By Cherylene Lee
Jealousy over one’s peer’s accomplishments is universal, ageless, and hard to come to terms with, but in show business, particularly as a child performer, jealousy and envy seemed to be heightened emotions for me. Because I started performing at such a young age, I had high expectations for myself, I knew I was constantly being judged by producers, directors, choreographers, and compared to other child performers, I also compared myself to others. As a child, I had less a sense of what made me unique person, a defensive perspective that I only gained much later in life to help me address the slow burning, gut twisting, bitter tasting bile that rose in my throat as a jealous child performer.
Cherylene Lee reads from her upcoming memoir JUST LIKE REALLY. In this segment, How I Learned How to Cope with the Green Eyed Monster, Lee talks about being a child actor and dealing with jealousy.
Best known perhaps for her performance in FLOWER DRUM SONG, singing and dancing with sister Virginia in “The Other Generation,” Cherylene Lee is a an unsung Asian American show biz pioneer with dozens of network television and Hollywood film credits during the 1950s and 1960s, as well as a Las Vegas act with her sister back when the likes of Sammy Davis Jr. were playing literally next door to the Lee Sisters show, Oriental Holiday, at The New Frontier Hotel.