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Tracy Reiner: President of The Hollywood Women’s Club


Tracy Reiner, Photo Credit: Eugene Pinkowski, 2013, all world rights reserved, with kind courtesy of Ms. Reiner.

I am speaking here today with the legendary Tracy Reiner; writer, producer, actress, and member of one of the most lauded families in Hollywood. Daughter of the iconic producer and actress Penny Marshall (actress from “Laverne and Shirley” fame, and the first major female film director of our time; “A League of Their Own,” “Big,” etc.), stepdaughter of the iconic writer, producer, director, and political activist Rob Reiner (creator of the masterful “Stand By Me,” “When Harry Met Sally,” “The Princess Bride,” etc.),  niece of the iconic writer, producer, director Gary Marshall (creator of “Happy Days,” “The Lucy Show,” “Laverne and Shirley,” “Mork & Mindy,” and “Pretty Woman” among more; Rob Reiner sadly passed on two years ago in 2016).

Tracy Reiner is a talent in her own right, having appeared in over fifty film and television shows including “Valentine’s Day,” “The Princess Diaries,” “The Princess Diaries 2-Royal Engagement,” “Riding in Cars with Boys,” “Apollo 13,” “Pretty Woman,” “Frankie and Johnny,” “When Harry Met Sally,” “Beaches,” “Die Hard,” “Big,” “The Sure Thing,” “The Flamingo Kid,” and her most known role in the T.V. show and film of “A League of Their Own” as Betty (Spaghetti) Horn among many more. If there was ever Hollywood royalty, Tracy Reiner would be it.

But Tracy Reiner the gifted actress is not even half as fascinating to me as Tracy Reiner the human being. If her family broke records (and they did), Tracy Reiner broke molds and shattered stereotypes. Fiercely confident, fast (I never think about calling her unless I am one hundred percent alert or I will be l-o-s-t), fascinating (she has some of the best Hollywood stories ever), and brilliant, this incredible woman is not merely a kid raised by the Hollywood greats, she is greatness in her own right.  Her knowledge about Hollywood, politics, religion, and things often hidden are quite mind-blowing. Talking with Tracy Reiner is not merely a conversation, it is an experience. She is a quite rare, amazing human being, and it is an honor to bring you here my interview with this extraordinary woman, who was recently elected as President of the historic Hollywood Woman’s Club.

Listen to the latest, Part 1 of the exclusive interview with Tracy Reiner from The Hollywood Sentinel, here below:

Listen to Part 2 of the exclusive interview with Tracy Reiner, here:

Read our 2011 interview with Tracy Reiner, updated with exclusive new content from Tracy in 2018, here below:

An Exclusive Interview with Tracy Reiner

The Hollywood Sentinel: Tracy, you obviously were born in to the entertainment industry. Can you take us back to the beginning please and tell us where you started out?

Tracy Reiner: I started out in a house in New Mexico, not born in to show business, but born in to government and technology. My family in New Mexico all worked at the government facilities; Los Alamos, Sandia National Labs, Kurtland Air Force Base… so I came here (to Los Angeles) when I was eight, right when my Mom (Penny Marshall) and Rob (Reiner) were becoming very successful because my Dad thought it might be a better set up for school, he thought I might have more possibilities here.  My parents had me when they were nineteen–so there was a time where my grandparents had custody of me–so before I moved to Los Angeles I spent time between New York and New Mexico with each set of grandparents. I did advertising and dancing school in New York, and the labs in New Mexico.

One grandmother was the dancing school teacher for the Junior Rockettes (the famous dance troupe of showgirls), until she separated and did her own– The Marshallettes, and so she and my mother and my aunt and all the other neighborhood mothers were recruited to dancing school and costumes. And my grandmother (on mothers’ side) had a photographic memory, so she would go to Broadway plays and she would memorize music, and she would come back and play it on the piano, and she would teach everyone to dance.

The other grandmother worked and lived at the labs. Their badges all say “resident.” My dads report cards were from the school on site. His mom did contracting and also worked in the officers lounge at night at the bases. One called the Coronado Room at Sandia. It’s all “shh”and, “what do you mean?”  So I don’t ask.

And so by the time I came here (to Los Angeles), I was terrified of all these big personalities! When I started out in New Mexico, everybody was very reserved, very private, very Jehovah’s Witness there, and there were no holidays, they were just very, very, very strict! Not in a bad way strict, just completely different than coming here (to L.A.) in 1974 and your parents are like the biggest cartoons on television at the time with Laverne and Shirley… and All In the Family…

Hollywood Sentinel: (laughs)

Tracy Reiner: And everything was so huge, that everything was a party! And the times that I would visit here was always a holiday, so it was just a dreamland to me. There was a lot more television shows (in L.A.), and my Mom was sort of a junk-food freak and she would get like fritos and sodas for breakfast and I would always go home completely sick, but I thought it was the greatest time here, so when I finally moved here, there was a whole new world here that I was never asked to participate in. Like, I didn’t know the personality rules that were going to show up.

