There’s never been a more mischievous laugh than Tammy Faye’s, and as I’ve struggled to come up with some fitting tribute or memory to share, I keep hearing it, her one-note “Ha!” that punctuated so many moments.
I’m blessed with many memories of time spent with Tammy, everything from her first chemo treatment to sharing the stage at Frameline to splitting desserts at Appleby’s, and through it all there was that unstoppable spirit and infectious laugh that we know and love her for. Even on the worst of days and through the tears, that laugh and spirit got Tammy through many hard times, and that’s one of the lessons she leaves behind. It’s that laugh that I’ll miss more than anything, but with so many memories it’ll never be very far away.
If Tammy saw me moping around today, I like to think she’d give me her trademark “Turn that frown upside down. Oops, here comes a smile.” And she’d be right, because there it is.
– Chris McKim, director, Tammy Faye: Death Defying