I began acting professionally at age six, followed into the business world by my brothers, Bobby and Johnny - the helpless victims and performers of my first attempts at play writing, somewhere around age 11. All three of us were born funny, which is nothing to laugh at.
My first produced play was ADVENTURES IN RIO, presented by my sixth grade graduating class at Wilshire Crest Elementary School, Los Angeles. At sixteen, my adaptation of THE LAND OF OZ was spectacularly produced and directed by the late John Ingle (later, Edward Quartermain on GENERAL HOSPITAL until his death) at Hollywood High. As the annual holiday program, the production was the delight of the student body. There was a second performance for 1,500 young kids bused in from East L.A. There were a full page of generous comments and photos in the Los Angeles Times, and a half-page of the same in the then-extant Los Angeles Mirror. My Hollywood High senior year Creative Writing project, JESSICA AND THE DEVIL, a full-length musical with classmate composer Russell Horton, was produced in 1960 by the Falcon Theater in Hollywood. It got me lunch with the notorious David Merrick, who decided to take on HELLO, DOLLY! instead.
So, I got married (two kids), divorced, married again, (three more kids), was widowed, married, married (and survived to marry again).
Credit whatever sanity I retain to my tenacious ability to write late into the night, after coming home from office work and taking care of the household. My catalog includes country songs, poems, TV and film script samples, a novel - everything lauded, nothing purchased until recently via CreateSpace and Amazon.
From the beginning, agents interested in my work proved to be about to retire or managed to drop dead before landing a deal. I stopped looking.
I kept plugging along, eventually joined a theater workshop, wrote plays that were presented, and well-received, as two-night "workshop productions," but were not to the taste of the Artistic Director of that theater. Nevertheless, there I met my husband, actor David Stifel (See Family and Friends link). We moved to the west end of the San Fernando Valley, where I was invited to direct local theater, and fell into acting again.
I am the quintessential Late Bloomer.
For the 56th Anniversary of my 21st birthday, I celebrated by creating AuntieN.com, an online store. There can be found an ever growing number of individual self-expressions for exhibiting one's thoughts on one's chest - or coffee mug, or thermos, or cell phone covers and pillow cases: simple sayings that may get a blank look, a knowing chuckle, or a create a sudden impulse to escape, depending upon the loons in attendance. It is my intention to become a Tee Shirt Mogul. Any and all help to that end will be greatly appreciated.
I don't believe in small dreams.