“You’re never too old, and it’s never too late,” insists Reatha Grey, a fabulous woman who has embraced an acting career with gusto when most folks are thinking about retiring. Reatha says she didn’t want to retire at age 60-plus, so she found the perfect gig, as one of the senior regulars on NBC’s wacky hidden-camera hit series Betty White’s Off Their Rockers. And judging by the emails from the fans of the show, Reatha is a big hit too.
“I have embraced technology and I answer my fan mail on Facebook and tweets. The fans like the crazy stuff we do and want to know if the stunts we do are real or staged. They are absolutely real,” she reveals.
Reatha has done films, commercials, and sitcoms, and now she’s delighted to work with Betty White, who is an inspiration for older actresses in this era of aging Baby Boomers. “It’s nice that talented actresses can work longer nowadays. They don’t have to disappear from ages 40 to 60.”
There have been many jobs for Reatha over the years, actress, casting, public relations, and even missionary. She’s had her own company, and even worked as a tour guide at Universal Studios. But performing brings her the greatest joy. She toured with USO shows in the ’70s. In 2011 she starred in the film Walk by Faith II: After the Honeymoon, and she can been seen in the series The Protector and The Newsroom.
“I love making people laugh,” she beams. “With Off Their Rockers I have the opportunity to spread the laughter. There’s not enough in this world.” So she occasionally does stand-up at comedy clubs. Reatha also does speaking engagements, and her favorite subject is getting older people to use the new technology. “The longer you wait, the harder it will get.”
With all of her life experiences she has learned, “Do it now. Follow your dreams because tomorrow is not promised. Whatever your heart wants, you should pursue it. I have a more successful acting career now than when I was young. And I’m having the time of my life.”
Discover Reatha Grey on her website reathagrey.com.