Wendy Lawless: Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau

Wendy Lawless

New York Times Bestselling Author, Stage and Television Actress

Wendy Lawless is the bestselling author of Chanel Bonfire, a stunning memoir about an actress's unconventional, heartbreaking childhood with an unstable alcoholic and suicidal mother — a real-life Holly Golightly turned Mommie Dearest — and the unusual strength that allowed her to rise above it all.

By the time Lawless turned seventeen, she'd known for quite some time that she didn't have a normal mother. But that didn't stop her from wanting one.
Georgann Rea didn't bake cookies or go to PTA meetings; she wore a mink coat and always had a lit Dunhill plugged into her cigarette holder. She had slept with too many men, and some women, and she didn't like dogs or children. Georgann had the ice queen beauty of a Hitchcock heroine and the cold heart to match.

At the podium and in her evocative, darkly humorous memoir, Lawless deftly charts the highs and lows of growing up with her younger sister in the shadow of an unstable, fabulously neglectful mother. Georgann, a real-life Holly Golightly who constantly reinvented herself as she traded up from trailer-park to penthouse, suffered multiple nervous breakdowns and suicide attempts, while Lawless tried to hide the cracks in their fractured family from the rest of the world.

Lawless depicts a childhood blazed through the refined aeries of The Dakota and the swinging townhouses of London, while the girls' beautiful but damned mother desperately searched for glamour and fulfillment. Ultimately, they had to choose between living their own lives and being their mother's warden.
In addition to the story itself covered in Chanel Bonfire, Lawless’ presentations cover a variety of topics, including surviving a difficult childhood, sisterhood, motherhood, mental illness, substance abuse, as well as her writing process.
Lawless has also published essays in the local Los Angeles press, in Redbook, and on Powells.com. A stage and television actress, she appeared on Broadway in The Heidi Chronicles and Off-Broadway in the Obie Award-winning play All in the Timing. She lives in California with her screenwriter husband and their two children.

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  • Chanel Bonfire
  • Surviving a difficult childhood
  • Mental Illness
  • Substance Abuse

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