David Carradine, The Eye Of My Tornado a memoir by Marina Anderson (Transit Publishing, Montreal Canada) has just launched in stores nationwide, Canada and UK, July 12. Book signings are scheduled for July 23 – Book Soup, West Hollywood (the first book signing ever for Anderson) and August 12 at Barnes & Noble, at The Grove. Anderson is donating % of her personal profits from sales from each evening to Children of the Night and animal rescue organizations founded by its President, Dr. Lois Lee, who will be making an appearance at the venues.
The book is more than a tell-all written by the ex-wife, actress and personal manager of the actor, but speaks to readers universally regarding their personal journey, revealing the truth about the couple, addresses conquering fear, overcoming obstacles and exposes Carradine’s demons (as reported from 2003 court documents and interview in the book with Dr. Drew Pinsky) as well as Anderson’s own issues. “It’s an avenue for his fans and the general public to know, understand and accept him as a man, not a celluloid fantasy. If they read the book, I think they will have a great deal of empathy for David.”
David Carradine died in a Bangkok hotel room, on June 3, 2009, an apparent victim of autoerotic asphyxiation. Amid sensational media speculation, Anderson disagreed with what was reported in the press and launched her own investigation into the death of her ex-husband. Her conclusions are startling.
“I felt information was being suppressed and things like the surveillance tapes, tampered with. My gut instincts were telling me something went terribly wrong, that David was targeted and there was a cover-up. I called a few trusted psychics and astrologers and decided to do my own investigation into his death. I’m convinced there was foul play. I refused to let David’s death remain stigmatized like it was. There was little substance in the media as to why a person would partake in such an activity (sexual asphyxiation). I felt how he died had a bigger purpose. This subject matter is something that shouldn’t be shoved into the shadows in embarrassment or shame. I felt I was being handed the baton to move it out into the open, into the light, to see that the exploitation was taken out of the situation and replaced with insight and understanding of him and of us. To show common denominators other people have in their lives as well — that they can identify with, so more people can learn from it and maybe save other lives. But that’s only a small part of the book.”
The reader is taken through Anderson’s life, from the abuse she suffered in her early years, to beyond her six-year relationship with Carradine. As his personal manager, Anderson was responsible for Carradine’s career resurgence that lifted him from a has-been drunk to restoring his legacy as a sober “A-lister”, culminating in landing the plum role in Quentin Tarantino’s film Kill Bill.
This is the first book about Carradine other than two books he wrote himself. “I started writing this before our marriage broke up. I felt a heavy responsibility to write about us in a balanced way, to look at things as objectively as possible.”
Anderson exposes it all: how she helped him overcome his alcohol issues and supported Carradine into sobriety. She details his “dark side” revealing how and why Carradine’s incest contributed to the destruction of their marriage. She recounts their most intimate moments, and builds to an amazing conclusion at the end of the book.
David Carradine — a world icon, had a volatile, dark and brilliant personality. His acting career spanned four decades on stage, television and cinema. He became an international sensation as Kwai Chang Caine in the ‘70s hit television series Kung Fu. Further cementing his icon status, he starred in the classic movies Death Race 2000, Bound for Glory, The Long Riders and literally hundreds more.
With the help of re-known celebrity Dr. Drew Pinsky (Celebrity Rehab, Sober House), issues are addressed with the interview occupying an entire chapter. Anderson was able to exorcise the demons that have haunted her for so long about their relationship that almost destroyed her. Nevertheless, she loved Carradine passionately. This is an equalized look at the man both critical and sympathetic. Anderson provides a mature, yet loving look, at their life together. It was a whirl of auditions, star-studded parties, exotic locations, red carpets, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Readers’ experience first hand a fascinating behind-the-scenes account of celebrity life in the fast lane including her relationships with rocker Don Henley and actor Dabney Coleman.
Anderson gives readers a look at what made them tick as individuals. She writes with candor, humor, and doesn’t hold back about herself as well, encompassing the yin-yang, humor, the delight, light and passion of their love and relationship. This personal account represents Anderson’s final therapy, her way to rid the demons that have haunted her for so long, the struggle to regain her “self” back while trying to save her marriage. It’s her heart rendering, empowering struggle of overcoming obstacles to a healthier life and a complex story of two souls, two spirits intertwined.
Anderson also recounts their inability to have children and their IVF attempts, and how others can benefit from her experience as well as metaphysics, psychics, astrologers, numerologists and how they played a part in her support system. Revealed readings include famed clairvoyant, John Edward. Also included in the book are selected funny, poignant and profound stories from friends and people who worked with Carradine.
“I wanted to stop a pattern in my life. My relationship with David was the catalyst of that happening to finally heal the matrix of my being. To be able to snatch the pebble out of my master’s hand. It was an excruciating path to that healing and writing the book was a major part of it. There’s a reason for “telling all” and that reason is to help others. The more people talk about “taboo subjects”, the more they might seek help to get healing and closure. I want people to walk away after reading the book feeling empowered. “