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In Oasis: Conversion Stories of Hollywood Legends (Oasis I), Mary Claire Kendall writes about an “all-star twelve” from Hollywood’s “Golden Age of Film” including Alfred Hitchcock, Gary Cooper, Bob Hope, Mary Astor, John Wayne, Ann Sothern, Jane Wyman, Susan Hayward, Lana Turner, Betty Hutton, Ann Miller and Patricia Neal. The new and improved edition (blue cover) was published on February 24,2024. Oasis is available in Spanish under the title También Dios pasa por Hollywood. Oasis II featuring more legends of Hollywood including Ethel Barrymore (and secondarily siblings Lionel and John), James Cagney, Spencer Tracy, James Stewart, Alec Guinness and Jack Lemmon will be published in the summer of 2024.


Oasis is available at: including
Amazon/France, Amazon UK, Amazon/Germany, Amazon/China, etc.

Mary Claire is also currently writing a book about Hemingway’s faith journey for publication in 2024.

Among other TV & Film projects, Mary Claire is poised to produce a film about a legend of Hollywood she has written about; and is also serving as a co-producer in the development of her unpublished manuscript about Mary of Nazareth into a feature film.

Oasis Endorsements:

“In that seductive realm of mirage and illusion, Mary Claire Kendall has uncovered authentic wellsprings of faith and divine illumination that transform our understanding of these legends of the silver screen. Her aptly titled book will indeed refresh the soul and enrich our view of Hollywood in its heyday. It is a treasure.”

Charles Scribner III, author of The Shadow of God: A Journey Through Memory, Art, and Faith
“Inside stories about stars that the studios never shared. I could not put it down,
and have gained a new appreciation for them.”

Ron Masak, Actor/Writer

“Mary Claire Kendall’s book is wonderful—a delight to read and sure to have a powerful impact on readers. I’m always encouraged by stories of how Christ works in people’s lives. And to learn of the experiences of Hollywood stars—all the better.”

— Fred Barnes, Executive Editor, Weekly Standard

More News:

In January 2019, St. Austin Review published an article by Mary Claire on Hemingway’s faith journey, titled Hemingway's Catholic Heart.” She read this article as a paper at the XVIII Biennial International Hemingway Conference in Paris in July 2018.

On Sunday, March 24, 2019, Mary Claire appeared on EWTN Bookmark with Doug Keck.” (Re-air: Monday, March 25 at 5 p.m. and Saturday, March 30 at 1:30 p.m. All times EST.)
Here’s the Bookmark Brief and the full interview.

Upcoming Events:

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On Sunday, March 18, Mary Claire did a book signing at St. Ann’s on Tenley Circle in Washington, D.C. See “Oasis in Washington at Tenley Circle.”

On Wednesday, March 28, Mary Claire did a book reading and signing at St. Francis of Assisi in Newburgh, New York. See: “Oasis in Newburgh—Redux on Spy Wednesday.”

On Saturday, April 21, Mary Claire did a book signing at Holy Redeemer Church in Kensington, MD. See: “Oasis in Kensington.”

On July 25th, Mary Claire spoke at The 18th Biennial International Hemingway Conference, in Paris, France about Hemingway’s faith journey.

On August 25th, Mary Claire did an Oasis book signing at the Grotto Bookstore at Mount St. Mary's in Emmitsburg, MD and afterwards hosted a get together at her estate in Emmitsburg.


— On Thursday, February 23, 2017, Mary Claire did a book reading and signing at Logos Bookstore in Manhattan. It was a lovely event, including remarks by Maria Cooper Janis, daughter of Hollywood icon Gary Cooper. See: “Oasis on York Street at Logos Bookstore.”

— On Wednesday, April 12, 2017, Mary Claire did a book reading and signing at St. Francis of Assisi in Newburgh, New York as a guest of the pastor, Fr. William Damroth. A wonderful event—great turnout, engaged audience and big sales. See: “Oasis in Newburgh.”

2015 & 2016

— On Monday, April 13th, 2015, Mary Claire spoke to the Moore Republican Women at Pinehurst Country Club, and answered questions. She also signed books both before and after the lunch. A great start to the book tour! (See video , 14:30-46:00)

— On Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015, she spoke at the Catholic Information Center in Washington, D.C. where she answered numerous questions and signed books. Wonderful occasion!
(Click here for an audio of this event.)

— On Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 Mary Claire spoke at St. Mel Parish Center in Woodland Hills, California, 20 miles northwest of Hollywood. (St. Mel’s Pastor Emeritus, Fr. Padraic Loftus, baptized Ann Miller in the waning moments of her life.) The event was well attended and included many questions from the audience. Afterwards Mary Claire signed books and continued the conversation at the reception. Lovely event! (Audio) See: Oasis in Woodland & Hollywood Hills & Beyond.

