Friday, January 05, 2007

Welcome Mrs. Genevieve Purnell Dowd *Mrs. Mike Douglas*

"My wife, Gen, and I managed to maintain a decent lifestyle, but show business wasn't paying for it anymore, real estate was. My bride had a wonderful sense of value when it came to houses and I had learned enough watching show biz agents to negotiate good deals. We bought our first home in Burbank on the G.I. Bill for under $8,000 and sold it a few years later for double that. We moved up, found another bargain in the Valley, then doubled our money again a few years later. I wouldn't recommend it today -- it reminds me of the old Detroit saying, 'You can live in your car, but you can't drive your house' -- but it worked for us time and again. In the leanest years, we lived off the profits from flipping homes in the flourishing L.A. market.
--"Source: I'll Be Right Back: Memories of TV's Greatest Talk Show, Chapter One.
Good Mourning Widows!
Joy to you and me.
Today we welcome famous widow Genevieve Purnell Dowd wife of famous American entertainer Mike Douglas, singer, talk show host, to our joyful club. That's right. The club nobody wants to join.
"The two met in Oklahoma when they were in their teens" -- and eloped, "forging the marriage Certificate because neither was of legal marrying age."
They were avid golfers.
Genevieve lives quietly in a modest house she shared with her husband, Mike, before his death. It is located in a gated community in Palm Beach, Florida.
She retains her husband's real surname, Dowd.
Throughout their marriage, Genevieve supported husband Mike's career, "by trveling with him and helping with his business and creative needs."
Mourning Joy:
Q: How many seconds are in a year?
A: Twelve --
January second; February second, etc.
Mourning Quote:
"If at first you don't succeed, try, try, again."
--Teacher's Manual [1840]
After we remember Him, finger hug your pen.
Think you can't write something?
Aw, c'mon. Try again!
Go ahead.
I dare you.
Have a JOY-ful day Widows. And remember, we're not alone.

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