Archive for May, 2014

Where Are They Now?

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014


my first headshot

I had one fan. I’m sort of lying. I did get a few pieces of fan mail in my life, but one wrote me on several occasions.  It was the 70’s and since I acted mostly in commercials, no one knew my name or how to find me. But when I did co-star in a few TV series episodes, I finally received a few letters of adoration. My fan mail, such as it was, had grown dog-eared from me reading and rereading. I was so elated to be recognized.  The letter from my one big fan was proof. I eagerly wrote him back with an enclosed 8 by 10 that he had requested. We started a long correspondence. (more…)

The Birds

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014


me hilary donna, cutting hilary

First question from my husband this morning was, “Did you hear the birds?” I’m obsessed with the wild parrots that live together on Chautauqua, just a few blocks away so I asked if it might be them. “No,” he said, “big black birds.” Then I went straight for it, saying with so much conviction he was floored: “Oh, it was probably a crow funeral in a tree”.

And then I went on. Crows have this super intelligence that no other animal has. They remember the face of any human that slighted them and they tell all the other crows in the WORLD about that human’s face and then he or she is fucked (among crows, anyway) for life. Talk about a vendetta. I’m really up on crows. I saw a Ted talk about them. Am I a black crow in my grudge keeping? I used to say I have the memory of an elephant but I’m changing it to the memory of a crow. (more…)