— On Wednesday, May 13th, 2015 Mary Claire spoke at a private gathering of influential conservatives. See: “Wednesday, May 13, 2015: Latest Stop on "Oasis" Book Tour -- Washington, DC”

— On May 19th-22nd, 2015, Mary Claire visited Chicago and several stores, including two Barnes & Nobles, signing books and interacting with customers. On Thursday, May 21st, she had a terrific interview on “Chicago's Morning Answer,” 560 AM, Salem News Network, hosted by Dan Proft and Amy Jacobson. Her book is being carried at various Barnes & Nobles, including at DePaul Center (the Loop), State Street (Near North Side), Lincoln Park, Evanston, and Stokie, both Old Orchard and Village Crossing Stores; Pauline Books and Media, 172 North Michigan Avenue; and St. Peter in the Loop Book Store. For more about this trip, see her Oasis in Chicagoland blog post.

— On June 4th-8th, 2015, Mary Claire traveled to Kentucky. Among other PR opportunities, she was featured on WCLU, the local radio station in Glasgow, and did a book signing at the Barnes & Noble in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. See:Oasis in Kentucky – by way of hospital.

— On June 26th-28th, 2015, Mary Claire traveled to Boston and Burlington, Massachusetts and had a memorable trip, including book signings at three Barnes & Nobles. See: “Oasis in Boston and Burlington.”

— On July 14th to July 17th, 2015 Mary Claire visited Burbank, Studio City, West Hollywood, and San Diego, where she signed books at the Barnes & Noble in each of those cities, A terrific visit! See: Oasis in Burbank, Studio City, West Hollywood & San Diego.

— On July 22nd and 23rd, 2015, Mary Claire traveled to Somerset, New Jersey where she signed books at the Catholic Marketing Network’s 19th Annual International Trade Show and was interviewed by Peter Ingemi of Eternal Life Radio at the Garden State Exhibit Center.  This radio interview, “Voices of the Authors: Mary Claire Kendall, was also videotaped for You Tube. A memorable trip!

On August 11th and 12th, 2015, Mary Claire visited Rhode Island, where she signed copies of Oasis: Conversion Stories of Hollywood Legends at three Barnes & Nobles, including Newport. See: “Oasis in Newport and Beyond.” Lovely!

On August 20th and 21st, 2015, Mary Claire visited Manhattan, where she did two interviews at Sirius XM—“Busted Halo” with Fr. Dave Dwyer, and “The David Webb Show.” Mary Claire also signed copies at the Barnes & Noble in Union Square (Lower Manhattan) and the Barnes & Noble on 86th Street (Upper East Side). See:Oasis in Manhattan. A wonderful visit!

— On Sunday, October 11th, 2015, Mary Claire spoke and answered questions at a “Meet the Author” event at Lord & Taylor, 5255 Western Avenue in Washington, D.C. See: Oasisin Washington — Lord & Taylor.  Afterwards she signed books. A marvelous occasion!

— On Wednesday, November 18th, 2015, Mary Claire was the featured guest at a private A Cocktails & Legends” party in Manhattan at which she spoke, answered questions and signed lots of books! A lovely event. See: Oasis on Park Avenue.

— On Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015, Mary Claire signed books at the University Club’s Annual Holiday Book Fair. A big success!  See: Oasis at the University Club.

— On Friday, December 11th, 2015 Mary Claire spoke at the Catholic Citizens of Illinois luncheon, at the Union League Club in Chicago. A tremendous event!  See: Oasis in Chicago at Christmastime.”  

— On Tuesday, March 29th, 2016, Mary Claire signed books at the Barnes & Noble in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. Two days earlier, on Easter Sunday, she stopped by the Barnes & Noble in Elmira, New York to sign a few books. Always good to get out and meet those who are reading and enjoying Oasis. See: Oasis in Upstate New York & Northeast Pennsylvania.”

— On May 21st, 2016, Mary Claire signed copies of Oasis: Conversion Stories of Hollywood Legends at the Barnes & Noble in Towson, Maryland. A wonderful event! See: “Oasis in Towson.”

— On June 5th, 2016, Mary Claire signed copies of Oasis: Conversion Stories of Hollywood Legends at the Barnes & Noble, Prudential Center in Boston.   A lovely book signing! Everyone who bought a copy of Oasis had a special story and reason for buying it. See: Oasis in Boston -- Barnes & Noble Prudential Center.