I remember going to the Reiner’s house, and they happened to have the Landau’s and Brooks over, Mel Brooks (actor, singer, comic legend) and Martin Landau (Oscar winning actor who was good friends with James Dean) and (his wife) Barbara Bain (fashion model, dancer, actress – Mission Impossible) and all their kids, and I had never seen charades. And I think they knew that I had never seen charades. So if you can imagine these giant bravado personalities playing this very comfortable family game of charades and I had no idea what they were doing, and I was mortified… terrified it was so scary! But they all laughed over the years, because I didn’t know what ‘Jewish’ was (as a little girl), I didn’t know so many things, and they watched me assimilate. And I am sort of a good example of how someone can learn to do things. Some of it is really coaching, and this game prepared me for things really.

Hollywood Sentinel: That’s great.


Tracy Reiner:  Because my next field is entertainment, it’s not advertised, like casting directors- there aren’t jobs listed (for them much) really- it’s a word of mouth thing, you have to learn, there’s no real training, you can sort of think you are going to learn at school and acting classes and that, but they don’t tell you that (in Hollywood), ninety nine percent of your performance is based on your behavior and your comfort level.

And they tell you that it’s an art form- and it is in a way- but what it comes down to is your ability to be comfortable in a room full of people and talk.

So for me it was a big overall lesson. I had to learn how to talk with them for real, and then I could learn how to talk with simulated text in a theatre sense. So being big and bravado isn’t always an innate thing. I was shy.  When I was thirteen, I didn’t talk.

Hollywood Sentinel: No way!

Tracy Reiner: Yeah,  I think it drove my mom nuts. I cried a lot. So Every acting class helped.  Uta Hagen, Stella Adler, Viola Spolin,  The Groundlings– my poor Mom! She was young and wanted to be relevant with all these cool people, and I was really clingy… so for me it was all big life lessons.  I wasn’t here to have a business relationship with any of the people. I know I was here to live and grow up maybe know people personally, but I was just growing up . Even if John Belushi was the one saying how was school in Jr High, he was really asking,  and we were really eating dinner.

The Hollywood Sentinel: Wow.  When you were going to school, did you go to a private school?

Tracy Reiner: I went to both an alternative school called SY Jackson in New Mexico, out here (in Los Angeles) I went to Colfax Avenue School, and then I went to Portola Junior High, and then for high school I went to two different high schools; Cal Prep which was a lot of industry kids. I went to school with the Jackson kids, Stevie wonder’s sister, a bunch of different people who had an interesting home life, and then I went to the Lycée Français de Los Angeles, the big international French school, on Overland. (other famous alums include Molly Ringwald, Claire Danes, Tatum O’Neil, and Jodie Foster among others).

The Hollywood Sentinel: Cool. Do you speak French?

Tracy Reiner: I do. (Graduates of the school are required to master the French language). I speak French and Italian pretty well, French I was taught, Italian I learned.

The Hollywood Sentinel-Bruce Edwin: That’s great, I think French is such a beautiful language, Italian too. There is such great cinema out of both of those areas.  So you got a degree in what?

Tracy Reiner:  They didn’t have a major for it at the time, but it was in ‘The History of Storytelling.’ I was given some great advice by my stepfather and my mom’s boyfriend (Rob Reiner) when I was about 18, and her mom’s boyfriend was Art Garfunkel (actor, singer, and part duo of the famed group Simon and Garfunkel). I ran away from home with Francis Coppola’s son to write a story about Love.

Hollywood Sentinel: Oh my gosh! No way…

Tracy Reiner: Yeah, they weren’t thrilled but it was the best time ever and I am beyond fortunate to have had so many people share times in my life that are sometimes so amazing it’s better not to talk about it–somehow It lessens it .

Hollywood Sentinel: That makes sense, I understand.

Tracy Reiner: I am so fortunate to have such an amazingly brave and passionate mother who let me become what ever I needed to be and even if she disagreed, she heard what I felt, and even when she was uncomfortable about it, she went along with it.

Hollywood Sentinel: That’s so cool.  You and your Mom and whole family are incredible to me.

Tracy Reiner: And they sort of explained to me that one thing I needed to learn about this town, about L.A., is that it’s like a big typewriter, and before you go start simulating real life for a living, you need to go have a life.

Hollywood Sentinel: I love that!

Tracy Reiner: And because I grew up here, I went away to college, I went to Bennington, and then I went to the New School for Social Research in New York City, and I went to a bunch of different schools. The new school accepted my matriculation, they agreed that my idea of the history of storytelling was valid, and so they now have that as a major. Brown does too.

