Have you ever met someone, just chatted away like you’d known them for years, and then learned they had done something big? That just happened to me, and as I was reading her email, I busted out with “Oh crap she’s famous!”
Who am I referring to? Let me introduce Darlene Craviotto to you. I’ve reviewed her book, “An Agoraphobic’s Guide to Hollywood – How Michael Jackson Got Me Out of the House” a while ago, and raved about how well written it is. I did know that Darlene had written screenplays as well, but after seeing her résumé, my mouth dropped open.
We are going to have some fun. I’m listing Darlene’s bio and professional resume for you to view. She has also offered copies of her book, “An Agoraphobic’s Guide to Hollywood – How Michael Jackson Got Me Out of the House”, to 5 awesome winners. The grand prize receives not only a copy of her book, but can ask any questions concerning screenplay writing etc. If you have dreamed of your story on the big screen, this is your chance to get the inside scoop from someone who worked in Hollywood! To enter the drawing, please subscribe to my blog if you aren’t already, and leave a comment that you would like to enter the drawing. It’s that easy. In a few more days, I will post an interview with her as well.
Before you read her information, I’ll just say she acted in a movie with Helen Hunt.
Darlene Craviotto Bio:
Darlene Craviotto started her Hollywood career as a tour guide at Universal Studios while performing in a local repertory theatre at nights. Her first break was being cast as the romantic lead opposite Don Knotts in the world premiere of the play, A Good Look at Boney Kearn. As a result of her performance, she was cast in her first feature film, co-starring with Kathleen Quinlan, and Bibi Andersson in the critically acclaimed I Never Promised You a Rose Garden.
Soon after completing the film, a car accident prematurely halted her film-acting career, and Ms. Craviotto turned to screenwriting. She was first hired as the executive story editor for the David Jacob’s (Dallas) CBS series Married: The First Year. Turning next to long form projects, Ms. Craviotto wrote the NBC television film, Angel Dusted where she once again acted, this time co-starring with Jean Stapleton, and Helen Hunt. She also co-wrote Sentimental Journey, the CBS television film.
Next followed Love Is Never Silent for the Hallmark Hall of Fame on NBC, which won numerous awards including an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Special, and also garnered Craviotto an Emmy nomination for outstanding writing. Other awards for the movie included the Amade Unesco Award, and the Christopher Award for best television film writing, as well as Humanitas and WGA nominations for outstanding writing.
Ms. Craviotto’s first feature film, Squanto: A Warrior’s Tale, was released by the Walt Disney Studios and won a Movieguide Teddy Award when it was selected as one of the “Ten Best Family Films” of the year.
For the stage, Craviotto wrote, Pizza Man, which won both the L.A. Dramatist Award and Dramalogue Award as best new play of the season. Published by Samuel French, Pizza Man has been translated into eight languages, and has been produced all over the world.
Returning to UCSB in 2005 to finish a B.A. in Feminist Studies, Ms. Craviotto received an URCA (Undergraduate Research & Creative Arts) grant for her senior thesis research on Philadelphia’s Central High School’s 1983 gender integration. The 50-minute film that resulted from that research is No Girls Allowed and it is Ms. Craviotto’s first directing venture.
Ms. Craviotto’s “The PediatricianVisit,” was anthologized in the A Cup of Comfort series (A Cup of Comfort for Mothers & Sons) in 2004. Her narrative non-fiction An Agoraphobic’s Guide to Hollywood – How Michael Jackson Got Me Out of the House was published by Front Door Books in 2011.
- “False Prophet” screenplay Warner Brothers 1999-2000
- “Wild Horses” screenplay Jerry Bruckheimer Prod. 1997-1998
- “This Crazy Thing Called Love” screenplay Jerry Bruckheimer Prod. 1996
- “The Deptford Mice” screenplay Jim Henson Prod. 1995
- “Iron Man” screenplay Touchstone 1994
- “Squanto” screenplay Disney 1993
—Movieguide Award/Outstanding Family Film
- “Pizza Man” theatrical play Samuel French 1986
—National Repertory Award for Playwriting
- “Shadows” screenplay 20th Century Fox 1983
- “Sentimental Journey” teleplay CBS 1983
- “The Ride” screenplay Motown Features 1982
- “American Made” screenplay CBS Features 1981
- “Angel Dusted” teleplay and co-producer NBC 1980
- “Dallas”_______”Black Market Baby”/teleplay____CBS__1979
- “Married: The First Year” story editor/writer (series) CBS 1979
Please visit Darlene’s blog at http://darlenecraviotto.com/
Until Next Time…
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