Bringing Back The Old Hollywood: Wild Times and Life Lessons With Sinatra, Cruise, Reeve, Madonna and More

Simon, Stephen

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Synopsis: Hollywood producer/director/executive Stephen Simon’s provocative and entertaining new book illuminates a bold and controversial new plan to save new movies from extinction. Simon also shares the fun of growing up in The Old Hollywood: Frank Sinatra was my “godfather.” My Dad was a successful producer/director and I spent the Sundays of my youth with Dad’s best friends Red Skelton, Milton Berle, Jack Benny, and Lucille Ball. I played touch football with Elvis Presley, and rode horses every Saturday with Ronald Reagan. In my own thirty-five year Hollywood career, I fired Nancy Meyers, who went on to become the most successful woman film director in history and I also said no to Steven Spielberg. A genius, I’m not. I produced a film with Tom Cruise before he was TOM CRUISE, made a classic love story with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour, and had more fun producing a film with Madonna than anyone with whom I have ever worked. Madonna gave me lessons in honesty. Yes, really. She did. I believe that the moments that haunt us most are the things we yearned to do but were afraid to attempt. When we try and fail, at least we know. I’ve tried and failed a lot. In 1990, I got divorced, I declared bankruptcy, my home went into foreclosure, and my car was repossessed out of my garage. My family and career were in ruins, and my life looked and felt like a country and western song. When I left Hollywood in 2001, I was broke, demoralized, desperate, and again deeply in debt. I thought that my movie career was over. No, I knew it was over. Wrong again. It was only by leaving Hollywood that my movie career came rushing back into my life, stronger and more exciting than ever. The spirit of The Old Hollywood is engrained in my soul and my book is a passionate declaration that The Old Hollywood is most definitely not gone forever. I invite you then to join me in welcoming back The Old Hollywood as it is reborn. That rebirth can come sooner than we can even imagine. Because we are the ones who can now bring it back. From the book: “Fade In. We’re in a family room in the year 2023. A couple in their early fifties are watching one of their favorite films on Turner Classic Movies as their teenage daughter walks in, sits next to them for a moment, and speaks. “You guys are so cute with your old movies.” “Thanks, sweetheart,” Mom laughs. “Can I ask you something?” the daughter responds. Putting the film on pause, Dad says “Sure. What’s up?” “It must have been so cool for you guys to have lived during a time when they still actually made new movies every year. What was that like?” Fade Out. Or Not. It’s up to us.”

About the Author: Stephen Simon was born into a successful Hollywood family. His father, S. Sylvan Simon, was a producer/director who made films with stars such as Abbott and Costello, Lana Turner, and Red Skelton. S. Sylvan Simon died when Stephen was four years old, an event which compelled Frank Sinatra to become Stephen’s “godfather”. Stephen’s stepfather Armand Deutsch, was a film producer at MGM who produced films with stars such as Robert Taylor, James Stewart, and Grace Kelly. Armand Deutsch adopted Stephen, changing the young boy’s last name to Deutsch. In 1996, Stephen legally changed his name back to Simon. In more than thirty years as a producer, director, and production executive, Stephen Simon has been involved in the production of over twenty films. Stephen produced such acclaimed projects as the Academy Award® winning What Dreams May Come (starring Robin Williams and Cuba Gooding Jr.), the cult classic Somewhere in Time (Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour), and All The Right Moves (Tom Cruise). Stephen was also co-executive producer on fan favorites Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey (Keanu Reeves), produced She’s Out of Control (Tony Danza), executive produced Body of Evidence (Madonna), produced the first original film to premiere on the Internet (Quantum Project), starring John Cleese and Stephen Dorff, was an executive producer on Linda McCartney for CBS Television, and was nominated for an Emmy Award as one of the executive producers of Homeless to Harvard for Lifetime Television. Stephen was the head of production of the film companies of legendary Hollywood producers Ray Stark (Funny Girl, The Goodbye Girl, The Way We Were) and Dino De Laurentiis (Serpico, La Strada, 3 Days of The Condor). Stephen has been a voting member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences since 1984. Stephen earned his B.A. from UCLA in 1971 and LLD from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles in 1974. Stephen’s sister is well-known film critic Susan Granger. Stephen resides near Portland, Oregon with his wife Lauren, two of their six children, two cats, and a dog. For more information:www.TheOldHollywood.com

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