Author of the new memoir
BLIND PONY As True A Story As I Can Tell
In this touching memoir, Samantha Hart reveals a heart-wrenching childhood of abuse, which led to her life as a runaway teen and landed her in 1970s Los Angeles.
This coming-of-age story is a page-turner that chronicles a harrowing childhood of abuse in Pennsylvania, fleeing to reconnect with an estranged father in Phoenix and thrown to the wolves among the bright lights and wild nights of L.A. in the heyday of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll. She was hustling Backgammon in Hollywood and flogging nude photos in Europe, all before 17. Readers have made comparisons to Jeanette Walls' best-selling The Glass Castle and Cheryl Strayed's Wild.
“Hart is a gifted storyteller...A harrowing and engrossing account of a young woman's difficult journey." - Kirkus Reviews
VIRTUAL BOOK SIGNING
Melissa Maerz, author of the best-selling book, Alright, Alright, Alright: The Oral History of Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused joins Sam in conversation about Sam's book, Blind Pony. The virtual event is March 19th and sponsored by legendary indie bookstore, Book Soup.
"A few years ago, I reached out to Samantha to ask if I could interview her for my book, Alright Alright Alright: The Oral History of Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused. I knew she had created the iconic smiley face poster for the movie, and I wanted to talk to her about the way the film was marketed. But once we started talking about her background, and how she went from running away from home as a teenager to building a successful career in Hollywood, I began to sense that she had a much bigger story to tell -- one that would make a great movie itself. I'm very excited to talk to her about her memoir, Blind Pony." Melissa Maerz
Hart's Coming-Of-Age Page-Turner
At 14, Samantha Hart ran away from home to escape her grandfather's sexual abuse and made her way to Arizona, searching for her father, a distant memory she knew only as "Wild Bill." But the heroic figure she clung to in her heart was not the drunk she came to know as Bill, and she was on her own to scrabble between finishing high school and supporting herself working underage as a barmaid. She had only herself to rely on and to protect her from the predatory world of men around her.
But when one of those men gave her the chance to leave Phoenix for Los Angeles, she fled one precarious situation for another. At 15, she already had nothing left to lose. She encountered a Dionysian spectacle of drugs, decadence, and money in Hollywood, where good times flowed, erasing bad memories. She was quickly swept up in a life that tested every strategic resource she had learned to survive. And when a wealthy playboy mistook her Pittsburgh accent for British, a new spiral of white lies began, and a new identity was born.
Soon, the stones of Europe were under her feet, and self-preservation was the only thing on her mind as she floated through this new dimension of champagne parties, sexual adventures, and a whirlwind of international escapades. As she trekked on, a portfolio of nude photos under her arm, new worlds of promise and love began opening to her. Against all odds, her young, broken spirit found the strength to persevere, survive the unsurvivable, and transcend the temptation to give up in a world that seemed so set against her. All these years later, she is a mother and grandmother with an award-winning career in Hollywood, but she is also still that young woman, a survivor, trying to find her true self among the ashes of her past.
BLIND PONY: AS TRUE A STORY AS I CAN TELL a raucous recounting of one young woman's unwillingness to accept the circumstances life dealt her, and instead, took the reins into her own hands to find success beyond her wildest dreams.
Hart’s defiance to play the victim but rather define life on her terms will inspire anyone who reads her words.
"Hart's powerful debut, a gritty memoir rife with graphic details of abuse and triumph over it, will break hearts...Her rise to top roles in the advertising game and in Hollywood is nothing short of an amazing reinvention."
Book Life/Publisher's Weekly
“She became a backgammon hustler in Los Angeles, something readers likely won’t find in many memoirs. Most of this happened before she turned 20. What pulls the story along is that each time the exploitation cycle repeated, Hart seemed to get a little closer to relying on her own strengths and finally becoming independent."
“Although it falls squarely within the genre of memoir, Samantha Hart’s BLIND PONY: As True A Story As I Can Tell also evokes, through the variety of the personal challenges it recounts, elements of self-help literature."