With Erika Fernbach, 60+.
Age no longer defines who we are. It's not how old we are, but how we are old.
My book, Back to My Future, The Story of Claudia Wells, a.k.a. Jennifer Parker will be out in October.
I've had fun writing it. It was a pleasure working with Claudia. As I dug into her glamorous screen career, the unexpected popped up:
* Childhood years in the opera
* Famous family: Great grandfather a pioneer of the West
* Successful retailer: Armani Wells is 26+ years old today
* Deep spirituality
* Love of animals
* Fame as comic con guest
* Powerful motivational speaker
* James Taylor's lyrics describe her life: "It's wisdom gained by pain."
Writing this book energized me. I remember joyfully linking arms with a handsome young Italian as I rushed up and down hundreds of uneven steps in San Marino in pursuit of information.
My advice to all is - keep active. Do what you love. Spend time with loved ones. Laugh a lot. Know you are special. Take time to record the experiences in your life. If you need help, give me a shout.
Because laughter is vital, I'm including one of the best comedians of the 20th century.
I loved Bob Hope's humor. Born on May 29, 1903, in Eltham, England, he was the fifth of seven sons of William Henry Hope, a stonemason. In 1907, the Hopes immigrated to the U.S. and settled in Cleveland, Ohio. With all those mouths to feed, life was hard. "Mom really enjoyed me. Whenever she was blue, she'd look at me and start laughing." Bob tried his hand at a variety of jobs. He even had a brief career as a boxer. "I spent so much time on the canvas that they called me Rembrandt." He experimented with dance and song routines in the Vaudeville Circuit. "While I was on stage, an usher ran up and down the aisles yelling, 'Get your program.' You don't known who to blame without a program." With his master of ceremonies routine, he traveled the country. "I time my jokes. In fact, this is the 10th time for most of them." Going from town to town with his act, Bob became addicted to golf. "I play in the 80s. Any hotter I won't play."
Successful roles in Broadway led to his big hit, The Road to Singapore (1940) with Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour. When I read this, I had to see this film again. Amazon Prime became my best friend the next two days as binge watching took over. His Road to Zanzibar (1941), Road to Rio (1947), Road to Bali (1952), and Road to Hong Kong (1962) are wonderful. If you love slapstick and films about foreign destinations as much as I do, you'll love these films.
Always curious, I wondered why Dorothy Lamour had changed her name. The tidbits I read on the Net, caused me to order her biography on Amazon. The story of her life is not to be believed. This ravishing beauty of the 1930 and 1940s was also an inventor. She developed a radio guidance system for Allied torpedoes, a system that is the basis of cell phones and Bluetooth technology. Pick up, The Heddy Lamarr Story. You'll enjoy the read. At times her life was wonderful and at other times extremely sad.