Today Is Not Forever

In this monologue, ELEANOR talks to her Granddaughter about following her dreams of being an actress.

ELEANOR: Gorgeous people do gorgeous things…are you gorgeous? (beat) I knew and still know lots of gorgeous people. Gorgeous! Absolutely gorgeous, gorgeous people. I grew up in the fifties. There were so many gorgeous movie stars.  When I was younger I wanted to be like all the beautiful movie stars.  Audrey Hepburn, Natalie Wood, Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren, Ann Margaret….Oh, what memories, what a time, what a time.

You probably haven’t even heard of half those names.  These were women who were good role models.

You are gorgeous just like they are dear.  If acting is what you wish to do, then do it.  Do it with all your heart.  You would make an extraordinary role model.  You are so poised and beautiful.  God, I wish I was your age again.

I wanted to be a movie actress but I doubted myself.  My parents didn’t believe in it and they felt that I needed to find a good man and get married and start a family.  Back then the independent woman didn’t really exist like it does today.  Women have come a long way since then.

I wish I knew better but I was young and didn’t have much guidance.  I have no regrets though.  Maybe in the next life.

Take my advice sweetheart, follow your dreams, follow your heart and have the faith in letting it take you where you are meant to be.  I believe in you and I know that you will do wonderful things.  Make Grandma proud.  Always maintain your integrity and don’t allow others to push you around.  You are a decent young woman and you do not ever have to bow down or do something foolish to get where you desire to be.  You can do it the right way.

You were raised right.  You come from a good family.  You can achieve anything in your life dear.  I love you.

Joseph Arnone


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