Victoria Foyt

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Victoria Foyt is an American author, novelist, screenwriter and actress, best known for her books The Virtual Life of Lexie Diamond and Save the Pearls: Revealing Eden. Foyt has written articles for magazines such as Harper's Bazaar, O at Home, and Film & Video.

Biography[edit]

Foyt married Henry Jaglom in 1991 and divorced in 2013. They met after Jaglom viewed a postcard promoting a play Foyt was performing in.[1] She currently lives in Santa Monica, California with her two children.

In 2012 Foyt founded the publishing company Sand Dollar Press in order to promote her series Save the Pearls.

Film career[edit]

Foyt co-wrote and starred in four feature films, all of which have been directed by Jaglom.[2] The pair first worked together in 1994's Babyfever[3] and filmed Déjà Vu in 1997, which was partially inspired by how Jaglom and Foyt met.[4][5]

Foyt wrote and directed the short film The Sweet Spot, which starred Jennifer Grant and Carl Weathers. The Sweet Spot was shown in several film festivals, including PBS on Hollywood: Fine Cut, the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, the Hawaii Film Festival, and the Newport Beach Film Festival. In 2005 she starred in Jaglom's Going Shopping, which was praised by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.[6]

Save the Pearls criticism[edit]

Foyt received criticism for her self-published novel Save the Pearls: Revealing Eden, a dystopian novel in which people of African descent are the "ruling class".[7] Reviewers of an early excerpt described elements of the novel as racist, including the use of the term "coal" as a racial slur, and a promotional video for the book which included the use of blackface.[8] The science fiction and fantasy magazine Weird Tales announced that it would publish an excerpt from the novel in one of its first issues under new ownership, but after readers threatened a boycott, the planned publication was cancelled.[9][10] Foyt responded to the criticism by stating that she had not intended the book's contents or advertising to be racist, and that her intention was to write a novel addressing the issue of global warming.[11]

Awards[edit]

  • Eric Hoffer Award for Young Adult Category (2012, Revealing Eden)
  • Los Angeles Book Festival runner-up (2012, Revealing Eden)

Filmography[edit]

  • Babyfever, 1994
  • Last Summer in the Hamptons, 1995
  • Déjà Vu, 1997
  • Going Shopping, 2005
  • The Sweet Spot (as writer and director)

Bibliography[edit]

Novels[edit]

  • The Virtual Life of Lexie Diamond, (2007)[12]

Save the Pearls[edit]

  1. Revealing Eden(2012)
  2. Adapting Eden (2013)

Magazine articles[edit]

  • O at Home
  • Harper's Bazaar
  • Film & Video

References[edit]

  1. ^ Robert Levine, "Jaglom's 'Babyfever' Looks at Real Life : Movies: The director co-wrote the film with his wife, who also stars in the film as an Angst- filled woman who hears her biological clock ticking." Los Angeles Times, April 25, 1994.
  2. ^ Carr, James (May 6, 1994). "Humor makes `Babyfever' endearing". Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Maslin (May 4, 1994). "Review: Babyfever". New York Times. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  4. ^ Jeff Strickler, "`Deja Vu' is, in a word, forgettable; Director Jaglom wrote semiautobiographical story with wife." Star Tribune, July 3, 1998  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required).
  5. ^ Mills, Michael (May 6, 1994). "ACTRESS KNOWS THE TRUE MEANING OF `BABYFEVER'". The Palm Beach Post. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  6. ^ Kelly, Laura (Nov 23, 2005). "YOU MAY NEED A MALL FIX AFTER THIS". South Florida Sun - Sentinel. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  7. ^ Young adult novel sparks controversy over racism Daily Dot
  8. ^ The Problem with Awarding Victoria Foyt’s Save the Pearls Clutch Magazine
  9. ^ Fox, Rose. "Weird Tales Goes Back in Time". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  10. ^ Flood, Allison (21 August 2012). "Racism row over SF novel about black 'Coals' and white 'Pearls'". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  11. ^ Author of controversial 'Revealing Eden' hits back at critics CTV News
  12. ^ Spisak, April (2007). "The Virtual Life of Lexie Diamond (Review)". Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books 60 (10): 414–415. doi:10.1353/bcc.2007.0389. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 

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