“I was raised in Mississippi and come from a family of writers, poets and historians. I am the author of many plays and screenplays. I am also an actor, linguist and educator. I attended Mississippi State University, Middlebury College in Vermont, Cambridge University, the Sorbonne and the University of Madrid. On TV I appeared in the series Archie Bunker’s Place and have appeared in many television commercials.
I have acted in films and on stage in France, Mexico, Cuba and the USA and have written screenplays in both Paris and Hollywood. I resided nine years in Paris where I established the only permanent English language theater, The Paris English Theatre. It was there many of my plays were first produced. I see life as a serious circus and in my writing combine the deadly serious with the comic.
“Okolona only had a population of 2,000, Grades 1 through 12 attended classes in the same building. The education process terrorized me. I was such a daydreamer in my own little world that mixing with all sorts of people made me uncomfortable. Others of course took to the whole process like ducks to water. I slowly had to integrate myself into such a process. I loved to talk with older people who had interesting stories to tell. Across the street from where I lived there were two houses. In one house lived Aunt Sally and her sister Aunt Liza; next to them was Sam Grady. All three had been slaves when they were children. It took me a long time and many stories to believe that people actually owned one another. They were fascinating people and I visited them almost daily until they died. I also loved my puppies and always had a pet of either a dog or cat or both. I treated them like they were people and actually thought I could talk with them.”