I just thought I'd introduce myself.
I'm Cal and I'm 15. I've been a fan of Shirley's since I was about 8 or 9. The first Shirley movie I saw was Guarding Tess and I loved it. And then a short while later I saw Steel Magnolias and naturally I wanted to BE Ousier Boudreaux and for weeks I went around saying "I don't see plays, becaaause I can nap at home for free! And I don't see movies 'cause they're TRASH, and they got nothin' but naked people in 'em! And I don't read books, 'cause if they're any good, they're gonna make 'em into a miniseries!!!"
And then over the years I saw more and more of her. And my adoration of her grew gradually it wasn't really all at once. After seeing her in Sweet Charity, The Turning Point, and I was even able to recognize the very young version of herself in The Trouble With Harry. And I also remember seeing her when I was about 10 on The Rosie O'Donnell Show promoting the oh so trash-tastic and totally fabulous These Old Broads. Try and tell me you didn't love that despite the horrid script (especially the "What a Life" number)!
I have yet to read any of her books. I have a list of bios and autobios to read and I think My Lucky Stars is two away.
Anyway looking forward to discussing Shirley with you all!
Have any of you written her? I wrote her last fall and got back a lovely autographed 8x10 glossy. She signed it
"Thank You Cal!
Love and Light
If anyone would like the address I believe I still have it.