The Hollywood Sentinel: That’s great!

Tracy Reiner: And basically I studied everything; religion, history, storytelling, mythology, art history… I found the connection to all of them. I found they were all connected, and I thought OK, maybe I’ll be a writer when I’m older…and I worked at restaurants, and I worked at Saturday Night Live for three seasons, and I worked at Indochine, in New York (a famous restaurant frequented by many celebs).

The Hollywood Sentinel:  That’s great. When you were around that age- ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen- did kids know who you were? Were kids like, Oh that’s Tracy Reiner, she’s famous, or her parents are famous?

Tracy Reiner: No one knew unless someone told them, if their parents told them, and then it was only when we would travel and go out to dinner that people would recognize us, and they would go, “We’re really sorry to interrupt, we really don’t mean to interrupt!” – but here we go!

Left to Right; Bella, Viva, and Tracy Reiner. Courtesy of Ms. Reiner, for The Hollywood Sentinel, 2018, all world rights reserved.

Hollywood Sentinel: (laughs) But you did interrupt!

Tracy Reiner: And my parents were amazing and gracious and willing to say hi to people, and I didn’t do ‘that’ well, I was sort of like, “No, don’t talk to me!” like Robert Deniro… But now it’s wonderful, it’s nice, I go to Disneyland and they’re like – “It’s Betty Spaghetti!” And I’m only known anymore with teenagers…

The Hollywood Sentinel: That’s so cool, and great you like it now. What did that life experience do for you as a writer, producer and director? Did you get a vision out of that childhood and early life that you wanted to convey that you think is unique?

Tracy Reiner:  What I learned was that most people are like, if you are going to be talented, someone is going to discover you, and that it’s a matter of somehow being seen, and that’s not true. What I in fact learned was that it’s not (the case), you have to be soooo in love with what you do that you really figure out what it is until you almost do not like it, and then come back and make us believe you really want to do it!

And so I had to really take off, and be with my own friends. I traveled and worked in Europe first and we were all offered to work at fourteen and fifteen, at the Paramount casting office. I had six cousins, so there were seven of us, so what do you do with seven girls and a boy?! My grandmother had us all dancing at old folks homes, and on the Jerry Lewis Telethon, and we were called the Marshallettes, and we all started out dancing, and as we got older, my family was running all these shows at Paramount, they had three or four shows up, so they put us to work!

Hollywood Sentinel: (laughs) That’s great!

Tracy Reiner (seated at left) and other cast from ‘A League of Their Own.’ Photo courtesy of Ms. Reiner for The Hollywood Sentinel, all world rights reserved.

Tracy Reiner: My family is from the Bronx, and both sides of my family are very, very work ethic based. And so we all knew how to work the cash register by the time we were sixteen, we all had regular jobs, we all had our SAG cards at fifteen so we could have insurance, and learn what that is, so right now, all seven us work in areas of production to this day.

Hollywood Sentinel: That’s amazing.

Tracy Reiner: Once you’re thirty five in this business, you had better have a couple of things you do because it’s not the most supportive industry. It tries to be, but it’s very hard to get a job with a level income. It’s not the fall that kills you, it’s the sudden stop! It’s not like. “Oh, I’m famous, and then I’m not famous,” it’s the point where everyone is searching for work right now, and so to be prepared for that in your field of interest, when you’re young (is important).

Hollywood Sentinel: That’s so true.

Tracy Reiner: I couldn’t imagine just acting, there are so many facets you have to know, it’s not just a tight little family any more now, it’s not just six thousand members of The Screen Actors Guild, there is a lot more in the industry itself because all of the technologies division, it’s now a huge corporate industry you know, so we were all sort of prepared to adapt to that change.

Tracy Reiner was elected in 2018 as President of the Hollywood Women’s Club. Visit the Official Site here below:

Press, Media, Interview or Booking Requests of Tracy, contact Starpower Management at: 310-226-7176. 

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Why Use Sunrider®

Fitness Model Britt, Photo by Glenn Francis of  February 9, 2007, By Toglenn – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, WikiCommons.

Ever since first trying Sunrider® products many years ago, I have loved them all. Trying to explain the products to you if you have not tried them, would be kind of like trying explain to someone how good it feels after a nice hike or gym work out who has not gone.

You simply have to try Sunrider® products, to experience the great effect it has on your body afterwards. I’ll try to textualize a few ideas about some specific products I love, to share with you just a few of my favorites, here below;

Fortune Delight®: I have never had such a tea that cleanses the system through liquid, better than coffee, and without the jitters. It is simply a great tea.

Sunrider VitaFruit®: It is like nothing I have ever tasted, and truly one of my favorite drinks.

