I sat down with journalist and author Jeannette Walls to talk about her memoir The Glass Castle that is now a Hollywood film. The film stars Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, Naomi Watts and others. The film releases on August 11, 2017.
Walls grew up poor and lived in a home with no running water or electricity. She left home at 17 for Manhattan, where she completed her high school and started working for a local newspaper in Brooklyn. Walls then went on get her undergraduate degree from Barnard College and became a journalist. She worked as a gossip columnist for MSNBC. While covering stories about celebrities Walls realized that she had never shared her story of a gritty and nomadic childhood, where her family lived in cars, abandoned buildings and foraged for food .The irony did not escape Walls that she now lived in a nice apartment, while her homeless parents lived in an abandoned building and foraged for food. The dissonance did not escape her and that prompted her to write her memoir that became a best-seller.
We also have a highlight of an upcoming interview with filmmaker Alexandra Dean on her documentary Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story. Lamar was not just a beautiful actress, but also an inventor. The film releases in November 2017.
This interview was aired on TV in the US.