Santa Barbara, CA – Award-winning screenwriter, Darlene Craviotto, entertains audiences around the world with her captivating writing style and thought-provoking voice. Prior to the launch of her new book An Agoraphobic’s Guide to Hollywood: How Michael Jackson Got Me Out of the House, Craviotto thrived both on the big and small screen, writing the Emmy award-winning Hallmark Hall of Fame’s Love Is Never Silent, garnering her Peabody and Emmy nominations, along with a Christopher Award, and later winning a MovieGuide Award for writing the Walt Disney Film Squanto: A Warrior’s Tale.
Behind the scenes of this successful Hollywood career, comes a story that not many people know. Craviotto received a call one day from Disney studios asking her to write a top secret musical film of Peter Pan for Steven Spielberg, with Michael Jackson in the starring role.
Disney’s project wasn’t the only secret Craviotto had to hide: Battling agoraphobia and afraid to leave her house for twelve years, since a car accident ended her promising acting career, she was now being asked to work side by side with Michael Jackson. It was the biggest assignment of her career.
“Being a ‘stay-at-home Mom’ takes on new meaning when you’re agoraphobic,” says Craviotto “Life isn’t exactly a walk in the park – I was a working mom with two restless kids under six, a neurotic agent, a demanding studio head, and a loveable under-employed actor for a husband. And then of course, there was Michael.
The scenes in the book between Jackson and Craviotto are based on actual audiotapes made (at Michael’s request) during their private story meetings. It’s a new look at Michael Jackson – humanizing him in a way we haven’t seen before.
An Agoraphobic’s Guide to Hollywood: How Michael Jackson Got Me Out of the House gives us a portrait of a man who wanted to remain a boy, and a woman who finally was able to grow up.