The Chronicle of Higher Education: Role of a Lifetime
Sondra Gorney’s two agents frequently line her up for old-woman roles, and the glamorous 93-year-old arrives to find the room filled with “gray-haired, crinkly old ladies.”
“They look at me and say, ‘What are you doing here?’” Gorney says, fluttering her lashes. “’You’re too young.’ And I’m probably older than every woman there.”
Gorney is a participant in a study of aging performing artists, results of which were presented in New York last week. With the title, “Still Kicking,” it was conducted by Joan Jeffri, who directs the Research Center for Arts and Culture at Teachers College, Columbia University, and Martin Iguchi, chair of the department of community-health sciences at UCLA’s School of Public Health. They explored the lives of men and women between the ages of 62 and 94 living in New York and Los Angeles.