My Greatest Thrill

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     For decades, Morgan Fairchild has personified beauty, glamour, and Talent! For me, Morgan Fairchild represents a far away dreamland, a safe haven, and the ultimate escape!
     My childhood was very tumultuous-filled with abuse, neglect, and abandonment. My lifelong devotion began in 1974-I was 10 years old and had just arrived back in America after a three year stay in Europe. As a child growing up in the military, there was never much continuity in my life. Enter “Jennifer Pace-Phillips” on “Search For Tomorrow”. Every day, (during school breaks) my stepmother, (my real mother died when I was fifteen months old) stepsister and I would watch the soap opera together during lunchtime. I was captivated! I remember thinking of “Jennifer”… the most beautiful woman in the world. I would also see Miss Fairchild in the evening…commercials. My stepmother would occasionally buy the soap magazines where I would read articles on Miss Fairchild, and then I began to save them.
     In the summer of 1977, I turned 13. That was when Elvis died, my parents separated, and when Miss Fairchild left the soap scene in New York… for the uncertain land of Hollywood. My father took me away from North Carolina, away from my stepmother and stepsister, and away from any structure my life ever had. Under my father’s “care”, (he lived with his girlfriend in another apartment) I lived totally alone and suffered major emotional damage. The one thing in my life that I could still cling to was television. I was very happy to see Miss Fairchild on prime-time programming-she was a very pleasurable link with my past. I would live my “real life” in fear, fear of emotional torment, fear of physical beatings, and fear of not surviving all the madness that surrounded me! Miss Fairchild became more important to me, more than a comfort zone fantasy, a ray of hope, an inspiration for the future.
     As my admiration for Miss Fairchild grew, so did my collection of memorabilia pertaining to her. First were soap magazines, and then she became a household name with the successes of “Flamingo Road” and “The Seduction”. These projects helped her popularity to soar, and as a result, her “leopard swimsuit poster” was released. Then came even more magazines, I would collect them all. In 1984, Miss Fairchild wrote her beauty book, “Morgan Fairchild’s Super Looks”. That same year she would star as “Racine” a beautiful but ruthless head of a cutting-edge modeling agency. The show was called “Paper Dolls”. It remains my favorite project she ever participated in to date! This prime-time soap opera really showcased Miss Fairchild. I was very happy for her. She was finally given her due…or so I thought! Unfortunately, The show was a victim of pre-empting, political speeches, special programming, and a rotating line-up of broadcast times thanks to network executives.
     As a much sought after star, Miss Fairchild has continued her work in television, film, and stage. She has proven herself in all genres of acting… comedy, drama, and even high camp fun! She continues to impress me with her abilities as a professional actress, a great humanitarian activist, and an intelligent classy lady. I wanted to share my collection with other fans and that led me to build this website. Miss Fairchild always worked, yet I could never seem to see all she had done. I looked in several places for a “complete” credit list, and found that it did not exist! So I embarked on concentrated research, cross-referencing at the Library, several times before including the facts. Now as I continue to collect, I learn new things she has done…such as “Program Radio” in the mid-1970’s…WOW! Who knew?
     With this “labor of love” website, I hope I have reached many other fans of Morgan Fairchild. I wanted other people to enjoy some of what I have collected, help to provide a good list of credits, and even be further entertained by this magnificent star! I also felt the need to thank Morgan Fairchild for being one of the true positive staples in my life. I had written letters to her, sent her Christmas and Birthday cards, gifts, flowers…but I still felt the need to meet her in person. I flew to New York to see her performance in “High Infidelity” in 2000, but the play was cut short…I had missed her by four days. Finally, after 30 years of watching her programming, taping shows, interviews, even commercials, collecting magazines, posters, buying products endorsed by her, etc… I traveled alone to Los Angeles, with a bit of apprehension and a lot of anticipation, in hopes of actually getting to meet Miss Fairchild …face to face.
     On the 19th of October in 2003, I met Miss Morgan Fairchild for the first time. I was standing in line, gifts and flowers in tow, and then I heard her distinctive voice…I became nervous…sat back down outside…this happened two more times before I even saw her! Finally her agent said, “Morgan knows your here and is looking forward to meeting you." So I swallowed the lump in my throat and forged ahead…when I first saw her in person I was mesmerized! Her presence and beauty completely dominated the room. When all other fans were threw…I was last in line…Morgan then looked at me and said “O.K. FRANK, COME OVER HERE AND GIVE ME A GREAT BIG HUG!” Before I could get to her she looked at her agents’ table where the video camera was and said, “THIS IS MY BIGGEST FAN!” My nerves were shot. When I walked up to her we hugged and held there for about 30 seconds…I actually broke down in tears. She did not let go of me first; I had to let her go because my sobbing had gotten out of control. She was so sweet to me, she asked if I wanted to take a picture or wait a while. She then motioned for her agent to get me a chair, and we sat and talked as if we had been dear friends all our lives. When I called her “Miss Fairchild”, she replied, “OH HONEY, DON’T YOU CALL ME THAT, YOU CALL ME MORGAN, MY SISTER AND I THINK OF YOU AS OUR COUSIN”. Morgan continued to answer questions I had about her career and she asked me about my life, what I did for a living, what all I had planned to do while in Hollywood, and about my website for her. At one point Lindsey Wagner walked by and she introduced me as her friend! I was never more elated! After about an hour things began to wrap…it was time to go, she thanked me for the website, and thanked me for coming to the event to meet her, and I thanked her …for this was my greatest thrill!

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