A New Life! Retirement at its Best 2020-20

Mother’s Day 2020

We will not easily forget it: Mother’s Day at a distance. Our family came over, all five of them, and rang the bell after they had put their gifts at the front door. Then they stepped back and stood at the fence, waving and wishing me a happy mother’s day. We talked for a while, noticed that two of the boys had had a haircut – their mom does an excellent job on all of them – and that our son in the eight weeks that we had not seen him had grown a beard and a mustache, the way almost all young men decorate their faces these days, lockdown or not. After a short time they left to visit our daughter-in-law’s parents in Assisted Living. They can’t go in, but by appointment her parents came to the little meeting room and could see their kids and grandkids on the outside through the glass and talk to them on their cell phones. Phone calls from our daughters brightened the rest of our day, but virtual hugs are for the birds!

I found my Killer!

Oh, I have not been looking for him at all in many years, but I just finished a mystery novel a friend gave me about a mother whose son got kidnapped, and that started me thinking about the time that I played the role of a young mother who got killed. Here is the story:

In 1978, during my acting years in California, I earned a part in a black and white movie Killers Matinee. The shoot took place in a theatre in Venice. I remember I was impressed when I saw that Jessica Lange was in the audience. I thought for sure she would have the lead. She sat in one of the back rows, though, and she did not move. She probably had an extra part and her name is not even mentioned in the Cast. I found this online: Jessica Lange moved to New York, working as a model, until producer Dino De Laurentiis cast her as the female lead in  King Kong (1976). The film attracted much unfavorable comment and, as a result, Lange was off the screen for three years. So in 1978 she was not yet in the limelight.

Anyway, the part I played was that of a young mother holding a baby in my arms, sitting in the left of the two seating sections of the small theatre, in the isle seat of the fifth or sixth row. All I remember is that it was dark in the theatre, then noisy, and then I was shot in the head. Afterwards the director told me I did a great job (I thought so too). I got paid for the day and that was it. I thought it was just a pilot, and never heard about it. But…. the book I just finished made me look for the title Killers Matinee. Actually, I always thought the title should have been Killer’s Matinee, don’t you think? But I found it! You can read it all below. It was a short, 15 minute black and white film and I think it was only shown once. But where? When? I researched deeper. I joined IMDbPRO (free for one month, that’s all I needed). IMDb is an online database of information related to films, television programs, home videos, video games, and streaming content online – including cast, production crew and personal biographies, plot summaries, trivia, ratings, and fan and critical reviews. 

I found Rex Steven Sikes, the killer. He is still alive and about ten years younger than I. He is a Producer, Director and SAG/AFTRA actor with an impressive list of movies he played in, the movies he produced, his website, his address, phone number and email address, everything! That was very exciting to read! I emailed him and asked if he had any information on the movie we were in together. That was two days ago (That I wrote him, not when we were in the movie together, which was 42 years ago) I don’t expect an answer soon, because he has to do some research himself too, I figure, but I do expect an answer. After all, I could boast that I am a retired SAG/AFTRA Actress, Writer and Public Speaker. That should create some interest.

If it does not, well, whatever happens, I now have proof that I was not only a Stage and Commercial Actress, but a Movie Actress as well! I once heard that if you don’t toot your own horn, who will? So I just did. Wonderful memories!

It’s a Wonderful Life!

Until next time,



Directed by

William Warner

Writing Credits (in alphabetical order)

William Warner (written by)

Cast (in credits order)

Rex Steven Sikes Rex Steven Sikes Killer
Carolyn DeMirjian Carolyn DeMirjian Fat Woman
John Bazzell John Bazzell Film Student
Brahm Coombs Brahm Coombs FIlm Student
Ronny de Jong Young Mother
Allan Hollis Allan Hollis Snapping Black
Aaron Koslow Aaron Koslow Drunk
Heidi Franke Heidi Franke
Gene Poe Gene Poe
Marilyn Simon Marilyn Simon Wife
Monika Skerbellis Monika Skerbellis Teenager
Cheryl Scott Cheryl Scott
Alston Ahern Alston Ahern Teenager
Jack Wittenberg Jack Wittenberg Fat Man
Karl J. Niemiec Karl J. Niemiec (as Karl Niemiec)
Doug Maida Doug Maida Bert
Baby Callahan Baby Callahan Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Heidi Frnakel Heidi Frnakel Sinus Womon

Produced by

William Warner producer

Cinematography by

William Warner

Film Editing by

William Warner

Makeup Department

Kathy Agron makeup artist

Special Effects by

John Frazier special effects

Camera and Electrical Department

John Detroia still photographer
Don Giroux key grip
Jean-Paul Ouellette lighting technician
Bruce M. Pasternack assistant camera

Script and Continuity Department

Paulette Pasternack script supervisor (as Paulette Frye)


2 thoughts on “A New Life! Retirement at its Best 2020-20”

  1. D. Ralph Young, here is your comment. I don’t know why it did not work, but thank you for trying.

    “I think is is just great that after all you have been through, that you can still say that “Life is Beautiful.” But, when we stop and realize who made life that way, it is no surprise after all. Enjoyed reading about your acting career but most of all about your ability to do research.”

    Your Friend


    • Well, Ralph, I can say the same about you. Not the acting career, but the fact that you did such a tremendous amount of detailed research! I really admire that, and because of it, we are forever able to enjoy your book Forgotten Warriors II: Amphibious March Across the Pacific During WWII.



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