Chef Elliott is honored to share his technical skills and culinary wisdom concerning the Alzheimer’s Disease with his dear friend, Bern Nadette Stanis aka Thelma Evans.
Bernadette Stanis has come a long way from playing the feisty teenage daughter, Thelma, on the hit series Good Times. We all remember how she and JJ battled it out to see who would get into the one bathroom shared by the family of five, first. Although the Evans family did not have a lot of money and lived in the projects, they still had love and integrity.
Born Bernadette Stanislaus and raised in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, New York in the projects, Bernadette’s story was ironically similar to Thelma’s character on Good Times. She is one of five children and her mother and father worked hard to ensure that they all received a good education. Bernadette says they were taught that education and determination to be someone in life is key to being successful. As a young girl, Bernadette was exposed to the arts, mainly music and dance, enabling her to enrol in Julliard’s School of the Arts. Her talent was evident and while in her sophomore year she was selected for the part of Thelma on Good Times. She describes it as an “incredible” experience. “Being the rookie, I was watching them. I learned everything just by watching them and how professional they were.
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