Photos of the Month - October 2021
Although we LOVE all of our participants at I LOVE DANCE, we select a few to highlight each and every month.

Additionally, we LOVE meeting Celebrities and people whose achievements and creativity qualifies them for special recognition.

We hope you'll check each month to see who we feature -- all deserving a huge round of applause!

BRAVO and THANK YOU to those whom we are delighted to show our extra appreciation...

Until we are actively producing Competitions again, we will be featuring a "Quote of The Month" as well as featuring inspirational content on our Facebook posts.

    October 2021
    Quote Of The Month
    Nora Ephron
    May 19, 1941 - June 26, 2012

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    Bio from the Academy of Achievement:

    Nora Ephron was born in New York City and lived, for the first four years of her life, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, a neighborhood that figures prominently in her writing. She was the first of four daughters of Henry and Phoebe Ephron, writers who moved to Los Angeles when Nora was three to work in the film industry. Although the Ephrons enjoyed success in Hollywood, young Nora did not feel at home in the Southern California of the 1950s and longed to return to New York, which she always regarded as her real home.

    After graduating from Wellesley College in 1962 with a degree in journalism, she served briefly as a White House intern during the administration of John F. Kennedy. Returning to New York at last, she found work in the mailroom at Newsweek magazine and was soon promoted to researcher. When New York City’s newspapers suspended publication during a strike by the International Typographical Union, Nora Ephron and some of her friends, including the young Calvin Trillin, put out their own satirical newspaper. Ephron’s parodies of New York Post columnists caught the eye of the Post‘s publisher, Dorothy Schiff. When the strike was over, Schiff hired Ephron as a reporter. The 1960s were a lively time for journalism in New York, and Dorothy Schiff’s Post, a liberal-leaning afternoon tabloid, offered Ephron a free hand to explore her favorite city from top to bottom.

    While working at the Post, Nora Ephron also began writing occasional essays for publications such as New York, Esquire and The New York Times Sunday Magazine. Her work as a reporter won acclaim as part of the “New Journalism” movement of the 1960s, in which the author’s personal voice became part of the story. Her humorous 1972 essay, “A Few Words About Breasts,” made her name as an essayist. As a regular columnist for Esquire, she became one of America’s best-known humorists. Her essays, often focusing on sex, food, and New York City, were collected in a series of bestselling volumes, Wallflower at the Orgy, Crazy Salad and Scribble Scribble.

    An early marriage to humorist Dan Greenburg ended in divorce, and Ephron married investigative reporter Carl Bernstein of Watergate fame. After the birth of their first child, Ephron curtailed her activities as a journalist and devoted more of her time to screenwriting, scripting occasional television episodes and selling a number of screenplays that were never produced. Midway through Ephron’s second pregnancy, her marriage to Carl Bernstein ended, and she found herself alone with two small boys to raise. Her screenplay for the film Silkwood (1983), based on the life of an anti-nuclear activist who met a violent end, was made into a successful film by famed director Mike Nichols, starring actress Meryl Streep.

    The same year, Ephron published a comic novel, Heartburn, clearly based on the marriage to Bernstein and its painful dissolution. A film adaptation, starring Streep and Jack Nicholson, soon appeared, directed by Mike Nichols from a script by Ephron. With two high-profile screenplays to her credit, Ephron became one of the most sought-after writers in the business. Her personal life took a happy turn in 1987, when she married author and journalist Nicholas Pileggi, best known for his true-crime stories, including two that formed the basis for films by director Martin Scorsese, GoodFellas and Casino.

    Nora Ephron enjoyed her greatest success yet with When Harry Met Sally (1989), a romantic comedy directed by Rob Reiner, starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan. The film struck an instant chord with audiences and became an international hit. Ephron had seen her parents’ writing careers falter in their 50s, as they both fell prey to alcohol and the fickle fashions of Hollywood. Ephron contemplated a transition to directing, in part to protect her own writing career in an industry still largely inhospitable to films by or about women. Unfortunately, her directing debut, This Is My Life, about the struggles of a single mother working as a stand-up comic, was a box office disappointment. Ephron knew her future as a director would stand or fall with her next assignment.

    Sleepless in Seattle (1993) was co-written by Nora Ephron and her younger sister, Delia. Director Nora cast When Harry Met Sally star Meg Ryan, teaming her with Tom Hanks. The resulting film was an enormous success, and Ephron was now established as Hollywood’s foremost creator of romantic comedies. A follow-up film, Mixed Nuts, was a commercial disappointment, but Michael, starring John Travolta as an angel, enjoyed solid success at the box office. In You’ve Got Mail (1998), Ephron re-united Sleepless stars Hanks and Ryan in a contemporary variation on the classic comedy The Shop Around the Corner. With You’ve Got Mail, the team of Ephron, Ryan and Hanks scored another huge success; Ephron’s film also served as a love letter to her beloved Upper West Side.

