That sounds like an amazing play and I am just sorry I didn't get to see it.
I loved the desctiption of Betty that she could keep egos and attitudes in check. That is as amazing as her talent.
You certainly had your hands full with that production but it had to have been so rewarding. To sit back and watch your life being portrayed by others, in your own words, would be both thrilling and chilling.
Wonderful post Naomi.
My daughter's theater minor requires her to take a directing class, the final for which is directing a one act play for the campus theater. (She's really in charge of the entire production.) I'll pass these along to her for reference. Maybe they'll entertain an audience in Kirksville, MO in late 2012.
Naomi, in all the times I have visited here and read of your wonderful memories and everyday happenings, I never realized you are a playwrite too. Not only that, but a set artist. Thanks so much for sharing. I used to paint theater scenery for a local theater. Loved it. Was my most favorite job! Plus, I always got to go to dress rehearsal for free because of that. Sigh.......... the good ol'days, hmmmmm? Take care. xoxo
It's so rare to meet people that give others a sense of calm, safety, and manners. We could really use someone like that now in the public discourse. Where have civility and manners gone? I've only met one person in my life who brought out the best in others, who could come into a situation and diffuse the difficulties in other people's personalities. You know when you meet someone like that, just how special that quality is. It's a natural gift.
It sounds like an interesting and deep play about life and letting go. It is wonderful you have all these memories with Betty, these creative times that lasted all your lives.
Found your site by way of Rainy Day Thoughts. What a treasure trove of stories about theatrical history and its community. You made a beautiful tribute to Betty Garrett, too. I'm impressed by the rich life you have led in the arts and with the people you've known.
Hugs to someone who also brings out the best in those around her- you.
I love when you share the really magic moments from your life. I didn't realize that Betty was such a gracious person. I love being around people like that. I was so happy when the ladies of "The View" added in their post-mortems that the Academy overlooked and mentioned Betty. I think that was on Friday. I smiled and thought of you.
I really don't know why you aren't writing a book! you know how i love the "old" photo's and wish I had as many wonderful memories as you do. This is why Betty will live on forever.. hugs.
Naomi, I love so much when you share these wonderful moments from your life. I would love to make a voyage to the past to see your play "Nobody Safe Here"!
Thank you my dear for the lovely photos and memories of you and your dear friend Betty.
I LOVE seeing these pictures and memories of your play.
I don't think I've seen them before. They are simply wonderful and thanks for posting them. xo, Audrey
Such a bittersweet time of reflection,
remembering and grieving. Your friendship--your love for each other is so clear. I am honored that you have chosen to share them.
Naomi, I wish Theatre West would revive your one-act plays, they sound wonderful! I love hearing about Betty--what an actor's actor on top of everything else. How long did she keep that long hair in a braid, I love it! She was always so beautiful, until the day she died.
I feel like a broken record but: it is so wonderful that you have photos and memories to share with us. You have a way of "talking" so it's like I'm right there.
I'm here! I"m here for the memories and the stories and, of course, your ever lovely photos. Thank you for sharing all of them! XO
It's wonderful when that which you've envisioned actually comes to life, as your play did. It sounded very complicated, but true talent (such as Betty and the others who starred in it) always adds to the vision and never takes away.
What a blessing she was to you and, in return, you to her... you to all. You are a blessing.
Keep remembering and sharing. I'm sure it hurts when you do, but eventually having all this written down will serve as a balm.
You have so many wonderful photos and memories!
Betty must have been so special the way everyone got on together in her company. Some people have that ability, but they are rare. What a gift!
Today there would be a youtube clip of this. I enjoyed getting your insiders peak into theater and hearing about how the stage was set up. I can only image the content of the play, which I assume was mostly based on dialogue.
On a looseleaf comment note, I had something I was going to post about Charlie Sheen this week. There's so much humor around the drama, but in the end it's a tragedy. To watch the attention, fodder and money being made around someone's mental illness is a crying shame.
I really wish I could have seen the plays, Naomi. The loving way you write about Betty has to please her and her family. She seems like a phenomenal person, inside and out.
I enjoyed this and seeing all the photos! I wish I could have seen that play! I love watching plays. You and everyone involved are/were so talented!!
You have so many wonderful memories and photos of your dear friend Betty. I know it's still so hard for you. I've been thinking of you often. Love and hugs!
your friendship with Betty is such a gift and the memories will keep her near
to be collaberative and inspiring to others while still being a powerful presence is so rare and Betty did that
hugs sweet lady
What a wonderful relationship you had with Betty and such priceless shared experiences. I can imagine the joy of having something you have created brought to such fruition in such a loving atmosphere.
I know how fraught producing a play can be - let alone an original, but with Betty's serenity keeping all on a even keel you were truly blessed.
Were you tempted at all to take part or direct? You showed great trust.
And I'm wondering how you met Betty in the first instance.
I hope these fascinating posts are helping you to cope with the loss.
The more I read about your memories of Betty, the more I admire both of you.
The death of a mother can be a life altering experience...and a painful one. Your mom seems to me a very interesting woman; I find it very compelling when you talk about your mother.
What a wonderful, rich history you shared with Betty.
I hope you are doing well.
I love how you let us walk down memory lane with you. I feel like the way you write we are there. Sounds like an amazing play....thanks for sharing..case no one has said that yet...zman sends
It is rare to find a talented person who is so kind and generous and brings the best in others. Your Betty was a great lady and you are too Naomi. I enjoy so much reading about your plays with Betty and the good time you had. Your memories are a great solace.
Its amazing my friend.. I am glad you have such fond memories of all your loved ones..
Esp Betty. she was a keeper as a friend goes and I have to admit I dont have a close friend like you did her.. but she will always be remembered in the right places by you.
again thank you for sharing her and the rest with us..
Your memories are so lovingly shared here. In addition to my appreciating your dear friend, Betty's talents even more, I also enjoy reading about your professional relationship together. I'd known only of your Broadway show and hadn't been aware you had written dramatic plays produced, too. Sounds like a group of one-acts that would be quite pertinent today. Participating in theatre can be a unique experience I think. Can only imagine what a thrill working with Betty must have been.
In the wee hours of this morning my TV turned to THIS network. A movie I remembered enjoying many years ago was just starting -- Betty Garrett and other stars including Jack Lemmon, Janet Leigh, Bob Fosse and others in the delightful "My Sister Eileen."
Naomi I am so sorry I haven't been over here and missed the news of Betty. I can only imagine the sadness in your heart. You have such a gift of pulling us into your life and heart and you've always portrayed Betty as such a wonderful, kind, creative, talented...friend and person. Since my best friend and I have been together for thirty years now I just know the heart loss I would feel with her gone. I think you guys were a true blessing to each other. Hold on to those precious memories. A big bear hug to you.
What wonderful memories and a beautifully crafted tribute to such a good friend and actor. In her plasma, rare to find today. Thank you for sharing Betty with me. Some losses are not recovered from, just endured. Your many special times together will soften the blow, and of course, she would have wanted it so.
I love reading your stories, Naomi...You and Betty seem like you were two peas in the same pod... I'm so glad that you two were friends..
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