Disturbing Demises

Ever wonder what the last words uttered by Joan Crawford were?  Or what River Phoenix took to the grave? Any idea why Judy Garland’s body was kept in cold storage for a year? Local author, journalist and dead celebrity expert, Alan Petrucelli has answers to these questions and more in his book, Morbid Curiosity: The Disturbing Demises of the Famous and Infamous. Alan has contributed to many publications, including The New York Times, People, Us Weekly, Family Circle, Ladies’ Home Journal, USA Weekend, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, New York Daily News and Working Mother.

Join noted celebrity journalist Alan W. Petrucelli for a strange, startling and utterly fascinating look behind the word’s most notorious celebrity deaths. Joan Rivers calls Morbid Curiosity “ …a very funny, very clever book—it’s shocking and sinful, and I couldn’t put it down.” Robert Osborne, host of Turner Classic Movies says, “Morbid Curiosity is a cornucopia of Hollywood gossip and tidbits, much more humorous than macabre, delivered from a different point of view than any book I’ve read about celebs. It’s breezy, pithy, informative, odd and, despite its subject matter, certain to amuse.”

A question and answer session will follow the presentation. 

Warning: Some photos that will be shown are actual, graphic crime and death scenes.

March 20, 2010
3:00pm – 4:00pm
Center for Museum Education – Classroom A

– Lisa

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