I want to Talk about talented friends, old and new … and, the excitement of going to Maui with my group of Jr. High girlfriends edging 80. I can sense the deep massage from the waterfalls that pound into the pools; my neck feels better just thinking about it! The muumuus are in the suitcase along with goggles for snorkeling. The Westin Maui awaits. There will be much to Talk about!
David is off to winter by the sea in England. Poor me, I’ll just be floating in the sea in Hawaii. But before leaving, I made the best of my time … let’s dish.
“RETIRE FROM SHOW BIZ? NO THANKS!” This is the title of the vibrant panel that recently appeared at the TV Academy. It was immense fun for David and me, and it can still be fun for you! The Academy has this ready for viewing on the Internet.
The very Special Guests were: Kaye Ballard, The Mothers-In-Law, The Tonight Show; Pat Carroll, The Danny Thomas Show, The Little Mermaid; Anne Jeffreys, Topper, Falcon Crest; Marvin Kaplan, Top Cat, Alice; and Charlotte Rae, Car 54, Where Are You?, The Facts of Life! I have known them all, worked with them all so it was really a trip down memory lane, even though some of their stories went further down the lane than mine. Interesting and heartening. The gorgeous Anne announced that she just had her 90th birthday and the room gasped.
Moderated by Illeana Douglas, the very special Actor, Writer, Producer, she covered all bases plus, bringing Jerry Lewis as a special surprise guest. Congratulations to the Producer, Arthur Greenwald for an Original Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Webcast Program. He offered us a chance to meet five successful, wise, and funny veterans who shared their perspectives on the power of perseverance.
FACEBOOK FRIEND: A new veteran, Shelly Goldstein, dazzled at the Catalina Jazz Club. London loves her too. Trust this London METRO quote, “Shelly’s a combination of Liza Minnelli and Bette Midler. Take something to strap your socks on with, ‘cause she’s likely to blow them off!” Lucky London, she is heading there to do this new act. Look for her next hometown happening.
LOCAL MAGIC: Studio City’s Greg Wilson will be presenting Mysteries of Magic at the El Capitan from March 8-31. I’m going! (Oh yeah, there is that Oz movie also.) I’m so proud of Greg, the son of Mark Wilson and the enchanted Nani Darnell, who were my bosses in 1960 when I worked on CBS’s Magic Land of Alakazam. Now, Greg Wilson is a star and an important fixture at the Magic Castle.
PAUL ROGAN: My Sherman Oaks neighbor, quite a renowned actor, is currently appearing (and co-directing) in the Impro Theatre’s hit Jane Austen UnScripted at the Pasadena Playhouse’s Carrie Hamilton Stage. I attended the show last Sunday and I’m in awe of the talent. The whole ball of wax slid effortlessly (seemingly) into an impressive achievement, fabulous performance and creative enchantment. Jane Austen UnScripted is a completely improvised play in the style of beloved author Jane Austen. The cast writes and performs an original, all-new Jane Austen story based on an audience suggestion. Sunday’s suggestion was “peanut farming.” It was such fun watching the cast wittily weave a Jane Austen drama full of elegance, romance, and a happy ending based on a farming foray into the new fangled peanut.
This must-see show is running until April something … Google “Jane Austen UnScripted” for data. I just may have to go again and see a new surprising Jane Austen masterpiece/sillypiece.
I do love Improv. My first teacher, Viola Spolin, is still revered as the mother of Improvisation. I do love old performers. I do love new performers.
I’ll soon love Hawaiian performers while wending to the Westin (tomorrow!)
Mahalo, Aloha, and for sure,