Beloved Actress Dinah Manoff Channels Growing Up in Hollywood for Her First Novel

The author and actress talks life, fame, and her young crush on John Travolta

From the LifeMinute.TV Team

December 1, 2021

Most of the world knows Dinah Manoff from her famous role as Marty Maraschino, “like the cherry,” in the 1978 film Grease alongside John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. Others from her roles in Soap, Empty Nest, and numerous movie and theatrical parts such as Ordinary People, Child’s Play, and her Tony Award-winning role in the Neil Simon play, I Ought to Be in Pictures.

Born in New York City and raised in Malibu to famed actress Lee Grant and writer Arnold Manoff, Manoff grew up in the world of showbiz. Now she has taken that lifetime of experience and applied it to a sizzling new fictional novel, The Real True Hollywood Story of Jackie Gold, at bookstores, Amazon, Bookshop, and

Manoff says the book is about a superstar, unlike herself, who tells her story from a hospital bed where she is lying in a coma after escaping the paparazzi. She says the seed for writing the book was inspired a long time ago when Princess Diana was killed, around that same time when a paparazzi showed up at Manoff's doorstep at the height of her career and frightened her. A funny page-turner with serious undertones, the book is about the price of fame and all its consequences.

The funny, sweet, and talented Manoff visited the studios recently to tell us all about it and more. This is a LifeMinute with Dinah Manoff.

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