The Girl Who Wouldn't Grow Up

Fans are forever hassling Judy Rollings, director of the Herberger Theater Center's Performance Outreach department as well as its Lunch Time Theater program, about when in the world she plans to return to the stage. She's finally caved, with a one-woman show, Starring Judy From Chicago, that's a witty recitation of her life on and off the boards. As the show prepares to close, Rollings here confesses a passion for Martin and Lewis flicks; the stress of doing it "better"; and her secret wish to be a famous skater.

I knew I wanted to be in show business when Dad took me to see my first Fred Astaire movie.

The worst thing about being an actor is knowing you can do it better than the actor on stage!

The happiest days in my life were when my sons were born.

I am sometimes mistaken for Jessica Walter.

If I could be anyone other than myself, it would be Michelle Kwan.

It's not entirely true, but I sometimes tell people that I never could have had a career in show biz if I hadn't been a "kept woman"!

The fictional character I am most like is Peter Pan.

I am utterly terrified of losing the passion that has propelled my career.

I laugh uncontrollably at old Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis movies.

My worst audition ever is hard to pinpoint -- I've had a few doozies!

The best thing about doing a one-woman show is no one can upstage you!

The one thing I absolutely refuse to do on stage is play the back end of a horse.

Something I have never admitted to anyone before is that I do care about money -- just not enough to give up theater.

Currently I am reading Father Joe: The Man Who Saved My Soul by Tony Hendra.

The first time I got drunk I sat on the floor in a corner for about two hours, crying copiously and regaling my mother and father about their inner beauty. It wasn't pretty!

Like my mother used to say, "It hurts to be beautiful!" (She also said, "Never use deodorant, because you'll become immune to it!")

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Robrt L. Pela has been a weekly contributor to Phoenix New Times since 1991, primarily as a cultural critic. His radio essays air on National Public Radio affiliate KJZZ's Morning Edition.
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