||TIMMY'S IN THE WELL
Fall, 2007 marks the 50th anniversary of Jon Provost's debut as
Timmy Martin on "Lassie". Just 7, he was already a seasoned
professional, having appeared in ten films and TV shows with
stars like: Grace Kelly, Bing Crosby, Jane Wyman, Anita Ekberg,
William Holden. Both Hollywood and NY critics named him the
top kid movie actor of 1958. Yet, while Jon portrays part of an
television family, he and his own family are deeply and irrevocably
as a result of his skyrocketing fame.
The exciting and chaotic life of TV's first child superstar is
told against the
backdrop of '50s and '60s Hollywood: the collapse of the studio
burgeoning industry of television, rock and roll, the Sunset Strip
and a life as
far from the Martin farm as Jon could get.
Peppered with names like: Lucille Ball, Elvis Presley, Natalie
Wood, Kurt Russell, Sal Mineo, Davy Jones and more and combined
with dozens of interviews with co-workers, peers, friends and fans,
Provost's fascinating story gives a real insider's view of Hollywood,
the low down on one of television's most enduring shows and the
effects of fame on a typical American family.