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Which American movie star married a prince in 1956?

A New Star Is Born

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Dear friends,

I've been writing this update and sharing my life with you all for the last five years. I have enjoyed the experience of delving into my Good Old Days and offering some of my nostalgic recollections. It feels a bit like I'm setting up an old film projector and presenting segments of grainy home movies to you, the Good Old Days audience, with my siblings, parents, grandparents and even my kids featured in the starring roles month after month.

Today I am overjoyed to introduce you to a brand-new star in our cast of players: my first grandchild, a handsome little boy! He was born to my daughter and son-in-law last month. I know many of you are grandparents, so you understand the head-over-heels attraction my husband and I are feeling for him right now -- we can't get enough of his sweet face! And, of course, he is perfect in every way and probably always will be in our eyes!

Taking a step back from this scene, I realize that this precious new life instantly created another generation in our family. He represents another layer of stories to tell, another layer of memories to make, and another layer of home movies to capture and share.

This grandma is already rating it as a two-thumbs-up, five-star experience!

'Til next time,

Mary Beth Weisenburger,
Good Old Days® magazine

PS. Please share with me your best grandparent advice! I would love to hear it! Send a brief response to me at, and it could appear in a future update or in Good Old Days magazine!

Here are several email responses from the Feb. 28, 2018, update question: What special dish or treat did your mom or grandma make for you that you will never forget?

Mary Wadleigh shared, "My mother was a good cook, but aside from a whole roast turkey (therein lies another tale), the dish I think of when being nostalgic is Mom's chop suey. I know what you're thinking, 'Everybody's mom had a chop suey recipe!' Along with tuna hot dish and Jell-O salad, the mash-up of canned Chinese vegetables and crunchy rice noodles was the quintessential casserole of the 1960s and '70s. Yes, it was simple and common. I'm not talking fine dining or gourmet, here. Thinking of Mom and her casserole floods my memory with coming in after school (and, later, after work) to the warmth of the kitchen and the scent of something delicious. This was a time when mothers rarely worked outside of the home, other than the occasional turn as 'lunch lady' at school. This was a time when the kids were assigned rotation on doing the dishes, after which they could join the adults on the front stoop in the summer or could watch the console TV in the winter. After all, isn't nostalgia not just about a recipe or a single memory, but keeping alive thoughts of where we were and those we love?"

Karen Withers remembered her grandmother's special dishes saying, "My paternal grandmother used to make 'special' treats for almost all of us. I remember my brother's favorites were her chocolate turtles, and she would make them for him every Christmas. My favorite was her divinity; it was so light and fluffy! I couldn't eat just one piece, and she would make a whole plateful just for me. She made pecan pie for my dad, and other pies or treats that were special for other family members. She made each of us think we were special by baking specifically for us. She would say something like, 'I know that this is your favorite, so I made them just for you. Now, don't forget to take some home for later!'"

Beth Holcomb said, "I remember having warm brownies for breakfast before we went off to school. Mom worked outside of the home, but when she would get a day off and we had school this was a treat! Of course they were made from scratch not a box mix."

Mary Beth Weisenburger has been with Annie's since April 2011. She has 25 years of experience in the marketing, advertising and publishing fields. In addition to her job as editor of Good Old Days, she has been writing a family humor column for over a decade. She and her husband, two college-age kids, two dogs and various other critters live on five acres in the country, where she enjoys reading on the back porch, refinishing furniture, feeding the birds and digging in the dirt of her perennial gardens.

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Trivia Answer

Grace Kelly. Kelly wore a gown by designer Helen Rose to her wedding to Prince Rainier of Monaco. Their wedding was televised and watched by millions of people.

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