Western Leader : February 15th 2011
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Family legacy: Sisters Amy, left, and Catherine Waller have produced and directed a play based on the actions of their grandmother Gloria Stanford during wartime. Photo: NICOLA MURPHY Sisters revisit WWII romance By NICOLA MURPHY Making waves: Gloria Stanford in wartime. When Gloria Schmidt chose to get off a ship bound for the United States to be reunited with her American husband she had no idea what furore her actions would create. Nearly 65 years later the plucky mother-of-six, now known as Gloria Stanford, is still making waves. Her granddaughters Amy and Catherine Waller have created a play which depicts Mrs Stanford's life story, from meeting American soldier Charles Schmidt in New Zealand during World War Two to eventually moving to Cincinnati, Ohio, to be with him. The sisters attended Avondale College and often visit their grandmother who also lives in Avondale. They are both graduates of national drama school Toi Whakaari and have used their skills to write, direct and produce Gloria together. Amy, 27, will also perform as Gloria in the one-woman show which opens in early March. Mrs Stanford met and married her first husband Charles in 1944. I was in love with him but in wartime you fall in love very eas- ily,'' the 86-year-old says. In 1946 Mrs Stanford had a berth on the Lurline to move to the United States where her hus- band had already settled in post- war Ohio. I got homesick sud- denly and decided I didn't want to go.'' A media frenzy followed, much to Mrs Stanford's surprise. Reporters labelled her as the bride who wouldn't leave New Zealand''. She eventually decided to move the United States to be with her husband a few months later -- pro- vided her parents and sister moved too. The couple had five more children but the marriage ended in 1960. It was an experience,'' she says. I'd do it all over again.'' Amy was inspired to re-enact the story after growing up listening to her grandmother's stories about that time. She has chosen to interpret it a little differently however -- it's a fantasy tale in which simple dom- estic objects transport Gloria back in time to the memories of Ohio. It's about an interpretation of choice and how we choose to become who we become,'' Amy says. Gloria runs from March 1-5 at the Auckland Performing Arts Centre, 100 Motions Rd, Western Springs. Visit www.tapac.org.nz. Visit www.western leader.co.nz to view Amy in a scene from the play. Too many driveway deaths A 13-month-old was killed after being run over in a driveway in Henderson on Saturday. Detective sergeant Megan Goldie says a family member ran over the girl shortly after midday. The girl was rushed to hospital but could not be saved. Ms Goldie says the family was taking it hard. The police serious crash unit is now investigating the inci- dent and the coroner has been informed. Safekids spokesman Anthony Rola says five children are killed every year in similar accidents. And every two weeks a child is hospitalised with serious injuries after being run over in a driveway.'' Safekids director Ann Weaver says driveway accidents happen far too frequently. We're trying to create awareness out there,'' she says. We know how to prevent it, but chil- dren are still being killed far too often in driveways. It only takes a split second. So we need to get that message out.'' Research unit needs smokers If you're a smoker over 18 years of age and you're prepared to do a little exercise in the name of research, Auck- land University would like to hear from you. Vaughan Roberts, PhD student at the University of Auckland's Clinical Trials Research Unit, is studying the relationship between exercise and quitting smoking. We know that bouts of exercise can provide relief from cravings for abstaining smokers, but what are the mech- anisms behind this?'' he says. By understanding the influence of exercise on withdrawal symptoms researchers hope to increase the number of people who give up smoking for good. Participants need to visit the university's Tamaki campus for a one-hour screening session, then complete a further three visits of two and a half hours over a two-week period. Participants will be reimbursed for travel expenses. See www.smokingand exercise.getparticipants. com for more information.
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