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Anita's Journey

1957
Born in suburban Cincinnati.

1970
Meets high school art teacher and lifelong mentor Dorothy Dobbins. Spends rest of high school career locked in the art room.

1972-74
Takes up sensual welding ten years before Flashdance. Likes the macho feel of the welding iron and becomes obsessed with creating massive metal sculptures from scraps of old farm machinery. Alarmed family suggests safety goggles, and college.

1976-82
Attends San Francisco Art Institute and earns a BFA in sculpture. During off hours, masters the art of chopsticks. Family suggests more college.

1983-85
Earns a flashy and deeply legitimizing MFA in film directing from New York University. Thesis film Bachelorette Pad premieres at Patti Astor's Fun Gallery in the East Village. Keith Haring and Fab 5 Freddy very impressed. Lunch with Andy Warhol and Divine at The Factory - most memorable.

1987
Gets big break writing and producing autobiography about LA club life called, Modern Girls starring Virginia Madsen, Daphne Zuniga and Cindy Gibb.

1988
Gets really big break writing and directing cult classic chick flick, Assault of the Killer Bimbos (Quentin Tarantino is a super fan) starring Griffin O'Neal and Nick Cassavetes. Figures she has finally made it when she lunches at Warner Studios with George Clooney but winds up in development hell instead. Grows wary of the movie business.

1995-98
Launches a hand-painted furniture and accessories empire out of her basement in the Hollywood Hills. Fred Segal places big fat order. Ditto Nordstrom Department Stores. Orders pour in.

1999
Crowned the "Queen of Painted Furniture" and is asked to write The Art of Painted Furniture, which is also released in paperback as Fanciful Furniture.

2000
Designs are featured on the sets of Friends, Everybody Loves Raymond and Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Celebrity client list expands to include Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Aniston, George Clooney, Tom Hanks, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Spike Lee (film school classmate), Elizabeth Taylor and Hilary Clinton.

2001
Takes first solo trip to mainland China earning her reputation as the only white girl crazy enough to travel up the Pearl River wearing Versace.

2002
Embarks on a search for deeper meaning, and earns a degree from the Western School of Feng Shui and an advanced degree in Feng Shui for Real Estate. Carves out new niche using Feng Shui with Realtors to maximize profit potential on commercial and residential properties.

2005
Becomes known as "The Hollywood House Whisperer." Celebrity client list expands yet again to include Virginia Madsen, Julie Brown, Denise Crosby, Fred Savage, Annabelle Gish and Krista Smith (editor of Vanity Fair Magazine.)

2007
Publishes second book, Thursdays with Mom & Michael, featuring her mother's exquisite table settings and celebrity Chef Michael Rueggeberg's sumptuous recipes. All proceeds go to Evelyn Lauder's The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Fans of the book include Sharon Stone, Melanie Griffith, Hill Harper, Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman.

2008
Studies complex form of Classical Feng Shui and equally mind-altering Chinese Astrology called BaZi with Dato Joey Yap, of Mastery Academy of Chinese Metaphysics.

2009
Unleashes the concept of Classical Feng Shui and Chinese Astrology to Western audiences interested in improving their lives and changing their fortunes.

2010
Travels to India and has a transcendental experience drinking opium juice from a shaman's hand. Decides wearing a bindi everyday will not go over well in Hollywood (or maybe it will) and makes a guest appearance as the Feng Shui expert on the VH1 Reality Show, Brandy & Ray J.

2011
Takes BaZi to a new level with corporate clients; Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Shepard Fairey's Studio Number One, Grant Thornton India, and World Financial Group. Young President's Organization (YPO) sends her to speak to India elite.

2012
Travel bug continues to Monaco and Panama, adding to her international client roster. Past catches up with her, photos from 1980s NYC graffiti scene are displayed at MOCA's historic Art in the Streets exhibit. Her book Tipster Chronicles - tipping on the NYC graffiti scene 1979-82 is featured at MOCA gift shop.

2013-14
Launches new Lucky Series of books on Chinese Metaphysics. Breaks record with most votes as #1 Best Feng Shui Practitioner in the World - 2014-15.

2015
Increases celebrity cred when uber manager Aleen Keshishian gifts her clients Jen Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow, Orlando Bloom, Miranda Kerr and Selena Gomez with her Yearly Wealth Forecasts. Dream project, Shopping for Nirvana travel card deck of 50 spirited adventures, finds the light with Bali, India, Cuba, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Thailand, Galapagos and Machu Picchu (more to come.)

2016-17
As the Cosmic Coach of Hollywood, Anita continues to direct clients to be the stars of their own lives. Recent appearance on Adam Carolla and Friends Build Things Live for Spike TV. Anita is set for a fantastic year. Plus 2017 is her big 60 - time to focus on finding her spiritual bliss and float on nirvana. She plans to return from Southeast Asia so enlightened she will be glowing.