The Bridges Retirement Community created a 2019 calendar featuring seniors ‘recreating’ popular Hollywood movie roles, including costumes, props and backgrounds. The residents, aged 73 to 97 years old, participated in recreating 12 movie scenes such as Thelma & Louise, Cleopatra, Grease, Sister Act, Rocky, Mary Poppins and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. For these seniors, age is no obstacle to dressing up like famous movie characters.
Frank Danisi, a 96-year-old retired Army veteran who served during WWII and received the Purple Heart, had not worn a tuxedo in over 50 years when he dressed up to play the part of James Bond. “I had never experienced a professional photo shoot, let alone as the 007 character,” quipped Danisi.
At 97 years old, Eileen Williams has traveled much of the world as the wife of a Navy Commander. When asked to dress as the role of the eccentric socialite made famous by Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s, she hesitated for a short time, but later agreed. “While I am not a showy person, I thought, why not? I am very pleased with the photograph and my children are so happy I did it,” said Williams.
A special Premier Party was held on November 15 at The Clubhouse at The Bridges to unveil the calendar. Residents portraying movie characters walked the red carpet as part of the event. A framed 24″ x 36″ canvas portrait of each movie, courtesy of Huth & Booth Photography, was on display.
“Involving our residents in meaningful and enjoyable projects such as these has become a hallmark of The Bridges. We strive to showcase their skills, share their unique stories and create an environment that promotes each resident’s individuality,” stated Donna Steiermann, Executive Director.
The Bridges Retirement Community in Riverview is dedicated to providing health care and housing for the elderly. The Bridges features assisted living and memory care residences with all amenities at 11202 Dewhurst Dr. in Riverview. Call 413- 8900 or visit https://bridgesretirement.com.