Saturday Stroll

“It’s the first time I’ve seen myself act, and I can’t say I’m impressed.”
Lillie Langtry

From personal training to Lilly Langtry: a huge leap, but that’s just the kind of flying adventure that books can take you on, isn’t it? Here’s the segue from one to the other: While chatting with a newfound dog-walking companion, Mary, we started talking about personal training and exercise. That led me to tell Mary about a book I’ve been reading called Because I Loved Him: The Life and Loves of Lillie Langtry. Potboiler stuff, but entertaining, because Lillie was such a fascinating woman.

Like most people, I knew that the “Jersey Lily” was considered stunningly beautiful, but had no idea that she created her own “brand,” was a savvy businesswoman, an accomplished actress, and a self-made multi-millionairess — or that she was a health-and-fitness addict. Here’s her recipe for success: “Anyone’s life truly lived consists of work, sunshine, exercise, soap, plenty of fresh air, and a happy contented spirit.” Well…she left out a few things, but we won’t go there. When I told Mary that the book I was reading said that Lillie used to run two miles every morning, she was intrigued by the whole idea. A Victorian woman running?

In addition to transforming herself into an incredibly popular actress (Oscar Wilde is said to have written Lady Windermere’s Fan for her), Lillie collaborated on a play called Cross-Ways that had a huge long run and even penned a very discreet tale of her adventures, released in the Hearst newspapers, that earned her $1,000.00 for each of 10 installments — an astronomical sum at the time. No other author except for the Nobel Prize-winning Rudyard Kipling had ever enjoyed that high a fee. When I shared some of these colorful tidbits with Mary as we walked our dogs in the park, she said, I’m going to have to get her autobiography! What fun: two book lovers on a sunny Saturday stroll.

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I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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