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The actress, dancer and choreographer on her tricky childhood, fighting and that unmistakable voice
As you describe it in Handbook for an Unpredictable Life, your childhood was grim. What made you write about it?
Honestly, I'm still trying to figure that out. I just felt like I was supposed to, and after I started, it kind of became, Oh no, I can't stop it now.
Why did your mother take you from the care of a loving aunt and put you in a Catholic home when you were 2 years old?
I don't know. She suffered from severe mental illness, so only she knows, and she's not around, God rest her soul. I've tried for many years to figure it out, and there's just no logical answer. Her behavior wasn't just intense. It was nonsensical and at times erratic and at times extremely loving. It ran the gamut.