My whole life I have been STRESSED.
I grew up in a South suburb of Chicago where my father insisted on being a Cubs fan, which was a
Cardinal on the Southside. I am the oldest girl of 4 and therefore the one who should have been a “boy.”
When I was 5, I wanted to be Barbara Walters but I was also REALLY good at
singing TV jingles. I’ve been torn ever since.
When I was 6, my Dad bought a beta camera. He regrets it to this day because
that’s when “it all went to hell”.
At 7 I decided I wanted to be the next Annie so I started vocal training.
When I was finally old enough to audition, Chicago cancelled the production.
I gave up the idea of acting and went to college at Iowa. I was going to
be an award-winning journalist like Tom Brokaw or get drunk and write like
Hemingway. Instead, I did both and ended up in TV.
I moved to Italy as my last Hemingway attempt. I studied film. I wrote. I
discovered wine. The END.
My first job after college was “America’s Most Wanted” in Washington, DC.
My supervisor told me I was a great writer! Then he told me to dumb it down and start writing for TV. So I pursued directing. My first gig was a rape and murder re-enactment that I also starred in. Sigh.
I eventually got my acting break on a TV Guide show. You only saw 1/3
of me because 3/4 of the screen was the channel guide scroll.
I decided TV sucks. I invented the light up “handbag” with my husband.
I was in magazines. I drank champagne. Then the recession hit and I
So I decided to make a movie about being broke.
Then my husband got cancer. After a few vodka soda’s I decided to change our lives and cook cancer’s ass. My husband is now fully in remission and kicking ass.
Then I became a mom and was super STRESSED again. I found myself in the ER and realized… LIFE HAS TO CHANGE.
So now I have devoted myself to Turning Life into Lemonade once again, by finding fun ways to combat the number 1 killer, stress.