by Cyndie Kasko
In Hollywood, California on the eve of the 21st of August, 1933 my beautiful Mama, Dolores Rose MacGee was born to my precious Grandmother known to me as Grossmama and to the rest of the world as Elly MacGee & my Grandfather Sidney Harris MacGee, or better known as Mac. She was born prematurely, weighing only 4 lbs and placed in an incubator for the first 6-months of her life. Tiny and fragile as she was my grandmother said she had heart shaped lips that were the color of roses, skin as white as snow & the longest lashes ever. Tiny as my Mama was, my Grossmama fixed her dresser drawer and laid my my mother in it like a little bed.
Dolores was the apple of my Grandfathers eye, and the heart of my Grossmama’s soul. Together my grandparent’s spoiled her with tons of love, beautiful dresses and gave their daughter everything they didn’t have as children.
You see, Grandpa Mac was the eldest of 13 children and my Grossmama had a very strict upbringing, my grandmother lost her first husband at the tender age of 33. My Mama grew up around the same time as the famous Shirley Temple and she even resembled her. My Grandmother couldn’t wait till the latest Shirley Temple dresses were released to spend her hard earned money to buy it for my mama. Grandfather, Grossmama and my Mother would stroll Hollywood Blvd. in the late 30’s and people would approach them thinking that my mama was Shirley Temple, while my Grandmother must of loved the attention, my Grandfather would get very protective over his baby girl.
When my mother learned to speak she couldn’t pronounce her name so she nicknamed herself, “Dodo” so when I refer to Dodo, you now know who I speak of. That nickname stuck around all her life and even her very own son, my brother & my father would eventually call her by that too at times.