13 March 2018 Read: 203
Marloe Scott Wilson (68), once known as the Pink Lady during her years as a performer, is now living her dream. She hung it up at the age of 50 and bought a piece of land outside Haenertsburg about a decade ago. It’s now her permanent home with an organic vegetable and herb garden. She lives with two horses, two cats, six dogs and her husband, Fredl, comes home from Phalaborwa every weekend.
Laughingly Marloe says, “Fredl’s surname is van der Merwe! He has two adult children from a previous marriage. Lana (33) lives in CT and Fredl (31) is in Brisbane, Australia. I had to sing at a ball hosted by the Phalaborwa Mining Company years ago. Fredl, a civil engineer, was the only single senior level manager and thus my companion for the evening. We fell in love and married eight months later.”
Bev Hartman from Something Different and Marloe are friends from Phalaborwa days. Bev needed help in the restaurant and Marloe wanted an outlet for her culinary creativity, other than Instagram and her blog. She’d owned a restaurant called Marloe’s in Phalaborwa for four years. Prior to that, she had a tea garden and nursery.
Marloe attributes her love for cooking to her mother, Honey. “My mum let me cook for the family on a Thursday night from the age of 15. For years I was food obsessed, resulting in all sorts of diets which played havoc with my system over the years. I finally decided to really nurture me and I took up low carb cooking as a permanent lifestyle change.”
Marloe has already introduced staples on the Something Different menu. There’s Vegan friendly Thai Vegetable Curry, Mexican Spiced Beans, Thai Chicken Curry and Steak Strips in a creamy Mustard sauce. The menu will change regularly. She has separate pots and pans for vegans. Her learning ground was London where she was a vegetarian for seven years.
Her career as a performer spanned more than two decades. Born in Germiston, her family moved to Zimbabwe and then the UK. She played the sixth Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar at the Palace Theatre in London from 1978 to 1979. Then she joined the Fringe Theatre Company and performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She was delighted with one critic who said, “She sang ‘Night and Day’ with fire in her voice.”
Thereafter she took a two month break to South Africa and never left. She continued to entertain South African audiences. She won a Gallo Award in 1980 for a musical play by Paul Simon called ‘They’re Playing Our Song.’ She became the narrator in ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’ in Durban in 1982. Then tragedy struck.
She was on her motorbike. A Free State farmer pulled out illegally and she was man down for almost a year. Arms, left foot, right foot, fingers and toes were broken and her lower back before the coccyx was fractured. The first person on the scene was a doctor who mercifully had morphine with him.
The Phalaborwa heat drove her into the cool mountains around Haenertsburg and ten years ago she entered her first and last Ebenezer Mile. Marloe chuckles and says, “I breast-stroked all the way and came second….last! The late Gub Turner came last and she turned 81 the next day. I missed the finishing deadline by 15 seconds.”