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MALACHY MCCOURT & FIONA LEWIS, THE INTERVIEWS
“Memoirs are a well-known form of fiction,” or so said Irish writer Frank Harris. He was kidding, of course, right?! This week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show Halli brings you two delightful guests, the always charming Irish-American actor, writer, politician and the author of a hilarious, smart and insightful new memoir DEATH NEED NOT BE FATAL, Malachy McCourt. Also joining Halli at her table model, actress, writer Fiona Lewis the author of a fun, fascinating and candid new memoir MISTAKES WERE MADE (some in French).
Model, actress, writer and raconteur, Fiona Lewis has led the life of which dreams are made. Smart, savvy beautiful, her acting credits include Roman Polanski’s ‘The Vampire Killers’, Ken Russell’s ‘Lisztomania’, and Brian de Palma’s ‘The Fury’. She is the author of the novel BETWEEN MEN, her writing appearing in the New Yorker, The Observer and the Los Angeles Times. And, she may be, which she candidly admits, the only woman in America who has written for the New Yorker and posed for Playboy. One marriage didn’t work, one has, and her list of friends is a Who’s Who of international royalty. But then, just when life seemed to be singing along just famously, Fiona Lewis woke up one morning, asking herself that proverbial question songstress Peggy Lee once asked: “Is that all there is?” And then she met a French chateau, and answers to her own questions came, chronicled in her new memoir MISTAKES WERE MADE (some in French).
Before his brother Frank wrote ANGELA'S ASHES, Malachy was the famous McCourt. Malachy was a bon vivant actor, talk show host, saloon owner -- he practically invented the singles bar, was a pioneer in talk radio, a soap opera star, a best-selling author, a gold smuggler, and he was once a candidate for governor of the state of New York. Known as a professional Irishman, he was a regular on the Tonight Show. Now he is the last of Angela's children, the others long dead and gone. That, and given that he is Irish, make Frank's younger brother a bit of an expert on death, death the subject of his latest book, DEATH NEED NOT BE FATAL. But not to worry, no grim reaper here, DEATH NEED NOT BE FATAL is a hilarious, eye-opening, heretical, smart and sassy look at all things death and dying as only an Irishman could write that will take you from laughter to tears, brotherhood, poverty, history, the famous -- Bill Clinton, John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Merv Griffin are just a few names that crop up in thi