After posting of my delight at being reunited with Mari Wilson, I noted that I wanted to hunt down another favorite from the early 80s-Karla DeVito. Well, wonders of the World Wide Web… Karla DeVito’s 1981 album Is This a Cool World or What? was often blasting on the stereo at our cool apartment on the top floor of a pre-war brick building on Capitol Hill in Seattle. I played this album over & over, singing along to her originals & her great covers of Jim Steinman’s HeavenCan Wait, The Grass Roots’ Midnight Confessions & John Fogerty's Almost Saturday Night.
Karla started in theatre in her native Chicago. She went on to be a backup singer for Meatloaf. Karla later struck out on her own & as a solo artist she opened for Hall & Oates & Rick Springfield, & did club dates of her own. She met her husband of 27 years actor-singer-writer-director-cutie pie Robby Benson (Ode To Billy Joe, Ice Castles,Beauty & The Beast) while they were both appearing on Broadway in The Pirates of Penzance. The Bensons live in NYC where Robby is a professor at NYU. Karla continues to do voice work. Dig that crazy 80s look on her album cover!
I am a mid-20th century gay man still trying to get a handle on how to live life with meaning. I live in Portland Oregon with my husband/partner of 32+ years & the terriers: Lulu & Junior.
As an actor I have been in over 150 full stage productions, 12 films/TV, over 50 commercials & voice overs.
Our home & garden in Seattle (1981-2001) were published several times & were featured in a "coffee table" book- Flea Market Decorating by Meredith Press. That garden was on the Seattle Art Museum's Tour Of Artists' Gardens in 1999.
We moved to Portland in a fit of middle age anxiety in 2001.
We spend our time & money working on our house & garden in a working class bungalow, in a working class neighborhood.
The old-ball-& chain & I are thought to be a little nutty. ME:
cocktail drinker, tree hugger & seeker.
Kinsey 6, Myers-Briggs ENFJ, Capricorn/Snake