Women in Media—With Gretchen Bonaduce and her new memoir, Surviving Agent Orange, Laura Dave, Hello Sunshine, Robinne Lee, The Idea of You, moderated by Ezina Le Blanc
You’ve seen her on plenty of reality TV shows and you probably didn’t know that she’s produced even more! Gretchen Bonaduce is a truce Renaissance woman and is back in action with the release of her new memoir, Surviving Agent Orange: And Other Things I Learned From Being Thrown Under the Partridge Family Bus. Musician, reality star, and mother of two, Gretchen's story takes a fun and funny look at a life in and around the spotlight. Surviving Agent Orange focuses on the rest of the story: her eighteen year marriage to Danny and all that entailed—addiction, infidelity, and the chaos of celebrity, as well as their divorce and her life as a single mother. From the runway, to the studio, to the red carpet, Gretchen is still paving her way to greatness and still finds time to be a part of Hollywood’s philanthropic heart.
Laura Dave is the international bestselling author of Hello, Sunshine, Eight Hundred Grapes, The First Husband, The Divorce Party, and London Is The Best City In America. Dave’s fiction and essays have been published in The New York Times, ESPN, Redbook, Glamour and Ladies Home Journal. Dubbed “a wry observer of modern love” (USA Today), Dave has appeared on CBS’s The Early Show, Fox News Channel’s Fox & Friends and NPR’s All Things Considered. Cosmopolitan Magazine named her a “Fun and Fearless Phenom of the Year.” Several of her novels have been optioned for the big screen with Dave adapting Hello, Sunshine for Amy Pascal and Pascal Pictures. Hello Sunshine was hailed as “a smart, fun read about trying to live an authentic life in the age of social media overload” by PopSugar.
The daughter of Jamaican parents, Robinne Lee was born and raised in Westchester County, New York. A graduate of Yale University and Columbia Law School, Robinne has spent the past several years acting, writing, and producing. She is best known for her film roles opposite Will Smith in “Hitch” and “Seven Pounds,” and Don Cheadle in “Hotel for Dogs.” Robinne is also recognized for her work in “Deliver us from Eva,” “National Security,” “13 Going on 30,” and “Hav Plenty.” Most recently she appeared in “Fifty Shades Darker” and “Fifty Shades Freed” as the character “Ros Bailey.” Robinne co-produced and starred in the romantic comedy “Miss Dial,” and the independent film "This Is Not a Test" for which she won the Boston Film Festival's Best Actor award. Her past television appearances include recurring roles on BET’s breakout hit “Being Mary Jane,” and “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne.” Most recently she starred opposite Mario Van Peebles in the SyFy upernatural series “Superstition.” In 2017, Robinne’s debut novel, The Idea of You was published by St. Martin’s Press, to much acclaim. The story is of an unexpected relationship that develops between a 39-year-old divorced art dealer and a considerably younger member of a world famous boy band. It’s as much a love story complicated by celebrity, as it is the journey of a woman fully coming into her own. “I recognized that so many of my women friends were realizing their power at the same time our culture deems us invisible and I wanted to explore that.” An inactive member of the New York Bar, Robinne regularly speaks on panels regarding the roles of women and actors of color in the industry. An avid runner and an aspiring ballerina, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.
Ezina Le Blanc is an American media personality, author, actor, musician and filmmaker. Ezina studied political science and business at the University of Michigan and went on to study opera at the world famous Juilliard School of Music. She is the creator of Guitar Goddess Magazine, The 40 Day Book Challenge, Indie Artist Bootcamp and the host of the Guitar Goddess Radio. She has traveled the globe giving numerous public lectures, specializing in Health, Wealth, Spirituality and Artistic Entrepreneurship. She made her debut as a novelist in 1985, soon gaining the attention of both critics and a wider audience for her inspirational vigor, expressive storytelling and fearless axiom. She is the author of more than twenty books, including the Indie Artist Bootcamp Series, Simplistic Bliss Series as well as numerous poetry and cookbooks. Ezina believes that life is meant to be shared, so she shares her experience with others in hope of bringing a little sunshine into everyone's life. Her latest book, “Grow Your Star”, teaches people how to shine a light on their gifts and to live a heart centered life. She resides in Calabasas, California with her husband, 2 children and numerous fur babies.