My first Movie-Working Girl

Call time turned out to be 5 a.m. and I was there, wardrobe and all. We shot at a new building, half built but who cared-World Bldg 7. Understand this is before 911 a block away from the worst tragedy New York had ever seen. I had the job of a secretary. Mike Nickols handed birthday balloons and the cake to me with a warning not to drop anything. I sang Happy Birthday with two other women in honor of Melanie Griffith. Lots of fun especially since I didn’t drop anything per instructions. What a kick! I was a star in my first role!

Here’s the best part. There’s a   rule not to talk to the stars. That never bothered me. I’m a person just as they are-afraid of nothing and no one. During the break, I walked over to Harrison Ford. We  shared a hot dog and sang ,”Don’t know much about history,” a song he sang in Witness. What fun. We danced around, had a good laugh and break ended. A treasure of a moment. I did get my Screen Actors Guild union cards and a decent bunch of dollars for a few days of work. After that, the work began to pour in.

I will reveal some more fun tales on movies, soap operas and even a voice over for Betty White, but that’s another story. Thanks for listening.

Charmaine Gordon

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WEWRIWA Now What?

This is a story I love, many faceted and oh so interesting. Enjoy this as much as I did, my friends. The widow loses her love to find unexpected changes in her life as time goes on.

excerpt: He lay on the hospital where I’d kissed him  goodbye not so many hours before.  I’d said, ” See you tomorrow.” My husband of thirty years replied with words I hadn’t heard  in a long time. “I love you.” Not since the heart attack  two years before when he began listening to his heart beat and forgot about me. Maybe we both sensed the crosssroads ahead, the impemding doom.

I held his cooling hand and asked the two words  spoken many times in our years together.  “Now what?” but this time there was no response. I was on my own for the first time.

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Careers Change

Unfortunately my excellent voice changed. I was stricken with spasmodic Dysphonia and could no longer perform on stage any more. Heart broken, a friend suggested I write books. Books? I didn’t know how but write I did and soon a real story came to me. After all the scripts I’ve read and learned from Mike Nicols and many more, I found it fairly easy so write I did. Before long, a real book was in my hands and a publisher thought it was swell. That began my writing career. Long stories, shorter stories with lots of mature romance and so it went. And then suddenly I fell. A bad fall causing much damage with seven weeks in rehab. Slowly I recover, physical therapy included but you know what? I’ll be okay. I know it. More books to relish in, rest when necessary, and writing, always writing.

Here’s a Survive and Thrive story I love written just last year.

When Double Becomes Single

Before that awful night, Sharon Michaels had never even driven herself at night. . .eaten at a table for one. . .or made plans on her own.

Alone after losing her husband–her rock–she’s left with a business to run, a great son and his wonderful wife and children in Denmark, a bad son and his nasty wife, and two teenage grandchildren she barely knows.

Step by step, she finds her way into the world of singles and learns to Survive and Thrive!

ISBN-13:978-069250-72-16

When Harry Met Sally

One of the best times I’ve ever had working on a film was When Harry Met Sally. My husband had just died (yes it was a terrible time) but the casting director called me with a job for one week on  this delightful movie. I couldn’t say no. So I packed up a dress to attend the big wedding and got ready.  Call time was early. Lots of friends were there ; best of all was the great cast. My job was to sit at the wedding  and watch the bride walk down the aisle.Later I danced with a nice actor I knew. What a kick to see the well known very funny Carrie Fisher dressed in white. So lovely as she married Bruno Kirby

Rob Reiner , the director, provided many laughs and during the break we all sang It Had To Be you with Carrie Fisher. The brilliant Nora Ephron wrote the script.

Of course, I cried all the way home and managed to finish the week. That’s show biz, folks.

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Thinking of you, Charmaine Gordon

WEWRIWA The Catch

Last week Tom and Joanne had a sweet moment at the beach. On the drive back to Old Town, Tom had a question about stars. Puzzled Joanne asked if he was serious.”The little stars on your swim suit; I wonder if they’re permanent or did some fall off in the lake?””Are you serious?” “Yes,definitely, it’s a valid question””Counselor, I didn’t count them but may I get back to you once I’ve done the necessary research?””How about tonight?”

Snippets: “Tom, do you have secrets, dark ones you can’t share?”

“Everyone keeps secrets but the answer is NO because I shed mine like a snake out-growing my body on New Years Day. At the toll gate, he collected the ticket and kept on driving.”I’ll take a guess and ask if you’re talking about yourself; you can’t or won’t share secrets or maybe you haven’t met the person to you can trust to tell.”

“I’m locked up with my secrets, Tom and as much as I’d like to be um, closer to you, right now I can’t.”Tom said, “I’m here whenever you need me, I love being with you.”

I want to cry but I’ll wait until I’m in the apartment alone with my gun to remember the man who damaged me maybe beyond repair when I came to this city alone and he pretended to be my friend.

He drew her close; his lips touched hers and the kiss intensified with the wonder of tasting each other for the first time. “Are you trying me on for size? and if so I hope I fit.”TC CVR

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WEWRIWA The Catch

Last week Tom and Joanne had a sweet moment at the beach. On the drive back to Old Town, Tom had a question about stars. Puzzled Joanne asked if he was serious.”The little stars on your swim suit; I wonder if they’re permanent or did some fall off in the lake?””Are you serious?” “Yes,definitely, it’s a valid question””Counselor, I didn’t count them but may I get back to you once I’ve done the necessary research?””How about tonight?”

Snippets: “Tom, do you have secrets, dark ones you can’t share?”

“Everyone keeps secrets but the answer is NO because I shed mine like a snake out-growing my body on New Years Day. At the toll gate, he collected the ticket and kept on driving.”I’ll take a guess and ask if you’re talking about yourself; you can’t or won’t share secrets or maybe you haven’t met the person to you can trust to tell.”

“I’m locked up with my secrets, Tom and as much as I’d like to be um, closer to you, right now I can’t.”Tom said, “I’m here whenever you need me, I love being with you.”

I want to cry but I’ll wait until I’m in the apartment alone with my gun to remember the man who damaged me maybe beyond repair when I came to this city alone and he pretended to be my friend.

He drew her close; his lips touched hers and the kiss intensified with the wonder of tasting each other for the first time. “Are you trying me on for size? and if so I hope I fit.”TC CVR

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