Marilyn is like a second Mother to me but she is also a female soulmate. I am in Los Angeles 3,000 miles away from my family (who I miss very much) I am a wardrobe stylist and I love my job so much but when I first moved here 13 years ago I was lost. I met the wrong people and was taken advantage of very much. I came from a very sheltered loving background and grew up on the North Shore of Long Island. But I moved to LA after college to follow my dreams to be an actress and break in sports journalism too. I was a ranked tennis player growing up.
Anyway, I believed everyone was good natured and boy I was wrong. I decided to go back to school and study fashion and it has been the best choice. However, I still felt alone and only had surface friends who just wanted to party, etc.
I met Marilyn McCoo when a former roommate who turned out to be a not very nice guy was interviewing Marilyn and her husband for a TV special. He promised Marilyn she could have a makeup artist for the on camera shots... She even offered to hire her own but he said he would provide one. Well, he did not hire a makeup artist for her. She was not happy. He called me and summoned me back home for an emergency (that was where he was shooting the interview.) I walked in the house to fins a bunch of people including Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis sitting in the interview chair and she looked not happy. My roommate asked if I could do her makeup, well I am not a makeup artist I am a stylist. Anyway they finished the interview like pros without makeup and walked out. Marilyn and Billy saw how upset I was so they invited me out to dinner. The rest is history. We just clicked and now I have two of the most amazing friends I could ever have prayed for and I style their entire wardrobe for their live shows. They are on a huge tour in England right now with Sr cliff Richard and many other artists.
It is amazing that we are over 30 years apart in age but we just click. Marilyn has taught me so much about having faith and to always give back. She is The Head of the Board of The Los Angeles Mission and recently organized the 75th anniversary of the mission to honor Kirk Douglas and his wife Anne who started the foundation. Two years ago Marilyn was at a board meeting at The Mission and slipped fell on a concrete floor and shattered her leg and had a titanium rod put in. The Dr said she may never perform again the break was too bad. But through her faith and strength she made a full recovery (marveling her Doctors and Physical Therapist) and is now performing all over the world.
The duo is still recording and performing and looks so beautiful. But they are also regular people who are constantly giving back and are just regular people. We have so much fun together and they have helped me through tough time like when my father died and lost loved ones in The 9/11 attacks. I also have juvenile diabetes and they help me deal with that struggle.
My six-year-old niece loves to listen to them sing and loves to watch videos of them on YouTube. She said she loves Marilyn over Taylor Swift. She has all her friends listening to them and watching old Solid Gold shows on YouTube.
I know Marilyn is not" A list" -- her words ---but she is still so beautiful has the most amazing voice and is a wonderful person. They sold out the Hard Rock casino over the summer.
I would not have accomplished all that I have without my family and without my very special friendship with Marilyn McCoo.
I am so proud of her.
I hope that someday if you do a where are they now Article you would feature Marilyn... She is not in the abyss she is alive and well and trying to make the world a better place. Oh and a huge fan of your magazine-- she is the one who introduced me to it and asked if I would give it a chance. :-)
Also she is not aware that I am writing-- I was inspired when I read the article with Katie lee and Paula Dean.
I know the chances of you reading this email are very slim but I just wanted to let you know that you inspired me to share with you about my very special relationship with a very special amazing woman.
I am enclosing a few pics and a video clip so you can see how great she is still.
Thank you so much for your wonderful work, :-)
--Julie Anne Ramos