“This book is a refreshing look at those who have
dared to do something different with their lives.”
From the Foreword by Clint Eastwood
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Celebrities show you how
you can succeed!
Susan Cantrell has interviewed several thousand people -
with a focus on celebrities -
throughout her two-decade, award-winning journalistic
career writing for local and national newspapers and
Her signature - according to editors, readers and
interview subjects - is offbeat and thought-provoking
questions that have inspired revealing answers
from such celebrities as: Clint Eastwood, Lauren
Bacall, Kevin Costner, Jay Leno, Joan Fontaine,
Olympia Dukakis, Suzanne Somers, Doris Day, Ted Turner,
Glen Campbell, Willie Nelson, Brooke Shields, John
Denver, The Smothers Brothers, Olivia Newton-John
and many more. She lives in Pacific Grove, California
where the ocean is her muse.
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is a must read for those who need to define and follow
their own unique path ..." Robert Michael Fried, Fortune
500 marketing strategist; best-selling author, A
Marketing Plan for Life
Whatever your age, the book
Conversations with Extraordinary Monterey Peninsulans
will inspire you to follow your dreams and show you, by
example, how to realize your goals and fulfill
your life’s purpose.
journalist Susan Cantrell hand-picked these most
inspiring 62 people, who overcame rejection and
hardships to become famous nationally or internationally
in 10 fields of endeavor: Acting, Invention, Sports,
Comedy, Fine Art, Literary Art, Aviation, Business,
Spirituality, Partnership. And they all chose to
live in the Eden we call the Monterey Peninsula.
with Clint Eastwood, who worked in a pulp mill and as a
lumber jack to put himself through acting school after
his father told him acting was "all dream world stuff."
celebrities who dared to dream include:
Betty White: The witty actress and
animal champion who continues to delight audiences well
into her twilight years.
Reggie Jackson: Baseball hall-of-famer
and self-made millionaire, who said, “When I was a young
kid, heat in the house made me happy; running hot water;
going to the bathroom inside; eating food from the
store, not out of brown bags; having my oldest sis
taking me to Sears and buying me a couple underwears and
pants to go to college at Arizona State . . ."
The man who invented
the frozen margarita machine, now housed in the
Smithsonian Institute, who followed his dreams from
poverty to owning a chain of restaurants and mentoring
small business beginners.
Iris Rainer Dart: The author of
“Beaches” and the daughter of poor Russian immigrants
whose book became a best-loved movie, starring Bette
Midler. Fear of losing her best friend to death inspired
Dart’s story line.
Hank Ketcham: The creator of “Dennis
the Menace” who was once quite shy, hiding behind his
large signature glasses.
Bill Morris: A Guinness World Records
athlete who did 20,100 sit-ups in 11.5 hours - without a
bathroom break - to raise money for the Make-A-Wish
Lamont Johnson: The original voice of
Tarzan who rose from the ashes of Hollywood’s Black
List, and from his sick bed as a child, to direct
Hollywood’s top stars.
Mickey Kapp: A Grammy-winning record
producer who, after countless rejections, was the first
to send music to the moon with the world’s original
This is but
a small sampling of the awe-inspiring legends of our
time you will read about in Starwords.
Their stories of courage and enterprise will encourage
you to reach for and finally realize your own dreams.
You will also learn that these seeming Super Beings are
very human, humorous and vulnerable and suffer from the
same foibles, insecurities and mistakes we all do.
Read Raves About StarWords
Interviews for sample
interviews. Also enjoy Susan Cantrell's monthly
web columns Mental Pause®,
a humorous account of aging: and
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