The 1960s were coming to an end, and
Elizabeth had been increasingly concerned
about her daughter Sylvia (who was now in her teens). She worried about the time she had
to spend away from her daughter. With her
marriage ended and her daughter needing her
close by, Elizabeth felt it was time to follow a
She made the difficult decision to leave show business and settle down. Her final
engagement was in San Francisco, where she opened the new Miyako Hotel. After closing night, she left for Los Angeles (where she had several friends), took an apartment, and changed her name to Johanna. Then she took a job with PacBell Yellow Pages, brought Sylvia to Los Angeles, and settled into the 9-to-5 world in order to make a normal life for her daughter.
It was not long before she met the love of her
life, Allan Dordick, an advertising agency
executive. They married, and added two little
boys from Allan's previous marriage (Scott
and Gary) to the family. Now they shared
three precious children. It was a very full life.
Although the couple loved going to various
cities to hear opera, Allan began to notice
Johanna's longing for music. He believed she
needed to return to her operatic studies. But
balancing a family and full-time work made it too difficult. Over the years she had held demanding positions with Pac Bell, the Los Angeles Times (Display Advertising) and Gralla Publications (which she represented in seven Western States).
Johanna, Allan and Sylvia,
Their first Christmas/Hannukah
“The Boys” – Scott and Gary