Ashby confronts ‘Survival vs. Taboo’

Norma Ashby will talk about her long path confronting “Survival vs. Taboo” for her program at the Ridge Writers meeting on Thursday, July 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room of Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church.

The public is invited and admission is free.

Ashby has completed a memoir set in Hollywood in the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s. Her chronicle begins when her mother threw her out of their house with nothing more than a suitcase at the age of 18. The young girl supported herself with the jobs she could find, but eventually ran out of options and became a high-priced “appointments only” call girl. Terrified, she took the first step, learning her trade from a former Owls Saloon madam. In time, she had a child to raise and a new profession. Years later, one of her experiences caught the attention of the ACLU and they took her case. She has appeared on “Oprah” and the “Sally Jessy Raphael Show,” and spoken extensively around the country.

Ashby had the idea of putting her story to paper long ago, at one point sharing it with a writing class that reacted in an unexpected way. Since then, she has weighed her approach as to how candid to go, and how to deal with privacy considerations.

She remains undecided and for that reason, will open her to presentation to plenty of questions and input from the audience.

Story First Published: 2019-06-28