Frazetta Falling in Love
In 1952, the warm summer nights brought groups of teens together at their usual hang-out: the Empire Roller Skating Center in Crown Heights in Brooklyn, New York. With hit songs playing like "Rock Around The Clock" and "Puppy Love," the energy in the rink flourished. Eleanore "Ellie" Doris Kelly and Frank Frazetta were amongst the regulars at the rink this one particular evening. Frank’s effortlessly cool persona, dashing good looks and natural athleticism gave him an edge but his eyes were set on one girl that night, and that girl was Ellie.
It was a few days later, this time at Nathan's Hot Dog stand on the boardwalk of Coney Island when Frank once again laid eyes on this beautiful petite blond with blue eyes and the prettiest little smile. Ellie was standing in line waiting for a hot dog. She was wearing a cream-colored dress with her blonde locks all perfectly pinned back. Frank, accompanied by one of his pals, knew it was time to approach this her before she got away again. As he devised his master plan, Ellie noticed his attention was on her. "He was with one of his buddies and they were giving me the eye, whispering to each other, nudging one another and laughing," Ellie recalled. "So I walked right over to them with my hands on my hips and asked, "Hey are you two talking about me?"
While remaining cool, Frank responded, "Yeah, we were! Are you the girl from the skating rink with the short little skirt and purple panties?" Ellie was instantly drawn to Frank and Frank to Eleanore. It was love at first sight. She thought he was incredibly gorgeous and struck her as movie-star type. He loved her fiery spirit. Ellie was quick-witted, assertive and fun! Her body was petite and athletic. She was the muse he was yearning for. As they both let their guard down, Ellie formally introduced herself as, "Ellie Doris Kelly," and from that night on, the two were inseparable. They married four years later.
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