This blog is dedicated to the memory of Jackson DeForest Kelley. Known as DeForest Kelley, or 'De'. We love and miss you De.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
The Long Beach Playhouse
The lobby of the Long Beach Playhouse. Anaheim Street, Long Beach, California. DeForest Kelley's photograph hangs proudly next to the mirror. He became a member of the Long Beach Theatre Group/The Community Playhouse--at the original location on 1st Street/Alamitos Ave in 1939.
Oh God, here in my dressing room with the door shut, I am alone with Thee...Can not an actor be God's man? Convention classes me and my fellows among the loose and thoughtless. So Thou art my secret. I triumph inwardly to find Thy presence and taste the mystic joy of Thy friendship. While the world suspects not, Thou teaches me subtle ways to resist despair, to master my passions, to heal unworthy weakness; the rare medicine of Thy presene is for me, to, as well as for the cloistered monk or meditating scholar. Teach me to be great among the many who are content to be called great. Let me be an unusual person because of that simplicity of heart and lovableness of nature that I learn from Thee. Dr. Frank Crane (printed in "From Sawdust to Stardust: The Biography of DeForest Kelley" by Terry Lee Rioux) DeForest Kelley carried a clipping of this prayer in his wallet all his life.