A joy to behold

“I don’t get jealous of people. Jealousy is such a waste of time because you’re jealous of them, and they go about their lives and have a wonderful time, so what’s the point? It’s a completely useless emotion – jealousy. I don’t go there.” – Joy Behar

I want to be Joy Behar’s friend, but she probably has enough friends already. I met her this morning when my son, Colby, and I went on The View to talk about Date My Single Kid.

I sat next to Joy on the famous View sofa and I liked her “vibe.” I can’t remember why I asked her how old she is, but she didn’t hesitate. “67,” she answered. I tell you, my FOF friends, she looks Mahvelous! Wonderful hair! Good figure! Nice energy!

Of course, I ran home to look up Joy’s bio and learned she has a degree from Queens College, which was three blocks from where I grew up in Flushing, NY. As a matter of fact, her background mirrors mine (I’m a Jewish girl from Queens and she’s an Italian girl from Brooklyn. Same thing.)  Her mother was a seamstress and her dad drove a truck for Coca Cola, so I’m guessing they gave Joy her great work ethic.

Gypsy Rose Lee

I have no idea how Joy broke into show biz, but it’s great to see a FOF woman who is so popular and real. She told me I look like Gypsy Rose Lee, which was a great compliment, as far as I’m concerned. Gypsy was a famous burlesque entertainer (actually, a stripper), who I learned about when I saw the Broadway musical, Gypsy, based on her life. That was in 1959 and I adored Gypsy after that. Unfortunately, she died of lung cancer in 1970 at 59.

I didn’t tell Joy she looks like Bette Midler.  I’m sure she’s heard that at least a million times.

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