The Ladies of Beverly Hills

by Sharleen Cooper Cohen



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 6/27/2005

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 416
ISBN : 9781412058841
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 1
ISBN : 9781412236249

About the Book

Four women are linked by a passion for the same man, Belson McKintridge, a legendary screen idol and notorious womanizer. McKintridge risks everything for one desperate, international scam, setting forces in motion that will change the ladies' exotic world forever. In Beverly Hills, nearly everything and everyone is for sale.

Phyllis McKintridge, the beautiful daughter of Felix Anhalt, a wealthy real estate magnate, is married to Belson's grandson, Peter. Peter is heir to the fabulous McKintridge estate that includes thousands of acres of choice Beverly Hills property, several houses, a golf course and a huge staff of servants. But Phyllis must learn the painful cost of love and how fleeting her happiness can be in the face of much stronger forces.

Marla Gilbert is not content to stay home with her two children and wonders if it's truly her husband's business that keeps him away so much. When she throws herself into a new career as an interior designer, it opens up avenues of fulfillment she did not associate with the business world.

Vicky Feinstein is a novelist, struggling desperately to be accepted by the right people. She grew up on the wrong side of the tracks in the Beverly Hills and fights her own needs and desires in an attempt to get what she thinks she wants. Kept on the outside by the powerful Belson McKintridge and the vindictive Leslie Paxton Winokur, she claws her way until she gains entry into their exclusive inner sanctum, only to discover it is rotten to the core.

Leslie Paxton Winokur used her talent and fierce ambition to escape her life in a small Texas town and become the top interior designer in Beverly Hills. But her many secrets and strong desire for revenge finally destroy her only chance to have what she really craves.

Here in this golden lotus land of glamour, sensuality and seduction, these four women share a rivalry and drama that no other playground of the rich and famous can match. And no pleasure or passion can compare to the sweetness of revenge against Belson McKintridge.

About the Author

SHARLEEN COOPER COHEN began her business career by creating a highly successful interior design firm. Her work has appeared in major national magazines, such as House Beautiful and Architectural Digest. After a decade as a designer, she turned to writing novels. Seven published novels later (THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW, REGINA'S SONG, THE LADIES OF BEVERLY HILLS, MARITAL AFFAIRS, LOVE SEX AND MONEY, LOVES OF VALUE and INNOCENT GESTURES), over two million copies of her books are in print in the U.S., Italy, Spain, Norway, Sweden, China, and the United Kingdom. Three of them have been optioned for television. During her career as a novelist, she toured the United States numerous times, appearing at speaking engagements, book signings and on television and radio.

In 1995 she wrote her first musical, SHEBA, which she co-produced with the Jewish Repertory Theatre, Off-Broadway in New York. SHEBA was one of the JRT's most successful productions and garnered an excellent New York Times review. The SHEBA CD was released in january 2000 by Original Cast Records. To update SHEBA for the new millennium major changes were made, songs were added and the score was reorchestrated. Formerly a sing-thru libretto, SHEBA is now scene and song. A backer's presentation of the new Pop Rock Gospel Musical took place in Los Angeles in 2004. This production, a community outreach project, brought together the African-American and Jewish communities in an entertainment experience, and had the support of both religious communities. It also served as a blueprint for a national tour. SHEBA was awarded Honorable mention in the Stage Play Script category of the 2004 Writer's Digest Writing Competition.

Since SHEBA premiered, she was associate producer of STREET CORNER SYMPHONY on Broadway and also produced JERRY HERMAN'S THE BEST OF TIMES at the Vaudeville Theatre in London's West End. In January of 1999, she produced COOKIN' AT THE COOKERY, the story of Alberta Hunter, in conjunction with the Arkansas Repertory Theatre.

Her musical, STORMY WEATHER, the story of Lena Horne, had its first reading in New York in December 1998, then in Los Angeles in September 1999, featuring a cast that included Barbara McNair, Tamara Tunie, Kelly Brit, Dennis Cole and Ron Glass. Additional readings, directed by Billie Allen, were held in New York in October 2000 and October 2001, both produced by Amas Musical Theatre. The cast included Phylicia Rashad, Ruth Williamson, and Tamara Tunie, choreography by Hope Clark. STORMY WEATHER was awarded Honorable Mention in the Stage Play Script category of the 2000 Writer's Digest Writing Competition. Amas Musical Theatre produced a workshop of STORMY WEATHER in June 2004, directed by Victoria Pero with choreography by Hope Clarke. The cast included Leslie Uggams, LaTanya Hall, Blair Ross and John Hillner. In February 2005, The Manhattan Theatre Club produced a reading of STORMY WEATHER to assess it's viability for a major production.

Sharleen's original musical, BLACKOUT, with music by award-winning composer Debra Barsha (RADIANT BABY), had a workshop reading in New York December 2003, produced by Amas Musical Theatre. Directed by Phillip George, the cast included Funda Ducal, Patrick Jude, Alan H. Green, Christina Nuki, Jenelle Lynn Randall, Julian Rebolledo, James Sasser and Robin Skye.

She has obtained the stage rights to one of the most popular and highest grossing films of all times, AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN and is currently working as a book writer and producer with Douglas Day Stewart on a musical based on the original screenplay.