Me and Finn Mayer, the actor who plays Ovid

My son Dave came to my play. He read the audio book. Loved the play.

Some of the cast with Dave

Tom, my son who did all the drawing in the play, and I at the opening of the play

James filmed the play for his documentary about the making of the play.

Me and my husband Doug at the Oscars (He's no longer with us on this earth.)

Me and my mom, Grandma Mitz, at the Oscars

me, tom, james, grandma mitz on kodak stage

on the Kodak stage after the show

Doug and I at "Unfinished" premiere (He's no longer with us on this earth.)

My son Dave and I at the Governor's Ball after the Oscars, in the Kodak Theater

My son Tom and Julia, Oscar night

James and I at the premiere of "Unfinished" a film by James and Gus Van Sant

At Oscar mominees interview in L.A.

My Oscar dress

Acting with James Franco

July 11, 2010

I learned so much from playing my son's James' mom on General Hospital. I could feel how completely he was committed to his character, the crazy artist Franco. When I got back to my sketch comedy group (Suburban Squirrel) and my drama group (Studio-33), I was so much more deeply committed to my characters. It was a wild experience, though, because it felt as if two parallel realities were going on at once.


  1. July 22, 2010 2:37 PM EDT
    good 4 you. It's nice 2 B working with family. The bond grows tighter and tighter.
    - cydonie
  2. August 3, 2010 1:46 PM EDT
    I am watching GH and enjoy your role. The whole Franco artist, storyline is crazy but draws attention. Congrats on all your success as a writer and now an actress!
    - Pandora Shahady
  3. September 10, 2010 2:58 PM EDT
    Hi Betsy, you were wonderful as an actress, and the bond that you have with your sons is touching and very interesting. I'm very interested in seeing more of Tom's art, and have been enjoying Dave's recent acting successes!
    - A. P.
  4. November 12, 2010 1:22 PM EST
    Hi, Betsy!

    We missed you at YALSA and were tickled by the fact that you were in a movie filming in the big apple!

    Here's a quick report on that conference and on our panel.
    - April Halprin Wayland
  5. December 3, 2010 7:43 PM EST
    Really nice to read about such a creative and talented family.
    - Marcy
  6. December 6, 2010 2:12 PM EST
    Betsy, I have some questions about your books. Would like to include them in my book about poetry for teachers. Please email me. Thanks!
    - Margriet Ruurs
  7. March 8, 2011 8:05 PM EST
    I believe it was a great experience playing with "the son" and the [so committed] actor. Now exist the Betsy before and after James Franco, right?

    Now there is the Betsy before and after James Franco, right?


    - Nanda
  8. March 13, 2011 1:14 PM EDT
    Hello Betsy- I loved your scenes with James on GH and look forward to more. My 10-year-old daughter has asked repeatedly to take acting classes or get invovled with a children's theather but I'm at a loss about the correct way to go about this. We live in Corona, Ca about an hour out of LA, so we could drive into LA. Do you have any schools or children's theathers in the LA area you can recommend? Thank you much, Tracy Lawrence
    - Tracy Lawrence

Selected Books

1.YA novel
Illustrated by Tom Franco, audio version by James and Dave Franco
2. poetry
"An amazing collection...cover(s) all things cat."
4. teen-written anthology
"The vertigo-inducing realm of romantic love is captured in this unforgettable collection..."
3. Picture book
"Franco's spirited poems...Jenkins' masterful collage work."
--Booklist, starred review
6. picture book
"Celebrate the free concert that birds perform..."
--Publisher's Weekly, starred review
7. picture book
"Word lovers might stand a better chance of becoming math lovers..."
-Horn Book, starred review
8. children's poetry
"the bouncy, humorous poems include an amazing variety of math concepts ...delivered with a light touch"
--Kirkus Review
5. teen-written poetry anthologies
"...honest, raw and sometimes tender selections..."
-School Library Journal