ARLENE SULLIVAN: Bandstand Diaries

We're hosting Arlene Sullivan, popular dancer on American Bandstand and co-author of Bandstand Diaries: The Philadelphia Years, 1956-1963, on Wednesday, July 19th at 6:30pm! Bandstand Diaries shares the story of how Dick Clark's American Bandstand and its millions of viewers created the nation's first reality-TV stars with its dancers like Arlene and made rock 'n' roll respectable. Join us as we welcome Arlene for a book signing, and get ready to feel a healthy dose of nostalgia!
 
 
About Bandstand Diaries: The Philadelphia Years, 1956-1963 by Arlene Sullivan, Ray Smith, and Sharon Sultan Cutler
Bandstand Diaries: The Philadelphia Years, 1956-1963 by Arlene Sullivan, Ray Smith, and Sharon Sultan Cutler
Bandstand Diaries: The Philadelphia Years, 1956-1963 shares the fascinating story of how Dick Clark's American Bandstand and its millions of viewers catapulted its teenage dancers (called "the Regulars") to fame. These teenagers became the nation's first reality-TV stars--they received thousands of fan letters and were mobbed everywhere they went. Their adoring fans copied their fashions, fads, and dance steps. Then, when they turned 18, they disappeared from the public eye, except for occasional reunions and news stories.
Fans have long wondered whatever became of Arlene and Kenny, Bob and Justine, Frani, Pat, Carole, Frankie, Billy, and so many of the others dancers, who are now in their late 60s and early 70s. Bandstand Diaries brings together all the stories, interviews, and rare photos in a full-color, nostalgia-filled book. You'll enjoy:
  • A poignant introduction by Bobby Rydell
  • Entries from Arlene Sullivan's personal diary
  • Interviews with the living legends today
  • Following Dick Clark's rise to fame
  • Special Tributes for Pat Molittieri, Carole Scaldeferri, Myrna Horowitz, and others
  • Information on special theme shows and reunions
  • Fan club experiences
  • Reliving the music and the performers including Annette, Frankie Avalon, Bobby Rydell, Paul Anka, Danny and the Juniors. Charlie Gracie, Fabian, and more
  • Learning how American Bandstand made rock 'n' roll respectable
 
About Arlene
Arlene Sullivan was one of the most popular Regulars to appear on American Bandstand from 1956 to 1960. She was especially known for dancing with Kenny Rossi, whom she still sees to this day. After graduating from St. Monica's Commercial School, Arlene worked for Dun & Bradstreet for four years. She also worked in the Warwick Hotel's sales office. When Atlantic City legalized gambling, she enrolled in a dealers school and became a blackjack dealer. She remained in the casino business for 31 years. Over the 55 years since she appeared on American Bandstand, Arlene has been featured in many books, as well as television, radio, and internet interviews. Her friendships with many stars include Bobby Rydell, Frankie Avalon, Fabian, Dion, and Charlie Gracie. Throughout the years, Arlene attended all Dick Clark's reunions and specials. She also appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show along with some other Regulars to surprise Dick Clark.
Headshot of Arlene Sullivan
For more information, visit American Bandstand Diaries's website at bandstanddiaries.com.
 
 
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Event date: 
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
The Doylestown Bookshop
16 S Main St.
Doylestown, PA 18901