Publication Date: August 15th, 2012
Formats: Paperback, eBook
When thirty-two-year-old actor Gregor Collins reluctantly interviewed for a job as a caregiver more out of a favor to a friend - he had no idea his life was about to change forever.
Seconds into the chance meeting in 2008 with, it would turn out, a world-renowned Holocaust refugee named Maria Altmann, there was an unexplainable magic in the air - it felt as if they had already met. And Collins was suddenly thrown into a situation with which he had never before been confronted: caring for someone other than himself.
Gregor offers us a personal and unprecedented look at Maria over the three intimate years he cared for her - her thrilling escape from the Nazis, her fight and subsequent win in the landmark Supreme Court Case to return original Gustav Klimt artwork that belonged to her family in Austria, and the extraordinary people she met along the way. But the real heart of the story transcends mere historical facts.
Through a refreshingly raw portrayal of their unlikely and unbreakable bond, imbued with humorous, candid anecdotes about his mercurial relationship with Hollywood, Gregor takes us on a deeply emotional journey of how he opened up his heart to a 92-year-old woman in need - and in turn experienced the love he had been searching for his entire life.
The Accidental Caregiver also debuted as a stage play at the Robert Moss Theater in New York City on January 26th, 2015, with three sold out performances. The author is developing a movie based on his memoir so stay tuned for that as well!
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About the Author
Gregor Collins is a writer, actor and producer living in New York City. After graduating from Florida State University in 2000 he moved to Los Angeles and entered reality television, producing Blind Date, Ripley’s Believe it or Not, and Celebrity Mole. In 2004 he set aside reality for acting, producing and performing in theater and film, touring as the lead in Ronnie Larson’s award-winning play Making Porn, and the lead in the critically acclaimed feature Goodbye Promise, which he also produced and co-wrote. He has a couple screenplays in development, produces the occasional unscripted TV show, and is a contributor to various sources like Filmmaking Stuff and Cinema Editor Magazine. His acclaimed memoir The Accidental Caregiver: How I Met, Loved, and Lost Legendary Holocaust Refugee Maria Altmann, debuted as a stage play for a limited run at the Robert Moss Theater in New York City in January, 2015.
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