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The Nona

Written by: Stacey Stone / Diane Mellon |   Directed by: Stacey Stone  |  Genre: Documentary

The subject of this documentary is Edith Fields, who is 91 years young. This film, “The Nona,” opens with her on the phone getting an audition. She asks how old she looks, and yes, Edith is an actor. We are introduced to and shown scenes from her parts in NYPD Blue, Seinfeld, Picket Fences, and Six feet under. I remember that Seinfeld episode. I’ve seen them all. Edith is from Poughkeepsie, NY, and has always had a passion for theater as well as having three children by her late 20s. In 1949 she saw Death of a Salesman, and after meeting the star of the play, she was inspired and decided to take an acting course. Edith started making a name for herself in New York, appearing in many plays – what a life! Her husband, Dr. Greenfield, was a highly respected man who lectured all over Europe and was invited to California to UCLA – and fell in love with California. Edith did not do so well there and deeply missed the New York theater world. Yet family was more important, so she stayed in California. Eventually, she returned to NY to the Uta Hagen HB Studio and sat in on a class with William Hickey and felt right at home.

Now known as Edith Fields, things started rolling—many more roles, including a part in General Hospital, soon followed. After 61 years of marriage, her husband developed Alzheimer’s. The pandemic was not an easy time for anybody, but Edith is a survivor and has decided to thrive in her Golden years, and she proves to be an inspiration to anybody who watches this wonderful film. Stacey Stone and Diane Mellen have done an amazing job with “The Nona” – one hundred percent. This is a top-notch piece of work and deserves to be seen by every actor – hell, every person who needs a boost of inspiration. Without a doubt, I give this film 4.5 stars. Very well done and highly recommended. Thank you for reading.

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