My mom, actress Marion Ross, has been a fan of mine for a long time. Since I used to dance around our house in the Valley in my pajamas to Gaîté Parisienne.
The photo above is from breakfast this morning; Tamra made some waffes and mom popped by to visit and to wish me luck on America’s Got Talent next week. I leave in two days. OMG.
When I was in High School (Taft High, Woodland Hills) Marion mortified me by awarding me the best actor prize at our yearly Creation Fair, for my rendition of Petruchio from Taming of the Shrew. She was the only judge. I happened to be the student artistic director of the fair, who also auditioned all the acts, rather like AGT, for their chance to be onstage. When I “won” the prize that night, thanks to mom, I think I lost a lot of friends.
Her justification, stated at the mic in front of everyone there was, “I’m awarding the Best Actor prize to Jim Meskimen because I taught him everything he knows.”
Strangely, no one ever has said a word to me about this event. I’m beginning to think that I may have imagined the whole thing. I hope so.
If I go through to the Semi-Finals in New York, I will have to get mom, Tamra and Taylor out there for it, and maybe mom can have a word with the judges for me… Or not.