Tuesday, March 14, 2006
As Emma Goldman in 'Reds'
Maureen Stapleton, who was honored with just about every award an actress can attain, died yesterday at the age of 80. This morning, as I sat drinking my coffee and reading the New York Times, I encountered her distinctive voice one final time. Right there in my own kitchen.
I love the exuberance and freedom of the way she described how she arrived in New York, determined to become an actress:
"I was seventeen years old, I weighed 180 pounds and I had a hundred bucks in my pocket. I was invincible!"
Though I never weighed 180 pounds or aspired to be an actress, I know that feeling well. Equally eloquent and telling was this deceptively simple response to her numerous successes.
"I did the best I could."
I can't imagine a more honorable epitaph.
Meanwhile, I hope no one will miss the comments in the survey on bloggers and depression below. No definitive answer has been reached--nor did I hope for one, but the responses make for rich and insightful reading.