FROM LEFT: Anne Meara, Minka Kelly, Conchata Ferrell, AnnaLynne McCord and B. Smith
Restaurateur and lifestyle guru B. Smith recently made her Off Broadway debut in Love, Loss and What I Wore (through May 29). Based on Ilene Beckerman’s bestselling book of the same name, the show portrays an intimate collection of stories and recollections by Nora and Delia Ephron. Both satirical and highly relatable, the subject matter is triggered by clothing and accessories which recall memories and anecdotes that women of all ages will be moved by.
How did this project come to you? B. SMITH: After meeting the producer and discussing how acting was one of my first loves, one thing led to another and she asked me if I was interested in joining the show.
Your monologue about undergoing breast cancer treatment was heart wrenching. How does you playing that role make you feel? BS: As an actress you always want roles that are poignant. I lived the role mentally, which helped me to play the role physically.
What do you love about the play? BS: The stories and the actual presentation of poignant, sad, happy, emotional female experiences; they make me proud to be a woman.
This is such an intimate, yet fast-paced production and each actor plays so many different characters. Was it difficult to connect to each part? BS: Not at all. The play is written so well and the characters are so colorful and rich that I easily relate to many of the stories with myself, or my many friends who have had similar experiences.
What outfit or accessory recalls the most powerful memories for you? BS: What I wore to marry Dan Gasby, my soul mate and business partner: a beautiful, formal satin evening gown with a white fur stole. I felt like a queen—a young one at that!