Chellie was a demanding yet shy child, even as a toddler she was glued to her mothers skirt. Michael on the other hand was not much for affection. He preferred to stay alone in his room reading. He was a very intelligent boy but had no interest in school; where as Chellie had a learning disability.
They moved to Southern California when Chellie was six years old. She found it easy to make friends in kindergarten. But it was still difficult as other children had to introduce themselves to her as she was like a shrinking violet she was so shy. Her parents pulled up stake many times and these frequent moves made it more difficult for Chellie to not only make friends but made learning even harder on her in school. Back then ADHD was not understood, it was considered as mildly retarded and she grew up hearing her parents talk about her like she was retarded.
Her father often said that it would be a waste of money and time for her to go to college and that all she would ever be would be a house wife and mother. That she needed to find a man that would take care of her but she didn’t think she was pretty at all; in fact she thought she was ugly because that is what her mother use to tell her. By the time Chellie was a teenager, times were changing and women were having careers and working mothers. Growing up thinking she was retarded presented a problem for her.
All her friends were going off to college and getting careers and Chellie quit school, yet she longed to go to college too; but high school was too hard for her, she didn’t get any help from her parents with homework nor did she get any help from the teachers. She felt that no one liked her because she wasn’t smart like the rest of the kids. She did have one fabulous talent. She could sing like an angel and all through school her music teachers wanted to train her to sing opera and her father was very set against that. Living in Southern California you could meet or see a celebrity just going shopping. But this one celebrity Chellie met was while taking tap dancing lessons.
The man that owned the dance studio was a celebrity on the old movies. He took a strong liking to her and talked to her mother about training her to become an actress. He said he could get her in to movies and television but again her father was dead set against it. She had a great talent for entertainment and she loved performing on stage. This was helping her come out of her shyness and being more of an extravert. She felt that if she could become an entertainer that this would solve her disability and she wouldn’t have to depend on a man to take care of her.