In a truly engrossing tale of a mind unraveling, FBLA’s own Kate Coe sets the record straight about Theresa Duncan.
Duncan, a game designer/writer who committed suicide last month — followed by her artist boyfriend Jeremy Blake, is being remembered as a sexy woman who had taken Hollywood and New York by storm.
But, Kate, remembers a slightly different reality, as she writes in the L.A. Weekly:
In a written exchange in 2006, Duncan and I discussed how people create personal facades. She wrote, “I said I had the last credits of my B.A. on resumes when I did not. I shave a couple years off my age sometimes, which is the only thing I regret.” In the same exchange, she explained that having arrived in Hollywood, “I tell the truth about all these things all the time. The fantasy is handled in my day job. Plus, my profile is raised and I don’t want any fodder for making me look unreliable when I have to handle large crews and budgets.”
In the end, Kate writes, the image Duncan created for herself couldn’t make up for the reality of a troubled soul.
Her blog was called The Wit of the Staircase, the literal translation of the French l’esprit d’escalier. It means a perfect rejoinder that comes too late.