Twilight of the Blondes

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Seattle drama major Karoline Morrison thinks she has the magic and a plan that will save her marriage and promote the career of her sexy, charming classical/jazz pianist husband. A dramatic turn of events casts her into the maelstrom of Hollywood during the Golden Age of the fifties and sixties, when blondes ruled. At every turn, the values from her sheltered childhood on McNeil Island and her Norwegian Pentecostal mother are put to the test, from Arab prince to studio executive, to wealthy heir and mob boss. Circumstances force her back to Seattle where she spends six months at the Seattle World s Fair taking roles as model, Girl of the Galaxy, human target in the Wild West Show, and fake Spaniard at the Spanish Village. When the fair closes, she believes her only option is to return to Hollywood and the nightclub life. This is a story of her survival in a life-changing decade.

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Karoline Morrison currently resides in a house overlooking Puget Sound in Seattle, Washington. She lives with three good-looking males: her husband Dennis, her son Brandon, and her awesome cat named Orange Julius Caesar (or Joules for short.) Karoline and Dennis split their time between the Seattle house, an art-filled vacation house on the edge of the continent at Ocean Shores, Washington, and aboard their boat, the Velvet Elvis. She no longer runs an antique shop in the Carnegie Library Building in Ballard, Washington. She now owns the building and conducts estate sales to keep her hand in the game. She can often be found in the upstairs office of the Carnegie Building, working on the sequel to Twilight of the Blondes. The title of that sequel is My Mother's Was Bigger And Had Roses Painted On It. Clothing and fashion are still a passion of Karoline s. She continues to suffer from closet gridlock. She still has her very first merry widow and it still fits!

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During the Golden Era of the 1950's, The Hollywood Reporter named Karoline Morrison the Queen of the Sunset Strip. She was the voluptuous cigarette girl at the glamorous Ciro's, a showcase for beautiful women, notorious mafia figures,and Hollywood celebrities, a name-dropper hang out that was intoxicating to those that were fortunate enough to make it through the front doors. Karoline pulls no punches as she remembers those names, their stories or how they blended with hers in this bittersweet tale of a woman redefining herself in the era when traditional roles for women changed. This is an almost unbelievable story of personal growth and loss that reads more like a novel than a memoir. I'm sure this will leave you dreaming, like it did me: I wish I could have been there! --Neil Low, Author of Thick as Thieve, Sign of the Dragon, Unreasonable Persuasion and Unholy Alliance.

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