It's ultimately about the art, and the journey we take to create it. My thing is writing, not theatre, but much of what you write here resonates deeply with me, for those who create truly do have a unique shorthand that those who do not simply don't get.
Nicely put, as always. I love looking through your window on the world.
As always, I enjoyed reading a little peak at your life. It'd be naive of me to try to interpret and help 'clarify.' It's a truth you'll find on your own in your own way. I will say that so many people in this world fail to approach every project with the same degree of professionalism and respect. It takes a pretty fabulous person to recognize success is more inner than wallet driven.
You named several of my favorites. Richard Dreyfuss In the Goodby Girl and Mr. Holland's Opus are two of my very favorite movies....
Wow, what an interesting glimpse into your life! Here via Michele today.
excellent post, naomi! i, too, have a deep appreciation of art and how it enriches lives. i have surrounded myself with people, who in one way or another, are artistic in their own way. i have friends who are actors, an editor-in-chief of a pop magazine, writers, painters, even bankers who "create" beautiful stuff. it most definitely adds a depth and dimension to one's character to have some outlet for all that creativity. :)
i think everyone has a need to express themselves in some way or another. for me, and my husband, it is music. so much emotion comes out in creative expression. thanks for the glimpse into your life!
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Thank goodness for Ms. Michele! Once again, she has lead me to another blogger who I will enjoy coming back to read more of! This was a great post.As Carmi said before me, It's ultimately about the art. My art is music, but I get to experience the theater whenever I perform! You have had a very interesting life, and I can't wait to read more. I'll be back soon.
"And I hope that I will always approach everything I am exposed to in the creative world like a child seeing something for the first time. To be excited, stimulated, and thrilled by an artistic experience can be truly life-transforming."
This is a very telling and important paragraph, Naomi. We should always keep that excitement, as it is what helps to keep us alive and young and potent in the world!
P.S. Yes, I will be blogging for the next 9 days - but I always like to start giving "Merry Christmas" and "Happy Hanukkah" wishes, just in case I miss someone!
I was intrigued by this post (being a fan of 'Inside the Actor's Studio' with James Lipton), so googled your name (which I have worked out [big smile]).
57,000 entries! Lots of stuff on Theatre West, Broadway and your photography! :-)
And, sweetheart - did you know you had an entry on www.imdb.com?
I'm proud to know you :-)
Here via Michele's....I gotta go back and reread that, cause it was just...wow.
I love it when you are introspective.
Wow, you weren't kidding...long post indeed!
Dropping by cuz Michelle sez hi!
BTW, I can't stand Dreyfuss.
that was three posts at least!! bless you on this cold friday night - be warm, be well.
Hi my dear oldoldlady - you're probably tucked up in your Hollywood bed right now, but I wanted to say thank you, my darling, for that wonderful comment on my blog. Such a warming thing to read on such a rotten day :-)
Wow, what an amazing post. I don't have anything insightful to say, but I loved reading it. :)
hello sent by michele today but i would have visited any how!
You are so lucky to have been able to do what you did with your life. To follow the path that pulled you. I think you know I get quite envious when reading your posts. Had I been born to different parents, I proably would have been less intimidated to go into the direction I feel I should have moved. However, my life would have been totally different and I would have missed out on the wonderful things I do have. I suppose reading about your interesting life is giving me those things that I missed, but would have loved. Thanks.
Excellently written! I found it all so interesting.
Michele sent me here.
I think I jumped in behind you on the M&G, so I wanted to stop in and say hi. That story was great. I haven't heard about many of those actors in a long time. What a fascinating experience for you!
Michele sent me....
What a beautifully written post. My career is/was not in the Arts, but it's a part of me that I hang on to in any way possible - even if it's just singing at church. You are so blessed to have been able to live your dream even if it didn't pay the bills and we are blessed to be able to read your wonderful posts.
Sometimes, when you read other people's blogs, it's like you get to live vicariously through them for a few moments in time.
Reading about all those Hollywood icons, and the creativeness in your life is so exciting!
I'm glad that you have a found a new way to express your imagination in your blog...
and I'll be back, again and again.
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Thank you Naomi for sharing those stories. It is very interesting to read about your life and all the exciting things you have done and the people that you have known and know!
