Saturday, October 24, 2009


My Grandmother is a person I think of often.
I miss her a lot. I lost her when I was only 6 years old. But, luckily I have happy, vivid memories of her to this day.

Her name was Dorothy but she sometimes went by "Dottie."

my grandparents, 1950

She was born in 1932 in Culver City, California. 

(this is the lot that MGM was built on)
Culver City is a city in western Los Angeles County, California and is known as "The Heart of Screenland" because it was the heart of motion picture production some years before Hollywood claimed the distinction of being it's center.

She danced.

(Dottie, on the far right)

She wrote poetry. She loved film, music and literature.

She adored traveling the World. And, loved Siamese cats. Judy Garland was one of her favorite entertainers.
One of the most memorable tales I have of her is how she saw part of the filming of "Gone With The Wind" when she was a girl, in her hometown of Culver City, CA. How jealous I was! It became one of my favorite films when I was around 9 years old; I was riveted.

(National Talents Quest - Dottie Evans)
I love that she used to take me to the ballet. Her home always smelled of coffee and there were jazz or classical records playing in the background. She exposed me to so much culture and art at a young age, I can't help but be so very grateful for the time I had her. I miss her most when I think of all the things I am interested in now. The vintage clothing, the big band music, the days of a bygone era when things just seemed "simplier" and happy. I wish she were here so I could talk to her and get to know who she really was.

In her later years, she raised a family. My mom, my uncle and my aunt. She was a homemaker and a devoted wife and mother. She later went back to school to become an RN. Then, travel. Lots and lots of travel! My grandparents went everywhere. Japan, Germany, Holland, England, Switzerland. Because of this, they opened up their home to foreign exchange students to stay with them. Some of my best memories of childhood are of the wonderful people I met.

***I found many great photos of her, thanks to my Mom, who has such a love and respect for history & memories.  I thought I'd share a few with you!
These make me so happy - especially because I remember how much I loved my grandparents and how happy they made everyone, and me.

Enjoy the pics! ♥

(that darling little girl in white gloves? That's my Mom.)


BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour! Just wanted to stop by and say Merci for following my blog. You have a great collection of pictures. This post about your grandmother was a pleasure to read, it is so nice to hear about the lovely ladies who help make our life special!

Dad.. said...

I LOVE looking at your pictures! I so enjoy peering into the past via family photo's. Great blog!!

Terry said...

My dad sat on the ridge,in Culver City, which overlooked the filming of "Gone with the Wind" and he remembered using a pea shooter to disrupt the filming. It also has long been my favorite movie. It's a family thing. The first time I saw it was at the LIDO in Newport Beach. Can't count how many times I've seen it. Thanks for the walk down memory lane.

Anonymous said...

This is such a lovely post! Your grandmother was beautiful; you're so blessed to have photos and memories of her. Really cool info; again, I loved this! And I love your blog; one of my new favorite haunts.

Blondie said...

Your grandmother was beautiful and what a sense of style! I love looking at old photos. It allows us to see a little glimpse of who you are and where you came from. Thanks for sharing girlie! Kori xoxo

Jami said...

I love blog stalking you. your little daily inspirationals make me smile all the time. xo

SarahDee said...

Thanks for all the wonderful comments!!! You made me day.

Frankly Miss Go Lightly said...

I totally feel you on missing your grandma..I lost my paternal grandmother when I was 11 and until I miss her greatly, but luckily she left great memories behind as did yours :) Thank you for posting such a lovely blog about your grandparents! Love, love the pics!