ACTRESS TURNED CHILDREN’S AUTHOR

Former sixties starlet Carole Wells has just written a children’s book that is receiving rave reviews. It is titled Amberella: An Action Hero Adventure from AuthorHouse. Below is the publisher’s book description:

Amberella is An Action Hero Adventure story of a little princess searching to find her mother. She travels through different exotic lands experiencing frightening and funny encounters. The Queens from different enchanting lands teach her wisdom, respect and secret guide lines to prepare her for her future. She learns from different animals how to communicate and respect all living creatures. Many children have responsibilities beyond their years. Amberella is a fantasy to help children cope with adult problems by learning that the Laws of the Universe can make them stronger and more successful. Amberella demonstrates how to believe in one’s self and dare to live one’s dreams. Critics are saying that Amberella is not only for children, but a book for all ages!”
As for Carole Wells starlet days, she was a gorgeous gal with big green eyes and long silky flaxen hair.  She once rightly told a magazine reporter, “When you’re a blonde, people always notice you.”  Talented and charming with just the right movie star look, she should have become a superstar but contractual TV obligations, her interest in opera singing, and her commitment to her family seemed to get in the way of big screen stardom.  Instead, Wells co-starred on television in the family drama series National Velvet and the wild and wooly sitcom Pistols ‘n’ Petticoats.  Drive-in fans remember Wells for playing the blonde tease who vamps college student Doug McClure in the hot rod film, The Lively Set (1964).  She was off the big screen for close to ten years when she surprised her old fans by accepting a part in the cult horror film The House of Seven Corpes (1974).  But in her next feature Wells faced an even more terrifying monster in Barbra Streisand when she accepted a supporting role in Funny Lady (1975). You can read more about Carole, who also wrote the foreword, in my book Drive-in Dream Girls.
Below are rare outtakes of Carole Wells in Funny Lady most of which Streisand had excised from final print due to her having creative control over the sequel.

Per Carole, “Barbra was always very nice to me but I kept my distance.  We had a nice rapport but—she may have evolved since then—she was totally just interested in her own work.” It wasn’t until after Funny Lady was released that Wells’ opinion of La Streisand dropped dramatically. “Barbra had the power in the editing room and had me cut out three
times,” exclaims Wells.  “I had a dance scene with Ben Vereen but it was dropped. I think this was a shame because here you had a Tony winner and a great entertainer in Vereen and she cut him out so much.  There are a lot of things I did in that movie
that people won’t see because Barbra omitted my scenes.  Jimmy Caan jokes how the movie was about the back of his head.  It was Barbra’s face on everything.  The film needed more of a balance because you had a lot of good actors, funny scenes and a lot of people beautifully costumed by Bob Mackie and Ray Aghayan for it to have so much cut out.  Everybody was sick about it.  We saw how long it took to film some of these scenes and they never got shown.”

 

 

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