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It Had To Be Christmas ON DEMAND
by Betty Jo Tucker

Movie Addict Headquarters is presenting our  “It Had To Be Christmas Again ” episode On Demand from December 10 through December 31. This popular encore offering features lovely Lizette Amado-Bettinger and her late great husband George Bettinger reading the first chapter of IT HAD TO BE US, an award-winning romantic memoir my husband and I wrote under the pen names of Harry and Elizabeth Lawrence. This award-winning Ebook was recently adapted for the screen under the title CAKE: A Love Story. Directed and written by Misha Zubarev and Vera Ulea,  this short movie earned film festival laurels and is now available on Amazon Prime.  It stars Debra Lord Cooke, Richard Vernon, Nancy Lombardo and George Bettinger.  

Listeners can hear this show at any time by clicking the BlogTalkRadio link at the end of this article.  

Lizette and George read the “remembrances” of  Harry and Elizabeth Lawrence in this audio version of Chapter One, which deals with two important Christmases for the estranged Lawrences. How does Christmas help bring these two together after being divorced for almost twenty years? Listen in and find out! You will also hear about the filming progress through November of 2016.  

The multi-talented George, who won acclaim for his uncanny impressions including Groucho Marx, George Burns and the Three Stooges, made fans worldwide with his “Mom & Pop Shop” radio show.  Lizette is a versatile actress and soprano singer with experience at the Metropolitan Opera.

IT HAD TO BE US won first place in the Ebook category at the Hollywood Book Festival for its potential to be transferred to other mediums such as film, radio and TV. With the help of BlogTalkRadio listeners during the launch of the Kindle version a few years ago, the memoir hit Number One in the “Divorce” category for Kindle Ebooks.  

Harry and Elizabeth Lawrence donate their author royalties from IT HAD TO BE US to the IMAGINATION LIBRARY, a children’s literacy program sponsored by the Dollywood Foundation.

HOST: Betty Jo Tucker

PRODUCER: Nikki Starr

LISTENING LINK: Click here.


                                                                                                                                                                               
 
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