Academic journal article The Mailer Review

Norris to Me

Academic journal article The Mailer Review

Norris to Me

Article excerpt

I FIRST MET NORRIS CHURCH MAILER AT THE ACTORS STUDIO with Norman. I found her strikingly beautiful in a way that I thought it inappropriate to show. I was just a kid trying to be an actor then, trying to get into the Studio, as stress-provoking an ordeal as any new actor can put himself or herself through. I felt that because I liked and admired Norman. He was so important to the life of the place and he was such an impish, mischievous wise man, I felt that I had to keep a kind of formality--the effect must have seemed shy--toward his wife. I am not normally a shy person. A shy actor wouldn't get very far, so when I did say hello to Norris from time to time it might have seemed uncharacteristic.

I don't exactly know when it started but several times after I met her I realized that she had a certain expression when we would say hello. She seemed to be saying with her eyes in a shy pained way: "I know you. …

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