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Welcome to my new newsletter.
Wanted: Interviews with Authors, Artists, Small Business Owners, Entrepreneurs and Health Care Providers who want to share their story with readers, potential new clients and editors of newspapers and magazines.
If you have a book (or a few books) and/or want to write one and wish upon a star to promote your work/book, this one’s for you.
I am a professional writer, editor, blogger and publicist with substantial background in print media as a newspaper reporter, editor and newsletter editor. Just in case you want to contact me .
Here is a sample interview for you to think about, consider, and/or dream about.
I friended her on Facebook. That is how I found out that Cammie had passed on. Instead of getting a message from her, my friend request was accepted by Cammie King Conlon Remembered… I was shocked and dismayed. She was so full of life and mischief, she could have played the feisty grandma in Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum novels. A real character. She told everyone she met that she peaked at age 5.
The last email I received from Cammie was in June 2009. It was about her memoir “Bonnie Blue Butler — a Gone with the Wind Memoir.” She wrote that some So and So was selling it on Ebay and she cussed *&^%$#@ . Cammie died of lung cancer on a Wednesday morning, September 1 2010 at her home in Fort Bragg. She was 76 years old.
The world did not know Cammie Conlon. But they remember Bonnie Blue Butler, the doomed only child of Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’Hara. She played Bonnie in the 1939 classic movie Gone With the Wind when she was just 4 years old. She remembered that she loved the pony and said that Clark Gable was very kind to her. She only had two scenes with Vivien Leigh and one of them was cut out of the iconic film. Her mother helped her learn her lines but she forgot sometimes. That was until the day the director told her that his children and other people’s children were depending upon her to be properly prepared for each scene. She knew that she was no Shirley Temple.
In May 2008, Cammie and I had a delicious breakfast together at the pet friendly, romantic with gorgeous ocean views, Little River Inn where she worked. She kept me laughing with funny tidbits about her showbiz career that ended at the ripe old age of five. Instantly, her charming manner put me at ease. She did not want to talk about herself except to say that there are four museums dedicated to the movie and she attended teas and memorabilia shows every year.
It was her first and only movie. She got the role when her older sister, Diane, got sick just before filming. The 74-page memoir has cast and family photos, describes life growing up in the 30’s and 40’s in Los Angeles. Cammie also discusses the huge bash billionaire Ted Turner (CNN and Turner Movie Company and owner of Gone With The Wind) staged on the movie’s 50th anniversary in 1989.
She created a blog for the memoir book at http://bonniebluebutler.wordpress.com.
I recently watched Gone With the Wind again and noted that Ms Cammie kissed Clark Gable at least three times. Do tell, was he a good kisser, Cammie? Lip smacking…
Well, Ms Cammie aka Bonnie Blue Butler, we’ll be thinking about you tomorrow. Fiddle dee dee. RIP.