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Sunday, May 25, 2008

Lisa's Checkered Present

Everyone Lisa knew had a checkered past and she felt sort of left out. So she acquired a checkered present, and now finds that she really likes telling people how she would rather not discuss her checkered present.

Dropped Lisa at Cinema Paradiso, that theater that used to be an old church on Sixth Street. Went there to see Hats Off, Jyll Johnstone's movie about Mimi Weddell, a 93-year-old model and actress , and a woman of many hats, all of which look glamorous on her. The movie was shot over the course of a decade and includes interviews with her children, who eventually come to share her east side Manhattan apartment.

Weddell never stops, it seems, never gives up hope. She keeps going to auditions and getting parts and striving to do whatever she does the best that she can. She has lived this long despite smoking (with one of those long fancy cigarette holders, of course) and a bit of brandy. And the stories she tells ... Weddell is elegant, bold and mischievous.

And perhaps best of all, it all took place in a chilly theater on a ridiculously hot afternoon. I slipped Lisa of the Checkered Present under one of the plush seats. Maybe after seeing the movie enough times, she'll figure out what she'll say about her checkered past when she gets to be as old as Weddell. I hope I can be so together, graceful and mischievous if I ever make it to 93 ...


At 11:35 AM, Anonymous Leuzi said...

On a visit to Miami for a concert this past weekend (May 31st) I was presented with Lisa's checkered present by my sister, a Miami resident. She found it in the bathroom of the Paradiso Theatre. Back home in Utah now, "Lisa" sits on my desk while I carefully contemplate where I shall take her next, whether it be to the sunny isles of Hawaii, the canyon slots of Zion's National Park, the 14,000 foot Pikes peak in Colorado, or the lost Inca city of Machu Pichu in Peru. Stay tuned to find out where Lisa goes next.

At 7:40 PM, Blogger Mary Tiler More said...

Get outta town! That is so cool! I'd say Lisa has done pretty well for herself. Please do keep me posted! Maybe you could take a pic of her somewhere and send it and I'll post it here. Thanks for the update.


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