Sunday, March 9, 2014

Beauty Like Columbines Cast of Characters

Beauty Like Columbines

A Novel of Perseverance and Courage 

"To live in the delta of the Mississippi River takes courage, tenacity and dumb luck. My city, the Crescent City, Big Easy, New Orleans, Louisiana we have all of the above and more. We’re the people with sandbags at the ready, generators always prepped with spare gas cans and we know how to drive in rain that’s coming down, sideways and up. We survived Hurricane Katrina. And just when we got our pride and dignity back after an amazing Super Bowl win, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill happened to let karma kick our ass. But come hell and high water, I never want to live anywhere else."

Seventeen year old Bennett St. Regis believes in three things: Fairies, football and weather reports. Since Hurricane Katrina made landfall in late August of 2005, Bennett's life changed dramatically. When the water finally receded, the only home she had ever known was beyond repair. Relying on the kindness of family friends Christopher and Jacqueline Warren, the St. Regis family pushed on. 

Bennett, now a senior in high school, lives full time with the Warrens helping them care for their daughter Adelaide. Six months post a rotten relationship, Bennett has decided to spend her senior year focusing on Saints football and her dream of Tulane University. Then arrives Leo Warren, Christopher's estranged nephew from Boston and shakes up everything Bennett thought she knew about love. 

Bennett's Parents & Grandparents

Bennett Adrian St. Regis: 17; youngest child of Baron St. Regis II and Jenny Kirk; younger sister to Baron III aka Saint; older sister of Beau, Brett, Basil and Bonnie; step-daughter to Cecily Maitland; named after her grandmother Naomi Bennett; best friends with Larisa Wilkinson and Nina Carmichael; ex-girlfriend of Court Cunningham; falls in love with Leopold Warren, the nephew of  family friends Christopher and Jacqueline Warren; works as a nanny/housekeeper for the Warrens; also works at Maitland Florist & Herbs, a family run business; is an avid New Orleans Saints fan; birthday October 16th, 1995 (As portrayed by Jessie star Debby Ryan)

Baron James St. Regis, II: 45; Bennett's father; divorced Bennett and Saint's mother when Bennett was a year old; got custody of both children; remarried Cecily Maitland, a woman fifteen years his junior, in 2001; has four more children with Cecily: Beau, Brett, Basil and Bonnie; is a decorated New Orleans police officer; owner of Saints sideline season tickets; only child of Baron I and Naomi; birthday March 22nd, 1967 (As portrayed by Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers star Karl Urban)

Cecily Sarah Maitland-St. Regis "Mama Cece": 30; Bennett and Saint's step-mother; mother of Beau, Brett, Basil and Bonnie; married Baron when she was 21, is fifteen years his junior; recently graduated from law school and is working with Christopher Warren; is best friends with Jacqueline Warren; is the only child of Daniel and Charlene Maitland; younger half-sister of Richard and Jessa Maitland; birthday May 12th, 1982 (As portrayed by One Tree Hill star Sophia Bush)

Naomi June Bennett-St. Regis "Meme": 67; Bennett's grandmother; Baron's mother; is a nurse; loves to travel; adores all her grandchildren; has the family over every Sunday after mass for brunch; birthday January 16th, 1945 (As portrayed by Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon)

Baron James St. Regis, I "Pop-Pop": 70; Bennett's grandfather; Baron's father; retired New Orleans fire chief; travels with his wife Naomi; former owner of the family's Saints season tickets, gave them up when he retired, attends games occasionally; adores his grandchildren; has the family over every Sunday after mass for brunch; birthday February 18th, 1942 (As portrayed by Academy Award winner Kevin Costner)

Charlene Melody Maitland "Meme Char": 50; Cecily's mother; Bennett's grandmother; lives near the Audubon Zoo; spoils her grandchildren; like her daughter married a man much older than she; birthday April 25th, 1961 (As portrayed by Emmy award winner Genie Francis)

Daniel Wade Maitland "Grandaddy or D.W": 60; Bennett's grandfather; is a the oldest child of Samuel and Sally Anne Maitland; older sister to Rhetta; father of Richard, Jessa and Cecily; is a successful lawyer; Cecily and Christopher are associates at his firm; his father Samuel lives with him and Charlene; birthday July 10th, 1951 (As portrayed by Miami Vice star Don Johnson)

Charlotte Pauline Maitland "Miss Lettie": 97; Bennett's great-great grandmother; used to run a very successful florist, which has sense been taken over by her granddaughters; still has her say in much of what goes on at the shop; lives with granddaughter Rhetta as she refuses to go into a home; her husband Hannibal was killed in WWII; she never remarried; was an excellent cook as she learned from her family's maid growing up (As portrayed by Dame Angela Lansbury) 

Samuel Vance Maitland "Poppa Monday": 78; Bennett's great-grandfather; only son of Hannibal and Charlotte Maitland; married Sally Anne Howell; father of Daniel and Rhetta; lost his beloved wife Sally Anne in 2002; lives with son Daniel; birthday May 7th, 1934 (As portrayed by M*A*S*H star Gary Burghoff)

Lucas Baron St. Regis: deceased; Bennett's great-grandfather; Baron I's father; was the original owner of the Saints season tickets, purchased them during the inaugural season; fought in WWII; birthday June 3rd, 1922

Rebecca Watson-St. Regis: deceased; wife of Lucas; Baron I's mother; birthday November 12th, 1925

Hannibal Preston Maitland: deceased: Bennett's great-great grandfather; Miss Lettie's husband; father of Samuel; died in occupied France during WWII; birthday October 20th, 1912

Sally Anne Howell-Maitland: deceased; Bennett's great-grandmother; wife of Samuel; mother of Daniel and Rhetta; birthday December 15th, 1936

