Piper Laurie, my favorite on-screen mom
Piper Laurie played my favorite mother in cinema history, Margaret White from Carrie. Shelley Winters comes a close second. I remember these two actresses every Mother’s Day. I also remember nice mother portrayals mainly Myrna Loy from Cheaper By The Dozen or Irene Dunne in I Remember Mama but I can’t help favoring Piper Laurie in Carrie or Shelley Winters in Lolita, A Patch of Blue or Bloody Mama.
I have also seen Piper Laurie in Children of a Lesser God, The Thorn Birds and one of her Arabian Nights movies. I had planned to watch The Prince Who was a Thief at the Convention but it got switched with Danny Kaye Shorts so instead I saw Dime a Dance with Imogen Coca and a very young sexy platinum blonde June Allyson. Who would have thought?
Piper was promoting her autobiography, Learning to Live Out Loud: A Memoir. Otherwise she makes rare appearances. She was scheduled for the Courts Celebrity Show in Burbank but I found out too late. It would have been nice to see the celebrity guests Nancy Kwan and Katherine Helmond. I love the show Soap. Hopefully I will make up for it by attending The Hollywood Show to see Gloria Jean, Rosemarie, Tempest Storm and some “modern” people like drummer and singer Sheila E. Oh how I wished I played drums!
I like Piper Laurie, judging by my interaction with her and her panel that evening with Connie Stevens. She’s a bit on the serious side but seems sincere and considerate. Piper Laurie’s book is turning out to be a good read. Before she autographed it, she couldn’t figure out my name. I handed her my credit card not to pay but to give a visual aid. She saw my uncommon but recognizable name stating that it’s beautiful. As she signed it, I mentioned Julie Adams son, Mitch, told me that she is a good writer. She replied she doesn’t know about being a good writer but she wrote her book—no ghostwriter.