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Friday, January 25, 2013

Choose to be Happy!

The following is a sponsored post.
Photos by Dorey Nomiyama
If happiness is 50 percent genetics and 50 percent what we choose, then we can choose to be happy! 
Doris brought this wisdom and so much more to SmartTalk 2013 in Wilmington. She started the show with a terrific movie montage, and then she shared some of the rough, interesting, and funny parts of her life story. Like how her father went out for a pack of cigarettes, so they say, and then never came back. Her mother, Ann Meltzer, raised her in the Bronx. Running a typing agency kept her busy, but Doris said it was wonderful. And they got to read all of the best scripts. As a teenager, Doris took odd jobs to pay for drama lessons. Her career began in the 1950's on Broadway! 

Doris told a cheeky story, from early in her career, when she didn't know what to do with a director who wanted to kiss her after she got a part. She circled and circled around his desk, with him in pursuit, till she wore him out, lol!!!! Everyone asks her if she's like her character Marie on "Everybody Loves Raymond." She said yes in two ways, she cares deeply about her family and she's even a better cook! In 2005 she wrote "Are you Hungry, Dear? Life, Laughs, and Lasagna."
Doris' filmography list is incredible with 45 film appearances. She's won every award possible including Emmy's for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for St. Else Where and Everybody Loves Raymond. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a street named after her in her native Bronx! Even her own spot on New Zealand's Wall of Fame! And in Russia, they made a copy cat show called "Everybody Loves Sasha!"


In her campaign to abolish ageism, she made headlines addressing the U.S. Congress, stating, "Ladies and Gentlemen, if you were in my profession, you couldn't get a job!"
She had us laughing during her question and answer segment with SmartTalk host Dan Bauer. Her favorite leading man to work with is Pierce Brosnan. Although, she said she went silly, when she happened to meet Carry Grant.





Back stage Doris was super sweet with a meet and greet. Here she is signing the star board. Doris' son, Michael Cannata, Jr. is her manager, and accompanies her on her tours!  
So, what age would you be if you didn't know how old you are?
I'm joining up at these lovely link parties.

28 comments:

  1. Great post! Have a wonderful weekend!

    www.mendezmanor.com

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    1. Hi Nicole,
      Thanks for stopping in. Doris is super inspiring and sweet! Been working on a Liebster today. I had four nominations in a row and have been putting them all into one post. Bit of a task, but super fun:)

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  2. How cool you got to be there. What a treat.

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    1. Hi Lisa,
      Let me know if there is a SmartTalk show you would like to see. I get an extra ticket for each show:)
      Doris makes me laugh, and God knows laughter is sometimes the best medicine!! So glad she is able to encourage women and bring us JOY!

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  3. How neat that you got to meet and learn about Doris Roberts in person! She's a hoot, I'm sure.

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    1. I loved her work and she is a sweet heart in person!!!!

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  4. Following from the blog hop. What a neat opportunity. Doris Roberts seems to be a lovely lady who proved no matter what age, a woman can be a leading lady in Hollywood. cheermamadrama.blogspot.com

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    1. Amen! Love her work and she is super sweet!

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    1. Hi Tonna:) It was fun!!! I'll be linking to your new party:)

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  6. Oh, I love Doris Roberts and would have loved to have been there!

    Found you through Coastal Charm.

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    1. Awe, she said she loves to travel. Maybe she will do a show in your area:) Thanks so much for stopping in!!!! New follow at your page:)

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  7. I'm so glad you included this post in the Whimsy Wednesday blog hop. I had to jump right over to see what this was about and I'm so inspired. I love how you gave an intriguing summary of the event. Your post made me want to read / see / hear more! I've already checked out SmartTalkWomen. --I'd not heard of this before and I'm already in love with their concept. Thanks so much for sharing!!

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    1. Kimberely,
      I'm so glad you stopped by to give such sweet feed back! SmartTalk is a wonderful project. The women in this series share some very personal struggles and challenges. I find it inspiring to know successful women have real lives! So glad they picked Doris to start the series. She makes me laugh:) Visited your blog. Left you a message!

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  8. I'm so glad you shared this....what an inspiration!

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    1. Thanks Diane!!! Doris is a cool lady and she really appreciates her fans!!!!

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  9. I found you through Coastal Charm's link party and Marie's face caught my eye!
    I love Everybody Loves Raymond and Doris' part as Marie is just so...I can't find a good word here....let's say I love her!
    And it's funny tomorrow is my birthday and I was just telling myself I'm not scared of getting old becuase I'm healthy and have a wonderful family & friends:)
    I'm happy with my age.
    So your post just hit my spot!
    Thank you for sharing this wonderful post.

    Have a great weekend, Michele:)

    Hugs,

    Sayuri @ Vintage Breeze

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    1. Awe, that's so good to hear. I turned 50 this year, and I loved hearing Doris question if you didn't know how old you are, how old would you be! I love that commercial where you get on the scale and an inspiring message pops up instead of a number:) Happy Birthday!!! Blessing to you and your family:)

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    2. Oh....thank you for your sweet reply:)
      and I have to tell you, you do NOT look like your age, you look much much younger.
      I think if you do what you love and you're happy, you look good, and that's your case!!
      Also thank you for following me, I'm your newest follower too:)

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    3. What a sweetheart!!!!! You made my day:)

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  10. Hi! I just stopped over to check out your blog and follow you back. :)
    Thanks for stopping by.
    -Revi
    www.revisionarylife.blogspot.com

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  11. what a great post, she sounds like a real treat!!!

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    1. Thank so much for chatting:) And, so glad she's following her dream! She makes me laugh!

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  12. Thank you so much for your visit:) I am now following you via GFC and Linky:) I hope I can have Doris' attitude before, after and at her age! LOL My age changes daily, kinda like good days and bad days. lol But most of the time I am ever so much younger than on papers:)
    I would love to invite you to Freedom Fridays Blog Hop (if you haven't already:) and link up any of your favorite posts:)
    (no rules)
    Also if you get a chance, hop over for Let's Get Social Sunday and link up your blog and all your social sites to make new friends and gain more followers!! (goes live at 6am est)

    http://www.myturnforus.com/

    Hope to see you there!!

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    1. Hi Evelyn. I'm with ya on the age thing. I added your links. See ya soon!

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  13. I love this gal and I SO believe that attitude has everything to do with happiness. I Choose to be happy! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Amen, I choose happy too!!! Love your party:)

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