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Joseph Egan is something of a renaissance figure. Soon after earning a degree in film and theatre, he wrote for and edited a weekly entertainment newspaper. In addition, he is the editor of a privately printed anthology, has edited several college literary magazines, worked as a freelance editor, and is a professional researcher. Mr. Egan has also worked in motion picture promotion, has had several film scripts optioned, and served as a judge at an international independent film festival. As a conceptual artist, he has presented installations in New York City as well as in the Midwest. Joseph Egan is also a close personal friend of Marylyn Thorpe Roh, the child at the center of this famous custody case. He is an expert on a wide range of subjects, including the motion picture Heaven's Gate, producer David O. Selznick, inventor Nikola Tesla, and of course, Mary Astor. Mr. Egan and his wife live on the side of a mountain in Dutchess County, New York, where their daily visitors are restricted to white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, chipmunks, rabbits, raccoons, and a rather reclusive family of possums.
"This candid account of the case, drawn from materials in Astor's estate and written with the support of her family, will fascinate fans of the golden age of films." -Booklist "Cinema and celebrity buffs,..will revel in Joseph Egan's account of Mary Astor's life" -- Broadway World "The Purple Diaries is a fascinating piece of Hollywood detective work, a character study of a forward-thinking and sexually liberated woman and an examination of the tabloid press." -- Shelf Awareness "The Purple Diaries is a Red Hot Read!" -- Medium "As much as Astor's fans liked reading about her romantic exploits, they loved seeing her in the role of martyred mother even more: the woman who was willing to gamble her reputation in order to save her relationship with her child." The New York Post "Joseph Egan gives a detailed account of the custody battle that, for a time, pushed the Spanish Civil War and Hitler's Olympic Games off the front pages of America." -- The Huffington Post, Best Film Books of 2016 "Newspaper clippings and family photos pepper The Purple Diaries, providing a glimpse into the lost world of Old Hollywood and the pandemonium the court case caused. It's this wider scope that makes The Purple Diaries endlessly fascinating. Now if the present-day Hollywood could just adapt it to the screen." -- Entertainment Weekly "Joseph Egan gives a detailed account of the custody battle that, for a time, pushed the Spanish Civil War and Hitler's Olympic Games off the front pages of America." The New York Post "Egan tells Astor's story with smooth efficiency. He captures important nuances, facts and emotions, but he doesn't weigh his narrative down with unnecessary details. The players in this drama are fleshed out like characters in a play..." -- A Classic Movie Blog