Wednesday, July 14, 2010
My July posts have been delayed due to ongoing chronic health problems and Laptop issues. I plan to publish several posts this weekend. I also plan to add an additional page to this blog.
I have something in common with Lucille Ball, Lionel Barrymore and Rosalind Russell and Kathleen Turner! I try to draw inspiration from these hardworking actors. Thank God for TCM!
A blonde Lucille Ball was stricken with Rheumatoid Arthritis while working as a model at Hattie Carnegie. She endured painful experimental injections of equine (horse) steriods for 6 months. Luckily, her arthritis went into remission, and she was able to have an outstanding acting career.
Rosalind Russell, Long an advocate for those with disabilities, late in life this unique and pioneering talent was struck with severe rheumatoid arthritis, which derailed her career. Thereafter, Russell championed the needs of millions also suffering from the disease. In the latter part of her career she was struck with acute rheumatic arthritis; instead of covering it up Rosalind went public, and did what she could to raise money for the Arthritis Foundation. For more info, Check out -http://www.rosalindrussellcenter.ucsf.edu/index.html.
Drew Barrymore's Great Uncle Lionel, was one of the very few screen actors in the 1930s, 1940s and early 1950s who had a prolific career despite being in a wheelchair. From 1938, his screen roles were written to accommodate his disability.
Kathleen Turner was stricken with Rheumatoid Arthritis while shooting Serial Mom (1984). It forced her into semi-retirement. She has since written a book and appeared on Broadway.
Now, if I can just get these internet explorer bugs corrected, "Everything Will be Coming Up Roses"!