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Love in Wynwood:

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memories of the ’80s – Rage of Angels by Sidney Sheldon

download-2In 1980, Sidney Sheldon wrote a best-selling novel that would also become a popular mini-series: Rage of Angels.

Focusing on lead character Jennifer Parker, a young assistant district attorney, Sheldon shows a naive woman who as her office is investigating Mafia boss Michel Moretti, makes a mistake to allow him to escape the net of the police.

Parker gets fired and is soon grilled by lawyer Adam Warner, who not only realizes she is innocent of helping Moretti, but that he is attracted to her. Meanwhile Moretti wants to make Parker a mob lawyer and also finds himself attracted to her.

Parker begins an affair with Warner, who is unhappily married, and finds out his wife Mary Beth wants him to run for the Senate. She confronts Jennifer, convincing her that she would harm his career as a politician and tells Warner she is pregnant. Meanwhile Parker breaks it off with Warner and finds out she is pregnant with Warner’s child.

Vulnerable to Moretti, Parker raises her son without Warner’s knowledge and is soon dragged into Moretti’s world, and becomes his lover. But Moretti’s distrust of her despite her use of him to help retrieve her son after a kidnapping leads to the love triangle once again of Moretti, Parker and Warner.

Published by William Morrow, the book’s success and the established career of Sheldon lead to the book becoming a television mini-series in  February 1983, starring Jaclyn Smith, Ken Howard and Armand Assante.

Although highly-rated, the mini-series was high drama and cliffhangers, and ended with the protagonist not getting the good guy in the end.

As the King of the Potboiler, Sheldon’s atypical style to focus on a strong female character, her relationships and a healthy dose of drama made for a popular book and mini-series.

 

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Wynwood bird

This Wynwood bird is a pantone rainbow:

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memories of the ’70s – The Other Side of Midnight by Sidney Sheldon

theothersideofmidnightA bestseller that became a film and the story of two women whose lives are tied together because of love and loss during World War II: The Other Side of Midnight by Sidney Sheldon.

Sheldon, a successful writer of television and plays, also focused on novels and his second novel, The Other Side of Midnight, was a thriller set in Europe, with two women as the lead characters.

Catherine Alexander and Noelle Page are the two protagonists, two women linked through their relationship with one man: Lawrence Douglas.

Page meets Lawrence when she is very young, escaping her life as a pawn of her Father to survive in Paris. She promises herself to him before he leaves for the war, with Douglas saying he will return to marry her.

Alexander is a naive young woman who after leaving college moves to Washington DC and has a relationship with a politician whose work leads her to meet Douglas. Known as a charmer, Douglas lures the young Catherine into a relationship, who marries him.

Page doesn’t forget being scorned by Douglas and as she tries to blackmail him after learning of his duplicity and marriage to another, she also has several men on a string as she becomes a famous actress, including one man she helps save from the Nazis by smuggling him to north Africa.

Meanwhile Douglas and Alexander move to Greece after the war, with Douglas working for Page, although not realizing who she is. Her determination to take her revenge leads her to start an affair with Douglas and destroy his marriage.

The duo decide to kill Alexander, but when she learns of their plot, she survives their first attempt and then disappears, while Douglas and Page are accused of murder and go to trial.

The novel was published in 1973, the second one by Sheldon. The book was a success, reaching the number one spot on the New York Times Bestseller List and being optioned into film, which was released in 1977. Consequently the film also became a Bollywood film in Hindi, Oh Bewafa in 1980.

In 1990, Sheldon wrote the sequel, Memories of Midnight, to offer a resolution to the character of Catherine Alexander, who had disappeared and possibly reappeared at the end of The Other Side of Midnight.

 

 

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Wynwood paint by numbers

The street art way to paint by numbers in Wynwood Arts District:

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Wynwood Little Red

A new take on Little Red Riding Hood in Wynwood:

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memories of the `80s – Saving All My Love For You by Whitney Houston

whitney_houston_-_saving_all_my_love_for_youIn the mid 1980s, a young singer kicked off her career with a debut album and a hot single: Saving All My Love for You by Whitney Houston.

Signed by Clive Davis to Arista Records in 1983, Houston started working on her debut album in 1983.

The search for the right songs to fit her gospel voice was difficult, with the popularity of rock songs that were prevalent in the early 1980s.

Soon songs came from Jermaine Jackson, Narada Michael Walden and Michael Masser who wrote Saving All My Love For You, which had previously been recorded and released by Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. in 1978.

With an original budget of $200,000, the album`s long production swelled the budget to double $400,000.

The second single from the album, which was released on February 14, 1985, Saving All My Love for You was released in April 1985.

It was chosen as a result of a bet between Masser and Davis, who watched the female audience reaction to the song after a performance by Houston in Los Angeles.

Entering the Billboard Hot 10o at 53, the song steadily climbed the chart, reaching the top 10 in five weeks and hitting the number one spot in October 1985, spending 15 weeks in the top 40.

The song was reviewed well by critics and won Houston her first Grammy in 1986 for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, one of four nominations she received for the debut album Whitney Houston.

The first number one single by Whitney Houston, the song would become the first of seven consecutive number one singles released by an artist, a record that still holds to this day. The album was certified 13 times platinum and has sold over 25 million copies worldwide.

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