The Accidental Caregiver: How I Met, Loved, and Lost Legendary Holocaust Refugee Maria Altmann

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The life story of Maria Altmann inspired The 2015 film "Woman in Gold" starring Helen Mirren.

The Accidental Caregiver debuted as a stageplay at the Robert Moss Theater in New York City on January 26, 2015.

"From the most unlikely of unlikely romances comes a deeply felt, touching, humorous exploration of what love and age mean in today's world. I can't recommend this book highly enough." -Stan Evans, Emmy-award winning writer, and author of Box of Mustaches

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When thirty-two-year-old actor Gregor Collins reluctantly interviewed for a job as a caregiver more out of a favor to a friend - he had no idea his life was about to change forever.

Seconds into the chance meeting in 2008 with, it would turn out, a world-renowned Holocaust refugee named Maria Altmann, there was an unexplainable magic in the air - it felt as if they had already met. And Collins was suddenly thrown into a situation with which he had never before been confronted: caring for someone other than himself.

Gregor offers us a personal and unprecedented look at Maria over the three intimate years he cared for her - her thrilling escape from the Nazis, her fight and subsequent win in the landmark Supreme Court Case to return original Gustav Klimt artwork that belonged to her family in Austria, and the extraordinary people she met along the way. But the real heart of the story transcends mere historical facts.

Through a refreshingly raw portrayal of their unlikely and unbreakable bond, imbued with humorous, candid anecdotes about his mercurial relationship with Hollywood, Gregor takes us on a deeply emotional journey of how he opened up his heart to a 92-year-old woman in need - and in turn experienced the love he had been searching for his entire life.

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Gregor is a writer, actor and producer living in New York. Starting his career in Los Angeles producing reality TV, he shifted to acting, performing on stage, on television, and in independent feature films. His writing and acting have been featured in The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Huffington Post, Publishers Weekly, Cinema Editor Magazine, and on Off and Off-Off Broadway stages across New York. The Accidental Caregiver stageplay was performed in New York at the Robert Moss Theater and The Austrian Cultural Forum. Gregor grew up in the Washington, D.C. area, and holds a BA in Media Production from Florida State University. He is a lifelong caregiver, and a proud companion for ComForCare in New York City.

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"It is not simply a memoir: it is a stirring testament to the immeasurable legacy of Maria Altmann; Collins' magnum opus is nothing less than an enlightened insight to the best of the human soul." -Paul K. DiCostanzo, Managing Editor, TGNR (tgnreview.com)

"In his captivating diary about Maria Altmann's final three years of life, Collins portrays a Golden Lady and the eventful century she survived and lived... a memorable story of suffering, history, art, memories, fun, and love." -Austrian Cultural Forum New York

"Collins's affection for Maria comes out on every page--variously reverent, poignant, awestruck, and romantic." -Publishers Weekly

"Astonishing and self-assured... moments of hilarity alternate with deeply tender scenes... a beautiful memoir not to be missed." -Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"Collins captures the charm, magnetism, flirtatious, funny, acerbic and wise sides of that extraordinary woman for whose affection I vied. Bless him for keeping her memory alive." -Stephen Lash, Vice Chairman of Christie's

"A lovely story of an extraordinary connection." -Janet Faraone, Vice President, Tuckahoe Woman's Club

"Heartfelt, joyous, sad... and every emotion in between." -Erika Finn, Huffington Post

"Gregor Collins discovers history, heroism and himself through the unexpected humor and wit of his 92-year-old companion Maria Altmann."-Sarah Rorimer, writer and granddaughter of "Monuments Man" James Rorimer

"Gregor Collins's unconventional story of love is Harold and Maude meets When Harry Met Sally--two souls bound together with glue and good humor...life-affirming and life-changing." -Vicki Abelson, creator and host of Vicki Abelson's Women Who Write

"The Accidental Caregiver" is a tour de force not only of care-giving but of love-giving... a moving, compassionate, beautifully wrapped gift for future generations to come." -Alice Kornitzer, Co-Artistic Director/Dramaturge, Omnivore Productions (London)

"The Accidental Caregiver takes you on a wonderful, heartwarming journey of love and loss... a May/December romance story come to life." -BobbiKroot, board president of the Center for Successful Aging, and executive of the Jewish studies program at Indiana University.

"Collins brought Altmann alive in a way the court cases and other sources have not done." -Zari Harat, English teacher and business coach in Hamburg

"Gregor made the last three years of my mother's life worth living." -Chuck Altmann

"From the most unlikely of unlikely romances comes a deeply felt, touching, humorous exploration of what love and age mean in today's world. I can't recommend this book highly enough." -Stan Evans, Emmy-award winning writer, and author of the critically acclaimed memoir Box of Mustaches

"One of the most beautiful, intense and delightful books I've read in quite some time." -Beryl Hall Bray, Co-Founder/Publisher, Wow! Women On Writing

"It practically throbs with love and laughter and tears." -Muri McCage, Screenwriter and Finalist at the Moondance International Film Festival

"The Accidental Caregiver shows that age has no boundaries when it comes to love and meaningful influences in life... ultimately celebrating the possibilities and magic inherent in saying 'yes' to something different and unexpected." -Midwest Book Review

"A fourth of the way in and I was hooked. Collins' narrative is deep, heartfelt, and honest... it gripped my heart, mind and soul." -Isabella Camilleri, author of The Blake Curse

"A truly unique love story. Gregor mesmerizes in his account of an incredible woman's life through the eyes of her endearing young caregiver." -Holly Weiss, author of Crestmont

"Why, oh why, didn't this book come with a package of tissues?!?" -Lynette Carrington, Lifestyle Editor/Writer, Arizona Sports and Wildlife Magazine

"Through incredibly touching and intimate exchanges between Collins and Altmann, coupled with riveting accounts and historical facts, Gregor has illuminated one of the great stories of the twentieth century, and had the genius to bring us this first-hand tale of justice, history, and the humor and charm that define the great Maria Altmann." -Doug Dobransky, author of Autumn Sister

"From the giving of care comes this beauty of a story illuminating the pleasures and joy of simply being together." -Diane Burnside Murdock, blogger and author of 'The New Art of Dying'

"Gregor was my mother's last great love." -Margie Altmann

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