Henning, an accomplished actress from Granite Bay, is the author
of Promise,” an inspirational, self-published story about a post-Civil
War era orphan. ——Spectrum
photo by Daniel Dullum
Actress Stays Busy Bringing Positive Attitude to Others
ROSEVILLE — Golden “Gulli” Henning
enjoys a good clean joke – especially
those which draw upon her
“This Swede named Ole was building a rocket ship,” the 85-year-old
Henning told the gathering at Renaissance at Sierra Pointe on Aug. 17. “He
told his Norwegian neighbor, ‘We’re not flying it to the moon or
“’Where are you flying it to?’ the Norwegian asked.
‘To the sun,’ Ole responded.
‘You can’t fly that rocket to the sun, you crazy Swede. It’ll
burn you up,’ the neighbor said.
“Well, Ole looked at him and said, ‘You stupid Norwegian, we’re
flying there at night!’”
Getting a laugh out of her audience, Henning told them, “You know, you
all have wonderful stories to tell. All of us have a talent, and you’ll
discover that anything you write will be beautiful for somebody else.”
Eternally optimistic, Henning explains, “That’s because the good
Lord wants us to be here, be alive, and he put us here for a reason. My whole
philosophy is: Make people happy.”
Henning, a resident of Granite Bay, enjoys talking on the subject of enjoying
life while promoting her successful self-published book, “Song of Promise” (Xlibris.com,
$22.99). She works on her other ongoing book projects when she isn’t pursuing
her acting career.
“I’m so busy, I don’t have one minute to stop!” she says. “I’m
working on my autobiography, another romance/suspense novel, I’ve got about
four or five stories I work on at once. That way, if one of them bogs down, I
start another one. My mental juices start flowing with that approach.
“For me, it’s the only way to stay young. Unless you keep your mind
and your body active, you lose everything and you miss half of life. And life
is what you make it.”
such as “Jack Frost,” “City of Angels,” “Wisdom” and “Deadly
Whispers” adorn Henning’s resume, as well as her stint
on the television series “Nash Bridges,” portraying Cheech
Marin’s Swedish-speaking mother-in-law. Her face is, perhaps,
more recognizable from her work in commercials for Honda motorcycles,
Coca-Cola, Polariod, Pillsbury, Folger’s coffee and a prominent
public service commercial for elder-abuse prevention.
“I just did a documentary for the International Veterans Association,” she
said. “The last thing I did was “Out of the Woods.”
As much as she enjoys writing, Henning still enjoys performing. She was cast
in an upcoming Hallmark Hall of Fame production titled “Out of the Woods,” filmed
near the foothills towns of Georgetown and Pollock Pines and starring Ed Asner
and Jason London. Unfortunately, her work didn’t make the final cut.
“They paid me for a week-and-a-half, which was good pay, my family is gathered
around the television, and they cut out the whole hotel scene – they were
going to make it into two parts,” she said. “I had a wonderful part
and I had them laughing on the set. I was a little old lady in the woods chasing
this guy with a shotgun!”
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