Bennett's Siblings & Extended Family

Baron James St. Regis, III "Saint": 19; Briony's older brother; is nicknamed Saint by his friends and family; is in the Air Force Academy in Colorado; is a legend at King George High School; has been a relationship with his sister's best friend Larisa Wilkinson since he was a junior; got his pilot's license before his driver's; holds the record for most broken windows in King George High School baseball history; birthday April 15th, 1993 (As portrayed by High School Musical star Zac Efron) 

Beau Maitland St. Regis: 8; Bennett's younger half-brother; goes to a math and science heavy magnate school; doesn't relate well to older brother Saint or Dad; blew up Miss Lettie's garden shed with a homemade rocket; is very much a momma's boy; birthday December 3rd, 2004 (As portrayed by Shake it Up star Davis Cleveland) 

Brett Marie St. Regis: 4; Bennett's younger half-sister; goes to a private preschool; is very much a girly-girl; adores her big sister; birthday April 21st, 2008 (As portrayed byGood Luck Charlie star Mia Talerico) 

Basil Noah and Bonnie Nadine St. Regis: twins; born within the narrative; Briony's youngest brother and sister

Richard Samuel Maitland "Uncle Rich": 38; Bennett's uncle; Cecily's older half-brother; is a judge; married to Mary Anne; has two boys; adores his nieces and nephew; birthday December 31st, 1974 (As portrayed by NCIS star Sean Murray)

Mary Anne Charles-Maitland "Aunt Mary Anne": 33; Bennett's aunt; Cecily's sister-in-law; married to Richard; mother of Fredrick and Charles; is Chief Nursing Officer at New Orleans Children's Hospital; is originally from London; met Rich while vacationing in New Orleans; birthday March 12, 1979 (As portrayed by Academy Award winner Charlize Theron)

Charles Richard and Fredrick Anthony Maitland "Charlie and Ricky": 8 and 6; children of Reggie and Mary Anne; Charles and Beau are good friends

Jessa Karen Maitland "Aunt Jessa": 35; Cecily's half-sister; Bennett's aunt; runs her great-grandmother's florist shop in the Garden District; is teaching Bennett about running the shop, about the flowers, arranging act; birthday August 23rd, 1977 (As portrayed by The Holiday star Cameron Diaz)

Georgina Suzanne Tucker "Aunt Georgie": 58; Richard and Jessa's mother; still on good terms with the whole family; allows Cecily and her family call her Aunt Georgie; birthday November 30th, 1954 (As portrayed by A Few Good Men star Demi Moore)

Rhetta Celie Maitland "Auntie": 56; Cecily's aunt; works with Jessa at the shop; Miss Lettie lives with her as she refuses to go into a home; birthday April 20th, 1956 (As portrayed by Groundhog Day star Andie McDowell)

Bennett's Friends & Classmates

Christopher David Warren: 32; younger brother of Marissa, the black sheep of his family; a lawyer in D.W's firm; married to Jacqueline and have one daughter Adelaide; is Leo's uncle; allows the St. Regis family to move in with his family when they lose their house in the hurricane; becomes good friends with Baron; employs Bennett as a nanny/companion for Adelaide; birthday June 25th, 1977 (As portrayed by Star Trek star Chris Pine) 

Jacqueline Marie Huntington-Warren "Miss Jacey": 30; is an interior designer; best friends and roommate Cecily in college; was maid of honor at Cecily's wedding; allows the St. Regis family to move in with her family when they lose their house to the hurricane; mother of Adelaide; married to Christopher; aunt to Leo; birthday January 21st, 1981 (As portrayed by Grey's Anatomy star Chyler Leigh) 

Adelaide Bonnie Warren "Addie/Teapot": 6; daughter of Christopher and Jacey; has many allergies and health conditions; can't play outside for too long; loves having Bennett as her nanny; birthday May 10th, 2006 (As portrayed by Madeline O'Brien) 

Larisa Elizabeth Wilkinson: 17; Bennett's best friend; been dating Saint since she was a freshman; hates Court Cunningham with a fiery passion; encourages Bennett to go out with Leopold Warren; is very preppy and popular; birthday May 30th, 1995 (As portrayed by Castle star Molly C. Quinn) 

Leopold Christopher Warren "Leo": 17; nephew of Christopher Warren; is from Boston; moves to New Orleans to get away from his crazy mother Marissa; initially gets on Bennett's bad side; eventually falls in love with her; befriends Saint when he comes home for break; birthday April 27th, 1995 (As portrayed by Phil of the Future star Raviv "Ricky" Ullman) 

Nina Sharon Carmichael: 17; Bennett's other best friend; feels left out when Bennett starts dating Leo; birthday August 3rd, 1995 (As portrayed by The Lying Game star Allie Gonino)

Court Foster Cunningham: 17; Briony's ex-boyfriend; treated Bennett very badly; starts dating Nina Carmichael; gets into several fistfights with Leo; has hated Larisa since kindergarten and the feeling is mutual; birthday April 10th, 1995 (As portrayed by Magic Mike star Alex Pettyfer)

Miss June Maple: 60; the lonely spinster secretary at King George High School; has two purebred poodles Goldie and Kurt; is known for giving out hall passes without dates (As portrayed by Harry Potter star Julie Walters) 

Peri Anne Hollier: 28; Bennett's Home Ec teacher; is engaged to a fireman; is Bennett's favorite teacher; helps Nina and Bennett press charges against Court (As portrayed by Mad Men star Elisabeth Moss)

Dr. Stevie Diane Quimby: 36; goes by Miss Stevie with her patients; is Meredith's doctor; her practice is near the Tulane University campus (As portrayed by Drew Barrymore)

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