Book Release Party for STOP THE WHEEL – I WANT TO GET OFF! Susan Stafford’s AutobiographyBy Marilyn Anderson | January 18th, 2011 | Category: Entertainment, Events | 1 Comment »
On Thursday, November 18, 2010, Susan Stafford, the original hostess on “Wheel of Fortune,” greeted over 200 guests, including Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr., Rosey Grier, Sean Kanan, Rhonda Flemming, Charlene Tilton, Anne Jeffreys, James Van Patten, Kato Kaelin, Joe Bologna, Game Show kings Wink Martindale and Peter Marshall, to name a few, as she celebrated the release of her autobiography entitled Stop the Wheel — I Want to Get Off!
This was no ordinary book launch; it was a mega party that literally took over the London Hotel. The wine and champagne was flowing as guests were treated to delectable crab cakes with house-made tartar sauce, mini mac and cheese cups, grilled marinated chicken skewers with peanut sauce, baked artichoke with melted cheese encased in filo topped off with a citrus cream sauce, mini burger “sliders” served with mixed greens and fresh tomato, assorted fruit tarts, signature cupcakes, and ultra-yummy peanut butter cheesecake.
The food and drink were uber-deelish, but it was Ms. Stafford’s night as guests lined up to purchase autographed copies of her book. Susan is such an inspiration,” said Marilyn McCoo. “She has accomplished so much in one lifetime and continues to give selflessly of herself to help others.”
Stop the Wheel – I Want to Get Off! chronicles Stafford’s life in the Hollywood fast lane and shares inside details of what makes the Hollywood wheel turn and why Stafford finally had to scream, “Stop the Wheel – I Want to Get Off!” The first woman ever nominated for an Emmy on a game show, Stafford enjoyed the money and the fame; but after 7 1/2 years, she knew she had to do something more meaningful with her life than just turn letters!
A few highlights include: Susan walked away from a $100,000 a year contract to work pro bono with cancer patients; she walked away from a million dollar divorce settlement and a starring role in Beyond the Valley of the Dolls; and she traveled to India to aid Mother Teresa and her nuns in their work with lepers. Susan’s journey in the fast lane of Hollywood drove her to realize that when the wheel stopped, it was only then that she found life’s greatest fortune! Susan says, “In making the decision to write this book, I realized that being honest about my experiences was the only way to serve a higher purpose—a watered down version would miss the mark. If just one person can be helped, it will be worth it.”