Thursday, October 13th at 7:00 p.m.
Come get the goods on Inga with Scott Farris, seasoned journalist (former Bureau Chief for UPI) and avid Inga-ographer launching Inga: Kennedy’s Great Love, Hitler’s Perfect Beauty, and J. Edgar Hoover’s Prime Suspect. Inga Arvad is a woman no novelist could invent: she was JFK’s WW II-era heart-throb, caught Hitler’s eye when she worked as a foreign correspondent and was suspected of being a Nazi spy by J. Edgar Hoover. And that’s just a start! She was also a big-time Hollywood gossip columnist. Reading, talk, q&a, and signing.
Inga, a one-time Miss Denmark, actress, and foreign correspondent in Nazi Germany became a favorite of Adolf Hitler and won John F. Kennedy’s heart when she was a Washington columnist. The FBI put her under constant surveillance, tapping her phone, and recording her most intimate encounters with Kennedy and others. This set in motion a chain of events that led to Kennedy’s eventual transfer to the South Pacific where he became the war hero that made his political career. Later, Inga moved to Hollywood and took over Sheilah Graham’s syndicated gossip column. The column had 20 million loyal readers. A good word from Inga helped Elizabeth Taylor land the lead in National Velvet and made her a star. Hollywood’s leading men were mad for Inga; Vincent Price called her “one of the most beautiful women in the world,” while Joseph Cotten referred to her as “the girl I love.” Inga’s Hollywood adventures included a stint as a screenwriter at MGM and doing publicity for David O. Selznick’s controversial Duel in the Sun. After publicizing the Western, she met and married Tim McCoy—a real cowboy from Wyoming who had known Buffalo Bill Cody, Wyatt Earp, and Bat Masterson.
Scott Farris is a former bureau chief for UPI, has served as a senior advisor to several state governors and U.S. senators, taught journalism at the college level, and has been a candidate for Congress. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon.