*~*Mimi Kennedy, Taken to the Stage: The Education of an Actress*~*

TKL

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THE LIFE OF MIMI KENNEDY

Mimi Kennedy was born in Rochester, New York on September, 25 1949. Mimi is the daughter of Nancy Helen and Daniel Gerald Kennedy. Kennedy was twelve first started her theater career in October of 1960 with The Rochester Community Players, in Agatha Christie's "Spider Web." Mimi is the mother of two children, Cisco and Molly. Kennedy is happily married to Larry Dilg. Mimi met her husband in college. Mimi has made many accomplishments in her life such as, being the chairwoman of Progressive Democrats of America.



"There have been three professional actors in our family since its ancestral arrival on U.S. shores in the middle of the nineteenth century, and all three have been women. This is not because the men lack talent. My brother Jimmy is one of the finest actors I know, with a shelf full of community theater acting trophies, which are more awards than I've got. My father was a brilliant toastmaster, public speaker, courtroom lawyer, and raconteur, but he abstained from acting, even in amateur theatricals. There was, in our family, an ancestral distrust of actors and acting. This was one reason men didn't take to the stage."

In this passage, Mimi Kennedy is talking about her family's history in acting and her acting career. She talks about her father being a great spokes person. He sounds like a people person. Then she talks about her brother Jimmy, and how he is one of the best actors that knows. She finally adds that Jimmy has more awards than she. She also says that her family had a distrust of actors and the whole point of acting. Mimi explains this is why men do not take stage.

"Looking back, it seems to me that the women in our family were so wellsuited-by looks, temperament, intelligence, and education-to take the stage that it's testimony to the low esteem in which such careers were held that more of us didn't. 'Taken to the stage,' my father told me, was the family euphemism for an acting career. He said he'd heard it from his mother when he was a child. 'And I never heard it uttered,' he'd gone on to say, 'in anything but a tragic tone, as if somebody had died.' Somebody did die. A cousin of Granfather Kennedy's, known as Beautiful Helen, had been chosen by a college humor magazine as its 'Woman of the Year.'
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Mimi's father explains their family's history of how the Kennedy's came up with the saying, "Taken to the stage." Then suddenly her father announces the terrible news of "Beautiful Helen's" death. 'Beautiful Helen was a cousin of Grandfather Kennedy. Helen had been chosen to be "Woman of the Year." "Sex for a man is just a physical thing, my father had once told me, but for a woman it involves her whole self, because she invests her emotions. I'd been in highschool when he'd told me that, and I'd been hoping he was wrong. I wanted men of my generation to be more like women. Now that I was an ambitious young woman involved with someone my father's age, I found myself hoping that, by their old standards, I could be more like a man. My emotions would not be involved."


"Sex for a man is just a physical thing, my father had once told me, but for a woman it involves her whole self, because she invests her emotions. I'd been in highschool when he'd told me that, and I'd been hoping he was wrong. I wanted men of my generation to be more like women. Now that I was an ambitious young woman involved with someone my father's age, I found myself hoping that, by their old standards, I could be more like a man. My emotions would not be involved."

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Mimi's father explains to her about when a man and a woman have sex, she uses all her emotions and it takes everything she has. But for a man, it takes just his physicality. For a woman it is more than just a game, its so much more than that. For a woman its emotional and passionate for her. "Sometimes," the director continued, "people drop out of my plays, for whatever reason. I'm warning you now, I don't take it well. If you drop out of my play, I will snub you when we meet in the street, I will tell everyone I know never to work with you, and I will say nasty things about you behind your back forever. So I would caution you strongly against doing anything like that."


"Sometimes," the director continued, "people drop out of my plays, for whatever reason. I'm warning you now, I don't take it well. If you drop out of my play, I will snub you when we meet in the street, I will tell everyone I know never to work with you, and I will say nasty things about you behind your back forever. So I would caution you strongly against doing anything like that."
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Wow sound like actors do not have it easy. The directors sound vicious, if you do no like them then they will curse your name all through Hollywood. One screw up and Mimi's career could have been over. But it sounds like Mimi was a very gifted actress and this director felt like she was perfect for his play.

"Darling!" he said in a quasi-European Cary Grant accent, 'You're the most gorgeous, incredible, ravishing creature at this entire party!' I was near enough to hear and get a noseful of his laundered shirt and exquisite colongne. He kissed her on each cheek and sprung off his palms to back away. 'Excuse me,' he said, lifting his underarm out of my face. They had been married a little over a year and rumours of their divorce were already circulating the party. Within a year, they'd proved true."
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This man and his wife are at a party, and by they way he's talking to her, "Darling!You're the most gorgeous, incredible, ravishing creature at this entire party!", it sounds like she is dressed very radiantly. But there are rumors that they are getting divorced. Later on it turns out that its true, they end up getting divorced. "When people love something, they will sacrifice to preserve it; actors are geniuses at seduction. We can make people fall in love with this place, and see its value. We can make them love their own lives, and the idea of life, even though it includes great tragedy. We can inspire planetary repair work and put our own hands to it as well."


"When people love something, they will sacrifice to preserve it; actors are geniuses at seduction. We can make people fall in love with this place, and see its value. We can make them love their own lives, and the idea of life, even though it includes great tragedy. We can inspire planetary repair work and put our own hands to it as well."

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In her conclusion, Mimi Kennedy sums up what its like to be an actress and what a joy it is. Being an actress she has discovered that she can make her audience love life and the thought of life. She also found out that she could make her audience fall in love with the setting of the play/movie an the value and beauty of it. Mimi seems like an outgoing person and full of life. I would love to have the privilege of meeting her one day.

Heres a clip from "Homefront" the final scene with Mimi Kennedy as Ruth Sloan.

WHAT I LEARNED

I learned that Mimi Kennedy is a very confident, independent woman. She decided to follow her own dreams by taking to the stage as a young woman. During her generation, the Baby Boomer's, women were expected to stay home and be wives, but Mimi did not wish to follow her parochial upbringing. She wanted to make a difference and be an inspiration to women across the globe.

Today, Mimi is the Chair of the Progressive Democrats of America. In her excerpt below on books to read concerning the world and economy, she states, "Those who don't learn from history are condemned to repeat it."


Works Cited
Picture of Mimi Kennedy
http://www.mimikennedy.us/webimages/mimijenna.jpg
http://dannymiller.typepad.com/blog/images/2007/09/28/sammidavis_2.jpg
Picture of father and daughter
http://www.vision.org/visionmedia/uploadedImages/Home/Articles/Family_and_Relationships/Articles/apparition_father_daughter_1.jpg

Picture of boy and girl
http://www.romance-fire.com/pictures/this_is_what_loving_couple_looks_like_.jpg

Picture of woman of the year
http://grannygeek.us/wp-content/uploads/2007/09/woman-of-the-year.jpg
Video of Mimi Kennedy in "Homefront" the final scene, from youtube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbRF5h03h4Y

Publishers weekly, August 1996, Reed business Information, Inc
Rosellen Brewer, MOBAC Lib. System, Monterey California
Mimi Kennedy Taken to the Stage. The Education of an Actress
, August 1996