Pat Silver-Lasky

Biography

Pat Silver-Lasky wrote as a team with her late husband, Hollywood screen writer/author, Jesse L. Lasky, Jr. (son of the film pioneer whose company Jesse Lasky Feature Play Company produced the first full-length motion picture in Hollywood, 'The Squaw Man'. Jesse, Jr. wrote over 50 films, 8 for C.B. DeMille, including 'The Ten Commandments' and 'Samson and Delilah' - both, on the top 10 all-time box office hits.)
Pat wrote 8 films, nearly 100 TV scripts, (including award winning HBO series, 'Philip Marlowe' with Jesse. Born in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A., she attended the University of Washington, Stanford University and Reed College - where she produced and directed their first play. She also appeared in feature roles in films and played leading and co-starring roles on television, and directed for the theatre in Los Angeles and Palm Springs. Pat also wrote lyrics for two films at Columbia Studios, had 14 published songs, including "While You're Young" for Johnny Mathis's album, "Portrait of Johnny".
Pat moved to London in the 1960’s and has duel citizenship. In 1987 she and Jesse wrote the play, 'Vivien', based on their book, "Love Scene", the story of Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh. Pat directed its highly acclaimed first production at the Melrose Theatre, Los Angeles and the London Rehearsed Reading in 1992. Pat has contributed to various British antique journals, written short stories for international magazines including a 1999 series for A World of Romance. She was lecturer on screenwriting at the London Film School for 9 years. Her book, 'Screenwriting For The 21st Century' was published by BT Batsford Books in March, 2004. 'Ride The Tiger', OuroborusBooks.biz, 2012 is an erotic thriller about a Hollywood actress. 'Scams Schemes Scumbags' 2013, is a light-hearted look at comment through the ages, was written with Peter Betts.
With Jesse, Pat wrote the American Best Seller 'The Offer', first published by Doubleday in 1981. This exciting new Smashwords ebook edition (November 2013, 252,556 words) has been updated with an added timeline. The epic novel follows the lives of two families, one Arab and one Jewish. Historical figures mingle with vivid fictional characters in their entwined destinies.

Smashwords Interview

Interview with author of The Offer, Pat Silver-Lasky: You have a long list of credits, as an actress and writer-–and working with Jesse Lasky, Jr. What was Jesse's background and yours? How did you meet and start working together?
Jesse was a Junior. His father was the film pioneer whose company Jesse Lasky Feature Play Company produced the first full-length motion picture in Hollywood, 'The Squaw Man'. But he was not a man to be judged by his father's success. By the time he was 17, he'd had three books of poetry published––and knew he wanted to be a writer. When we met, he'd already written 40 films, 8 for C. B. DeMille, including 'The Ten Commandments' and 'Samson and Delilah'. Both are on the top 10 all-time box office hits. We were to write 8 more films together.
How did you meet?
At a typical Hollywood party. We didn't meet again until 6 months later, when I was cast as the lead in one episode of the TV series he was co-producing. Remembering our long chat at our first meeting, and knowing he hadn't written that particular script, I was bold enough to tell him I didn’t think much of the dialogue, and suggested a few changes.
Instead of throwing me off the series, he offered me the chance to do a rewrite. Three Rescue 8 scripts later, Pat Silver was an established scriptwriter and member of the Writers Guild of America West. When I helped Jesse plot out a novel he had been trying to write, he asked me to write with him. We started our partnership with three films at Twentieth Century Fox, and a pocketful of Hollywood TV scripts. Together we wrote 8 films, 119 TV scripts and 4 books. I've had 4 books published since his death.
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Books

The Offer
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 251,020. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
This epic novel sweeps over generations of passion, hatred, friendship and fear––tracing the fortunes of two Palestine families. In 1843, an Arab boy and two Jewish brothers form a partnership that grows into an International banking empire - until the Zionist dream of Israel threatens their unshakeable friendship. The Offer explores both sides of a people caught up in the sweep of history.

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