Six Degrees of Warren Beatty: A Hollywood Novel (Google eBook)
"Do you believe in heaven? People say every person's heaven is different depending on what they wanted in life."
"Well, somehow I doubt God has prepared for me the world's largest whorehouse with free liquor and continuous showings of Three Stooges movies."
Such is conversation between Heather Davies and Garret Roark, lead actress and producer respectively of "Melrose Hills," once the country's highest rated teen television drama, now reduced to almost certain cancellation, as they walk along a Malibu beach film set. Five minutes later the snowy sand is stained with her blood after she is shot in front of a nationwide audience during a live broadcast of the show.
"Six Degrees of Warren Beatty" is the story of Garret and his cast of young misfits and how their struggle to save the show became the darkest of the many black comedies written about Hollywood. Leading the charge is Hillary Davies, mother of the lead actress. The King Kong of Hollywood moms, Hillary has dedicated her life to making her hellion actress daughter a movie star and she's not about to let this bump in the road stop her. She conceives a plan, marrying the current "reality show" sensibility with the old "who shot J.R." cliffhanger drama, but needs Garret's cooperation to push it through. Seeing no alternatives, he reluctantly agrees, setting into motion a cycle of desperation and depravity bizarre even by Hollywood standards.