Veronica @ 'My Life on a Diet' - Truly ICONIC
What's it about?
A legend, Renée Taylor's memoir about her life and all of the diets she's gone on, throughout her years in showbiz.
One of the shows I have the fondest memories of is The Nanny. Staying up past my bedtime for “Nick @ Nite,” I would religiously watch Fran’s shenanigans with the Sheffields and her mother, Sylvia who was constantly trying to hook her daughter up with a man. Sylvia Fine was a larger than life figure; a diva whose signature style was animal print and whose motto was lowkey, 'the higher the hair, the closer to God.' She was truly iconic.
Of course, none of this could have been made possible without the woman behind the character: Renée Taylor. When I found out about her one woman show, My Life on a Diet, I knew I just had to see it. Now at 85 years young, she still continues to SLAY my life.
To my surprise, the show took place inside a church: St. Clements. The Theatre at St. Clements has been graced by the likes of names such as Al Pacino and Faye Dunaway. The theatre nerd in me was totes schooled because I was completely oblivious to the existence of this church, housing the third oldest running Off-Broadway theatre in NYC. I don’t think I’ve ever had such a fun time inside a church as I did with My Life on a Diet. Nay, I had a hell of a time (sorry, I just couldn’t resist the pun).
Renée Taylor steps on stage in all her glory: she is wearing an ensemble that would make the Golden Girls clutch their pearls. I was shook. Her dress made her shine like the star she is.
Ms. Taylor was giving me old Hollywood glamour, and I was LIVING for it. Oh, I forgot to mention, I was sitting in the front row, so I was fangirling to the tenth power.
"My name is Renée and I'm a food tramp. That is someone who eats around."
For the show, Renée Taylor took us through a journey of the various diets she has tried throughout her life. Some of which are not recommendable.
Parallel to the diets, Queen Renée also shared ups and downs she's encountered along the way. Having been in the industry for so many years, Renée Taylor has A LOT OF TEA TO SPILL - stories ranging from the time she and her mother met Joan Crawford, being classmates with Marilyn Monroe, performing at a bar with Barbara Streisand, and eating yogurt with Grace Kelly. The way she tells these stories are hilarious. I was weak for like 112% of the show.
The stories she tells are so vivid, that at times I felt I experienced those moments as well. You simply must witness this living legend for yourself, especially since My Life on a Diet recently got extended through September 2.
An ad for the My Life on a Diet read: “laugh so hard, you'll drop 300 pounds.” And TBH, my core certainly did get a workout from laughing so hard. I was crying.
However, I must admit, Queen Renée's constant talk about food, made me hungry. By the end of the show, I was craving some chicken cacciatore myself.
Renée Taylor is a national treasure. 👑👑👑
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