An Agoraphobic's Guide to Hollywood

How Michael Jackson Got Me Out of the House
Darlene Craviotto

Peter Fenton  EYEING THE FLASH

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"Darlene Craviotto’s “An Agoraphobic’s Guide to Hollywood: How Michael Jackson Got Me Out of the House” is Insightful, Moving, and Honest" Barb Caffrey
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An agoraphobic screenwriting Mom.

A top secret film project starring Michael Jackson.

It could only happen in Hollywood.

AN AGORAPHOBIC’S GUIDE TO HOLLYWOOD: HOW MICHAEL JACKSON GOT ME OUT OF THE HOUSE

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An agoraphobic screenwriting Mom.
A top secret film project starring Michael Jackson.
It could only happen in Hollywood.
AN AGORAPHOBIC’S GUIDE TO HOLLYWOOD: HOW MICHAEL JACKSON GOT ME OUT OF THE HOUSE

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Hollywood, California

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What a very honest, very funny, very poignant read. Thanks for putting it out there
Los Olivos, California

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LOVED the book!…I thought it was wonderful, primarily because it felt like an honest recounting of an experience. It’s the sort of experience I’d always hoped to have with (Michael) one day - none of the fandom and autograph stuff ever appealed to me. I have to say, I laughed extra hard about the Jon Peters story. I met him once in a coffee shop… I actually finished reading the book while sitting under my favorite tree near Neverland. It felt appropriate.

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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and entertaining, December 14, 2011
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I found Craviotto’s book a refreshing page-turner that informed and entertained me on a number of levels. What is it like to be agoraphobic? What is it like to be a screen writer? What is it like to sit across from a mega star like Michael Jackson and collaborate on a secret project? The way the author puts this all together is funny, heartfelt, insightful and bright. Really worth the read.


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Santa Barbara, CA.

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I have just finished reading your book. It was hard to put it down! What an amazing story!