Jeraldine Saunders (1923–2019,) born Geraldine Loretta Glynn, was an American writer, television personality, and cruise director.
Born in Los Angeles, Saunders worked as a fashion model before joining Princess Cruises, where she rose through the ranks to become a cruise director. She was the first woman to achieve that position on any cruise liner.
Saunders is best known as the creator of The Love Boat (1977–86,) a popular ABC television series and its related made-for-television films (1986, 1987, 1990) exposing the romantic and humorous adventures of a variety of itinerant cruise-ship passengers. The program was based on her nonfiction book, Love Boats: Above and Below Decks (1974,) an anecdotal account of her time as cruise director. The Love Boat series was credited with increasing the cruise business by some 3,000 percent and made Saunders a national treasure.
Saunders was also the author of Omarr’s Astrological Forecast, a nationally syndicated horoscope column. In addition to The Love Boat, she wrote several romance novels, including The Frisco Fortune (1981) and Spanish Serenade (1992.)
Saunders was also featured in the television show Extreme Cougar Wives (2013) in the company of a male model who was 44 years younger than she was.
Saunders also co-authored Hypoglycemia, the Disease Your Doctor Won’t Treat (1980) after her 27-year-old daughter Gail Maureen Phillips’s death from hypoglycemia in 1970.
Fear is only an illusion. It is the illusion that creates the feeling of separateness — the false sense of isolation that exists only in your imagination.
Topics: Imagination, Isolation, Anxiety, Fear