I Get To Be A Docent
Me and films are synonomous with peanut butter and jelly. I love films. I love everything there is about them. When I watch a film, I don’t just watch it for the sake of entertainment (or lack thereof in some cases). Rather, I’m the kinda girl that pays attention to the details – the art, the direction, the script, the cinemaotography, the editing, the costumes, the acting, etc.
That’s why I chose to start my other blog – The REEL Box Office Buzz – a couple of years ago. I have a passion for movies and the whole film-making process. I love giving my two cents regardless if anyone reads it or not. I just love doing it.
So, recently when asked to be a Docent for the Ava Gardner Museum right here in Smithfield, North Carolina, I jumped at the chance. Today, I had my first day of training. My homework – to read Ava’s own book Ava: My Story. I can’t wait to be asked all kinds of questions about her, her films, her life, her loves, what have you. Of course, I won’t know EVERYTHING but that’s the best part of this type of job – you learn as you go!
I’ll be honest. I never paid much attention to Ava growing up. She starred in films that were mostly of my grandparents and parents generation. I do remember catching Show Boat with my grandmother one afternoon when it was on television and I remember seeing The Sun Also Rises with her as well. And I knew she and “Old Blue Eyes”,(the incomparable Mr. Frank Sinatra) were a fascinating love story as their marriage was her third and final one.
Until today, as I quietly strolled through the Museum, I had never realized she was married to actor Mickey Rooney or the GREAT Artie Shaw. I discovered so much about her & it renewed my passion for “old Hollywood”, the days of black and white, Deborah Kerr, Gregory Peck, Richard Burton, and I thought to myself how lucky am I to be able to work here even if it’s only twice a week!
This week begins my journey as a Docent at the Ava Gardner Museum. Strictly part-time (only 12 hours a week). But, a little extra cash in my pocket and most importantly, a GREAT opportunity!
If you’ve never been to the Ava Gardner Museum or perhaps you’ve put it in the back of your mind as a “I’ll get there someday” kinda thing, might I encourage you to come visit us soon? Step back in time, marvel at the extravagant costumes she wore, come see the incredible artwork by her adoring fan – Bert Pfeiffer. Through May 2010, the Hemingway and Ava (Yeah, that’s right – Ernest Hemingway himself) exhibit continues its showing as well.
Come visit. I promise, you’ll enjoy it if you do!
I know I’ll enjoy this opportunity and once again, find myself blessed to have it.
(Photos courtesy of the Ava Gardner Museum. Thank you!)