AfterImage: A Brokenhearted Memoir of a Charmed Life

In this fiercely personal account of her battling the before, and surviving the after, of losing her husband to cancer, Carla Malden takes us on a journey through grief to gratitude that alerts the entire forever-young generation: this is not your mother’s widowhood. AfterImage is a story of love more than loss, memory more than sorrow, life more than death.

Praise for AfterImage

“I’ve spent my professional life telling stories. AfterImage does exactly that and touches us where we live. It is compelling, moving, raw―with moments of surprising humor. I try to leave my audiences with meaningful and enduring images from my movies. That’s exactly what Carla Malden achieves with her newest book.” Michael Douglas

Actor , The Kominsky Method and Romancing the Stone

“Carla Malden traces the awful journey of her young husband’s illness and death with such precision and care, expressing the emotion between the exhilaration of hope and the darkness of reality so powerfully, that her eloquence turns grief into poetry and enlightenment.” Blythe Danner

Actress, Will & Grace and Meet the Parents

“Carla Malden’s memoir about her husband and screenwriting partner Laurence Starkman is a haunting story of love and loss, and a demonstration of the courage required to put a broken life together again.” Susan Cooper

Author, The Dark is Rising

“All I can say is WOW! I read for a living [and] never has one made me cry until I read this manuscript. Although this is a book that will tug at your heart, it is like the tug on a fishing line when you know you’ve got a big one. I can’t wait to share it with others. This is more than a book, it’s a blessing for anyone who reads it.” Barry Kibrick

Producer and Host, Between the Lines

“Emotionally raw from start to finish, the story . . . also celebrates a rare and profound love that transcended death. A brutally candid memoir of the ‘all-consuming and profoundly uncomplicated’ power of grief.” Kirkus Reviews

When Do I Start?

For an actor who loved the work, the burning question was always “When do I start?” In his autobiography, written with daughter, Carla, Karl Malden recalls a life begun in a steel town that took him to the presidency of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, with all the humorous and poignant stories of stage and screen along the way.

Praise for When Do I Start?

“This memoir is a peripatetic selection of Malden’s enounters with larger-than-life Broadway figures… like Kazan, Strasberg, and Brando. The 1950s were Broadway’s heyday but also the time of blacklisting, and Malden paints a vivid picture here of those times. Moreover, the actor eschews the ‘down-and-dirty tell-all memoir’ so common now to offer his views on the various acting techniques and methods he came upon. Recommended.” Library Journal

“I have always admired Karl Malden for his mastery of the English language. Is there any actor who ENUNCIATES more effectively than Mr. Malden? I can think of a couple of other popular American actors who could use subtitles to compensate for their incessant mumbling. To read this book is to find the same clarity we find in his movies! And how his language flows! He is also clearly a man with tremendous kindness and integrity. While Malden was filming Streets of San Francisco, I was privileged to take a couple of calls from him as he consulted with my boss on a certain matter. He was so very dignified and polite. His wife was very pleasant too. What a truly rich and full life he led interacting with other stars which he describes in insightful detail!” Duncan N.

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Column for the Los Angeles Times 

Taking a turn in a commuter relationship?

by Carla Malden

We went for it anyway … even though we were geographically undesirable. Love knows no bounds, right? So we flew in the face of reason and committed to a commuter relationship.

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