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Hollywood Comes to Wind Crest

July 8, 2013

HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO (July 8, 2013) -- When Elly and Jim Andersen moved to Wind Crest retirement community five years ago, they didn't move far from their former house in Cherry Hill, CO, because they didn't want to move away from family.
The couple is proud of their family legacy---all their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren contribute so much to their lives. But one grandchild in particular is making a splash in the celebrity spotlight. And her work in Hollywood is attracting a new generation of fans and the Highlands Ranch community where she often visits.
AnnaSophia Robb, the 19-year-old actress who has starred in major motion pictures like Soul Surfer, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Bridge to Terabithia, and Because of Winn-Dixie now stars in The Carrie Diaries. The weekly television show on The CW is based on the popular HBO series Sex and the City. In it, Robb plays teenager Carrie Bradshaw in high school in 1984.
The Andersens love seeing Robb work---they've been on set with her as far away as London---but they love it the most when their granddaughter visits them on the Highlands Ranch campus and spends quality time.
As for Robb, well, she's a huge fan of Wind Crest.
Robb grew up in Colorado not far from where her grandparents lived and was in high school when her grandparents moved to Wind Crest. "My Grandpa would pick me up from school two times a week, and I'd hang out with them before I went to kickboxing," she says.
She appreciates the pool, the hot tub, going to dinners and brunches on campus, and she wishes they sold the cookies in the marketplace store 24/7. She laughs, "I'd get home from school and miss them," referring to both the cookies and her grandparents.
But the thing Robb says she appreciates most about Wind Crest is how both her grandparents thrive on campus.
"It's just really convenient. They can go to the gym, join clubs, and my Grandpa can work on his trains. They have everything they need and want at their fingertips," Robb says.
The model railroad club is one of the most appealing things about Wind Crest to Jim; his outdoor train set is a memory that warms his granddaughter's heart, and she's glad he can continue to do what he is so passionate about.
Passionate living runs in the family. While raising her family and helping with her grandchildren, Elly's lifework has been to give of herself and her time to those she loves. She's even kept a treasure chest of all the clippings she can find about Robb for the last ten years, since she began acting in Because of Winn-Dixie.
Elly recalls a fond memory from the set. Cicely Tyson had forgotten a line, and Robb whispered to the actress, "It's okay, my Grandma forgets things, too." Elly laughs at what she calls a "sort of backhanded compliment."
"It's neat to look back and see how little she was," Elly says of her granddaughter. The whole family knew she would be an actress when she was just two years old. She was, according to the Andersens, born for the spotlight and with "the prettiest little face."
Even though their granddaughter lives in New York while working on the show, the Andersens know it won't be long before they see her again.