Evergreen®: This drink is also one of my favorites, and absolutely amazing. I love it by itself, and mixed in a glass of water with some SunnyDew®.

SunnyDew®: If your blood sugar is a bit low, you can take a few drops of this and feel better, and it has such a great sweet taste, and so much better than sugar, which I never use.

SunSmile®: The herbal toothpaste is so great. I’ll admit I have bought mainstream brand toothpastes from the dollar store before. Using them is really terrible, because the poison in those brands are just horrible. If you have ever accidentally swallowed one of those brands before, your stomach would feel like it was on fire. If you ate too much, it could kill you. Who wants to have something like that in their body? I sure don’t. Sunrider® toothpaste isn’t poison, and it works good.

Kandesn® deodorant: Most deodorants are poison and don’t work. Sunrider® deodorant smells so good! And it works, and it’s healthy.  The texture of it is amazing, and unlike any I have ever seen, it’s great.

SunTrim® Shake: The first time I had this product, I mixed it with 2 scoops of the SunFit® Protein Plus. After less than a half a glass of it, I was full for the entire day. I was shocked, because I’m generally vegan, and used to get majorly hungry every few hours. Not any more! I was so stunned, I went around for weeks talking about this product but was really irritated that it was not out on the market yet, and our samples ran out. Finally–it’s out! I now take the same combo of this daily. I like the SunTrim® Shake mixed with SunFit® Protein Plus, and also a little fresh fruit such as strawberries or banana, and that is basically my breakfast and sometimes even serves as my lunch too–when I don’t do a heavy workout. I was up to 160 pounds before I started using this regularly, and in less than 30 days, I lost 10 pounds, and reduced my body mass (fat) index.***

SunTrim® Shake is absolutely amazing and one of the best drinks ever to lose weight or not be too hungry. You have to try it, if you want to lose weight, or build more muscle definition–or, just cut down on your grocery bill! It has no adverse effects, except when my stomach does make hunger noises now if it ever does, it doesn’t hurt or bother me like it used to. I’m no longer a victim over my diet, I am now in control over it, and that’s incredible.

Dr. Chen® Hand & Body Lotion: I used to never use lotion, but got this as a gift, and I absolutely love it. It smells as great as an expensive cologne I used to wear years ago, except without any bad chemicals, and is good for the skin.

There is not one Sunrider® product that I have tried or used that I didn’t like. These are truly superior, great products that anyone with any good taste, and intelligence will love.

–Bruce Edwin

Visit the link below to order Sunrider® through me, and even sign up to have your own business with Sunrider®,  with free personal coaching by Bruce Edwin and / or his team. You may also call and leave your number for more information at 310-226-7176 or contact Bruce through the contact form on this site. 


** These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
*** Results may vary depending on starting point, goals, and effort. Exercise and proper diet are required to achieve and maintain weight loss. Please consult a physician before beginning any exercise program.
This content is (c). 2018, Hollywood Sentinel, Bruce Edwin, with the exception of trade names which are copyrighted and trademarked Sunrider ® and legal disclaimer which is (c). Sunrider ®, all world rights reserved. 

Elliphant; Top 10 Best New Artists of Our Time


Elliphant, Live at Bitterzoet, Amsterdam,  April 15th, 2016, Photo Credit: Bobo Boom, source: WikiCommons.

Ranked by subnormal as one of the Top 10 Best New Artists of Our Time; Elliphant is none other than the lovely Ellinor Miranda Salome Olovsdotter, from Sweden.  Having worked with a number of the top DJ / producers in the world including Diplo and Skrillex, Elliphant has also done brilliant collaborations with  fellow Swede Tove Lo, and Denmark’s MØ, among others.

As one of the most brilliant songwriters of our time, with a stunningly distinct voice unlike any other, Elliphant has created hit after underground hit (and at times–mainstream hit), from the legendary “Spoon Me,” “Look Like You Love it,” “Love me Badder,” “North Star,” “Best People in the World,” “Where is Home,” “Could it Be,” “Down On Life,” “One More” with MØ, “Live till I Die,” “Music Is Life,” “Stardust,” “Ciant Hear It,” “Where is my Mama At,” “Only Getting Younger,” “Revolusion,” “Hit and Run,” “Paint the World,” and many more.

The greatness of so many of one artist’s song’s alone is phenomenal, demonstrating the brilliance of Elliphant’s songwriting ability. Combined with her musical production employed, and her dynamic, great voice that ranges from a jazzy, soulful pop, to a melodic rap or reggae beat, lends itself to making Elliphant in a class and league all her own.

With influences of punk, rock, pop, new wave, rap, trap, EDM, techno, house, breakbeat, reggae, grime, and more, Elliphant’s talent is undeniable, and her originality like few of our time; a brilliant and legendary artist of sheer greatness.

Visit the Official Elliphant website and follow her at:

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