We have more than just being blondes in common!
Sometimes I wonder if comedian and actress Ali Wentworth and I are twin sisters? Hey! It could’ve happened!
Ali and I were born in Washington D.C. Our mother was Nancy Reagan’s social secretary and our father a political journalist who were both well known in the capitol social circles. We were both always fun loving, and our mother had trouble keeping straight who was who. I remember one time I heard her say, “Alexandra Elliot, why did you eat the entire box of Twinkies?” when she actually should’ve said, “Amelia Sue, why did you eat all the Twinkies?” By now everyone knows I am the sister with the death-defying love of sugar. Ali is more into salty snacks.
Ali likes to tell about the time she tap-danced for Henry Kissinger at one of our mother’s parties. That was nothing compared to the time I ordered a “Realistic Flying Bat” from an ad in the back of a comic book. It was a stupid rubber bat with an invisible string tied to each wing. (There was no such thing as online reviews back then!) But I scared the crap out of Secretary of Defense Casper Weinberger and his wife at a garden gala by tying one string to a tree and hiding behind a fence while I made the bat fly up and down!
Even though Ali and I are twins, I am a teensy bit older than she is and a little shorter. I am a tad jealous of her being the taller one of us as it’s easier for her to look svelte than it is for me. When it comes to vanity, I’m the one way ahead! I’ve always been the vainer of the two of us. A few years ago Ali recorded a series of video blogs documenting her recuperation after plastic surgery on her eyes. Of course, I’m not old enough that I need to have any work done, but when I do, I won’t be posting any recovery pics online!
College and Love
Ali and I both went to private colleges. Ali stayed out east whereas I, wanting to be a veterinarian, headed to the Midwest. Although I did not end up going to veterinary school, I ended up with a career in that field as an x-ray tech and instructor at the University of Wisconsin Veterinary School. My life revolved around wrestling dogs, picking up horse feet, and scooping poop. Hers was being a Fly Girl and doing sketch comedy on “Living Color,” and appearing on TV with Jerry Seinfeld and in “Jerry Maguire” with Tom Cruise. My Tom Cruise claim to fame was that I was the only person in the U.S. who still liked him after his couch-crazy Katie Holmes antics.
Ali met George Stephanopoulos on a blind date, and they fell in love and got married two months later. As everyone knows, he is a political commentator and co-anchor of Good Morning America. My hubby was a legend too—in his own mind as he’s an expert on everything! Ali is still happily married to her famous hubster. I am deliriously single although I am in a wonderful relationship with a not-famous sound engineer and musician.
Ali’s brand of comedy is more physical than mine as she does crazy stunts on-stage like the time she flashed Miley Cyrus on Jimmy Kimmel. Although I have a “no fear” policy for myself when it comes to a lot of things, you won’t catch me doing anything like that! I have a relatively dry and sometimes sarcastic side. My specialty is playing April Fools jokes on my son (I haven’t missed a year) and coming up with ingenious Halloween costumes.
Did I mention we’re both writers? Ali writes books (“The WASP Cookbook,” “Ali in Wonderland,” and “Happily Ali After”). I embellish songs for the rock band Randolph Star and am an aspiring blogger honing my skills in a social media writing class.
Ali and I don’t see each other much—not ever actually. She’s busy creating and starring in a comedy series while I’ll be showcased at Love & Laughs Comedy Club. We will have a standup comedy club at my daughter’s wedding in September instead of a dance, and I’m hoping Aunt Ali will be one of the performers!
So check out us sisters! Ali, who has already done a lot of noteworthy work, on her show Nightcap (available on Amazon Prime and iTunes) and me, rocketing to rock stardom with my band at the Capital Brewery in Middleton, Wisconsin on August 12, 2018! You never know who’ll show up—Ali, George, Tom Cruise?
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