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GAYNOR GOES TO WASHINGTON (article first published : 2002-10-8)

Former actress Gaynor Young was invited to the recent Deafway 2 Festival held at Gallaudet University in Washington in the US. Her aim was to promote her book My Plunge to Fame which dealt with her life leading up to and after her horrific fall from the stage of the State Theatre. While she emerged miraculously alive from the ordeal, it left her hearing seriously impaired.

She had to give several speeches and these were extremely well received. “I think that I get more joy and pleasure from giving my talks now than I ever used to as an actress,” she says. “I guess because it's about contacting people, connecting with them. Whereas when I was an actress and performed, one tried to forget about the audience - one was involved with oneself and one's character. Now my performances are all about giving. Giving to one's audience and in return being given to by them.”

She took 50 copies of My Plunge to Fame, six of which she gave away as thank-you gifts to hosts and friends and the remaining 44 were sold!

“I could not believe the response people had to my talks,” Gaynor adds. “Tremendous! I am planning on going back next year because the amount of books that I sell will pay for my ticket.”

“On my second night there I caught a bus into town with the rest of the University. We went to the Convention Centre for the opening of Deafway 2. Everyone seemed to know everyone else. What was so mind blowing was that there were 9,800 people all relating to one another in total silence. There were these animated faces and then the hands that worked nineteen to the dozen. Awesome!”




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