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September 27, 2016

Poplar Springs will host ‘Mad Fun’ book signing

The book details the life of Hollywood screenwriter and Cosmo cover girl Jane Hall, including her time at Poplar Springs, the family estate in Southern Fauquier.
Robin Cutler, who also lived at Poplar Springs, will release her latest book early next month.
Poplar Springs will host a Sept. 29 book signing with Emmy-nominated author and historian Robin Cutler, who has written a book about her mother, one of the former Casanova estate’s most famous residents.

The daughter of Hollywood screenwriter and Cosmopolitan cover girl Jane Hall, Ms. Cutler will release “Such Mad Fun: Ambition and Glamour in Hollywood’s Golden Age” on Sept. 8.

In “Such Mad Fun,” Ms. Cutler tells the story of her mother’s coming-of-age between 1925 and 1945. Ms. Hall grew up in one of America’s most exciting and turbulent eras. She was published by the L.A. Times at the age of 10, lived through the Great Depression and published works for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer with colleagues who included F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Ms. Cutler, who also lived at Poplar Springs, uses the detailed records her mother left behind to bring her exciting and glamorous story back to life. Letters, photographs, telegrams and diaries allow readers to revisit America’s past through the eyes of a prodigious and beautiful literary stars.
“We are especially honored to host this event,” Poplar Springs General Manager Ben Welch said. “The historic ties between Poplar Springs, Jane Hall and the Cutler family make this an extremely special occasion.”
In the late 19th century, Robert “Randolph” Hicks inherited the Poplar Springs property from his parents. In 1928, he and his wife Rose Hicks built the fieldstone Manor House that houses the restaurant at Poplar Springs. The couple adopted niece and nephew Jane and Dick Wick Hall in 1930.

The book signing will run from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, with light fare and happy hour drink prices. Attendees also can receive 15 percent discounts on dinner at the Manor House Restaurant that evening.
Attendees of Robin Cutler’s book signing will receive 15% off dinner reservations at the Manor House Restaurant for that evening. The event includes light fare and with an opportunity for happy hour beverages.

The book has received good advanced reviews.

 “ ‘Such Mad Fun’ is about the golden age of Hollywood, about mothers and daughters, about the ways people disappoint each other and themselves. It’s a seamless story of twentieth century life narrated with style and verve and empathy,” wrote Scott Eyman, author of “John Wayne: The Life and Legend” and 12 other books

Better Booker, along-time reporter and columnist Richmond Times-Dispatch and Boomer Magazine called it “abeautifully written page-turner of Hollywood's Golden Age and the role of the woman wunderkind writer who was the author's mother. In the end, you’ll understand better your 20th-century matriarchs, and most likely yourself. I hope ‘Such Mad Fun’ inspires readers to pursue their talents, no matter what.

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