Nancy Spielberg may be Steven Spielberg’s little sister, but she and her daughter, Melissa, are in a league of their own.
Known for her impeccable talent as a film producer and writer (she was the Executive Producer for Above and Beyond and On the Map), Nancy has nothing but nice things to say about her 24-year-old daughter, Melissa’s, time at JCC Ranch Camp. Unfortunately we were unable to connect with Melissa, but we were lucky enough to grab a few moments with Ms. Nancy.
How long did Melissa attend Ranch Camp?
Nancy: She attended for three or four years. She was a camper twice and then a counselor for one year. She did a lot of different things, in fact, I thought she’d want to move there and run the camp, if she could! It was such an incredible experience.
How did Ranch Camp influence Melissa growing up?
NS: One of her college essays was written from an experience at Ranch Camp. It was a tragic experience in some ways, but a life lesson. Gina (who’s now a new mom and the Director of Rentals at Ranch Camp!)–my daughter loved Gina, everyone loved Gina and her horse. Melissa loved her horse and loved taking care of it. But then Gina’s horse got very sick and all the kids were trying to save the horse and, in the end, it didn’t make it through and the horse died. It was an experience for all of them, because they had to bury it…and then Melissa made Gina a movie about her horse, because Melissa was interested in filmmaking at the time.