MEET THE AMES GIRLS


Video montage of the Ames girls growing up

(Childhood photos on left, high school graduation photos, current photos right)

marilyn

Marilyn

The doctor’s daughter; earnest, risk-averse, a bit of an outsider in the group, closest to Jane. Now a stay-at-home mom in Minnesota.


karla

Karla

Adopted at birth; lively and lovable, but as a girl, not always sure of herself; first to have a child (her daughter Christie). Now a stay-at-home mom.


sheila

Sheila

The dentist’s daughter; considered the sweetest of the girls growing up; an incorrigible flirt. Left Ames for Chicago to help families with ill children. Never married.


kelly

Kelly

Free-spirit of the group, and the most likely to surprise them with her words and actions. Now divorced, and a high-school teacher in Minnesota.


jane

Jane

Smart, studious, bonded with Marilyn, and the only Jewish member of the group. Now a psychology professor outside Boston.


diana

Diana

Known as the beauty of the group. Now married with three daughters. Certified Public Accountant by profession; now works in a Starbucks in Arizona by choice.


cathy

Cathy

Last of seven siblings, which made her more worldly as a girl. Never married. Now works as a make-up artist in Los Angeles.


sally

Sally

Smart, funny but at the periphery of group in early years; brought into the friendship by Cathy. Now a teacher, and the only one remaining in Iowa.


karen

Karen

The auto-dealer’s daughter. Longtime nickname: “Woman.” Now a stay-at-home mom near Philadelphia.


jenny

Jenny

One of the archivists of the friendship; close to Sheila; last of the girls to have children. Now assistant dean at University of Maryland School of Medicine.


angela

Angela

Newest member of group; arrived in town in ninth grade, when her father came to manage local Holiday Inn. Now runs PR firm in North Carolina.

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The Ames Girls today. Click to enlarge.
Top: Karla, Cathy, Sally, Karen
Middle: Jane, Angela, Marilyn
Bottom: Diana, Jenny, Kelly
Photo by Teness Herman

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Photo by Teness Herman

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