Highlighting legends such as Mary Astor, John Wayne, Alfred Hitchcock, Spencer Tracy, Lana Turner, Gary Cooper, Patricia Neal, Betty Hutton, and Bob Hope, Oasis: Conversion Stories of Hollywood Legends uncovers stories of recovery and conversion—intimate portraits that often contrast with the more common profiles of these all-too-human stars. Many were touched by infidelity, alcoholism, unbridled ambition, or other moral failings that often seem to characterize life in Hollywood. Some had deathbed conversions, others underwent a gradual process of conversion; each found solace in embracing the Catholic faith.
While taking nothing from their fame, Oasis: Conversion Stories of Hollywood Legends shows that even those who seem to have it all need the hope, strength, and fortitude provided by faith.
Mary Claire Kendall is a Washington-based writer of commentaries, features, books, and screenplays. She writes a regular column on Hollywood for Breitbart, and was a regular columnist for Forbes. She has written features and commentaries for the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, New York Daily News, New York Post, The Washington Times, Our Sunday Visitor, and Catholic New World.