I happened to have stopped in front of a newsstand. I inched up to get a closer look at this picture that I had never seen before. The reality sat me down right where I stood, literally. The reality of my new label took up residence in the center of my being. Define “collapse.” Nothing in the article was true.
John standing behind me with his hand on my shoulders, smiling. And yet having the W-word used in reference to me was truth enough.
We were gathering food for them when one of the girls announced that her husband had gotten killed in Vietnam and wasn’t coming home. “He’ll be away for a couple years, and then he’ll be back.” I assured them that the baby and I were fine. I think that’s where I was for a long time after John died.There was a heavy pause and then the other girls began to nod knowingly and commiserate that they, too, had lost their husbands to the controversial war in Vietnam. That’s the kind of place I would go when uninterrupted by condolences or tributes or Stella’s innocent but brutally stark questions.After losing both of her parents, her father from a heart attack and her mother from emphysema, Yasbeck moved to New York City. She played Olivia Reed for four months between 19 on the long-running daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives.Early into her acting career, she appeared in Rockhopper, an unsold CBS television pilot from 1985. She also played the starring role of the mermaid Madison in the Disney television movie Splash, Too in 1988 (the role of Madison was originated by Daryl Hannah in the 1984 movie Splash).She has guest starred in various television shows and co-starred in films such as House II: The Second Story, Pretty Woman, Problem Child, Problem Child 2, The Mask, Robin Hood: Men in Tights and Dracula: Dead and Loving It.
As a child, Yasbeck was featured on the package art for the Betty Crocker Easy-Bake Oven.Years later, in 2000, she was presented with a new Easy-Bake Oven on the show I've Got a Secret, for which she was a regular panel member.She spent her primary and secondary years at two different Catholic schools: Summit Country Day School and Ursuline Academy.I’m sure the word “widow” was all over the place in reference to me. When I was a little girl, my friends and I would play with our baby dolls outside in our yards.Thinking back, none of us really felt comfortable pretending to be single moms.Amy Yasbeck, actress wife of John Ritter, writes poignantly of her life with the popular star of “Three's Company” and “8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter,” who in 2003 died of an undiagnosed aortic dissection.