Rocky: "I lived on Hopkinson Avenue. It was all brownstones there and every one on my block was family.
My father, my mother, my grandmother, my aunt, my cousins. All on that street. My grandma used to read to me every night from the Bible. Daniel or Abraham or Jacob. She would tell me their story. I went to a shule and learned Yiddish."
Rocky in True Romance
Rocky is below
I met your father in the early sixties in Manhattan at a party. He was gorgeous and he played the piano so well. Ragtime, Boogie Woogie, he could play. He was really the love of my life. When we married in 1964, I wanted to have a restaurant and he had it financed. It was on Broadway and 92nd. We called it Prana."
I was also an extra in The Godfather."
We did whatever it took."
Corey: Yeah. That's right.
Rocky: "Gordone was an absolutely amazing person. Then I did Tennessee Williams’ play
“Perfect Analysis Given by a Parrot.” at E.S.T.
Marcia Haufrecht’s Striva Kowardsky.
Welfare at the Ensemble Studio Theater.
I did Side Street Scenes at the Open Space with Peter Kass directing, Sheepskin at the Perry Street Theater, and Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Theater de Lys."
"In Woodstock (1970-79) I worked at the Woodstock Playhouse in6 Rms Riv VU and I remember that you built sets there later on. Some of us put together a company called the Woodstock Players. Bedtime Stories by
Sean O' Casey and After Magritte by Tom Stoppard, Threepenny Opera, And t
he Laughingstock Players. 'Eve' by Marcia Haufrecht and 'The Independence of Striva Kowardsky,' both directed by Bob Burgos.
Wewent to bars and hospitals, mental hospitals and the jail. They were the best audience we had,
the people who were disturbed were great and funny and they kind of entered into it."
Rocky on the left, looking sideways
She's a wonderful artist."
Corey: Yeah, I remember.
Corey: Don't feel bad, it was fine. I liked the quiet time. And while Woodstock was my home, the City was also my home. It was fine.
Rocky: "Okay. In the late 70s I had met someone who told me about these buildings opening up in NYC for artists only. It was called Manhattan Plaza. You had to prove that you had worked professionally for 7 years. I got in, but it wasn’t open yet. I couldn’t wait any more, so I decided that we would move early and I picked you up from school and we just left Woodstock. I picked you up in the middle of school, and we just did it. Drove our VW to the City. We stayed in a sublet on 44th Street, between 9th and Tenth. Hell's Kitchen. Now they call it something else. Who knows... To me, that's Hell's Kitchen. That's what it is, I don't care what else you call it.
Finally we got into Manhattan Plaza. A one bedroom. You went to I.S. 44 on 77th Street, you took the bus and you prepared to audition for the High School of Performing Arts. Other students had been preparing for six months and you had two months to prepare. I introduced you to Sandra Seacat, who was coaching Jessica Lange and Mickey Rourke at the time. I had known her for years. Sandra coached you every week until the audition."
"I remember when you got into Performing Arts, I was so happy! I didn’t get to go, but you got to go. They gave you a hard time because you kept working. You weren't supposed to work professionally while you attended that school. Butyou had a career, an agent, a manager and we just did it anyway. I was proud of you, you were juggling school and a career. Then your sister went to Performing Arts too. She's a wonderful actress, Noelle."
J.D. Salinger’s Franny and Zooey. You and me. Can you believe it? You and me doing Salinger in Uta Hagen's class! It was beautiful. That was a great scene and she loved it. That class was dead silent when we did that scene. They watched and listened to everything we did. I had so much fun working with you. And then I went on to teach at HB. When Sandy Dennis passed away, I asked Uta if I could teach Sandy’s class and they let me take it over. I liked working there."
The Survivor was brought to the Morosco Theater, which was a beautiful piece of history. The Morosco was the respected theater where the first run took place of "Our Town," "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," and "Death of a Salesman."
Appreciation from the NYPD
"For the past 16 years I have coached Gabriel Mann.
Since then, Gabe has appeared in The Bourne Supremacy, Mad Men, I Shot Andy Warhol, ER, Great Expectations with Ethan Hawk, Buffalo Soldiers, The Life of David Gale, Born Killers, Don’t Come Knocking with Sam Shepard and Wim Wenders, Chavez with John Malkovich, and the current series on ABC called Revenge."
At the time of her death, Rocky Parker still had an agent, had an updated 8X10 and resume, went out on auditions. Due to her age, she was no longer allowed to drive, but that didn't stop her. She had just started taking classes again at Ivana Chubbuck's Studio.
I updated this post 2/2016 with numerous archival photos recovered and sent by Emily Parker, Rocky's sister. Thank you.