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Well, Mom Made it Official

I’m just coming off a full weekend that I spent with Mom, Herman and a group of friends and aides. This is the first birthday I’ve celebrated with Mom in a long time.  She arrived here 4/9 and on the 10th we celebrated at Lanzi’s on the Lake. I had reserved a special cake made by Leta Aldous who had made my 40th birthday cake as well as other cakes for celebrations through the years. It was a great chocolate and strawberry cake with cream cheese frosting and strawberries in the shape of flowers-both beautiful and delicious.

I’m well-known for having to spend past birthdays at the beach either in Los Angeles when I was pursuing my acting career and even here at the beach in Caroga Lake when the weather permitted.

Out in California I made sure all my friends around me knew when my birthday was. This still happens today. I’d say I don’t like a big deal on my birthday, but the truth of the matter is, I like to feel special on my birthday-especially the one I just had as I turned 50.

For instance, I appreciated Steve Caporizzo mentioning my birthday on the weather report for TV Ch. 10 last Monday. He also very politely wished me “Happy 39th birthday-again,” instead of giving away my actual age. I am the weather watcher for Caroga Lake for Channel 10 and I must admit I enjoy being recognized on TV all these years after I had tried so hard to get my name up in lights.

I always went out to luncheon and dinner on my birthday both in New York City and Los Angeleswhen I was there. I also made sure I had no auditions or work the day of my birthday, so I could enjoy it with my friends.

If you ever wondered what I looked like in my heyday, I attach a photo my Mom brought for my birthday I had forgotten about. I think I was about 25 in this picture at my Mom’s house inCleveland. That would have been in 1985 which would be consistent with what I’m wearing as far as a dress, high heels and lipstick. I don’t wear any of those things these days.

As I’m writing this to you, I’m sitting in a sunbeam which is calling me to come outside and enjoy the weather here at the lake.

I will finish by telling you that when I was in Hollywood, my agent, Tom Jennings, declared April 12th as my personal holiday off-that being my birthday. I think it was more or less my idea and he went along with it.

So, thanks for all the well-wishes, especially from those who still kept in touch from my old days. I heard from my landlord in New York City who today I can now call a friend (Thanks, Michael) as well as Kathryn Schultz Miller, who directed the ARTReach program I toured with when I first left college.

As far as new friends, thanks to Carl Jurica and Bill Pollak for making the trek to our house and dropping off gifts-sorry I was away at PT at the time.

And to all those who called, sent cards or came to my party, I look forward to doing this again in 10 years. Start planning now.


About Kathryn Spira

Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland, OH who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues freelance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County, New York. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site