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    Playing a Waitress in the Doors Movie

    It was 1991 and I had to play a waitress at the first bar the Doors performed called The Whiskey-A-Go-Go.  I remember it being a big mob scene on the set and the place literally erupted when Val Kilmer came on set to play Jim Morrison, the lead singer. 

    There were about seven of us who were hired to play waitresses at this smokey and congested bar in Hollywood.  There were literally hundreds of extras playing patrons in the bar.  Oliver Stone directed this picture and he took the task very seriously.  He really wanted to get the feel of the late 60’s when the Doors were there.  It’s called a location shoot when you are actually on site filming the movie as opposed to shooting in the studio to look like a bar.  Basically a recreation, though I think it’s actually better to shoot on location. 

    The scene I was ultimately in was very short in the actual movie and you couldn’t really see me.  I was what was called a featured extra meaning I has something to do as opposed to just milling about in a crowd scene. 

    Oliver Stone was also regular at this bar where a lot of stars came called “The West Beach Café.”  I’ve talked to you guys about this place before, do you remember it was right on the beach on Venice Beach in Southern California.  I actually think it might have been there were I was recruited to work on the movie.  I remember it being a very exciting time for me.  Since I left Hollywood by the end of 1995, I think one of the last things I did out there. 

    My MS was starting to bother me big time and I was getting tired of dealing with all the hype of being an actress in Hollywood.  I specifically remember having a conversation with my talent agent, Tom Jennings, explaining how much I couldn’t stand all the stress associated with being in the business out there.  Since there is a direct correlation with stress and the worsening of MS, I knew I has to bag Hollywood. 

    So that’s when I came to you guys in 1995 with this column.  It certainly has been much more enjoyable and a whole lot less stressful being in Fulton County-Caroga Lake to be exact.  My life has definitely tuned around 360 degrees from what I was doing in California.  Yeah it was sunny there all the time and obviously no winter, but there is something about the four seasons in our little neck of the woods that I absolutely adore. 

    This whole subject about the Doors movie came up when Herman’s friend brought the subject up to him.  He actually though you guys might really enjoy this story.  Well I hope you did, it certainly brought up a lot of memories for me.


    Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com