I have a feeling perhaps in my youth, I might have spent a tad too much time watching TV and movies.
I mean, do you think itâ€™s normal to fling yourself over a surfboard in Hawaii–ask someone to snap a picture of you, even though you canâ€™t swim, just so you can pretend youâ€™re Gidget for a moment?
I once owned a beige plaid coat with large fur trim around it. I bought it because it reminded me of the coat worn by Doris Day in â€œPillow Talkâ€. She had it on when she was riding in an open convertible, driving to a weekend getaway in Connecticut with Rock Hudson sitting behind the wheel. I loved that coat, and every time I wore it I felt like Doris Day. Years later I realized that the coat looked nothing like Dorisâ€™ and the fur around my neck looked like road kill.
Then there was the time I had the Farrah Fawcett hairdo. I drove myself crazy, trying to keep those feathered sides up, just like hers. It wasnâ€™t until my hairdresser reminded me that for every five steps Farrah took, there was a hair stylist with comb in hand, making sure she remained perfect for every photo shoot and TV scene that she did.
During the eighties I was a big fan of the series â€œDallasâ€. And my favorite character on the show was JRâ€™s wife, Sue Ellen (Linda Gray). I particularly loved Sue Ellenâ€™s wardrobe. Especially the tailor-cut suits she wore with a thin camisole underneath the jacket and accessorized by a fashionable wide belt. Not only were her outfits stylish, but they were considered sexy. Back in those days, CBS would host an annual â€œAffiliatesâ€ conference during the month of May. This is where we would wine and dine TV station owners all over the country, with the hope that they would purchase one of our shows for their local stations.
One particular year we did a â€œDallasâ€ theme, where we took over a hotel parking lot and made it look like Southfork (the name of the Dallas ranch). And of course I did wear, as I liked to call it, my Sue Ellen suit. Two eventful things happened that day. First, the directorâ€™s wife and I swiped a six pack of JRâ€™s Beer (not yet available to the public) and hid it in the tank of a toilet–so we could sneak it out later to split and take home. When we finally confessed to her husband, he didnâ€™t know if he should laugh or be mad. And the other memorable thing that happened was that I actually ran into Linda Gray, who stopped me to tell me she liked my outfit. You know that put me on cloud nine.. And to this day, one of my long time friends who used to work at CBS still affectionately refers to me as Sue Ellen whenever she writes me.
Also held as an annual event was the Ross Martin (Artemus Gordon in â€œThe Wild, Wild Westâ€ TV series) Celebrity Tennis Tournament. This was a charity event held in La Costa, California where for the admission price of $10.00 you could spend all day with such celebrities as Lucille Ball, William Holden, Merv Griffin, Michael Landon, Eva Gabor and numerous others . You were never treated like a fan, but more like a guest.. You were free to walk the grounds and mingle with your favorite celebrity, take pictures with them if you liked, or simply sit in the bleachers eating a hot dog while enjoying a good tennis match alongside of them.
One year during my visit to La Costa I met George Peppard (as seen in the picture above). Most of you might remember him, not only from the â€œThe A Teamâ€ on TV, but also as Audrey Hepburnâ€™s love interest in â€œBreakfast at Tiffanyâ€™sâ€.
Ironically, many years later Georgeâ€™s son Brad ended up working at CBS, and when I was introduced to him, I wanted so much to shout, â€œI love your fatherâ€â€¦. but I didnâ€™t.
When my sister and I went on our first New York vacation, we made a list of things we each wanted to do: See a play, go shopping at Macyâ€™s and Bloomingdaleâ€™s, take a carriage ride through Central Park, eat at Tavern on the Green and have breakfast at Tiffanyâ€™s. The breakfast one we couldnâ€™t do, simply because there wasnâ€™t a pastry place close enough. So we did the next best thing, we bought pretzels from a street vendor and brought them inside the store.
We might not have had breakfast at Tiffanyâ€™s, but we had our pretzels. It wasnâ€™t long before an impeccably dressed salesman approached us to offer his assistance. Just as we took our first bite, without missing a beat, using the back of his hand in a butler-like manner he brushed away the salt that had fallen on top of his glass display counter.. Of course we apologized, but he never acted annoyed. At the end of our visit my sister did end up buying a small pair of turquoise earrings. And just like when Holly Golightly wanted to have her Cracker Jack ring engraved, Tiffanyâ€™s treated us as if we had just bought an exquisite pair of diamond earrings. Holly Golightly-ish? Well, maybe.
In closing, all I can say is itâ€™s a good thing that â€œKing Kongâ€ wasnâ€™t one of my favorite movies, or I might be writing about the time I went swinging from the top of the Empire State Building
That’s right, not a fairy tale, a Tale Faery. A genuine hetero, cis Tale Faery. We’re rare.
It started with dragonflies on a magic summer day in Gainesville Florida. One of those 100+ degree, 100+% humidity (seriously, a clear blue sky supersaturated with humidity, a state of dew), my five-year-old daughter and I rode our bikes around a swamp, and I discovered what faeries are.
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