Chesty Morgan: A life more than skin deep
December 19, 2014 10:04 AM   Subscribe



 
The Fellini link may be NSFW. The Double Agent link features cleavage, but no nudity.
posted by Nevin at 10:14 AM on December 19, 2014


Today we offer a cautionary tale about jumping to conclusions,

They sure got that right. I was getting all ready to talk about Chesty Puller. I think I need more coffee.
posted by chambers at 10:27 AM on December 19, 2014 [10 favorites]


Confession: I saw her perform. Likely 1980. I remember nothing about it.
posted by davebush at 10:28 AM on December 19, 2014


She distrusts politicians, especially Democrats, and listens almost exclusively to Fox News while baking lemon cakes or preparing chicken soup. "If I could,'' she says, "I would marry Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly. I love them like they are my husbands.''

I have just jumped to a conclusion.
posted by Splunge at 10:37 AM on December 19, 2014 [19 favorites]


Aw! I did a film theory project that was in part about Chesty Morgan!
posted by Greg Nog at 10:58 AM on December 19, 2014 [3 favorites]


Now I want lemon cake and matzo ball soup.
posted by BoscosMom at 11:04 AM on December 19, 2014 [1 favorite]


She's had one hell of a life. While I was sad to read that she puts her faith in the charlatans of Fox, she's lost so many people and had had to make her life on her own so much that it's not totally surprising that her need to be almost totally self-reliant led to the full-scale adoption of the Foxian world view. I can cut her some slack.
posted by maudlin at 11:10 AM on December 19, 2014 [9 favorites]


"Deadly Weapons" ... "a Hallmark presentation" ... have they just really reinvented themselves or was there another "Hallmark" brand in the movie production business.
posted by Jahaza at 11:24 AM on December 19, 2014 [1 favorite]


I know loads of good hardworking people who put credence into Fox and Friends. Most of them would gladly give you the shirt off their back. And yet, the biggest threat to American in their mind is welfare fraud. Go figure.
posted by ian1977 at 11:27 AM on December 19, 2014 [2 favorites]


The few, the proud.
posted by chesty_a_arthur at 11:29 AM on December 19, 2014 [3 favorites]


Most of them would gladly give you the shirt off their back.

For example, Chesty Morgan.
posted by Joey Michaels at 11:34 AM on December 19, 2014 [5 favorites]


she's lost so many people

That was pretty striking to me. While I try not to engage in magical thinking, there sometimes to be something to the idea that we're fated to live on a trajectory, some of us lucky, some of us unlucky, some of us with a mixture of both. But I try to avoid thinking that way.
posted by Nevin at 11:35 AM on December 19, 2014 [1 favorite]


Maudlin, you beat me to it. That's an amazing story. I'm so glad someone took the time to listen.
posted by the_royal_we at 12:01 PM on December 19, 2014 [1 favorite]


Thank you so much for posting this link! I've always wondered what happened to Chesty Morgan after making those films with Doris Wishman.

This is a great companion to the Rialto Report's amazing Gigi Darlene piece (NSFW) from earlier this year.
posted by rabbitroom at 12:02 PM on December 19, 2014 [4 favorites]


Today we offer a cautionary tale about jumping to conclusions,

They sure got that right. I was getting all ready to talk about Chesty Puller. I think I need more coffee.


Beat me to it.
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey at 1:43 PM on December 19, 2014


I know loads of good hardworking people who put credence into Fox and Friends. Most of them would gladly give you the shirt off their back. And yet, the biggest threat to American in their mind is welfare fraud. Go figure.

Easy to figure.

Look at what "Chesty Morgan" had to overcome. And she did it. She didn't sit around demanding "trigger warnings," if she thought of herself as a victim - which she surely was - she didn't dwell on how traumatized she was, because who was going to feed her kids if she did. She didn't see her troubles as someone else's responsibility, nor did she demand that society recognize and respect her trauma. Life dealt her shitty hand after shitty hand because that's what life's about, sometimes for some people, and she toughed it out. She dealt with it, and she overcame.

And she doesn't see why others can't or won't do the same.

And that's the Fox News mentality, right there.
posted by kgasmart at 2:02 PM on December 19, 2014 [9 favorites]


I call bullshit. Fox news is about toeing the right wing conservative line. And that has ZERO to do with being self sufficient. It has to do with parroting racist shit and pretending to be about less government while sucking at the teat like anyone else.

I understand that she had a lot of suffering in her life. And indeed more than most. I give her credit for being strong. Bouncing back.

But this Fox shit is wrong. They are wrong. And she is wrong to embrace them. Maybe, after all that she went through, she just isn't that smart. There I said it. Now blast me for my opinion.
posted by Splunge at 7:27 PM on December 19, 2014 [2 favorites]


Really liked the writing in the tampabay.com article. It's a classic newspaper style, done well.
posted by benito.strauss at 7:32 PM on December 19, 2014 [3 favorites]


Thank you for posting this brave lady's story; it's a fine example of how her "choice" of a career came about and a good explanation of why disparaging it would be so wrong. People do what they have to do, but sometimes it takes awesome courage.
posted by aryma at 10:13 PM on December 19, 2014 [1 favorite]


"Deadly Weapons" ... "a Hallmark presentation" ... have they just really reinvented themselves or was there another "Hallmark" brand in the movie production business.

Now that's a Hallmark Hall of Fame selection if I ever saw one. : )
posted by SisterHavana at 9:09 PM on December 20, 2014


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