After Saturday's Blonde matinee, Laura did her talk-back session with students from Tates Creek High School on their senior trip. There were a bunch of interesting questions like whether she prefers film or theater. Answer, she likes theater for the instant response.
Then, one brave guy asked Laura, "We don't know each other, but will you go to prom with me?" Richard H. Blake, who plays Warner and was also part of the session, stepped forward and said, "sure." After a good chuckle from that, Laura smiled and said, "I would, but I have a show."
Post Script: Talking to Laura's family later in the day, they said she actually received a similar proposal from a fan when she was on The Guiding Light, and she said yes. I was hustling over to the Palace from Studio 54 and missed this part: One of the first questions from the Tates Creek kids was what high school she went to, and when she said Lexington Catholic, she was roundly booed. Guess that hometown hero stuff only earns you so much slack. Overall, it sounded like a fun, good-spirited exchange.
By the way, trying to make your way down the sidewalks of Broadway on Saturday afternoon helps you understand what a Derby horse stuck in traffic must feel like.