The Life Of Former Elisa Gayle Ritter
Who Is Elisa Gayle Ritter?
Elisa Gayle Ritter was born in Harlem, New York City. She is known for her work as an actress, producer, mother, and wife. She has been married to musician and television executive Narvel Blackstock since 1973. They were married in November of that year and later divorced in 1987.
During their marriage, Elisa Gayle Ritter also had three children. She played the piano and sang. She became known as an actress in the seventies and eighties. Her first husband, Mark Whitfield, was a successful steel guitar player and singer. He produced such artists as Eddie Cochran and the Monkees.
In her new book entitled “My Last Duchess,” Elisa Gayle Ritter reveals many details about her relationship with Mark Whitfield. The first time she met him was at a rehearsal for a revival of one of her plays. Afterward, they went to lunch where they shared a cup of coffee and he served her some coffee. It was then that the two became friends. According to her story in the book, Mark introduced her to his family. Later, they went to lunch with her first wife, Rita Taggert, at her home.
The author indicates that Mark was one of the reasons for her divorce from her first wife. This occurred during the second year of their marriage. The reasons for the divorce were “irreconcilable differences.” Mark and Elisa were at an impasse regarding their living situations and were not getting anywhere with regard to their relationship.
The writer indicates that this would have been impossible for them to accomplish if they had married in a traditional manner. Consequently, after the third divorce, they both agreed that the marriage should be terminated. They planned to get a divorce on the anniversary of their wedding, but when the time came for it to occur, Mark proposed again. Elisa was not interested in another marriage and the idea of being forced to once again marry an alcoholic ex-husband generated her determination to save her marriage.
This biographical book about the former Ritter as an accomplished music producer is a fascinating peek at a few facets of the life of a famous celebrity who became a great mother as well as a talented musician. The writer seems to have done a good job of conveying the various aspects of her life to make this a fun and entertaining read. The former Ritter has now returned to work as a music producer but continues to stay involved in her writing as she attempts to put together a new novel.