in bed with…

photo mark seliger for rolling stone 1995

Need I remind you of the drill, babies? I post pictures of famous people and then I talk about myself. Shall I tell you why I still identify deeply, so deeply, with this photo by Mark Seliger for Rolling Stone of that particular trio from the X-Files?

I thought you’d never ask.

To a certain extent in Hollywood, you’re always in bed with someone. I can even make a bolder, broader generalization. I can think of no creative process where you go it alone. None. So, in that sense all of us are in bed with each other all the time. If this shocks you, you shouldn’t be reading my blog.

Let’s get personal.

Once upon a time (you can imagine a shimmering dissolve here if you like) just after college I moved into a house in the Hollywood Hills with two other young people, both men. (Keep your minds out of the gutter, please.) One of them, well, reader I married him. Yes, he became the mighty Mister. The other became and remains my best friend.

My best friend lives but a few blocks away now, has won more than one Academy Award (you BET I’m proud of him), and last but by no means least (how dare you imply I like talking about myself, the very IDEA) has designed my book jacket. Do we talk (did we talk) CONSTANTLY about what we experience/experienced on movie sets? Of course. Did some of that end up in my book? Yeppers. In one incarnation or another.

Heavens! I might just crawl back into bed with my… cold.

Behave yourselves, V.

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  1. George Kaplan
    January 10, 2014

    Holy moley! That house was awash with talent and charm! But what we all want to know is…who slept in the middle? Enquiring minds…! 😉 Bwahahaha!

    • January 10, 2014

      Now, that would be telling, George. And you know how *circumspect* we are on Beguiling…

  2. George Kaplan
    January 10, 2014

    Oh, I do! *winks* Perhaps I should have written *perverted* or “diseased” minds rather than “enquiring”? 🙂

    • January 10, 2014

      Sorry, darling! Speak up. Did you say *piquant* and *delightfully dishy*?

  3. George Kaplan
    January 10, 2014

    Why, Ms Lester, George appears to be *blushing*!

    • Heather in Arles
      January 11, 2014

      You two! I go away for a couple of weeks and look at all of the shenanigans that have been going on!!! It is shocking, positively shocking I tell you!!

      • January 11, 2014

        Something to get the blood stirring in the New Year 😉 . Was the Luberon WONDERFUL?

      • Heather in Arles
        January 12, 2014

        It was. 🙂 But it was very, very quiet. It felt a little bit like being able to breathe while underwater.

  4. January 11, 2014

    Dearest V
    Adore the photograph. Adore the divine Ms Andersen (though I think her best work has been done since she came to these shores).
    And most of all I adore your rattling on.
    So, please, keep talkin’ baby!
    (Is that how one speaks American?)
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

    • January 11, 2014

      Oh, don’t encourage me! At home rattling on is my “thing”. Do you want to know why I think the Mister reads so voraciously? Because when I see the newspaper or a book in someone’s hands I respect their quiet time, if I see a computer… Not so much. xox, V

      • January 12, 2014

        Dearest V
        That is so true… books are solemn confessionals not to be interrupted, sat at a computer is chatting with friends: everyone is free to join in!
        Yours ever
        The Perfumed Dandy

  5. January 11, 2014


    we drink up every one of your words like 1920s sarsaparilla.

    • January 11, 2014

      This post (my Gloria-ous muse) elicited a lot of attention. Thinking about our conversation in RL at The Egyptian, and the next post to fly from my fingertips may be titled: Jello Shots. Or something equally refined 😉 .

      • January 11, 2014

        we just made a book promo over here! so much fun! if you need any help with yours….let us know.

  6. January 11, 2014

    Sorry, but it’s not possible to “behave ourselves” when you lead off with that particular photo. Beyond that, I wholeheartedly agree that no creative process occurs in a vacuum. Thanks for the fascinating background info.

  7. January 12, 2014

    So it is good to choose our housemates wisely 😉

    • January 12, 2014

      I was the late edition, housemate-wise, as it turns out, a very happy arrangement!

  8. January 12, 2014

    Why, you saucy little minx! Chris Carter does nothing for me but David Duchovny….rrrowrr. I can’t wait until your book comes out. I’m just trying to figure out what cocktail to have while I read.

    • January 12, 2014

      I’d say stick to the classics:
      An Elysian Nymph… If you’re champagne minded…
      Or (my favorite) a very dirty martini…

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