Whoa, my head's spinning from a Brat Pack-induced cloud of celebrity authoring mindgames. It turns out that Ally Sheedy wrote a children's book called She was nice to mice: The other side of Elizabeth I's character never before revealed by previous historians, which was a best-seller, but is now out of print. [When I checked, there were at least nine copies for sale on Abebooks.com, ranging in price from $3-65 [!?]. It's 95 pages, though, so don't plan to read it at bedtime. The catch? She wrote it when she was 12 years old.
The book's success led to an appearance on the Mike Douglas Show, which got young Sheedy an agent, which--well, you know the rest.
Except that did you know Sheedy just did a reading from She was nice to mice at this year's Sundance Film Festival? How'd we all miss that ticket? Last bit of Sheedyvia: she's married to Angela Lansbury's nephew. OK, my work is done here. [thanks to dt reader Marjorie, who reminds me that "each one of us is a brain, and an athlete, and a basket case, a princess, and a criminal."]