(Click here for information on the 2017 edition of Molly’s Imaginary Summer Book Club Featuring Classics of Women’s Literature. As all of the four selected titles have filmed adaptations, we will be looking at the movie versions as we go along. This month, the July selection, Brooke Hayward’s Haywire.)
Brooke Hayward is the daughter of agent-turned producer Leland Hayward (whose Broadway and film credits include South Pacific, The Sound of Music, Gypsy, Mister Roberts and The Spirit of St. Louis, as well as the founding of Southwest Airways) and celebrated Broadway and Hollywood star Margaret Sullavan (best remembered for starring in four films opposite Jimmy Stewart, including The Shop Around the Corner).
While her 1977 memoir is packed with details of a charmed life in Beverly Hills and Brookfield, CT., tales from generations of colorful and eccentric landed-gentry ancestors, teenage tales of hell-raising with Jane and Peter Fonda (Henry Fonda was Sullavan’s first husband and the families remained close), and a chic, cosmopolitan life as sometimes-actress and full-time socialite (and marriage to Dennis Hopper)… as well as inexorable sadness, as Brooke becomes the last person standing in a family that died almost entirely by their own hands. Continue reading