    In the following years, Nora Ephron pursued a wide variety of projects. She made an unexpected foray into writing for the stage with her 2002 play Imaginary Friends, based on the turbulent rivalry of authors Lillian Hellman and Mary McCarthy. She took another unusual tack with an offbeat big-screen adaptation of the 1960s television series Bewitched, starring Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell. Her 2006 collection of essays, I Feel Bad Abut My Neck: And Other Reflections on Being a Woman, immediately shot to number one on the New York Times bestseller list.

    In her film Julie and Julia, she returned to a favorite subject — food — by telling the parallel stories of famed food writer Julia Child and a contemporary Manhattan woman who sets out to cook her way through every recipe in Childs’s classic Mastering the Art of French Cooking. The 2009 film starred Ephron’s friend and previous collaborator Meryl Streep as Julia Child. In addition to her books, plays and movies, Ephron wrote a regular blog for the online news site The Huffington Post. Her 2010 collection of essays, I Remember Nothing, took a humorous look at the aging process and other topics.

    Nora Ephron was one of a handful of successful women film directors working in Hollywood, and one whose films consistently featured women in strong, decisive roles. She lived to see all three of her younger sisters —Delia, Amy and Hallie —build successful writing careers. Nora Ephron died in Manhattan, from complications of leukemia, at the age of 71.

    Note from Miss Kim: As we see dance talent run in families, the same can be said for writing. I was very lucky to meet Nora’s very talented sister, Hallie Ephron, and take a writing class from her at a writer’s conference many years ago. Hallie is indeed a celebrity in her own right. She is the author of New York Times best-selling mystery and suspense novels and reviewed crime fiction for the Boston Globe for 12 years. She continues to be very active as writing teacher and recently updated her award-winning how-to book, Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel. She is Edgar Award finalist and a five-time finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark Award. Her novels include: Never Tell a Lie (2009) Come and Find Me (2011) There Was an Old Woman (2012) Night Night, Sleep Tight (2014) You’ll Never Know, Dear (2017) Careful What You Wish For (2019). I’d sure LOVE to take another class someday from this amazing writer and teacher who really knows how to craft a page-turner.
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    October 2021
    Sweetheart Photo Of The Month
    Sweetheart from Bay City, Michigan
    Sophia Cirino
    Dance Teacher: Kailee Hooper
    On Stage
    Richael Harris, Director

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    October 2021
    Teacher Photo Of The Month
    Billings, Montana
    Donna Grant (left) pictured with Guest Judge, Rose Marie Cruz:
    Donna’s Dance Academy
    Donna Grant, Director

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    October 2021
    Celebrity Photo Of The Month

    From: November 2012
    Ian Rankin with Kim McKimmie

    Ian Rankin has written at least 25 novels, a non-fiction book, a couple of short story collections, essays of literary criticism and a thesis about Muriel Sparks for his PhD that may or may not have ever been completed. Whew!

    Known as “the Scottish Crime Writer”, he was born in Cardenden, Fife and graduated from the University of Edinburgh. He lived in London and rural France while developing his career as a novelist.

    “Wikipedia” mentions that before becoming a full-time novelist that he worked as a grape-picker, swineherd, taxman, alcohol researcher. hi-fi journalist, college secretary and punk musician. No mention of Dancer?

    Ian Rankin is very much a “celebrity” (world-wide but especially in Great Britain) as a writer, contributor and presenter of programs and documentaries for the BBC. He was featured showing Anthony Bourdain (the writer/cook) around Edinburgh on the television show
    No Reservations.

    Miss Kim had the opportunity to attend a literary luncheon where the guest speaker was Ian Rankin. He was promoting the 18th Inspector Rebus novel (18th!) entitled
    Standing in Another Man’s Grave.

    His description of Detective Inspector Rebus is that of a maverick whose daily grind involves tackling Edinburgh’s grim underbelly. For Rebus, the city is just “a crime scene waiting to happen.”

    Kim couldn’t resist having her book signed and chatting for a few moments with Mr. Rankin. Hearing that charming Scottish brogue brings back lovely memories of her Grandparents, Jessie and Frank McKimmie.

    Update note from Kim: Since 2012, Mr. Rankin has been dancing as fast as he can! Saints of the Shadow Bible - 19th Inspector Rebus (2013) Dark Road - Stage Play with Mark Thomson (2014) The Beat Goes On: The Complete Rebus Stories - Short Stories (2014) Even Dogs in the Wild - 20th Inspector Rebus (2015) The Traveling Companion - Limited edition bibliomystery (2016) Rather Be the Devil - 21st Inspector Rebus (2016) Rebus: Long Shadows - Stage Play (2018) In a House of Lies - 22nd Inspector Rebus (2018) A Song for the Dark Times - 23rd Inspector Rebus (2020).

    Rankin lives with his wife, Miranda, in Edinburgh and he recently donated his personal archives to the National Library of Scotland. The Library is planning an exhibition of highlights from the archive, which includes research notes, newspaper clippings and manuscripts.
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