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Aug 15

Countess Joycelyn Engle Di Palma: Celebrity Mom

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Countess Joycelyn Engle

My dear friend Countess Joycelyn Engle Di Palma is beautiful inside and out! Her kind spirit and love for her family is paramount as we often discuss our lives and all that is happening in them.

Joycelyn received the title of Countess when she married Count Joseph Di Palma, a direct descendant of Norman Adventurer Rainulf Drengot, the first Count of Aversa, who emigrated from Scandinavia and Normandy France in the 11th century. It is wonderful to see the love that Joycelyn and Joseph have for one another after 35 years of marriage.

One of Joycelyns many accomplishments is that of a prolific writer, and has written in depth stories on the lives of legendary personalities including Elvis Presley, Howard Hughes, Groucho Marx and Jon Voight. Being involved in the community and an active board member on several well known charities is all in a day’s work for Joycelyn. She also co-hosted, co-wrote, executive produced, and directed The Di Palma Forum at UNLV, a celebrity panel discussion TV show on National and Family Issues.

I applaud Joycelyn for the dedication she so willingly gives her family. We here at Old Fashioned Mom Magazine are proud to introduce Countess Joycelyn Engle Di Palma as our 9th Celebrity Mother!

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Julianne Michelle and sister Joycelyn Joan....Halloween Party! 5

Julianne Michelle and sister Joycelyn Joan….Halloween Party!

How would you describe yourself?

I am a strong family person. I have always put my children’s needs ahead of my own. I am also ambitious and spiritual. I have been ambitious my entire life even at the age of 8 when I produced a big variety show in my aunt’s backyard and patio in CA for my 9th birthday. I had all the neighborhood children from age 13 down to 2 1/2 singing and performing my songs and dances. I had only met them for the first time a couple of weeks before the show. Every guest enjoyed the production. I am certainly a bit of a work-a-holic. Most of my aspirations and dreams have come true, and I thank God for everything.

I am generous and considerate of others. When people need assistance or ask for help, I do my best and try to accommodate the situation. Occasionally people disappoint me, so I pray for them. I believe that giving back is important, and I have always had a mission to accomplish and use my talents in special ways to help people. I enjoy writing, producing movies that inspire, managing talent and helping people to greatly enhance their opportunities for business and personal success through clear, effective and persuasive speech and presentation. I have always done my work around my children’s schedule.

Please tell us about your children?

My children come first before everything. My parents, husband and children have always been my life.

I am also style conscious and I feel that personal appearance is important; however, time with my children always takes precedence.

My husband, Count Joseph Di Palma, is like superman. He has never displayed jealousy or held me back. He never prevented me from using my God-given talents. In fact, he encourages me in my work and personal life. When I have doubts or fears, he just pushes me right out there to fly and create with his words of encouragement. He has trust and faith in my judgement and talent and this enables me to accomplish so much.

I adored my parents, Joan and Raymond, and I miss them everyday. I know they watch over us from Heaven. They trusted me and were always very supportive.

I am proud of my two daughters and their accomplishments. They put family first and love us deeply. We are very close.


Joycelyns wonderful birthday party at Amaranth

Joycelyns wonderful birthday party at Amaranth


My older daughter, Joycelyn Joan, is now a mother herself, so she appreciates me more than ever before. Her goal was always to become a producer and her dream came true. Before becoming a mother she produced several TV shows. Presently, she is the Co-Executive Producer of “Corrupt Crimes”, a TV series which will air on CBS TV in Sept. 2015. Last week she told me she is not enjoying her work because it takes her away from her son. She prefers to be with him full time. She’s a good mother so I was happy to hear this. She works about 12 hours a day. The baby needs her. And BTW, I fell in love with my handsome and sweet grandson the moment I first saw him. He is now 3 years old.

