Shirley Simpson not a 'disappointment act'

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Shirley Simpson will be guest speaker at 10 a.m. July 14 at The Gathering, a non-denominational worship service in the Terrace Room of the Linkside Conference Center in Sandestin.

Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 12:29 PM.

Shirley Simpson is a woman of many faces.

The well known actress, who lives in Sandestin, has appeared around the country performing the lead in such productions as “Driving Miss Daisy" and “The Lion in Winter."

She has also presented several one-woman shows which she wrote, depicting Gracie Allen, Katherine Hepburn and Erma Bomback

"I am a member of Actor’s Equity and have been a professional actress for many years," Simpson told The Sun. "My favorite roles include Queen Eleanor in 'The Lion in Winter,' Laurette Taylor in an off Broadway production on her later life, and Shirley Valentine in the play of the same name. I did love playing Miss Daisy, as well as many, many others."

Simpson, who also appeared in TV commercials, has played more than 50 characters in professionally produced theatricals. More than 10 years ago she began doing benefit performances for not-for-profit organizations.

"These one woman shows include portrayals of Katharine Hepburn, Erma Bombeck, Minnie Pearl and Gracie Allen," Simpson said. "I did several fund raisers for Fisher House at Eglin Air Force Base, for Path of Grace, a recovery center for women, and for Sacred Heart Community Hospital.”

In addition to her performances, Simpson, a nationally published writer and elder in the Presbyterian Church, USA, does workshops, Bible studies, and keynote addresses for statewide church gatherings. 



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