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Michelle Patrick

Profile Updated: July 30, 2013
Michelle Patrick
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New York City, NY USA
Spouse/Partner
husband: Robert Solomon
Occupation
retired soap opera writer, currently playwright
Children
Patrick Donovan Solomon, born July 4, 1989
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Having spent nearly two decades on the creative chain gang known as Daytime Drama, I am a 7-year veteran of ABC-TV's "General Hospital", for which I won a Daytime Emmy Award, and a proud veteran of the late great "All My Children", for which I received 3 Daytime Emmy Awards and two Writers Guild Awards. I will never forget journalist Russell Baker's introduction to one of Masterpiece Theater's serialized 19th Century novel-based dramas: "If Dickens were alive today", Said Baker, "He would be Writing "All My Children". And, of course, it was true. In its heyday "All My Children" was the apotheosis of serialized drama, daytime or night. Now that Daytime Drama is lapsing into television history, I am working as a playwright and oral historian.
In the fall of 2012, my short piece ("Missing Daughter") was staged along with a dozen others at the New York Historical Society under the rubric of "Unheard Voices", a theatrical response to the accidental excavation of Manhattan's legendary African Burial Ground, in which anonymous New Yorkers of African descent were interred in numbered plots between 1650 and 1790.

In July of 2013, an excerpt from my screenplay "Black Roses" was performed at Manhattan's Academy of Dramatic Arts, under the rubric of New York Women In Film And Television. We were one actor short, so my husband played the romantic lead - and was fabulous.

I am now at work on a full length play called "Dressing For Success, 1968", aka "Before It Went So Wrong."

I have also collected lengthy interviews with 18 alumnae of the Barnard College class of 1971. These interviews have been transcribed, taped (by my husband) and chiseled (also by my husband) into a short documentary called "The Way It Was". When we aired this doc at the Barnard 2011 reunion, it provoked laughter and tears and much enthusiasm. We hope the original 18 interviews will be the kernel of an Oral History Archive at Barnard College.

School Story

On a cold day In January of 1963, I took my first hour-long bus ride from my home on Oakman Boulevard to massive, scary Cass Tech. I was terrified I would be late. I was terrified I would get lost. Both these fears turned out to be well grounded.

Instead of hopping off the bus at Cass, I hoped off at the Masonic Temple - another forbidding grey Gothic structure in the middle of nowhere. I panicked, of course. After all, I was only 13 years old and it occurred to me that no one would ever find me, that I'd wander alone forever in the barren space around the wrong grey, Gothic building for the rest of my life.

Teen-age girls can be terribly dramatic and I was moreso than most.

The absolute apotheosis of my high school experience was performing Bach's Mass in B Minor with Choir A and the orchestra, under the direction of the remarkable, the passionate, the astonishing Italo Taranta. No one who took part in that performance or the rigorous build to it will ever forget the experience, which was as close to sublime as any single episode in my life, except for the birth of my son. (Well, not the actual BIRTH, which was anything but sublime, but the moments and hours after.)

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Happy Birthday, Birthday Twin! The good news is that dreary, depressing, scolding, limiting, disciplinarian SATURN left our sign in September, never to return for 28 years. Rejoice.

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Happy Birthday, six months late. May all your birthday wishes come true, retroactively.

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Do.

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Jul 22, 2015 at 4:33 PM

Oh, and thank you Sharon, too.

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Tim, Nancy, Irene, Karen -  Thank you so very much!

 

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Posted on: Mar 17, 2015 at 1:32 PM

Happy St. Patrick's Day, my own secret holiday, of which the Irish are unaware, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU in two days. The Nineteenth of March is a good time to have a birthday, since it falls near the first day of spring. Hope you and your family are well and happy.

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Posted on: Feb 19, 2015 at 12:49 PM

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Dear Kathy, six days from today. Thought I'd get an early start, in case I forget next week. I'm forgetting a lot of things lately, hope that Alzheimers isn't setting in. I can remember the matching kilt and cable knit sweater your wore in Mrs. Selesky's Biology class, but not what I wore yesterday. So happy birthday in advance and a wonderful year ahead.

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Posted on: Feb 01, 2015 at 2:08 PM

I can't figure out why I am only just now discovering your message. And I have no idea what it means. Care to expand? Happy New Year.

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Posted on: Jan 20, 2015 at 7:10 PM

Happy Birthday, Dorothy.