.
Jesse Kimmel-Freeman
Feb 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Interesting book, I like the cover and I love the title!
Yasseen
Apr 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An Agoraphobic’s Guide to Hollywood: How Michael Jackson Got Me Out of the House by Darlene Craviotto is as fast paced as a thriller and delivers surprises worthy of a Knut Hamsun novel.

Another name for the book could be “Courage.” Think of it: you spend years working towards a career goal and then, just as you are about to arrive, it vanishes. What do you do?

The author, was about to co-star in a Hollywood movie when her driver crashed her car. Her face was so badly injured she couldn’t keep her
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Jennifer
Jun 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Darlene Craviotto is a real life heroine! This book invoked every possible emotion while I read it. I purchased "An Agoraphobic’s Guide to Hollywood: How Michael Jackson Got Me Out of the House" and read it in one day. My nose stayed glued to my iPad! I can say that happens with a good novel, but not nonfiction. I think I've read five in my life, most of them on writing.

In her book, Darlene takes us behind the scenes of Hollywood screenwriting, and a peek into the intriguing, yet mysterious, wor
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Meg - A Bookish Affair
Jul 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, memoir, 2012
An Agoraphobic's Guide to Hollywood is definitely a different kind of memoir. Imagine that you're a screenwriter in the early 90s and you get to work with the infamous Michael Jackson on a top secret project and the top secret project happens to be a movie version of Peter Pan (Note: this is way creepy to me knowing what we know of Jackson now). That would make for a good story, no? Oh, and just to make it a little more interesting, you have an oft debilitating case of agoraphobia (an anxiety di ...more
Harvey Burgess
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Darlene Craviotto’s engaging memoir, ‘An Agoraphobic’s Guide to Hollywood: How Michael Jackson Got Me Out of the House’, is an insider’s account of how this award-winning screenwriter fought to overcome the constraints of agoraphobia (fear of basically everything) while at the same time battling the ‘Hollywood system’ and dealing with one of the world’s more eccentric and mystifying celebrities. It’s one of those rare behind-the-scenes glimpses of the travails of a writer, but Ms. Craviotto tell ...more
Java Davis
Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
(A www.kindlebookreview.com review)

I have to admit that although the book is essentially about the author's struggles to overcome agoraphobia, I often forgot that because the back story was so exciting.

This screenwriter was asked to collaborate on a new Peter Pan movie featuring Michael Jackson as Peter Pan. Although the author worked for the movie company, it was understood that she needed to collaborate with Michael Jackson and keep him happy while still fulfilling her contract with her emplo
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Tony Talbot
Oct 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Darlene Craviotto was handed a dream job: write a movie starring Michael Jackson and directed by Steven Spielberg.

By clever juxtapositions of her frantic family life (2 young kids and a husband, her battles with agoraphobia) against the isolation of Michael Jackson and the strangeness of Hollywood, Craviotto lets us into a bizarre world, one we'd never normally see.

The private life of one of the biggest artists of the 20th century, good and bad, and the creative process of making a film from s
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Tim Flanagan
Apr 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Let me start by saying that I know very little about Agoraphobia and wasn't a massive Michael Jackson fan, so this book wouldn't normally have appealed to me. However, once I started, I honestly couldn't stop reading it - work got in the way! Ms Craviotto's agoraphobia is a wonderful reflection of Michael's timid and shy nature; both of them reluctant to leave their homes for different reasons. They both seem to understand the vulnerability in each other, creating a bond that is creatively produ ...more
June Collins
Jul 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
This author is a skilled writer beyond many that we find with self publishing. If you are, or were, a Michael Jackson fan you will find this story fascinating. Great insight to the workings of 'behind the scenes' Hollywood. It is a really good read. One I am comfortable highly recommending.
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Darlene Craviotto has worked professionally in the entertainment industry for over twenty-five years. After starring opposite Don Knotts in the play, A GOOD LOOK AT BONEY KEARNS and co-starring with Bibi Anderson and Kathleen Quinlan in the film, I NEVER PROMISED YOU A ROSE GARDEN, the debilitating effects of a car accident made her switch from acting to screenwriting. She wrote Hallmark Hall of F ...more
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