`Escape to Freedom,' the Daring Autobiography of Cynthia Lynn

Bloomington, Indiana, UNITED STATES


BLOOMINGTON, Ind., Oct. 17, 2002 (PRIMEZONE) -- Edward Ansara chronicles the life and times of Cynthia Lynn in his biography "Escape to Freedom: a Biography of Cynthia Lynn" (now available through 1stbooks Library). The timeliness of his book is apparent; on October 18, the motion picture "Auto Focus" will be released. It deals mainly with actor Bob Crane's involvement with the making of pornographic videocassettes of his sexlife prior to his murder. Cynthia Lynn was the only female in the original cast of "Hogan's Heroes," the television series in which Crane starred. Cynthia had a relationship with Crane (as detailed in the book) at which time Bob Crane gave no indication of his pornographic tendencies as depicted in the movie. Crane married Cynthia's replacement becoming his second wife.

Cynthia Lynn was only eight years old in 1944, living in the small country of Latvia. And her mother, Alisa, wanted out so she made a deal with the Germans to sing at the German Officers' Club, without pay, if they, in turn, agreed to help her and her family escape when the Russians returned. It's a promise they kept.

With little more than the clothes on their backs, Cynthia and her family made the arduous trek to safety, in the town of Wiesbaden, to await the arrival of the American Army. Suffering through starvation, deprivation, and inclement weather, amid bombs and guns and the many inconveniences of war, she and her family persevered.

Then in 1950, her life began a magnificent change. She saw America for the first time on Christmas Eve. Soon enough, with her looks, she began a love affair with the world of theatre and film. A love affair that would turn Cynthia Lynn into a star.

Edward Ansara belongs to five performer's unions. A graduate of Juilliard, his career started, in radio, at age fifteen. After Juilliard, he wrote, directed and produced numerous productions, and worked with organizations like the Robert Shaw Chorale, the Revelers Quartet, The Brooklyn Opera Company, and others. He has appeared at the Palace in New York City, and the White House, and in over 150 different cities throughout the U.S. He is also a commercial artist, and has been associated with the sign industry for over 50 years, having established his own, Superior Sign Studios, in Hollywood, which he operated from 1969 to 1988.

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