Road to salvation
I didn’t meet Sister Clarence until my third visit to her Augustinian Convent in San Francisco, where I had been doing some research about monastic life for a local newspaper. At that moment, she was only 50 years old, but the traces of time were remarkably visible on her face.
Born in Iowa in the bosom of a family of seven children, her most daunting challenge had been to become a movie star. Her story is not really different from many other country girls that fight to achieve their burning ambition. At the age of 17, she moved to Hollywood to pursue her dream. Once there, she worked for three years as a shop assistant at Wal-Mart. After being unfairly fired, she was forced to change jobs several times. She had been working as a waitress at a famous restaurant for three weeks when her efforts seemed to bear fruit: she met Lawrence Clarks, who was thought to be one of the most influential producers in Hollywood, and she got a small role in Kurt Allen’s movie Cassandra’s fall. That was supposed to be the beginning of a beautiful career.
However, dreams don’t usually match reality and, after that, she was only offered roles in some porn films. She wasn’t really sure about accepting those jobs, but she took up a glamorous and brilliant career as a porn star. Her success was tinged with sadness though, because she hadn’t been able to make her dream come true. Oddly, in spite of having the right attitude to face many challenges in her career, she wasn’t prepared to deal with unhappiness. That was probably the reason why she changed her life completely. After recording a scene with Roberto Malone in Lovely and sweet girls, she saw the light and decided to enter a convent in San Francisco and set more achievable goals. She wouldn’t probably live in a fantasy world anymore, but she could help poor families and make other people’s dreams come true.