Star Trek actor DeForest Kelley’s former personal assistant, Kris M. Smith, our newest special guest!

Star Trek actor DeForest Kelley’s former personal assistant, Kris M. Smith, our newest special guest!

Actor Deforest Kelley and Kris M. Smith, photo credit: Kris M. Smith

Former Personal Assistant to DeForest Kelley, Author & Professional Copy Writer; A Pacific Northwest native, Kris M. Smith’s freelance writing career was launched by actor DeForest Kelley more than forty years ago. It was Kelley and his wife Carolyn who encouraged Kris to try Hollywood on for size, which she did from 1989 to 2003. Kris served as Mr. Kelley’s personal assistant and caregiver during the final months of his life and presented heartfelt sentiments about him at Paramount Studios’ memorial service for him in 1999.

Kris has written two books about De: DeForest Kelley Up Close and Personal, A Harvest of Memories from the Fan Who Knew Him Best (2016) and The Enduring Legacy of DeForest Kelley: Actor, Healer, Friend. In 2019 she will be publishing an updated version of Enduring Legacy and a series of books containing more than a thousand phone conversations she shared with the Kelley’s. Title: Kelley Phone Tag: The Rest of the Story. (The fans who read the book wanted to read every conversation Kris had with the Kelley’s, so that’s how these volumes came to be.) In Hollywood, Kris served as an administrative assistant and secretarial floater to writers, producers and—later—information technology professionals at various studios. Most of her Hollywood career was spent at Warner Bros. Studios. Kris loves dancing with words and interacting with people. You can reach Kris at kris@wordwhisperer.net. Please visit her website for descriptions, excerpts and reviews of her books at YellowBalloonPublications.com. If you prefer ordering from Amazon, here’s that link:

Kris M. Smith’s books
Kris M. Smith

PLEASE BE AWARE: Kris will have JUST 25 COPIES of DeForest Kelley Up Close and Personal at this convention. IF YOU WANT TO BE SURE AND HAVE A COPY OF IT OR ANY OTHER BOOK FOR KRIS TO SIGN TO YOU OR A LOVED ONE, PLEASE ORDER IT ONLINE IN ADVANCE AND BRING IT WITH YOU TO THE CONVENTION

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