Author Melanie Chartoff

I've been published in Better After Fifty, Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Crazy Family, The Jewish Journal, Funny Times, Purple Clover, and have been a career actor on Broadway and TV series (, currently recording the reiteration of Rugrats (as Didi and Minka), while recurring on the Cartoon Network.  I recently married for the first time in my sixties and became a stepmom, too!

Letting Go Of My Lingerie

Taking a stroll down mammary lane at home, I tried on every intact brassiere I owned—the sexy itchers, the hydraulic pusher uppers, the Wonder Bras with matching v cut panties, the Wonder Butts with sister size stuffings.

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My Many Pretend Marriages

I pretend loved them all, especially the ones I lost, in that intense, temporary way that we actors love. Those staged lives rerun in my mind, and on television. But when the pretend ended, I didn’t mourn long, as there soon was another reality to believe.