Name the famous artist I am thinking of, who grew up in the Inland Empire. How many hints do you need before figuring out who I am thinking of?
Hint 1: This artist is female.
Hint 2: She attended Pacific High School in San Bernardino, and Pomona College
Hint 3: Her parents owned a drive-in theater on the corner of Acacia and Foothill
(between Riverside Ave. and Pepper) in Rialto.
Do you know it yet? Let’s get into her career. Why is she famous?
Hint 4: She is famous as a choreographer and has her own dance company (I can’t tell you what the company is called, because it uses her name, and that would give it away).
Hint 5: She choreographed a program for Mikhail Baryshnikov called Cutting Up, which toured internationally.
Hint 6: She choreographed a staging of Singing in the Rain in 1985 that played at the Gershwin for 367 performances.
Hint 7: She choreographed Billy Joel’s musical Movin’ Out on Broadway, and created a show called The Times They Are a-Changin’ to the music of Bob Dylan, which had a run in San Diego.
Hint 8: She choreographed the movies Hair, Ragtime, Amadeus, White Nights, and I’ll Do Anything.
Did you figure it out? (How many of you did an internet search to find the answer?)
The answer is: Twyla Tharp
And, Twyla Tharp now has
one more distinction.
Her book is the Artists Work
b.e.n.c.h. bookclub selection
for the second quarter of
Introducing The Creative Habit: Learn it and Use it for Life by Twyla Tharp.
Details: Published by Simon & Schuster, December 2005
Trade Paperback, 256 pages
NPR has an interview with Twyla by Tavis Smiley on their website about this book here.
At Amazon.com, new copies cost $10.88 and the book is eligible for the super savers free shipping if your order is over $25.
At BarnesandNoble.com, the book is priced at $12.80 and is also eligible for “Fast and Free” shipping for orders over $25.
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