Highlighting legends such as Mary Astor, John Wayne, Alfred Hitchcock, Spencer Tracy, Lana Turner, Gary Cooper, Patricia Neal, Betty Hutton, and Bob Hope, Oasis: Conversion Stories of Hollywood Legends uncovers stories of recovery and conversion intimate portraits that often contrast with the more common profiles of these all-too-human stars. Many were touched by infidelity, alcoholism, unbridled ambition, or other moral failings that often seem to characterize life in Hollywood. Some had deathbed conversions, others underwent a gradual process of conversion; each found solace in embracing the Catholic faith.
While taking nothing from their fame, Oasis: Conversion Stories of Hollywood Legends shows that even those who seem to have it all need the hope, strength, and fortitude provided by faith.
Mary Claire Kendall is a Washington-based writer, with a special focus on Hollywood. She has written three feature film screenplays; three pilot sitcoms; a TV action drama pilot; two feature film treatments; and is producing and hosting an interview show about Hollywood, for which four episodes have been filmed. In 2013, she completed a collection of short stories and continues to add to it. She has been published in Forbes, where she was a regular columnist in 2012 and 2013; and Breitbart, where she was a regular columnist in 2014; as well as the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Washington Examiner, The Weekly Standard, Washington Times, San Francisco Examiner, NY Daily News, New York Post, Newport Life Magazine, National Catholic Register, Catholic New World, and Our Sunday Visitor, among other venues. A graduate of Wellesley College, Mary Claire served as a political appointee in the Administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, at the Departments of Education (1987-88) and Health and Human Services (1989-93), respectively, as a speechwriter, policy analyst and representative spearheading various initiatives.