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Marilyn Sands

Marilyn Sands
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Marilyn Sands is a Former 80's Stand-up Comic, her Essays can be found on salon.com & her unsold Screenplays in her Top Drawer...next to the hard liquor! "Author of 2 Works of Fiction....my Diary & my Resume"! ha ha All my Articles are Copyrighted & yes, I'll know!

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FEBRUARY 13, 2013 1:32PM

"WEARING Ali MacGraw"!

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When my 104 year old Aunt died recently in Arizona; I inherited an Antique Sewing Machine & boxes of Vintage Sewing Patterns - including Ali MacGraw!

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Aunt Lil was among other things, an exemplary Tailor; dressing herself in Paris Silks, Venetian Lace, Egyptian Cotton & Bombay Prints - even though she lived in casual Tucson her last 50 years. 

She was born in a Shtetl in Russia; where every piece of Fabric was dear & worked for every Needle she ever threaded.

Knowing that I too, loved to sew since Junior High; there was a special bond - and we physically matched in Size - so it was a Win-Win.

Thru the years, I can't say I've sewn with any of her fancy price Fabrics - but we who have this passion; can spin anything into Gold!  At one time or another - we have indeed; made a Sow's Ear into a Silk Purse! 

And sometimes; that applies to writing Articles too!  ha ha

That raw beginning in school, stays with me as we first labored on a Simple Pillowcase to a Lined Winter Coat & still cherish the laughter we shared from our mistakes & blunders...From too many Sleeves - To sewing our Neck Pieces together!

Of all the Patterns my Aunt owned - Ali MacGraw was the only Celebrity Model on a Cover. 

Until now, I didn't realize that in the 60's Ali worked at "Harper's Bazaar" under Fashion Icon Diana Vreeland & at "Vogue" Magazine as a Model & Stylist & that's probably how the paper Patterns came about.

I always loved Ali in all her Acting Roles - starting as "preppy & snarky" in the 1969 Philip Roth Movie "Goodbye Columbus" & her break-out Tearjerker Hit, "Love Story" - where everyone knew what was meant by "Love means never having to say you're sorry" - except me...& am still confused!

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 And in 1971, Ali suddenly rose to fame & was Featured on the Cover of "Time Magazine" - while I just had a Subscription!  ha ha

In 1972, she Co-Starred in the Blockbuster, "The Getaway" with her lover/husband-to-be Steve McQueen.  And, when they got married; she took a break from Show Business till 1978... and who wouldn't?  ha ha

I would've taken much longer; if you know what I mean! 

After their Lips got tired; Ali returned to Television & joined "Dynasty" & the TV Mini-Series "The Winds of War" - which I was "an Extra" in the 1983 Sequel: "War & Remembrance" - and wrote about it in my Article "EXTRAS, EXTRAS - Read All About It"!

That is where I ended up with the Leading Man...leading me to the Chow Line!  Can I help it if I have a terrible Sense of Direction?

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In her 50's, Ali made a Hatha Yoga Video "Ali MacGraw Yoga Mind & Body", which was an instant hit.

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Her spiritual side, linked to her Yoga influence is evident in her perspectives to her Past, Present & Future - culminating in her Autobiography "Moving Pictures" where her frankness on Addiction & her eloquent grace matched her stellar New England education.

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Most recently, she wrapped it all up with an appearance on "Oprah - On Aging"; where she embraced her advancing age as a Joy - not as Sadness or Regret.

Again - she's much more positive than I!  Frankly, it's absolutely Mind Boggling - and I don't Boggle very well!  ha ha 

Oh, when will you see my sewn Masterpiece? 

Well, it may be a little difficult to arrange...but my new "Ali MacGraw Outfit" can be seen in any one of my Fantasies with Thoth ...I mean "McQueen"!

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I bet you are knitting a mini skirt with matching knee socks like she used to wear. I thought McQueen was gay. Seriously, I did. R
I like the way you wove your personal experience with Ali's bio. R
You make me laugh Jer! Well, (in those days) there were a lot to chose from if you're lookin' for gay. It's funny - but I can't Knit at all & I've tried...you gotta have "The Chops" for it! ha ha
Thank you for that Trudge! Really appreciate it!
Want to add to my Comment to Jer: Like Joe E. Brown said in "Some Like It Hot"...."Nobody's Perfect"! ha ha