Tuesday, March 6, 2018

In Manhattan and seeing 'stars'

When I lived in Manhattan, I saw a lot of movie and TV actors on the street. I have a decent head for faces, so it's not like they were wearing signs, or walking around with an entourage. I just easily recognized them. Fortunately, I'm not one who goes ga-ga over seeing Hollywood movie stars, or, for that matter, washed-up comedians from Seinfeld who took a wrong turn at an LA comedy club some years back and then found himself jobless, wandering around the Upper West Side.
-same as me when I lived in NYC and was out-of-work. :D

I do, however, have a soft spot for those actors who were on, as my grandma called them, My Stories. For a large part of my adolescence I watched soap operas. I watched, at 11am, one soap on NBC, and then, for the rest of the afternoon, watched the entire ABC soap line-up. There are the powerful and power hungry women: Dorian Lord and Erika Kane; there are the wealthy families with unscrupulous patriarchs: the Quartermaine clan and the Buchanan family; and then there are the lovers: Luke had Laura and Tad had Dixie. Now, we all know that Tad the Cad had his fair share of Pine Valley's finest, but I'd like to focus on that sweet, southern, red-headed belle, Dixie. She was my favorite. I believed in her character so truly. Well, I didn't really think that Dixie was from 'way down south', but the actor did a really good job of portraying her as someone so good-hearted and sweet. 

Amazingly, if I ever needed my Dix-fix, then I could just look up at one of the many TVs on at the gym and see Miss Dixie on All My Children, or I could just look to my left or to my right and REALLY see her. Spoiler alert: the red-hued hair is a dye job, and she probably is of Yankee rather than Confederate blood. Still, it was pretty cool to be sweatin' along side one of my favorite soap stars.

11 comments:

  1. I watch almost no television and even fewer movies so 'stars' are invisible to me. And the celebrities that I do see in my town (and recognise) are politicians. Which often ruins lunch.

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  2. I watched All My Children back in the day. Gave it up in college. Good times.

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    1. Then you can imagine how exciting it was for me to be spittin' distance from Dixie!

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  3. Oh, I used to watch the soaps too. Who'd have thought they would have cancelled so many.

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    1. I think they've lost their flavor a bit. But anything with Susan Lucci in it should live on as she lives on. She's tremendous.

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  4. Dear Bea, I never watched the soaps because for many years I was in the convent and then I was teaching and editing and wasn't home during the day. So I don't know the names or characters. However, I have been hooked on series like "Downton Abbey" and "Victoria" and others and I'm not sure I'd be able to exercise next to one of the stars without sneaking many peeks at them!!! Peace.

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    1. If I were to see Maggie Smith, I'd probably fall over with excitement.

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    2. Dear Bea, me too! Peace.

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  5. I got sucked into soap operas with my mom but it wasn't something that I would brag about because during that time it was something that only "housewives" watched. When I got older, I ended watching wrestling, which was basically a soap opera for dudes. Anyway, watching soaps with my mom was cool and I will get sucked into a modern-day soap like "Nashville" because of the experience and good memories. Take care.

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    1. Yeah, I grew out of watching daytime soaps, but will watch the occasional network drama that reminds me of the soaps. --haven't waded into the Nashville waters yet.

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