Randi Zinz's creations are just about everywhereWhether...


September 27, 1992|By Mary Corey | Mary Corey,Staff Writer

Randi Zinz's creations are just about everywhere

Whether she's browsing in Macy's or breezing through Mademoiselle magazine, Randi Zinz often gets the feeling she's seen the merchandise before.

No wonder. The hat, tie or pin that inspires such deja vu is usually her own creation.

As the co-owner of the New York-based accessories company Two City Girls, Ms. Zinz helps determine whether berets or baseball caps will be the rage each season.

Vogue, Seventeen and Glamour magazines like her style enough to feature her work in their fashion spreads. And stores like Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale's and Neiman Marcus carry her line.

"We're very fashion forward," explains the Pikesville native, who says she was born in 1950-something. "We give a good, wearable look at a good price. . . . Even when the economy is bad, you can afford accessories."

Local shoppers will get an even better buy when her work is among those discounted at the Virginia Slims Shopping Fling to be held Thursday through Sunday at Festival Hall. (The event benefits Lifesongs for AIDS.)

Her challenge now is not coming up with new ideas, but finding time to balance motherhood (her third child is due next month) with a hectic work schedule.

At 82, actress Mary West Miller has only one regret: She never played an ingenue.

A grandmother, school principal, preacher . . . yes. But never a wide-eyed innocent.

Ms. Miller chalks it up to being overweight as a young adult. Yet even that disappointment couldn't deter her from acting.

"I loved drama so much I never minded what [part a director] gave me," she says.

That affection continues for the actress, who is currently featured in the Arena Players' production of "God's Trombones." The playhouse, billed as the oldest continuously operating black theater in the country, is celebrating its 40th anniversary season.

Growing up poor in West Baltimore, she always loved theater but longed for the security of a steady job. She taught school for 42 years, acting in her spare time.

Her chief complaints about actors today are that many lack glamour and use profanity.

"When I was young, the actors and actresses seemed so apart from the ordinary person. Now I look on TV and I see them come out in sweat shirts and sneakers."

The West Baltimore resident still dreams of roles she'd like to play, including the lead in "Driving Miss Daisy."

"I'd had a talk with God," she says. "And I'm going to live to be 100. I have so much more I want to do."

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