I'm glad I took your advice and went to the bathroom first, because I sure didn't want to have to stop reading once I started! Great, great post Naomi!
Michele sent me to see you, Old Old Lady of the Hills.
I would think that in a Master Class like that, egos would get out of hand. Is that not true, or was Bobby Lewis just very good at handling people in situations like that?
I read Medea in grad school. I wasn't in Drama but rather in philosophy and we read a number of works by Sophocles and this one by Euripedes. It's amazing how relevant these plays still are despite nearly 3,000 years going by since they were written.
Everyone has a need deep within to create something. For some it's a family, or a beautiful yard. The fact that you have been able to express yourself creativity throughout your life with acting, painting, writing, etc., etc. is truly a gift. I very much injoyed this post.
What an interesting post. How wonderful to have been a part of that acting class and to see some of those wonderful actors taking part in it.
Expression in many forms has brought you fulfillment and joy.
Now, blogging has become another way for you to express yourself. Isn't it grand?!
I will post a gift for you. Stay tuned!
Here we are again, my friend - blog-hopping courtesy of Michele :-)
and guess who sent me!?!
I wish my my mother could read your blog. She would so like it. She was in the 'industry' for a bazillion years as a costumer and she knew so many of the actors that you write about. It brings back lots of memories for me.
Thanks! M sent me.
"...there is definitely a comfort in the short hand that comes with the shared experience that ‘civilians’ cannot understand..."
Yeah. Oh gog yeah.
I don't think I have 1 friend who isn't involved in the theater some how.
Great stuff. Thank you.
Michele sent me!
I love Carrol O'connor and Anne Bancroft's work. My dad IS Archie Bunker. I wonder if O'Connor actually DID go back and do some plays?
Thanks for the bathroom warning. I though your were exaggerating but it was a long post. That being said it was fascinating. I always love to have a little glimpse into your world. What an awesome life you have led.
Here from Michele's...
I will have a gift posted for YOU in tomorrow's post.
Hope you like it!
Hello Michele sent me. What a great post.
wonderful post! I'm here via Michele.
Wow, that was a post and a half:-) But fascinating as always!
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so here i am, visitng from micheles. yeah i KNOW at michele's it SAYS you are being visited by faira, but honestly, i just typed in my moms info and coem a visiting, pretending, badly, to be her. i know she actually enjoys visiting your site, because michele never sends her, she comes on her own, adn then she tells me on the phone about how you have such an intersting life, and you write it in such a great way. i just thought it might be fun for my mom to get visitors from michele. i know i enjoy it. so thats why it says faira at michele's, even though its me.
here again from michele land
and tired sleep soon
back from Micheles:-)
Deja vu time!
Michele sent me here again.
Hi, OOL - forgot to say that when I googled you, I peeked at your photography....
AWESOME, babes :-)
MSM - sort of :-)
Garbo talks. I'll keep it in mind. Michele sent me.
OOL, just picked up your comment.
I have the website I noticed on my favourites now.
If you email me at firstname.lastname@example.org I'll send you the link...
or I'll put the link here, but it has your name on it.
shortly stopping to say hi again!!and thanks for visiting while I was away. I posted a comment here yesterday before leaving but apparently my sis'pc is not working right...
Glad you don't regret the bongos. One should never regret percussion. I think everyone to a degree who is blogging is sifting for the gold of their life. Hope you're satisfied with all the nuggets you've found.
Back via Michele, round two.
twice in one day! This time Ms. Michele sent me. :)
I love that photo of Ann Bancroft. Reminds me of the wedding pics of her and Mel Brooks they showed in Keeping the Faith. What a gorgeous wedding that must have been.
Wow, what a life....you should write a book. Loved your pictures and was really moved by the Aides Quilts.
Michele sent me but I'll be back.
Very interesting look into your world!
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first time visitor. great post, kind of like Inside The Actors Studio with Lipton. I have filmed as an extra in a couple of movies so I enjoyed the piece.
What an interesting, wonderful, fulfilling life! And no regrets...that's the most inmportant part! I really enjoyed reading this post. I'm a little behind on my reading, but I'm trying to catch up. ;)
50 comments before me, dang! you are getting to popular over here!!
michele sent me back, i came on my own earlier.
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