Martha Reeves


One of the more interesting things about this movie is the appearance of Martha Reeves (of Martha and the Vandellas) appearing as Aunt LaVoh. In her book, Dancing in the Street, Confessions of a Motown Diva, she explains that the part was rather small, mainly consisting of performing a musical number alongside a bubbling cauldron. I'm guessing she didn't get to see the whole script and also didn't stay around for the rest of the production, because in the book she talks about attending the movie premiere with a group from her church (!!!) and tells about her embarrassment and the church group's understandable shock as they watched the movie.

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Obviously, she was conned.

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And you really believe that? How could you not know? Could she have asked? It's her responsibility to find these things out

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Since she was only in the musical number with the bubbling cauldron and had only one additional line of dialogue ("bring me that bottle!"), she probably didn't see the rest of the script and most likely wasn't on set beyond that.

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I assume this happens quite a bit. Vanessa Hudgens spoke about her first movie, "Thirteen" where she was about that age. She did a few scenes as the best friend of the main girl and that was it. As it was Rated "R" with sex, nudity and language, she wasn't actually able to go see it until she was older. ALL her scenes are rated G so she was probably unaware of all the adult content. These days you could probably read about such things on the internet.

I remember my parents leaving us kids with a baby sitter while they went to the double feature of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass as if they were heading out to the Disney version. They probably also saw Fairy Tales and other "adult" films since they were VERY popular at movie theaters and drive ins. I suspect they did NOT go with their church groups.

At least she was "popular" with her church group after that (Went from "movie star" to "porn star" without even taking off her clothes).

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