In 1950s Los Angeles, Anne
Ford was the epitome of the California golden girl, a former beauty queen and
model-turned-fashion designer whose success and charm were legendary. So how is
it possible that such a woman could die in squalor, an alcoholic street person
brutally murdered in a burned-out West Hollywood building? In searching for
answers to the heartbreaking trajectory of her mother’s life, writer Laurel Saville
plumbed the depths of Anne’s troubled past and her own eccentric childhood to
untangle the truth of an exceptional, yet tragic, existence. What she
discovered was a woman who was beautiful, well-educated, and talented—yet
tormented by internal demons and no match for the hedonistic culture of
Southern California in the 1960s and 1970s.
With unflinching honesty and
stirring compassion, Saville explores how what we bring forward from previous
generations can shape our own lives, and how compassion and love for a difficult
parent can be a person’s bridge to a better life. Download and start listening now!