Maisie, stage name of Brooklyn’s Mary Anastasia O’Connor played by Ann Sothern, strove for a career in show business, but in every incarnation was cut off at the knees, left stranded, alone, without a cent, in unfamiliar places. Moreover, in every place and situation, after an “oy vey” moment, she uses her considerable “diamond in the rough” charm to make friends of good people or to make her the target of shortsighted power seekers. A strong woman – a woman of intelligence – someone to be reckoned with. Yet, like me, she had no influential friends, no Tardis, no lasso of truth, no magnetic bracelets or wrists strong enough to catch bullets, and certainly no understanding of higher mathematics. What she had was an understanding of people and how to connect with them. Inured to the sort of life that was taken for granted in 1939 (when the first “Maisie” movie appeared), she took every step with purpose and direction. Even terrible life obstacles could not stop her. She could recognize obstacles, consider them, and continue in spite of them.
Now there’s a hero worth emulating.
Bet you know a few.
Of course, it would still be fun to take a short trip with The Doctor.
6′ 7″ and Green: Wonder Woman, http://shehulk.sliverofice.com/wonder-woman-602-603-and-604-comic-book-reviews
Ann Sothern with Fred Brady in Swing Shift Maisie (1943), one of the ten films in which she starred as Maisie Ravier (Image: Doctor Macro), http://themotionpictures.net/2013/01/09/classic-stars-on-the-small-screen-ann-sothern-in-susie
”Maisie,” first in the series, http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/56461/maisie-collection-volume-1-maisie-congo-maisie-gold-rush-maisie-maisie-was-a-lady-ringside-maisie-the
Ann Sothern reading, http://starletshowcase.blogspot.com/2008_08_01_archive.html
Tom Baker as The Doctor and The Tardis, http://www.tom-baker.co.uk/pages/content/index.asp?PageID=124