Linda Hopkins

Linda Hopkins

Linda Hopkins

It was such a joy and, indeed, a pleasure to have finally met Tony winner Linda Hopkins (“Inner City”) at a restaurant in Santa Monica, California.  Ms. Hopkins received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005.  Of all her musical performances, I asked the eighty-four-year-old stroke survivor which was her favorite.  “Me and Bessie!” she said with no hesitation.  Her portrayal of blues great Bessie Smith was extraordinary.  “I’ve lived a long life and have no regrets,” Ms. Hopkins later told me.

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