I loved Denise…. soooo sweet and kind. She most always had a smile. At the studio, she would greet me with a hug. She was my first “daughter.”
After not seeing each other for several years….. a young woman came up to me in front of Universal in L.A.
I turned to look at this young woman standing before me.
“It’s Denise,” she said to me.
I was rather surprised, to say the least, by the young woman standing before me.
We hugged. It was as if there had been no time since we had last seen each other on the Dark Shadows set on W. 53rd street in NYC. Again we hugged and then talked for a bit. It was impossible to catch up with all the time since we had last seen each other, but what was not impossible was to recapture the feeling we had for each other…. like a father and daughter who made each other smile and laugh.
Have been remiss in not writing to again thank all of you for being with me through the years. It has meant so much, and I have been remiss in not telling you this enough, but perhaps you know.
Have a new book out and a couple of films coming…. so I feel blessed. I always go back to my start in the theater where I first started to play a young Abe Lincoln and now all these years later, I am going to read a new Lincoln play that has been written for me. The reading will be at Ford’s Theatre where we hope to do a full production.
Dark Shadows came early on in my New York days and it is still with me. And, I trust, so are many of you. What a trip we have had. That you have stayed the course means a great deal to me, and I just wanted to let you know that I think about all the people, like you, that I have met because of Dark Shadows. So, let’s keep going and doing together!
Want to thank each and every one of you for supporting me over the years. . . . was reminded that it was 50 years ago that I made my first appearance on Dark Shadows. How blessed I have been to have had your support for all or some of the many shows. . . . plays, tv, and film. Thank you for keeping me going! My love to each of you. My wish for you and yours is a wonderful holiday season and a great and peaceful new year.