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Actor Charles Bronson's First Wife Wins 2013 Book Publicists Awards for "Most Inspirational Memoir"
Harriett Bronson, former talk-radio host, received a "Most Inspirational Memoir" award from the Book Publicists of Southern California for her memoir about her 16-year marriage to international movie icon Charles Bronson.
Charlie & Me tells the story of how Harriett and Charlie (then Charles Buchinsky) met in a Philadelphia drama school, fell in love and decided to make Charlie into a movie star. On their first date he had four cents in his pocket and went on to become one of the highest paid actors in the world. Their high profile marriage that produced two children disintegrated after Bronson fell under the spell–and into the bed–of the also-married English actress, Jill Ireland. After the couple's divorce, Harriett sought a career other than just being “the ex Mrs. Famous” and ended up becoming a radio talk show host for nine years (on KABC, KIEV and KGIL). One reviewer dubbed her husky “purr” the “best female voice in radio.”
"Charlie & Me is a rags to riches story," said Harriett Bronson in her acceptance speech after receiving the award. "It's about a love tale gone wrong, and a life gone right." A truly "inspiring" journey.