I’ve always wanted to be an entertainer. Not a “serious actress,” but an entertainer who sings, jokes, and generally shows people a good time.
One of my earliest memories was when I was about 4 years old. We (my mom, dad and sister) lived with my grandparents in Columbus, Ohio. It was a family party and there seemed, to my 4-year-old perception, to be a lot of people there. I can’t remember what I was doing, but at some point I realized that everyone was watching me. It was like a switch was flipped on, and I did something (wish I could remember what it was) that intentionally made everybody laugh. I felt a surge of adrenaline shoot through me and I was hooked.
In television, the 60’s were the era of variety shows. Ed Sullivan, Jackie Gleason, Red Skelton, we watched them all. The singers mesmerized me. Ella Fitzgerald, Rosemary Clooney, Doris Day, Judy Garland. They were so cool and elegant. And the men! Frank Sinatra, and Dean Martin with his bad boy, tipsy swagger. And who can forget The Beatles on Ed Sullivan? I’ll never forget sitting on the floor in my grandparents’ living room hearing the screaming females while the British Invasion surged through our television. Of course, the next day we went out and my mom bought my sister and I the album, Meet the Beatles. My sister and I were the hippest 4 and 5 year olds in the neighborhood.
Before long I was practicing my moves using a hairbrush as a microphone, standing on my grandparents’ sofa in front of the mirror. For a 4-year-old, I had quite the imagination. I thought I was fabulous… and a star was born!
As you can see, even at 1 year old, I had a flair for the dramatic!
More to come.