Friday, August 15, 2008

To honor Priscilla Allen

A dear friend and fellow actor, Priscilla Allen, just passed away. She had been in a nursing facility due to a stroke, and I know it had been touch and go for a couple of month. This still comes as a huge shock to me, though.

She was probably best known to audiences as the "Two Weeks" woman whose head explodes in the movie "Total Recall." But to San Diegan's she was known as the Grande Dame of the theater. She was amazing. One of my favorite experiences of her was watching her do was the short play, "The Ventriloquist's Wife" where she commanded the stage in dual roles, with spunk and a devious charm. I also had the good fortune to work alongside her in many, many staged readings. Not only that, but I had the extreme honor of being on her Christmas Card mailing list. She would hand-make cards complete with photos of her scantily clad from her early performing days- and she would always write something suggestive and sassy, quite in contrast to the typical holiday card.

She will be sorely missed.

1 comment:

  1. We crossed paths several times in my theatre days and I always fond her charming and interesting. Sorry to hear about her passing.


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