What is William Shakespeare doing hanging out in modern-day Burbank?
This is a question perhaps best answered by Diane Haithman, whose first novel, “Dark Lady of Hollywood” that's being released this weekend is actually set not in Hollywood per se but that funny little community a bit northeast that we all know and love. And this is hardly an accident and entirely by design.
“If you look at the entertainment industry, the books always focus on the glamour of the film business,” points out Haithman, a longtime very respect journalist who know of what she speaks. She worked both the television and later the fine arts beat for the Los Angeles Times and is now a major contributor to the hot industry website Deadline Hollywood while also being a member of the adjunct faculty at USC's renowned Annenberg School of Journalism.