And a little diversion, at least for me, from all the media focus on the recent tragic deaths.
The other night I woke up because of a leak in the ceiling of the little alcove I use for an office. Oh no! My precious papers and books etc.
After strategically placing pots and pans, tried to go back to sleep, but couldn’t. Thus, list time again.
I tried several variations on the little trinity lists I obsessively make, but they weren’t taxing enough to knock me out, so finally went back to the usual sleep-inducing alphabet list.
This time, I thought of women I’ve fallen in love with through their work. Some of whom I probably wouldn’t have wanted to meet because, not to be arrogant but the few women who thought they fell in love with me through, or because of, my writing or acting, when they actually got to know me were sometimes disappointed.
So these are only women I fell in love with from afar and never met.
AMANPOUR, CHRISTIANE (TV journalist)
BERGMAN, INGRID (film actress)
CASH, JUNE CARTER (singer & songwriter)
DANDRIDGE, DOROTHY (film actress)
EDWARDS, ELIZABETH (political campaigner, teacher & charity head)
FAITHFUL, MARIANNE (singer)
GELLHORN, MARTHA (writer)
HESSE, EVA (artist) and HAYAK, SALMA (film actress & producer) a close second
JOHANSSON, SCARLETT (film actress)
KELLY, GRACE (film actress & princess)
LAKE, VERONICA (film actress) tied with LEE, PEGGY (singer & songwriter) and LEE, ANDREA (writer) a close third
MILLER, LEE (photographer/writer) and MANHEIM, KATE (actress associated with Richard Foreman’s stage pieces) a very close second
NEMIROVSKY, IRENE (writer)
O’HARA, MAUREEN (film actress)
POINTER, JUNE (singer)
RHYS, JEAN (writer) and RUDNER, SARA (dancer & choreographer) almost a tie
THOMPSON, EMMA (stage & film actress & screenwriter)
ULMAN, LIV (film actress)
VARGAS, ELIZABETH (TV news anchor)
WRIGHT, TERESA (film actress) and WELLS, MARY (singer) a tight second
YOUNG, LORETTA (film actress & TV star)
ZHANG, ZIYI (film actress)