DON’T GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS! How I got in Showbiz thanks to Lucille Ball


A LOT PEOPLE ASK ME HOW I GOT INTO THIS BUSINESS!

I THINK IT STARTED WHEN 9 YRS OLD, IN A SMALL TOWN IN OKLAHOMA

IN FRONT OF OLD BLACK AND WHITE T.V. WATCHING , ‘I LOVE LUCY’. MOM’S IN THE KITCHEN, TRYING TO COOK ONE OF THE THREE THINGS SHE KNEW HOW TO COOK.  WE’D KNOW WHAT DAY IT WAS BY THE FOOD ON THE TABLE, MEANWHILE,  I’M HUNKERED DOWN ON THE FLOOR HANDS ON CHIN.

AN EPISODE OF LUCY CAME ON CALLED THE ‘COUNTRY CLUB DANCE’ BARBARA EDEN WAS GUEST STAR.  (BEFORE GENIE) HER NAME WAS, DIANA JORDAN.

I WAS SCREAMING AT MY MOM-“LUCY’S TALKING ABOUT ME ON T.V.!

I HAVE TO GO HOLLYWOOD!

MY MOM HAD GONE TO HOLLYWOOD IN HER 20’S (APPLE DOESN’T FALL FAR FROM THE TREE)AND AUDITIONED TO SING ON THE RADIO WITH THE LAWRENCE WELK RADIO SHOW. (yes, it was before the T.V. show.)

AS MOM TOLD IT, MR. WELK GOT FRESH WITH HER AND LEFT LOS ANGELES, THE ‘LAND OF BROKEN DREAMS.’ MOM WAS SOUTHER BAPTIST NEED I SAY MORE. WHEN I WAS GROWING UP AND UNTIL MY MOM DIED, WHEN TIMES WERE TOUGH, I WOULD ALWAYS SAY TO HER: ‘IF YOU HAD JUST BEEN ‘FRIENDLIER’ WITH LAWRENCE WELK….WE’D BE LIVING IN BEVERLY HILLS!

TRUE STORY!  MY LIFE HAS BEEN LIKE A SIT COM.  I WILL BE WRITING LITTLE BITS.  I’VE LOVED BEING A STAND-UP COMEDIAN, AN ACTRESS, KEYNOTE SPEAKER, AUTHOR, AND HEALTHCARE SPEAKER, ALL ROADS LEAD TO ONE THING – FINDING THE FUNNY IN YOUR LIFE.

 

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