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Rebecca Wells (1952 - )
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Rebecca Wells, actress, playwright, and author of two New York Times bestsellers, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and Little Altars Everywhere, was born in Louisiana.
After college, Ms. Wells later moved to New York City to pursue her acting career and began studying the Stanislavski method of acting, as well as a depth approach that integrates spirituality and performance with Maurine Holbert. "I live in an actor's body, in which the cultivation of sense memory, active listening, and the belief that the sublime can arise out of the most common character, word, or gesture is somewhat of a religion
Rebecca's commitment was not only to the stage, but to peace and social justice as well. In 1982, she went to Seattle, Washington, where she performed at numerous professional theaters. She also founded a chapter of Performing Artists for Nuclear Disarmament. Charmed by the beauty and grace of The Great Northwest, she decided to make it her home.
Her writing, however, resides in the heart of Louisiana. While many fans assume her work is autobiographical, Wells maintains that her stories are just that -- stories. "I grew up in the fertile world of story-telling, filled with flamboyance, flirting, futility, and fear. My work, though, is a result of my imagination dancing a kind of psycho-spiritual tango with my own history, and the final harvest is fiction, not memoir." Little Altars Everywhere, which won the Western States Book Award and was a New York Times bestseller, and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, a #1 New York Times bestseller and winner of the 1999 Adult Trade ABBY Award, have given Wells a dominant place in American literature.
She lives on an island near Seattle with her husband and her King Charles Cavalier Spaniel who is named "Mercy." As Rebecca is fond of saying, "Dogs always remind me why the word 'God' is 'dog' spelled backwards."