CREATIVE LATE BOOMER: Ilene Beckerman
In February, 2013, Beckerman was part of the seven-member cast of the Chester Theatre Group's production of Love Loss And What I Wore at the Black River Playhouse in Chester, New Jersey. The play is Nora and Delia Ephron's adaptation of Beckerman's bestselling book of the same name.
In April, 2013 Beckerman was the keynote speaker at the Adath Israel Women's League Spring Brunch in Laurenceville, New Jersey: "After raising five kids, I feel like I'm just getting started. Ladies, go for it...don't give up. Your time is now!"
HER CREATIVE LATE BLOOMER STORY:
"When I was 60 years old, I wrote a memoir about my life before I had children. I have 5 children. They didn't think I had a life before I was their mother. Sometimes even I wondered.
The book was Love, Loss, and What I Wore. It sold a lot of copies and was the inspiration for a hit Off-Broadway play that broke Off-Broadway records.
When I was 62, my second book was published. It's called What We Do For Love. I had been looking for Prince Charming but I never found him. Cinderella did.
My third book was published when I was 65. It's called Mother of the Bride: The Dream, The Reality, The Search for a Perfect Dress. Childbirth is a lot easier than being mother of the bride.
At 70, my fourth book, Makeovers at the Beauty Counter of Happiness was published. I'm still looking for the perfect mascara.
I didn't write another book for a few years. I cleaned my closets.
When I was 75, my book The Smartest Woman I Know was published. It's not about me."
-- From Ilene Beckerman's website ilenebeckerman.com
WE NEVER SAID IT WOULD BE EASY (BUT SOMETIMES IT IS)
-- From the GuidepostsTV interview with Ilene Beckerman on YouTube
ON CREATIVE LATE BLOOMERS: "Sometimes I feel like Grandma Moses -- she didn't start until later in life either -- but I try not to look like her."