Capturing the memories of a lifetime

Thanks for the Memoirs

The founder of Thanks for the Memoirs, Marie Rowe, has an extensive background in all areas of media communication. In Toronto she worked in public relations and went on to the Drama and Variety Departments of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation where she was a Production Manager. She founded Radio Women and produced human-interest programs for CBC Radio, including Incest – the Great Taboo, resulting from her volunteer work with troubled girls.

Her first job in Hollywood was at The Samuel Goldwyn Company in film distribution and marketing which led to an assignment as publicist for the American Cinema Awards, produced by David Gest, honoring veteran movie stars, such as Joseph Cotton and Joel McCrea. She was then hired as a staff writer on the revised version of the television show Divorce Court and ultimately became writing assistant to Barry Levinson on a comedy series for HBO TV, which was the beginning of a long association with the writer/director.

Marie has worked in the areas of casting with Levinson on such award-winning films as Good Morning, Vietnam and Rain Man, but has primarily helped him develop several of his screenplays, including Tin Men, Liberty Heights, Avalon and Man of the Year. When Levinson wrote his novel Sixty-Six (Random House), he asked Marie to assist him.

We all need to be validated and acknowledged for the wonderful human beings we are. To know that our lives matter.

As abridger/producer of books on tape for Dove Audio in Los Angeles, Marie dealt with a variety of books, from the classics and popular novels to psychology, business and the Bible.

Marie was appointed Vice President of Creative Development for PowerPlay Audiobook Summaries where she was responsible for choosing and summarizing business books on subjects such as Leadership Development, Communication Skills and Creative Thinking. She then interviewed the authors and produced the studio recording sessions.

There's no greater gift than to leave our story as an enduring legacy for generations to come.

She has edited several books for published authors, including literary agent William Gladstone's The Twelve (Vanguard Press), loosely based on his life. She recently completed A Fortunate Life, the memoir of renowned child psychologist Dr. George Fox.

Always available to support up-and-coming filmmakers, Marie has written, produced and cast films for charities as well as for students at various California universities, and the Alliance of Women Directors, a respected Los Angeles film group.

In addition, Marie has been a mentor/special friend/big sister to a number of under-privileged children for the past 30 years. She developed a mentor program and taught acting with Colors United – Living Literature in Watts and Venice High Schools in California. She was Artist in Residence at Hollygrove Children’s Home in Los Angeles, teaching creative writing and drama, and was responsible for implementing their Media Centre, with heavy emphasis on reading and creative expression. Marie is very proud of the fact that she guided these troubled children into producing two illustrated books of poetry, which greatly increased their self-esteem and was an essential element in their need to be heard.

Having been involved in so many different aspects of story-telling, I know beyond a shadow of a doubt, the intrinsic value of sharing our accomplishments with others. We all need to be validated and acknowledged for the wonderful human beings we are – to know that our lives matter – and there’s no greater gift than to leave our story as an enduring legacy for generations to come.

- Marie Rowe