I have a secret confession. I enjoy writing to my favorite celebrities to tell them how much I enjoy their work. Sometimes they write back and they include a letter with an autograph and sometimes they include an autographed photo.
Such was the case when I discovered a children’s book written by Jessica Harper. I knew her film work but as of that point never knew that she was also an author. I visited her website and dropped her a little note expressing my enthusiasm for her past film work and for her new creative endeavor as a writer.
Imagine my surprise when I went to the mailbox one day to find a letter from Ms. Harper. Enclosed was a letter telling me how nice it was to hear from a fan in Florida. Also inside there was a little bookmark that I use exclusively to keep my place with current readings.
My earliest memory of Jessica Harper was in the 1974 Horror Thriller Musical, "Phantom of the Paradise" directed by Brian De Palma. She plays Phoenix an aspiring singer who catches the attention of Swan played by Paul Williams. He also wrote the musical score and was such and odd celebrity of the time often showing up on The Carol Burnett, and Cher shows. (I’m going to write to him next) This movie left a strong memory that lasts to this day and in an era that included such Rock & Roll conceptual masterpieces such as Rocky Horror and Tommy.
So when I youtubed “Phantom of the Paradise” I was pleased to find my favorite song from the movie sung by Jessica Harper entitled “Old Souls.” The listing is immediately followed by a performance from Jessica at the “Phantompalooza” singing once again “Old Souls.” The girl has still got it! Thanks once again for entertaining me Jessica Harper.