Posts Tagged ‘women’s lib’


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Two strong and dynamic women with great tales to tell are my guests on The Halli Casser-Jayne Hour when joining me at my table are Joan Juliet Buck the first and only American woman ever to fill the coveted position of Editor-in-Chief of Paris Vogue and whose new book is eye-opening THE PRICE OF ILLUSION. And in our second half-hour the equally dynamic former model, actress, writer, Fiona Lewis the author of a brutally, candid new memoir MISTAKES WERE MADE (some in French).

Joan Juliet Buck, the only child of larger-than-life film producer Jules Buck, was born into a world of make-believe. Her childhood was a whirlwind of famous faces: John Huston, Peter O’Toole, Lauren Bacall, Federico Fellini, Angelica Huston, and many more; ever-changing home addresses: London, Paris, Cannes, Los Angeles; and the unspoken lesson that appearances mattered more than reality. When Joan became the first and only American woman ever to fill the coveted position of Editor-in-Chief of Paris Vogue, she quickly became a force in the cult of fashion and beauty. Joan’s world was the land of illusion. But illusions cannot be sustained indefinitely, and they always come at a cost. In her new book THE PRICE OF ILLUSION Joan offers up a dazzling compulsively readable memoir spanning six decades spent in the creative heart of London, New York, Los Angeles, Milan, Paris, and more. But what is the price of illusion? Tune in to find out.

Dynamic womenModel, actress, writer and raconteur, Fiona Lewis has led the life of which dreams are made. Smart, savvy beautiful, her acting credits include Roman Polanski’s ‘The Vampire Killers’, Ken Russell’s ‘Lisztomania’, and Brian de Palma’s ‘The Fury’. She is the author of the novel BETWEEN MEN, her writing appearing in the New Yorker, The Observer and the Los Angeles Times. And, she may be, which she candidly admits, the only woman in America who has written for the New Yorker and posed for Playboy. One marriage didn’t work, one has, and her list of friends is a Who’s Who of international royalty. But then, just when life seemed to be singing along just famously, Fiona Lewis woke up one morning, asking herself that proverbial question songstress Peggy Lee once asked: “Is that all there is?” And then she met a French chateau, and answers to her own questions came, chronicled in her new memoir MISTAKES WERE MADE (some in French).

Hollywood, the 60s, fashion, fame, Vogue, Paris, illusion, memoir and strong and dynamic women on The Halli Casser-Jayne Hour. Be sure not to miss this one! The podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.


Written by Halli Casser-Jayne on . Posted in HC-J Blog

Am I the luckiest girl in the world to be able to talk to FOUR accomplished women in one day, role models for us all, four women who do what we are here on earth to do – live – and live well? You betcha! Fearless, witty, smart, savvy, winsome, wily each of their lives is a testament to a life well led. You will be intrigued by their journeys to success, appreciate the obstacles that life threw them and marvel at their ability to turn lemon into lemonade.

It is interesting that two of the women who I spoke with last week, Lila Garrett who wrote the scripts for some of the most popular sitcoms of the 60s and 70s, and Cynthia Helms, who was married to Richard Helms, the Director of the CIA are both octogenarians. They came from a time when women were relegated to the kitchen. Yet both women chose life paths different than most of their peers. They were groundbreakers for women of a later generation, who because of their lives had choices they otherwise wouldn’t have had…

…which is something that both women realize, and something that they both agree is a sad part of their legacy. Today, young women assume that everything is coming their way, as the song from the Oklahoma! the musical says. In fact, everything isn’t coming their way and they shouldn’t assume that it is. It is a reason for great concern when the fight for women’s liberation is considered a cause won. It is not. Consider that women in 2013 still don’t equal men in comparative men to women salaries. Women’s health care issues still are not deemed as important as men’s and women’s research studies lag behind men. How many CEO women are there as compared to men?

While it is true that women have more choices than ever, their choice-making has come at great expense. On a whole, women who work full-time jobs still are the one’s to run most households. These dual occupations have cost women much in their physical health. Today, cardiovascular disease has decreased among men, but continues to increase in women.

In speaking with women like Cynthia Helms, who joined the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS) in World War II, then took off for America from her native England, and divorced at a time when women simply didn’t do that, and Lila Garrett who broke through the walls of the male-ordered TV writing business, I’m reminded that it wasn’t that long ago when the choices we had today were a fight for our mothers.

It would be wise of all of you to remember that.




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