In what has to rank as one of the year’s strangest bits of personal juxtaposition, actress Stefanie Powers is busy this week promoting a new book about her nine-year affair with William Holden just a few months after starring as Norma Desmond in an east coast stage production of Sunset Boulevard.
The actress tells LA Times classic film beat writer Susan King that the inspiration for her November 2nd autobiography From the Hart was sparked last year by the death of her mother and her own, since cured cancer diagnosis. When she touches on another tangential reason for the book, it’s hard – at least for us – not to think of the way Holden’s character famously speaks from beyond a watery grave at the beginning of the 1950 Billy Wilder film.
“There was another book about Bill that had ‘direct’ quotes from people that I know the author could never had gotten because they were dead by the time he wrote the book… I thought son of a gun, all that has ever been written about Bill is going to remain the standard by which everybody judges him.”
Hart’s book is being released eleven years to the day since the November 2, 1999 publication of Cameron Crowe‘s Conversations with Wilder.