Amy Simon

Hollywood job

Gumption and a shoe phone got me my first Hollywood job

“Gumption Miss McGill.” One of my favorite lines from one of my favorite movies. Melanie Griffith was nominated for an Oscar for her role as Tess McGill in Working Girl. Mike Nichols brilliantly directed this movie about a New York City […]


What ‘Hollywood Journal’ is grateful for…

Ashley Ballard – My beautiful family, the love and support we share, health, joy, laughter, strength, our talents and the freedom to share them! Jaime Becker – My family. Duh. Such a cliche, right? Better yet I should say I […]


How ‘Hollywood Journal’ spent the summer – Part 1

From Hawaii to Israel, to our own L.A. backyard, Hollywood Journal‘s contributors had a fabulous summer. Have fun scrolling through their vacation snapshots! Enjoy the first album (more to follow)!! Craig Detweiler – Craig and his family at Sawyer Glacier near Juneau, […]


How do we create hope out of hopelessness?

How do we create hope out of hopelessness? That is one of my lines in the Rosh Hashanah service that I have been asked to participate in. Such an honor. And as I read over the text my Cantor sent […]


What do you think of Lena Dunham?

. . . said the young, excited and curious woman after seeing me perform excerpts of She’s History! (my play about women who make and made history) for a special New York City show about 19th century abolition women for […]


Just here on a pass

As I took my bow and looked out at the sea of applauding ladies, on their feet, my eyes skimmed the crowd until they landed on the one lone male. My dad. “That’s your daughter? You must be so proud!” […]

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