The title of this blog post, “I’m Still Here”, has multiple meanings. First, it means that this blog is still here. With my last post being in April, you might have wondered if it would ever be updated again. As for the second reason, read on.
I’m writing on Christmas Eve, in the middle of a very active period for Tracey. You’d have to be cut off from most media to not be aware of the movie version of Into The Woods opening on Christmas Day, in which she plays the mother of Jack of Beanstalk fame. Then there was her stint in The Band Wagon, which had a limited engagement in New York in November. You could almost call this a comeback for her — she could adopt the motto of her character Linda Granger and say “I’m Still Here!”
Christmas Eve also happens to be the anniversary of the passing of her husband Allan, just days shy of their 30th wedding anniversary. Undoubtedly, the joy of the holiday season and of her comeback is tempered by this. But life goes on…
And now, I’d like to wish Tracey a happy birthday next Tuesday (30th) and to wish all of you Happy Holidays, for whatever holiday you’re observing. Happy Hannukah — Merry Christmas — Happy Kwanzaa — and Happy New Year!
Well, here we are. Welcome to the latest version of Totally Tracey Online. I hadn’t updated it for some time, and I had to delete the previous version of the site because I couldn’t figure out how to make it work with a new version of the software that ran it. I’m not sure I’ll be able to recover the updates I made during that time, but I’ll try. The old version of the site, at http://www.rreini.org/tracey/, is still active and will be for quite some time. If you want to find the list of Tracey’s talk show appearances, summaries of the roles she’s played, episode guides for her series, etc., you’ll find them there. I’ll be migrating them here over time.
The main reason why I hadn’t updated the site for so long is that Tracey had been inactive, for the most part. I didn’t know why. Sadly, though, I learned why on the day after Christmas, when it was announced that her husband Allan had passed away after battling prostate cancer for many years. Since then, she’s resumed working, having filmed her scenes as Jack’s mother in the forthcoming film adaptation of Into The Woods, appearing as Robin’s mother in three of the final episodes of How I Met Your Mother, and getting ready to film a pilot for CBS called Good Session, in which she’ll portray a therapist. I fondly remember her role as Ally McBeal’s therapist and hope that the pilot becomes a series.
And now, here we go!