Monday, February 18, 2008

Goodbye, Ashley Callie

Award winning South African actress and restauranteur Ashley Callie passed away Friday, a week after being in a head-on collision. She was young, talented and beautiful, and had become a household name for her role as Leone Haines in long running soap "Isidingo".

The year above Ashley at drama school, I remember having the most enormous crush but, in typical Emery fashion, failed to do anything about it. We acted together in "Cloud 9". I remember vividly a scene where I was to make her cry, but always came short because I didn't want to upset the person behind the role.

The last time I saw Ashley in person, she was at her restaurant in Melville. It must've been 3 years ago, during a visit home. She popped out of the kitchen and I saw her and gave her a hug, saying we must catch up. But she was off before I could finish, racing back to the kitchen on another full night. Next time I saw her was on TV in Isidingo during our trip back this past Christmas. She looked so perfect in her role. Damn good choice, I thought.

A couple of weeks ago, I dropped off my showreel to a place here in LA and, as I was waiting, glanced at the bookcase to my left. My eyes fell on one book. A play. "Cloud 9" by Carol Churchill. I flipped through to 'that scene', the first time I'd read it since 1991. Over a decade ago, but still just as fresh. I left with a smile.

Thank you for being you, Ashley. I'm sorry I didn't make the time to see you. You will live on in our hearts and our memories.

Click here to visit the Ashley Callie Tribute Site


  1. "Typical Emery fashion"? You sound as if you've had many, many unrequited crushes. I'm sorry about your friend, but it's good that you can have happy memories of her.


  2. Oops - I bungled up my first post by accident. Sorry!

    I'm sorry about the death of your friend. She sounds like a great actress.

    A good friend of mine died in March '06. It was horrible. I've been thinking about him all day today, as March has rolled around again.

    I guess the one thing that I've come away from after his death is not to take my friends for granted. Things can change on a dime.

  3. Sorry to hear about your friend, Ashley.