Category: *Fierce After Fifty ~ Theresa Shell, Columnist

Charles Manson Haunt, Spahn Movie Ranch, Hell or Hollywood History?

Charles Manson Haunt, Spahn Movie Ranch, Hell or Hollywood History? I am really going off the beaten path today as Christa, my daughter, and I decided to have an adventure in Hollywood history this week while we were off for the holiday and the reaction of others to our destination was quite surprising to me.  We went to the infamous Spahn Movie Ranch which was home to Manson and The Family at the time of the Tate/La Bianca murders. Having spent many years of my early career working in death row and criminal law I was interested in the...

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Film And TV Star, Animal Activist/Advocate, Elaine Hendrix

Animal Activist/Advocate, Elaine Hendrix Several years ago when my granddaughter, Fallon, was about four years old, she was addicted to the movie Romy And Michele’s High School Reunion.  She watched that movie faithfully every day and could recite almost every line from it.  While watching it with her and her mother I was taken by a young actress who was an obvious standout in the role of “Lisa Luder”.  She was the only member of the high school clique who had grown past their “in crowd” high school years, made a good career for herself and had the courage...

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When Lightening Strikes Four Times- Tap Dance As Fast As You Can

Life is funny.  My daughter and I have worked on my writing and her acting careers diligently for the past almost nine years now.  Just trying to get our work out there.  Working 40 hours a week.  Writing after work.  Acting and keeping a full time job.  Writing, producing, acting in and making our own films, webseries and plays.  Paying for everything out of our own pocket.  Gathering a close knit, devoted group of actors and a director who believe in us and our work and their own dreams and who volunteer their time and talent to make our...

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Commitment – “REAL” Actors – The Cast & Crew Of “Dixiewood”

The past few weeks have been a little unnerving in producing and casting my webseries, Dixiewood.  The thing that irks me about this is the same thing that has gotten under my skin for years both in and outside of the entertainment industry.  The sense of entitlement.   I CANNOT abide a diva.  I don’t care who it is.  I also cannot tolerate someone in this industry who talks the talk but does not walk the walk. For about 94% of actors, whether union or non-union, work is scarce.  Especially work on a quality project that allows you to showcase...

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Be Afraid! Be Very Afraid! The “Oscar Jinx”!

It’s here again!  Awards show season.  That time of year where the entertainment industry nearly breaks its arm patting itself on the back.  Now don’t get me wrong.   Other than Hollywood Blvd. and Highland being cut off from traffic for over a week causing tremendous jams, I don’t hate the different awards shows.  A couple of years ago when my friend, Terry Gilliam’s, film, The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus was nominated for two Academy Awards, I think I was more excited than he was!  It’s just that in my opinion the different awards have turned too political.  They no...

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An Inspiration – Talking With Celebrity Shoe Designer, Jerome C. Rousseau

For the holidays I wanted to share with you something of beauty and someone who inspires me and makes me smile. My friend, celebrity shoe designer, Jerome C. Rousseau is that man.  I first met this maestro of shoe design two years ago through a mutual friend who knew that I was a bona fide shoe addict.  (I’m actually in a 12 Step program for this you know.) At the time I was running a website for the support of the Terry Gilliam film, The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus.  Jerome’s amazing shoes had provided the gorgeous backdrop for Johnny...

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