This year’s fan-made birthday gift for Marg is actually something that I wanted to do back in 2012 when Marg first left CSI but I just couldn’t get my act together in time. For that reason, I’m even more happy that she came back to do the CSI series finale this year so that it gave me a second chance to try to pull this together.
What we created for Marg this year is a celebration of Catherine Willows. We wrote messages to Marg, designed fanart, and compiled our favorite Catherine Willows photos and quotes and crafted them into a professionally bound keepsake book for Marg. This book is our way of coming together as a group to show Marg why we love Catherine Willows so much, why she will be in our hearts long after the end of CSI, and it’s our thank you to Marg for her outstanding portrayal of this unforgettable character. Through Marg’s portrayal of Catherine, she has touched the hearts and lives of so many fans. She has taught us many important life lessons, given us strength when we needed it most, and she has brought so many friends into our lives as more and more people fell in love with CSI and with Catherine and wanted to share that love with fellow fans.
We can never thank Marg enough for all that she has given to us, but we hope this gift will always remind her how many lives she has changed in a positive way through Catherine Willows.
Happy Birthday Marg!
With all of our love always,
Suzanne and Sharon from All About Marg and the entire Marg Fandom!
View the entire album HERE.
I want to thank all of the fans who participated this year. While the gift idea might be mine, it could never come to fruition without all of you. Thanks so much for your devotion to Marg and for wanting to be a part of what we do each year. You’re the best!
I also want to say a huge thanks to my co-admin, Sharon, who worked tirelessly with me on this project to make sure each page looked its best. Her input was invaluable. Thank you, Sharon!
Please Note: The scans of the book I’ve posted are low-resolution photos from the draft design template. The actual book is high resolution and the text and photos are much clearer than what you’ll see here. The gray shadows along the inside margins are also not present in the actual book. Those were part of the template to let me know how close I was to the edge of the pages as I was laying out everything.
Also please note: If you submitted a sample layout that you hoped I could follow – I did the best I could but a few had to be adjusted due to lack of space or due to low photo resolution. I hope you like my alternate version of what you submitted.
Marg attended the 2015 UCLA Neurosurgery Visionary Ball at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills on October 29, 2015. The Visionary Ball supports education and research in the Department of Neurosurgery at UCLA while also celebrating patient successes and providing guests with a first-hand view of innovative technologies used by UCLA neurosurgeons. Proceeds from the event will benefit UCLA Neurosurgery research and education programs. You can learn more about UCLA’s neurosurgery programs HERE. Below are some photos of Marg from the red carpet.
A role model is defined as “a person regarded by others, especially younger people, as a good example to follow.” Role models possess qualities that make them stand out as people we can look up to as we try to better ourselves. Role models are unique to each individual because we all have different qualities that we consider admirable. For that reason, a role model could be a parent, a teacher, a mentor, an athlete, a world leader, or yes, even a celebrity.
I tend to admire and look up to strong women. Aside from Marg, my biggest role models in life are my mother and grandmother, Hillary Clinton, Madeleine Albright, and Toni Morrison. While on the surface they may seem to have little in common, the threads that tie them together are that they have always made their voices heard, no matter what, and that they dreamed big and worked hard throughout their lives to make those dreams come true.
Marg is a role model for me for so many reasons. While she possesses that same strength of character that my other role models do, I look up to her as a good example to follow because of many other qualities she possesses as well. First of all, I can relate to her more than I can relate to some of my other role models because I think she’s probably more like me than they are. As someone who grew up in a tiny sheltered town that no one ever left, I was drawn to Marg as soon as I learned that she came from an even smaller town than I did and had had the courage to leave the safety of her town and go out into the world and make her way. Marg made it big on ‘China Beach’ right as I was graduating from high school so seeing the success of another small town girl was the kick in the pants I needed to get out of my town and go away to a good school.
Another reason Marg is a role model for me is because of her devotion to her family. No matter how busy her life gets, family always still comes first and I think it has been that way throughout her entire career. You can see it in how close she and her son still are today. I hope that I can be even half as good a mom to my son as Marg has been to Hugh.
In addition to her courage and her devotion to her family, I also look up to Marg because of how she uses her voice. Because of her celebrity status, she has a big voice when it comes to promoting issues that are important to her. I admire that she uses that voice to draw attention to so many worthy causes such as breast cancer awareness and the fight against MS. I also like that she says what’s on her mind when it comes to political issues and doesn’t back down when the political trolls come after her.
Some other qualities I admire are her kindness, her generosity, and her humility. No matter how much of a monster hit CSI became, Marg remained so humble in all of her interviews. She’s really one of the most down-to-earth celebrities out there. She comes across as genuinely grateful of all of the success that she has had and never acts like she’s somehow entitled to it like some celebrities do. For that reason, it’s just so refreshing to watch her. I’ve also never seen a celebrity more appreciative of their fans than Marg is. Her kindness and generosity are unparalleled.
So, yes, Marg is a role model for me. Do I want to ‘be’ Marg? No, of course not. But do I hope that I will always strive to be strong, brave, family-oriented, kind, generous, and humble like she is? Absolutely.
Thanks to JFO for the head’s up on this good news.
From TV Shows on DVD:
Three weeks ago, on September 27th, C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation concluded after 15 seasons with a series-finale telefilm entitled “Immortality.” Now CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution are announcing that they will release an individual DVD of C.S.I. – The Finale this coming December 15th.
The single-disc release will include the following bonus features:
-Featurette: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation – Case Closed
-Featurette: CSI SIGN OFFS The Finale Cast Says Goodbye
-Deleted/ Extended Scenes
Here is the preliminary cover art for the DVD, but this is subject to change:
This past weekend Marg attended ‘A Night of Old Hollywood Glamour at Waverly Mansion’ in Los Angeles. The event was a benefit for the L.A. Conservancy. For those who are unfamiliar with this group, the L.A. Conservancy is a “nonprofit membership organization that works through education and advocacy to recognize, preserve, and revitalize the historic architectural and cultural resources of Los Angeles County…The organization works through education and advocacy to raise awareness of historic places, prevent their needless demolition, empower people to save the places they love, and foster strong preservation laws and incentives.” For more information, please visit www.laconservancy.org.