Friday, January 2, 2009
9 to 5 Trilogy Completed in 2008
9 to 5 is one of my all time favorite movies. I could probably recite every line of dialogue if asked. Growing up, I watched it every time it was on HBO. Thankfully, HBO ran it a lot. I even tape recorded my favorite lines of dialogue so I could listen to it whenever I wanted. And I still feel that Dolly Parton was robbed of an Oscar for writing the theme song (The song Fame won instead).
When a VCR entered my parents' home, I knew I had to record The Wizard of Oz and 9 to 5. And I did. I even made special covers for the VCR tapes. These were more valuable than gold. Eventually I purchased VHS copies. Then DVD copies. Now I have a few DVDs of each. My logic, if I have one version of the DVD, should this stop me from getting the special edition DVD or the anniversary edition DVD? Of course not.
About seven years ago I was lucky enough to finally see Dolly Parton in concert. Since then, I've seen her two more times. Each time I love her more. During that first concert, I had an idea. I should make it a goal to see all three of the 9 to 5 ladies. Dolly Parton was checked off the list. Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin were next. The 9 to 5 Trilogy was born.
Probably three years ago, Lily Tomlin performed her one woman show in Minneapolis. Of course I had to be there. I had made it a goal, I couldn't back down now. Lily's show was wonderful and she handled a front row heckler with such a direct-in-your-face-slam that the audience cheered.
Then I was down to one. Jane Fonda. How was I going to see Jane Fonda? She wasn't going to tour with a singing concert or with a one woman comedy show. How would I ever get into the same room as this elusive and missing piece to the 9 to 5 Trilogy?
Then in July 2008, by total chance, I found out she was giving a lecture in Minneapolis. I panicked. The lecture was 7 days away. What if it had sold out? I felt Jane Fonda slipping through my fingers and running away from me. Would I ever catch her?
I frantically pulled up Ticketmaster and my trembling fingers typed in the name Jane Fonda. In my mind was Jane's famous dialogue from 9 to 5, "Don't panic, don't panic!" A scattering of tickets was left for this almost sold-out event (which it later did). I decided to be bold and put in a ticket search for the highest dollar amount.
This is how I sat in the front row to see Jane Fonda give an amazing talk on her life. She is one of the best speakers I have ever heard. She discussed her career, her marriages, her charity work and her expanding outlook on life.
She also wasn't afraid to give backstage Hollywood Gossip. Which I happily ate up and asked Ms. Fonda for seconds! A favorite story was Katherine Hepburn being unhappy with Jane when Jane wasn't present during an initial meeting for On Golden Pond. Jane was on a road trip with Dolly Parton. They were driving through the Smokey Mountains. Jane asked the audience, "Which would you choose?"
That night my 7 year goal was achieved. The 9 to 5 Trilogy was completed, in the front row, just several feet from the Oscar winning movie star.