Musical Theatre/ Movie Musical actors w/ sad childhoods!
Dear Musicals.Net Posters,
Have you ever read more about your favorite musicals theatre/ movie musical actor, only to discover that they were much, much sadder than the characters that they portrayed?
I recently logged onto http://www.amazon.com
, in order to read an excerpt from Julie Dawn Cole's new autobiography, and I discovered that her childhood was truly sad, and that she was so far from being a real-life "Veruca Salt" that it wasn't even funny! Her father treated her like a nothing, and then, when she was six, he walked out on Julie, her older sister, and their mother, who had to be a single mom in England during the 1960s!
Julie Dawn Cole was supposedly so polite on the set of "Wonka", but I have to wonder if she channelled some of her anger for her Veruca character from a subconscious dissatisfaction with her sad childhood. If you think about it, a poor little girl could " want [material possessions] now!" as easily as could a "beautiful, dirty, rich" princess!
I have always identified with Veruca Salt, and my father always accuses me of BEING Veruca Salt, and after having read about Julie Dawn Cole, I'm not so certain that I'm NOT a real-life Veruca! My folks have stayed married for 35 years. I was born a hospital patient who received more toys than I've ever known what to do with. I love candy, and I got to eat it every single Saturday when I was a child. My parents were always able to afford my hospital bills, because my mother's parents were always willing to give us a home with them whenever I had to have a surgery, or a check-up. Like Veruca, I wasn't much of a social butterfly, and, like Veruca, I was oftentimes able to convince my father to give me whatever I wanted, whenever I desired some material possession. I have never used food stamps, been on Welfare, begged in the streets for food, etc. I did have to deal with the first half of a bout with Strep in college alone, but then my father came up to the college to take care of me. I have been sort of wise about my money, and I am able to volunteer instead of working; I even have an idea for a cool home business. I own an extensive Barbie collection, which was usually added to whenever I wanted another doll. I have tons of books, home decor elements, one share of stock, a few cool items from since-deceased relatives, etc. In other words, compared to poor Julie Dawn Cole, I have never really been poor, neglected, or totally uncertain about my monetary future.
I never realized that I was so much more like Veruca Salt than was the girl who portrayed her! I suddenly feel rather fortunate...If ANYBODY needed for Wonka to tell them to stop being such a spoiled brat, that child was more than likely me!
Thank you in advance for your replies.