Wednesday, July 20th at 7:00 p.m.
In The Eternal Party, you might not find out “Who shot J.R.?” but you will follow author Kristina Hagman as she reflects on an environment that included the likes of Dennis Hopper chill-laxing in the family jacuzzi and a grandmother (Mary Martin) who played Peter Pan. Get to know the real Larry Hagman and more with Kristina on Wednesday, July 20th at 7:00 p.m. Reading, Talk, Q&A and Signing.
Growing up in the Hagman family, Kristina lived a life of constant financial ups and downs until her father Larry hit the actor’s jackpot playing the infamous J.R. on Dallas. In The Eternal Party, she recounts the multi-generational stories that led to huge stardom, not just once but twice – her grandmother Mary Martin and her father, most famously known for two very different roles, first, as Tony Nelson in I Dream of Jeannie and later as the villainous J.R. in Dallas. With Kristina, the reader journeys back to the 1960’s and a lifestyle in which partying, drinking and hanging out naked were the norms. Kristina delves into her father’s past and illuminates his relationship with his mother, Mary Martin. She also gives voice to her own mother, the Swedish Maj, whom Larry wed when he was 23 and stayed married to until his death, devotedly caring for her when she developed Alzheimer’s disease.
Kristina Hagman, diagnosed with dyslexia as a child, found ease from an early age in communicating her inner world through making images. With her father’s support, she moved to New Mexico as an adult and developed a successful career as a painter and printmaker. Since 2000, she has had solo art shows at numerous museums and galleries including Pacific Asia Museum (Pasadena, California), Cullom Gallery (Seattle, WA), Antioch University (Seattle, WA), The Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Ketchum, Idaho, and KIWA Kyoto International Woodprint Association, Kyoto, Japan. Her work has also been included in more than 40 multi-artist exhibits since 1985. She continues to develop a career as a speaker on family issues and helping children with learning disabilities.