MARY LOUISE WILSON in conversation with WAMC’s JOE DONAHUE – July 27th, 2015

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Oblong Books & Music presents
in conversation with WAMC’s JOE DONAHUE
Monday, July 27, 2015  – 7:00 p.m.
Morton Memorial Library, Rhinecliff, NY

RHINECLIFF, NY—On Monday July 27, 2015 at 7:00 pm, award-winning actress Mary Louise Wilson will join WAMC’s Joe Donahue for an event at the Morton Memorial Library, 82 Kelly Street, Rhinecliff, NY to discuss her new memoir, MY FIRST HUNDRED YEARS IN SHOW BUSINESS.  The event is presented by Oblong Books & Music in Rhinebeck. Tickets are $10 which may be applied towards the purchase of Wilson’s book in advance at the Rhinebeck store or at the event  (limited to one discount per book purchased).

Wilson won a Tony for her portrayal of Edith Bouvier Beale in the Broadway production of Grey Gardens. She is also a prolific film actress whose most recent role was playing Aunt Martha in the Academy Award-winning Nebraska (2014). In 2015, while playing in On the Twentieth Century, on Broadway, Wilson traveled to Austin, Texas to participate in SXSW – the film, music and interactive festival, seen as an annual playground for hipsters. She was there to debut Ron Nyswaner’s documentary on her career entitled She’s the Best Thing in It – which pretty much says it all in the title.

At this event she and Donahue will talk about her passion for gardening and writing, her extensive career in film and on Broadway, and what inspired her to write this book. A portion of the evening’s interview will be recorded for later national rebroadcast on NPR’s The Book Show.

Mary Louise Wilson became a star at age sixty with her smash one-woman play Full Gallop in which she portrayed legendary Vogue editor Diana Vreeland, a role that earned her a Drama Desk Award. Her life and her career have been enviably celebrated and varied. She has acted on and off Broadway, in films and TV for nearly fifty years. Her  other notable roles include Vera Joseph in 4000 Miles at Lincoln Center (Obie Award), and Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret (Tony nomination). Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker and The New York Times, and she teaches acting at Tulane University in her home town of New Orleans.

Raised with a social climbing, alcoholic mother, Mary Louise moved to New York City from Louisiana in the late 1950s; lived with her gay brother in the Village; entered the nightclub scene in a legendary review; and rubbed shoulders with every famous person of that era and since. My First Hundred Years in Show Business gets it all down. Yet as delicious as the anecdotes are, the heart of this book is in its unblinkingly honest depiction of the life of a working actor.


Joe Donahue is Vice President of News and Programming at WAMC, and is host of The Roundtable, an award-winning, nationally recognized eclectic talk program. At WAMC Joe talks to people on the radio for a living. In addition to countless impressive human “gets” – he has talked to a lot of Muppets. Joe grew up in Philadelphia, has been on the area airwaves for more than 25 years and currently lives in Washington County, NY with his wife, Kelly, and their dog, Brady. And yes, he reads every single book.

Oblong Books & Music began as Oblong Books & Records in October 1975 in Millerton, NY, and opened a second location in Rhinebeck in 2001. Oblong is now proud to be the largest independent book and music store in the Hudson Valley.

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