LOS ANGELES — Phyllis McGillicuddy strode out of the bathroom, heading toward a podium that overlooked a room packed with fans and friends alike. It had been a while since Phyllis left her home in suburban Glendale, where she lives with multiple cats and manages the Prescott Pictures Society, home to memorabilia from Hollywood’s Prescott Pictures.
On this particular evening, she was speaking at Skylight Books about the 25-year reissue ofDay Magazine, which is devoted to remembering Hollywood starlet Priscilla Prescott. Appearing confused or perhaps just befuddled by the large number of people who had gathered before her, Phyllis, who is played by artist Lenae Day, presented a slideshow outlining groundbreaking moments in the life and career of Priscilla Prescott, matriarch of Prescott Pictures, including an excerpt from her breakout silent film Hot Tomatoes (1928) to her very last one, The Virgin Terri (1989). Originally released on April 10, 1989, the publication resembles a glossy commemorative issue of LIFE magazine, yet the Prescott family does not exist and every character is played by Lenae Day. But I do seem to have a memory of my mom and I eating breakfast one morning while discussing the Prescotts. Did that happen, or do I remember that from a poster that I saw in Day’s recent solo exhibition where she created a fake Hollywood museum devoted to the Prescotts’ legacy?
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