“Sex in the City” meets “Golden Girls.” That’s what “Cinderella Has Cellulite and Other Musings from a Last Wife” was called by one reviewer. The book is a satirical look at dating after 40, the search for Prince Charming, and the process of keeping him. Local author Donna Arp Weitzman said, after living through it herself, she was compelled to write down not only her own stories but also those experiences shared by friends, from a humorous standpoint. “Older women are often better at laughing at what life gives them,” Arp Weitzman says.
Soon after serving on the Colleyville City Council and two terms as Mayor of Colleyville in the late 1990s/early 2000s, Arp Weitzman divorced. She moved to Dallas and started meeting new people. After her divorce, she didn’t know what to expect from the dating scene. What she found was a “‘Cougars and Kittens Competition’, where women from 30 to 70 were all vying for the same men. “
“At the time, you don’t know how it’s going to turn out,” Arp Weitzman says. She felt that if she didn’t laugh about the stressful experiences, she would have cried. So, she and her friends regularly shared their stories. She thought them so humorous that she jotted down a collection of anecdotes. After mentioning the compilation to an editor she met at a charity function, the editor asked to read the stories and shortly after, volunteered to edit them. Now in its third printing, “Cinderella Has Cellulite,” published by Austin’s Green Leaf Book Group publishing house, has the attention of Hollywood. Television scripts and a pilot have been completed; Hollywood agents have begun sending it to interested parties such as producers and directors who specialize in television comedy. As as K Magazine’s print date, Arp Weitzman is just waiting to see if a station will pick it up. Although she was not involved in writing the actual television scripts or producing the pilot, she says she had a say in the overall theme of the possible series and has read and seen what’s been produced so far. Quite pleased, the author says, “It’s very funny.”
Over 100 people came to Stein Mart in Keller on Saturday, Feb. 6, for a book-signing. In addition to meeting the author, “Cinderella Gift Bags” were handed out to the first 50 visitors. Stein Mart in Keller hosted the signing as a part of store’s effort to aid non-profit fundraising; past recipients have included the Greater Keller Women’s Club and Community Storehouse, according to Boutique Consultant Doreen Chanay. The author’s portion of the proceeds from this book-signing event is being donated to the Greater Southlake Women’s Society for its “I Can Still Shine” program.
At the book signing, Arp Weitzman met another “Cinderella”. Westlake resident Paula Thornton was 39 when she met and fell in love with a 23-year-old from Natchitoches. Thornton, a Londoner, was visiting friends in East Texas when she met the young man who was working in forestry and about to begin college. She says, “It was love at first sight.” They spent a lot of the remaining two weeks together before returning to London. The love affair only grew stronger as they continued their long-distance relationship. Thornton finally agreed to marry Stephen, her beau, after he turned 25. Even after waiting two years, the couple still had to wait another 20 months to live under the same roof as Thornton had “unfinished business” in the United Kingdom to complete before being able to move to the United States. Since then, they’ve never looked back. The couple has been married for 35 years.
When asked what the most difficult part is of being married to someone 15 years her junior, she said, “The hardest part is happening right now.” The 75-year-old said although she is retired, her 60-year-old husband still works. Thornton looks forward to the day when they both have more free time to spend with each other.