My Nana was a real Stage Mother

June 21, 1964, Saturday. First day of Summer and Fathers Day.

Unk Ile came over today. I was sick all day. Unk gave us $10.00 a piece. It was a crummy day. I knew I was in for being sick. I just trued to fight it off, thinking I wasn’t going to get sick anymore. Plus tomorrow is the first day of Summer School. I don’t know if I can make it. I can’t ever plan on anything, since I never know when my sickness will come. I wish the Doctor’s could do something for me. These pills just make me hungry all the time. Granddaddy called. I talked to Mary.  I was sort of scared. Nana was disappointed, because I couldn’t entertain Unk Ile. She always pushes me, saying, “nobody ever had to ask me twice to get up and dance for an audience. 

Maybelline's orriginal Mad Men 014Nana on the right, performing one of her dances when she was on the road with the Russian Ballet at 16… She’s been like a Stage Mother to me since I was five years old… always pushing me to perform for Unk Ile.

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Sharrie Williams is the author of The Maybelline Story and a direct descendant of the Maybelline Cosmetic Family. Great niece of Maybelline founder Tom Lyle Williams. Buy a signed copy today.
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