January 21, 2005

Happy Birthday Deborah Doane Attwood!

Deborah Doane AttwoodHappy Birthday to Deborah Doane Attwood, one of my all-time favorite friends! I shot this picture of her in 1994.

I met Debbie in 1978 when she was a member of the chorus for Tom Rusch's annual Covenant Ark Theatre summer musical, which was "Hello Dolly!" that year. I photographed that show, as well as several other Covenant Ark productions during subsequent years in which Debbie had actual speaking roles, including "My Fair Lady," "A Christmas Carol" and "Man of La Mancha."

Debbie and I gradually developed a friendship and it eventually became quite a strong one. We had many intelligent conversations over meals at various restaurants around town. She helped me tremendously in 1984 when I lost someone who had been very important to me. From 1985-96 I edited and published a rather eclectic little newsletter named HAROLD and Debbie was a frequent contributor to it.

Since we both love plays, we also attended quite a few of them together, including "Annie" at the Fox Theatre, "Don't Drink the Water" at the Fiesta Dinner Theatre, "Poor Murderer" at the Old Globe Theatre, "Anything Goes" at the East County Performing Arts Center, "Annie Get Your Gun" at the El Cortez Hotel, "Little Women" at Grossmont College, and "A Streetcar Named Desire" at the Lamplighters Theatre. Debbie and I share a love of sports as well, and we went to several San Diego State football games back when I had season tickets for a year or two.

A few years ago Debbie married a great guy named Andy Attwood. I last saw the two of them in 2003 at one of Bettina "Pixie" Warren's cabaret performances at Cafe 828. Debbie and I aren't in as regular contact these days, but she always will hold a special place in my heart, thanks to her many years of wonderful friendship and all the great times we shared together!

Posted at 11:33 AM in Birthdays, DMG's Friends, Theater