Hollywood Insider Reveals Her Big Secret: Arthritis
Hollywood is a land of secrets, often only exposed in the latest tabloid magazines lining grocery store checkout lines.
But after 20 years, Hollywood insider Christine Schwab has decided to voluntarily reveal some truths in her new book, “Take Me Home from the Oscars” (Skyhorse, $25).
As a fashion and beauty correspondent, Schwab worked on popular TV shows such as “Oprah,” “The Today Show” and “Entertainment Tonight.” Her life has long revolved around glitz and glamour, with homes in Los Angeles and the Newport Coast.
So when she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 1990, at age 43, she feared the Hollywood lights would fade.
“I made the decision to keep it a secret from everyone except my immediate family, because I knew that it would ruin my career,” said Schwab, 64. “Because the perception of arthritis was really old and crippled, it didn’t work with what I did.
Take Me Home From The Oscars: Arthritis, Television, Fashion, And Me
Christine Schwab has lived a life of Hollywood and New York glamour most people can only dream about. For 20 years she appeared as a fashion and beauty reporter on the nations leading television shows including, Live with Regis & Kelly, Oprah!, The Today Show, Entertainment Tonight and NBC Nightly News. She dined with celebrities, met US Presidents, attended numerous Oscars, Emmys and Golden Globes, published two books and was featured in and wrote for many of the most popular magazines while living a thrilling personal and public life married to a powerful Hollywood executive. But for most of those years, she was hiding a devastating illness that threatened to take over her entire life.
In Take Me Home From the Oscars, Schwab tells for the first time her story of living an amazing life in television while suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. Schwab recounts with incredible honesty how on the same day she produced and appeared in a major makeover segment for Live with Regis & Kelly in New York and then raced to Chicago to appear on Oprah!, all while balancing medications to ward off the relentless pain that plagued her on-camera and off. She shares an enchanted evening at the Oscars and the unpredictable arthritis pain that cut it heartbreakingly short. She re-lives being driven to deceive herself and others in a career that demands timeless beauty and youth.