Violet Ramsey died in her sleep surrounded by her remarkable collection of Barbie dolls. Miss Ramsey's career began as a Santa's helper on the 1960s hit, Queen for a Day. When the show was cancelled, Violet went on to teach women how to showcase items advertised on television. Her credits included Let's Make a Deal and The Price is Right. "It's all about standing straight, smiling, and caressing the product with hand flourishes."
The year she stopped eating and working and talking, she devolved, draping cloth over mirrors, not brushing her teeth. She went from Emily Dickinson to Sylvia Plath to Anne Sexton, reading their work over and over, copying their words. A day came. She reached for a pencil... cracked egg, hot griddle. Her first poem filled two pages. She now eats oatmeal and wanton soup from the Chinese restaurant.