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Bernadette Bowman

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A native Southern California chick, Bernadette Bowman was raised in San Diego, lived in Los Angeles for 26 years, and now resides in blissfully mellow Seal Beach. After years of performing on both stage (her SRO one woman cabaret at the legendary Cinegrill) and screen (still receiving residuals for her riveting - ha - performances on such shows as "The Pretender") and working at Universal for nineteen years (beginning as a tour guide and leaving as a soundtrack producer for all of the Universal Parks, worldwide), it became time for a reinvention in 2001. And that's when she fell into the world of DVD production. Blessed with this out-of-the-blue, wonderful new career, Bernadette worked as a producer on such classic DVD titles as "The Wizard of Oz," "Gone with the Wind," and "Walt Disney Treasures" just to name a few, as well as many more film and television DVD collections. While learning the ropes of DVD production, she was given the opportunity to learn many aspects of the world of documentaries including honing her skills as a seasoned interviewer (Favorites: Bob Newhart, Olivia de Havilland, Richard M. Sherman...and anyone on any Disney project) and appreciating the efforts of working as the leader of many creative teams to deliver the best and most authentic product possible. "It's all about letting people know that they're appreciated by ACKNOWLEDGING their efforts" is Bernadette's mantra. And this means your editor or the guy giving you the extra foam on your vanilla latte at Starbucks. One of the most magical projects on which Bernadette had the honor of co-producing is "Poppin' Guitars: A Tuneful of Sherman" - a wonderful album of acoustic guitar versions of the songs which became the soundtrack of every Baby Boomer's life....the classic and cherished tunes written by the magical Sherman Brothers (Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang). With DVD production going the way of the Dodo bird, Bernadette looks faithfully forward at this time for yet another opportunity to re-invent herself and is currently developing not only a radio show, "Genderocracy," but also penning a book about her 28 years in show business entitled "Too Old, Too Tired, Too Pretty: My Adventures Through Hollywood and My Detour in to Reality." Bernadette's goal in life (this one, anyway) is to show up as a positive contributor to the world and its sanity and she is thrilled to be able to contribute to LuxEco Living to set her on a new and exciting path. Experiencing, at age 48, her own Life Going Retrograde has produced many moments worth sharing with those going through the same uncertainty....and what the hell? That which doesn't kill us gives us some great new material. Blessed by an abundance of everything good, Bernadette's priorities remain her wonderful (and paaaatient) boyfriend, James, her family, her amazing and loyal friends, her cat, Harry, and using her VitaMix blender daily. Oh, and staying off of the 405 freeway as often as possible.

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