Can Ellie save the world playing as a futuristic heroine while androids, humanoids and animaloids battle each other in a global war?
We're putting our money on versatile, redheaded actress Ellie Weingardt of Highland Park, who stars in a budding filmmaker's "C.I.N.E." science-fiction movie.
Columbia College film student Duane Hiavira, 25, and a crew of 20; created an underground world in south-suburban sewers where a green amphibian woman navigated through the dark channels. Not to worry. Ellie will win the debacle. After all, this slim; pretty, about-to-b'-- a-granny, has portrayed Joan Rivers, Kate Hepburn, Marilyn ionroe, Zsa Zsa, Bette Davis, Dr. Ruth, Mae West on stage and was the charm-school teacher in the movie "A League of Their Own," with Madonna and Tom 4. flanks, directed by Penny Marshall. Ellie is a latecomer to showbiz. After Lindblom High, Ellie was a secretary at CBS-TV, married Mr. Right (Ron Weingardt), had four kids and found life in Highland Park boring when their children left the nest. She took acting lessons with a neighbor and was a natural for voice-over work, commercials for Coca-Cola, Sears, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Ameritech.
In 1993 this dynamo was named Best Chicagoland Female Voice-over Talent Elite won a Joan Rivers look-alike contest and flew to Hollywood, loved it, but was amazed to learn that most of the other Rivers champs were men in drag! There are so many facets to dynamic Ellie's life that I asked her to write a line or two about her every-day happening &... Brace yourself. "Over the weekend, I was a nun. (Would a convent take a Jewish girl?) I was Sister Mary Catherine, for a corporate Blues Brothers party (International Society of Weights and Measures) In the Hilton. "Armed with a ruler, I intimidated and amused the crowd till the Blues Brothers showed up, and we performed some of their famous hits from the film. The next evening, I performed as Joan Rivers doing a half-hour stand-up routine for the guests of Birchwood Country Club hosted by Bob and Florence Werner. "Next week I'll be Lucille Ball for a party at the Grand Geneva. Last night I was a guest lecturer at Columbia College on voice-over work for Charles Fuller's class. He's a voiceover legend in his own right," asserts vivacious Ellie. "Tomorrow night, I begin my screenwriting re-write workshop.
I have authored two screenplays, "Murder ... Not a Problem" and “Velum." Any producers out there?" A naturally funny lady, she writes her own comedy material, and Ellie is a bigger hoot than Joan Rivers. "I have just been made a board member of our Rotary Club, the Good Morning Club or Highland Park I consider this a great honor. It's always fun meeting new friends and learning exciting new things about people Rotary helps people in all walks of life all over the world. I am still a board member of the Myra Rubenstein Weis Resource Center at the Highland Park Hospital, which opens the world of medicine to the layman. It is in memory of a beautiful young woman taken in the prime of her life." More Ellie: "I. have worked with some of the most famous people in the world - Madonna, Gina, Tom, Rosie, and had the thrill of seeing myself on screen at a Hollywood Premier.
I entertained Tom Cruise In my kitchen while he was filming 'Risky Business' on our block. I have a small cameo appearance in it if you look real close. I won a trip to Hollywood and the Academy Awards on a radio show... a trip to LA to appear on the Joan Rivers Show as a look-alike on Fox 32... and paraded around the Hollywood Casino as a celebrity look alike for the establishment "After appearing In Star Magazine as a viable Lucy double for the movie on her life when I went to L.A. for the 'Great Lucy-Desi Search'. "My husband, Ron, is a successful, retired manufacturer, having founded Sun Process Co. over 25 years ago. We have four kids, two boys and two girls. The two boys are married and budding corporate types, Todd and Marc. The two girls, Dana and Traci, have other interests. One is a musician and the other a schoolteacher. "Three live near home. Dana just got her master's degree in English as a second language and began her teaching career in August.” Traci lives in Portland and is working in a rock group, which is cutting an album as we speak The name of her group is Brother Egg. She plays bass and is a lead singer. Ron and I moved to HP 20 years ago. We have two dogs, Sampson and Dallas, and a cat named Sandy We have been married 34 years, concludes Ellie. You've seen her in plays at the Ivanhoe, Steppenwolf, and in "Shear Madness."
See? I told you the androids and. the animaloids don't have a chance. Energetic Ellie will infiltrate their inner circle, charm them to death with her Joan Rivers imitation, and we'll all be saved.