Mrs. C from "Happy Days" Comes to the Old Globe
The event will celebrate the debut of a new book by legendary Globe Associate Artist Marion Ross titled "My Days Happy and Otherwise".
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Join us as legendary Globe Associate Artist Marion Ross– affectionately known to millions as Mrs. C, America’s favorite television mom in “Happy Days”–will be at The Old Globe for a special one-night only event to celebrate the release of her new memoir, “My Days Happy and Otherwise.”
Fans can join Ross and Associate Artistic Director Eric Keen-Louie on Monday, April 16, at 7 p.m., for an evening of storytelling on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage of the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. “My Days Happy and Otherwise,” by Ross with David Laurell, and a foreword by Ron Howard, will be available for purchase, and Ross will sign copies.
Funny poignant, and revealing, the book features Gary Marshall’s final illuminating interview, a touching foreword from TV son Ron Howard, and a conversation with her real-life son and daughter. Ross’ warm and candid memoir is filled with loving recollections from the award-winning “Happy Days” team–from breakout star Henry Winkler to Cunningham “wild child” Erin Moran.
She shares what it was like to be a starry-eyed young girl with dreams in poor, rural Minnesota, and the resilience, sacrifices, and determination it took to make them come true. In her early years in the business, being in the company of such luminaries as Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, and Noel Coward, Ross always felt like a Hollywood outsider–enduring a painful invisibility that mirrored her own childhood.
Ross reveals the absolute joys of playing a wife and mother on TV, and the struggles of maintaining those roles in real life, but among her most heart-rending recollections are those of finally finding a soul mate–another secret hope of hers made true well beyond her expectations.
Ross’ extensive career with The Old Globe began when Founding Director Craig Noel and “Twelfth Night” director B. Iden Payne cast her as Olivia in the inaugural National Shakespeare Festival in 1949; and she was recently guest of honor at our 2015 “Twelfth Night.” Other Globe credits include “Catsplay” with Sada Thompson, “Over the River and Through the Woods,” “A Lovely Light,” and most recently, “The Last Romance,” with long-time partner Paul Michael.
Ross went on to become a Paramount starlet, appearing in nearly every major TV series of the 1950’s and 1960’s, including “Love, American Style,” in which she donned an apron that would cinch her career. She received a fateful call from producer Gary Marshall that made her an “overnight” success and changed her life into America’s favorite mom, Mrs. Cunningham (aka Mrs. C) in “Happy Days,” which aired from 1974-84, and for which she received two Primetime Emmy Award nominations.
Ross’ story is one of inspiration, persistence, and gratitude. It’s also a glowing tribute to all those who fulfilled her dreams-and in turn, gave us some of the happiest days of our own lives.
This event is free to the public. Reservations can be made by phone at 619-23GLOBE, by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park, or online at www.theoldglobe.org