October 27th -
|A classmate's father offered|
to take photos we aspiring
As the play ended, everyone was saying goodbye, and trying not to cry. Janeen is not only leaving the play, she’s finished with school, and already she’s going to be in a film. Tonight, I walked back to my dorm with tears streaming down my face. Once again I could not say all that was in my heart, which made the ending all the sadder. As I came to the corner at Sunset Boulevard, the wind nearly blew me away, but I didn’t care.
November 1st – The show with Dan Daily aired tonight. During the scene with Julie and Dan playing old vaudevillians, I thought I saw the back of my head. I laughed thinking how television audiences would never know that scene was taped at . I thought some of the takes I saw in the studio were better were better than those on television but there are many reasons why one is chosen over another. That is the director’s choice.
I could barely wait until evening. Our only phone (the days before cell phones) is a pay phone in the hall. When I called Mrs. Priest, she told me she would help me get into the studio. She also informed me that the ‘Do Not Enter’ sign is always up, so not to be surprised if I see it.
At dinner tonight I spoke to the girl who used my tickets for the show last week. She told me Joel Grey and Robert Goulet were the guests, and that Julie rehearsed a dance for three whole hours!
November 3rd – I got a “D” on my pantomime class and some of my other grades were bad as well. It’s very upsetting to me that everything is graded on being technically correct. I want to work on creating roles
That night, I met my friend Alice and we spoke about everything. Even so, I was in a very bad mood for a few days after that. Semester finals were coming and I wasn’t feeling good about my classes. In costuming class, Mr. Ryan told us that we are going to have to work even harder than we did before. The next show the college is putting on will be “Guys and Dolls.”
Over the weekend, Mommy took me to see “Cabaret,” which came out a few months ago. The movie and the great performances cheered me up a lot.
November 7th - We learned that Richard Nixon had won the Presidential election.
afforded me of all kinds of opportunities previously not available. Frequently, walking around town, I saw television shows and movies being filmed on the street. And there were movie premieres with klieg lights and loads of stars. Hollywood
Early in November I learned that Grauman’s Chinese Theater was hosting the film premiere of Young Winston, a film about the early life of
’s great Prime Minister, Winston Churchill. The event would include a bevy of stars. I had never dreamed of going to a real England Hollywood premiere, but after finding out that I could attend for a mere $5, I went down and bought a ticket. The man in the box office said that Ali McGraw, Steve McQueen and Jane Fonda would all be coming in Rolls Royces. I’m hoping Liza Minnelli and her boyfriend, Desi Arnaz, Jr., will be there too.
|Grauman's Chinese Theater|
The courtyard contains the hand and footprints
of many stars.
November 9th - I got dressed in my best clothes--hardly anything compared to the gowns worn on the red carpet-- and went down to Hollywood Boulevard. The klieg lights were crossing the sky and there was a huge crowd outside.
Entering the courtyard, I got on line. Suddenly, I heard a very high voice calling, “Ros-a-lind! Oh, Ros-a-lind!” Just then, a woman in a long, black sequin gown walking by me. Yes, it was Rosalind Russell. I was surrounded by stars. There was Petulia Clark and a little blond, full of energy was running around, greeting everyone. That was Jane Fonda.