Countess Joycelyn Engle Di Palma and her daughter Julianne Michelle Di Palma

Countess Joycelyn Engle Di Palma and her daughter Julianne Michelle Di Palma

My younger daughter, Julianne Michelle, was a Free style 4 ice skater while growing up and she enjoys playing Tennis and guitar. She writes her own music and lyrics. Her greatest love; however, has always been acting and she has starred in 34 movies and TV series since she was discovered twice at age 5 by two producers while we were shopping in Beverly Hills. She is a two time winner Best Actress award from the Flash Foundation Young Film Festival in Poland and the NYCIFF for her superb acting performances in the movies “The House is Burning” also starring OSCAR winner Melissa Leo and “Awakened”. She has starred  in many other movies and TV series including Apartment 1303 in 3-D, Amazing Racer and even Who’s the Boss? She also had a great cameo role in Oliver Stone’s “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”. Julianne is a chair for a number of charities including the annual Children at Heart Celebrity Auction and Dinner in Manhattan ( Steven Spielberg is chairman of the event each year), and she has also planned and chaired three very successful charity events including a fabulous event for the Memorial Sloane- Kettering Children’s Cancer Center last Dec. 2014. Giving back and charity work are of utmost importance to Julianne since age 7 when she did her first Telethon in LA. Now she devotes much of her time studying for her Masters at Columbia University. She also has her jewelry line debut in Winter 2016.


What do you love most about being a Mother?

Beautiful Joycelyn and her friends....celebrating her birthday!

Beautiful Joycelyn and her friends….celebrating her birthday!

A mother’s most important job is to do her very best to maintain good, healthy, happy, thoughtful, loving, polite, respectful, confident, strong and ethical children. I taught them how to pray and be grateful to God.

Motherhood is the toughest, most challenging career on earth, and it is the most gratifying. I love being called ‘mommy’, even though my beautiful daughters are over 21. I always called my mother ‘mommy’. I find it to be loving and endearing.

Our children are extensions of us, and I believe that most mothers want their children to use their God-given talents to improve the world in some way, help others and be the best they can be.

I love being a mother.  First of all, giving birth to another human being is absolutely amazing. It is my greatest production, and raising a child is a joy beyond belief. Then learning and enjoying life through their eyes and emotions is so fulfilling and beyond all expectations.

Every stage of their lives is exciting, beautiful, challenging and gives me great satisfaction. They keep me going.


How are you spending the summer with your family?

We enjoy summer fun; however, we don’t have a special routine in summer. We pretty much have the same schedule all year round.

Summer fun consists of travel, some swimming, work as usual and enjoying the outdoors. Julianne and I work together all year round. She is a busy actress and her line of jewelry, JULS, will debut winter 2016, but we still work together. My family and I go to social events, charitable benefits and family functions all year. Christmas is most important to us and the most fun!

My career has enlightened and broadened my children’s overall view of life. Our travels and meeting people from all around the world have broadened their appreciation for different cultures, languages, architecture, history and people from all backgrounds.

Countess Joycelyn Engle Di Palma, Count Joseph Di Palma and Michelle-Marie Heinemann2

Countess Joycelyn Engle Di Palma, Count Joseph Di Palma and Michelle-Marie Heinemann

We enjoy just being together and talking, eating, singing and exchanging personal experiences. Hugs are the best. And I feel especially grateful and happy at times when we are all sleeping under the same roof.

My mother always told me that in raising a child both the bitter and the sweet is required. This means be loving and compassionate, yet firm. Hugs, kisses, cuddles, good communication are all important, but we also need to teach children to be be honest and respect others and themselves. This will also help them to maintain high self- esteem and confidence, which is so important. Integrity is everything. It makes me sad to see a tree grow crooked; imagine a Human Being. Parents must guide and teach. This is a great job, but far from easy. They are always our babies as long as we are alive, and I believe even after we are gone. When I wrote the story and screenplay  for the motion picture  “Awakened” this was my motivation. I believe that family and dear friends who have passed continue to love and guide us from above.

Countess Joycelyn Engle Di Palma


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