On July 18th, 2016, Mary Claire spoke at The 17th Biennial International Hemingway Conference, in Hemingways hometown of Oak Park, Illinois on the panel titled, “Ars Longa, Vita Brevis...Aeternitas?—Hemingway’s Religious Quest."  See:Hemingway Transformed, 98 Years Later.


—Mary Claire has also made the rounds at her local Barnes & Noble bookstores . See “Oasis in Bethesda and Downtown Washington, D.C.,” Oasis in Tyson’s Corner and Clarendon, Oasis in Maryland, and Oasis in Towson.

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Author, Mary Claire Kendall signing books in Washington, D.C.

 Book Reviews:   


LifeSiteNews: Hollywood's greatest legends and their little-known Catholic
conversion stories,
by Doug Mainwaring

Bayou Catholic: Reading with Raymond,Oasis: Conversion Stories of Hollywood Legends

Aleteia For Her: "From the Silver Screen to Salvation” by Paul Asay

Catholic Transcript: “Author enlists local nun in book about stars’ conversion” by Jack Sheedy

National Catholic Register: “Hope in Hollywood,” by Fr. C. John McCloskey

Catholic New World, Column by Dolores Madlener

Aleteia: “The Conversion of Hollywood Legends:Tormented by Their Demons Until Nearly the End,” by Russell E. Saltzman

Catholic New York: “Finding God Among the Stars,” by Juliann DosSantos

Book Addiction blog review: Oasis: Conversion Stories of Hollywood Legends by Mary Claire Kendall”

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  Online Interviews:   

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Town Hall, “How 12 Hollywood Legends Found Faith” ; and MRC Newsbusters, “New Book Explores Hollywood Legends Who Found Christianity.”


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 † Radio & T.V. Interviews:   

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More recent interviews:

— 3/24/19: “Bookmark” with Doug Keck, EWTN.


2015 & 2016

—4/27/15: Son Rise Morning Show, EWTN Radio, a network in over 40 states, hosted by Matt Swaim

—5/21/15: Chicago’s Morning Answer, 560 AM, Salem News Network, hosted by Dan Proft and Amy Jacobson

—6/7/15: WCLA Morning Show, Glasgow, KY, hosted by JP Johnson

—7/23/15: Eternal Life Radio: “Voices of the Authors: Mary Claire Kendall” at the Catholic Marketing Trade Show, hosted by Peter Ingemi, including this video on YouTube

—7/30/15: The Mike Allen Show, Lexington, KY, and Mike Allen Show 07/30/15 HOUR TWO —“Mary Claire Kendall & more!” (12:11-25:30)

— 8/5/15: “Morning Air” on Relevant Radio, hosted by John Harper

— 8/19/15: Tinseltown Conversation Stories,” Net TV

— 8/20/15: “Busted Halo with Fr. Dave Dwyer

— 8/20/15: “The David Webb Show”

— 8/27/15: Meet the Author with Ken HuckRadio Maria

— 9/05/15: Catholic Radio Magazine for the “Coffee Table of Your Mind,” Immaculate Heart Radio (1:33-1:56 and 34:50-41:50)

9/11/15: Friday Live with Gabriella Furmato and Jim Manfredonia, Domestic Church Media, EWTN Catholic Radio Network, Trenton, N.J.

9/12/15: Catholic Radio Magazine for the “Coffee Table of Your Mind, Immaculate Heart Radio (40:39-43:03)

— 9/20/15: Interview with Bob Krebs onCatholic Forum,” WDEL, CBS Affiliate in Wilmington, Delaware (intro in first minute, interview: 6:49-21:25). “Catholic Forum” is the oldest Catholic radio program in the nation. 

— 9/25/15: Interview with Bill Martinez on Bill Martinez Live," Global American Broadcasting Network.

— 9/29/15: Interview with Jeffrey Sisk on The Jeffrey Sisk Show,” American Liberty Live.

— 10/1/15: Interview with Lanny James on Lanny James Show,” KMLB, Monroe, Louisiana.

— 10/2/15: Interview with Rob Schilling on The Schilling Show,  1070 WINA News Radio, Charlottesville, Virginia (20:25-30:32)

10/2/15: Interview with Jimmy Lakey on “Mornings with Jimmy Lakey,” FOX News Radio, KCOL Colorado Springs, Colorado. [link to be provided]

10/9/15: Interview with Vinnie Penn on “the vinnie penn project,” WELI New Haven CT.  [link to be provided]

10/12/15: Interview with Pastor Greg Young, Chosen Generation, KERV, Kerville, TX.

10/15/15: Interview with David Campbell on Lisbyn: Clarity from Chaos. Also featured on Stitcher.

