“Taking a walk down memory lane” is how Jed Allan (Edward Quartermaine) of General Hospital described the feeling when he decided to pen his memoirs in a book titled: Please, Spell My Name Right: A Memoir from a Former Young Stud...Now an Old One -- a title he came up with saying, “Everyone always spells my name wrong.” The title refers to the fact that in all his 45 years in the entertainment industry his name is always spelled “Allen.” And as for the latter part of the title, "that is true," he joked.
“I really enjoyed writing this book. It was a time of memories and reflecting on many things that happened in my long entertainment career.” Allan said. “And it made me realize I still have a memory left.”
Please, Spell the Name Right: A Memoir from a Former Young Stud...Now an Old One is a two hundred page book that was written and dedicated to Allan’s late wife Toby, and his three children, Mitch, Dean, and Rick, and six grand children.
The book is not another Hollywood “Tell all Book,” but a book filled with stories of working in Hollywood, and working with some of Hollywood’s greatest stars, like Milton Berle, Rock Hudson, Mary Tyler Moore, Telly Savales, Michael Douglas, and even Shannon Dougherty, to name a few. And soap stars like Deidre Hall (Marlena) of Days of our Lives, where Allan played her husband, Don Craig in the late 1970’s.
Allan said there are a few personal moments in the book, as well as acting tips and information on the business that can be very knowledgeable to someone interested in an acting career.
“It’s a book of my life from 1956 filled with photos. It tells stories of the stars and the industry. Some good and some bad, but mostly good,” Allan said. “I have really been blessed. I’ve worked with and know some of the greatest people in this business over the decades, and there are hundreds.”
Allan decided to write the book while working on an episode of “Walker Texas Ranger.” He was sitting on the set with the young performers of the show and telling stories, when one said, “Hey you should write a book.”
“At first I thought...Yea right! Me and everyone else. I thought my genre is soaps, who would be interested? But then I thought why not? I do have a story or two to tell.” Allan said. “After I got going it was so therapeutic and I found out that I have more to tell and could have done a second book, but this book is just an enjoyable book for all that won’t offend anyone.”
Allan said that writing a book is not something you can do yourself. You need help, or even a partner. There is much work in searching. In Allan’s case he made a presentation to publishers in several cities and an interest came from McKenna Publishing in California.
His presentation included a one liner that he believes is what they (the publisher) bought.
“I wrote that I had to audition for a part on Six Feet Under, which was a three line role, and I’m in the business all my life.”
Allan teamed up with a young guy named Rusty Fisher, who is the co-writer and a tremendous help. “Now for the ironic part, I never met the guy. It was all done over the phone. I’d dictate, he’d write. He’d send me a copy, I’d correct and send it back.”
Please, Spell My Name Right: A Memoir from a Former Young Stud...Now an Old One took about six months to write. Allan admitted that this was just a fun thing to do. He really didn’t even care about the money, but he hopes that Fisher makes a few bucks.
Allan's career has spanned over the years appearing in various TV shows, Broadway, and the soaps. Some of his most memorable roles on the soaps were Days of Our Lives (Don Craig), Santa Barbara, (C.C. Capwell), Port Charles (Ed Grant) , and now Edward Quartermaine on General Hospital.
“I have to tell you, I’m so proud to be playing Edward Quartermaine” Allan said. “Let’s face it! In Hollywood, if you’re over 50 years old, you’re done. It’s sad, but true. As for my soap characters, I enjoyed them all. Each was fun to play, and challenging as an actor.”
Allan openly said that Hollywood is too young. Today it’s run by young people, even the young actors on the soaps. An older person can’t find employment, but he’s proud to say that in his 45 years in the business, he was only out of work for two years.
“I think the whole industry has changed, and not for the better,” Allan said. “Look at all these reality shows. They’re terrible. Can you imagine Wife Swap? And again too many kids on the soaps.”
Soapdom wants to know any memorable moments on General Hospital, or the other soaps you were on? And what do you want your fans to know about you?
“All I can say is that each (experience) was rewarding. I love Edward and General Hospital. The storylines are great. I can’t even pick a favorite. I’m just so grateful to be able to do what I love, and still please an audience,” Allan said. “The only change I enjoy about the soap industry is today you have shorter shifts. Five hours and you can be out. That’s great! As for the fans...I’m an all around good guy that enjoys friendships and loyalties, and I appreciate talented people that go for it, and my thanks for many years of watching.”
Meet Jed Allan at the Book Signings:
February 24, 2005
Pepper Tree Book Store
622 N. Palm Canyon
Palm Springs, California
Brentano’s at Westfield Mall
in Century City, California.
Book is available at Amazon.com
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