— 10/16/15: Stuart Vener Tells It Like It Is" (17:00-27:00 – segment begins at 17:40)

10/21/15: Interview with Bill Martinez on Bill Martinez Live, Global American Broadcasting Network.

— 11/16/15: Interview with Kevin Miller on “The Kevin Miller Show,” KIDO-AM, third, i.e., 8 AM, hour (:58-5:25)

— 11/20/15: Interview on “Morning Glory,” with Brian Patrick and Gloria Purvis, Washington, D.C., EWTN (48:55-53:55)

— 11/25/15: Interview on “The Voice of West Michigan with Parker & Davis” [link to be provided]

— 12/7/15: Interview with Paul Ridgeway on “On the Way with Paul Ridgeway,” AM 980, Salem Radio Network, Minneapolis St. Paul, Minnesota, (34:34-56:52)

— 12/18/15: Interview with Perry Atkinson on “Focus Today” Dove TV, Medford, Oregon

— 12/29/15: Interview with John Loufman on “Living the Word with John Loufman,” AM 1220 Salem Radio Network, Cleveland, OH [link to be provided]

— 12/29/15: Interview with Mark Elstrand on “Let’s Talk with Mark Elfstrand,” (34:40-56:12) Salem Radio Network, Chicago, IL

— 1/8/16: Interview with Michelle Mendoza on Live from Seattle,” 820AM KGNW

— 2/19/16: Interview with John Sapochetti on Boston Herald Drive, (1:30:45-1:40:00) including after commentary. IHeartRadio WCRN News Talk Radio 830. Podcast.

— 6/3/16: Interview with John Sapochetti on Boston Herald Drive, (starting at 45:00) including after commentary. IHeartRadio WCRN News Talk Radio 830.

— 6/22/16: Interview with Maria Johnson on Reasonably Catholic (starting at 26:29) WESU, Middletown, CT, 88. 

— 7/3/16: Re-air of Interview with Bob Krebs on “Catholic Forum on Catholic Baltimore WQLL. Archdiocese of Baltimore - July 3, 2016 | Catholic Hollywood Legends

— 8/5/16: “Sacred Combat Radiowith Ron Kollman.

— 8/6/16: “Jimmy Sengerberger Show” 710 KNUS Radio, Denver, Colorado (2:00:00-2:22:30 - on download | 120:00 - 142:30 - (on show’s MP3 clip).

— 8/9/16: “Ringside Politics with Jeff Crouere (208:27-221:40).

8/18/16:Stuart Vener Tells It Like It Is

8/23/16: “The Scott Adams Show 710 WFYL 1180 AM Philadelphia, PA (27:50-40:25)

— 8/30/16: Interview with Bill Martinez on Bill Martinez Live,” Global American Broadcasting Network.

— 8/31/16: Interview with Lou Vickery, Lou in the Morning,” WPFL, 105.1 FM, “Legends 105.1”, Pensacola, FL. 

— 9/9/16: Interview with Tron Simpson, Tron in the Morning,” AM 740 KVOR, Colorado Springs, CO (1:00:00-1:11:30)


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 † Speaking Engagements:  

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— 4/13/15: Remarks to Moore Republican Women at Pinehurst Country Club, followed by Q&A.   (14:30-46:00).

— 4/22/15: Remarks at the Catholic Information Center Book Signing, followed by Q&A, in Washington, D.C. 

— 4/29/15: Remarks at St. Mel's Catholic Church, followed by Q&A and book signing, in Woodland Hills, California. See: Oasis in Woodland & Hollywood Hills & Beyond.

— 5/13/15: Remarks at a private Washington gathering.

— 10/11/15: Remarks, followed by Q&A and book signing, at Lord & Taylor in Washington, D.C. See: Oasis in Washington.

— 11/18/15: Remarks, followed by Q&A and book signing, at Park Avenue residence of Patti Kenner. See: Oasis on Park Avenue.

— 12/11/15: Remarks to Catholic Citizens of Illinois, followed by Q&A and book signing, at Union League Club in Chicago, IL.

— 7/18/16: Remarks to Hemingway Society Biennial Conference. See: Hemingway Transformed: 98 Years Later.

— 4/12/17: Remarks at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Newburgh, NY, followed by Q&A and book signing. See: Oasis in Newburgh.

— 3/28/18: Remarks at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Newburgh, NY, followed by Q&A and book signing. See: “Oasis in Newburgh—Redux on Spy Wednesday.

— 4/21/18: Remarks at Holy Redeemer Church in Kensington, Maryland. See: “Oasis in Kensington.”

— 7/25/18: Remarks at XVIII Biennial International Conference in Paris, France on Hemingway’s faith journey, being published in St. Austin Review in January 2019.


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