Saba – 78 YEAR OLD BIKINI DIVA / SPORTS MODEL
Saba started her fitness career at the ripe ole age of 69, while attempting to market and spread the word about her innovative workout, Saba’s AUTOSIZE ©, which focuses on building both the body and the mind. The first step in this journey was to buck the odds and go against common wisdom by entering a competitive Bikini Diva Contest with the INBA, which is the only natural body building association in the country.
Only a few short years before she started competing, Saba was unable to walk due to two herniated discs and a slipped disc in her back. Her main source of transportation was one of those electric scooters. She was a mess. When the doctors chose surgery to correct her condition, Saba chose fitness and a new way of thinking instead.
Saba was always thin, but not necessarily fit and healthy. She didn’t have much time before the contest, and she knew that just being able to walk would not win her anything. So she started sculpting her body and learning about fitness and health. She noticed how much better she felt and how much younger she started to look! She was so inspired, she wanted to share this healthier lifestyle with anyone who ever thought they couldn’t do it, or felt they were too old to start.
By the end of that same year, Saba was also competing as a Spokes Model as a natural next step in her mission to show everyone that they, too, could be Fit For Life. In her first year of competing she took first place in every competition, made Team USA, and also took first place in her division in the International World Competition. In 2013 she became certified as a Personal Trainer and created two more workouts while continuing to compete and win in all of her competitions.
In 2014 Saba started out the first few weeks of the year with a broken big toe, which kept her from the gym and any kind of workouts. But, working her mind muscle, Saba was determined to get back into shape and compete. She took the gold in both Bikini Diva and Sports Model categories internationally.
Saba’s Life Story:
Saba was born in New Jersey, and lived most of her youth in The Bronx. When she was fourteen, she moved to California. She has spent all of her life in front of or behind the camera, and has been involved in just about every facet of show business since the age of six. She has worked as a dancer/choreographer, actress, stunt girl, stand up comedienne, writer, producer, and director in all forms of media, including film, television, stage, music videos, and even a stint in the circus.
Always laughing at life, she got into stand up comedy. Saba created her own show, TURN ON 68, and took it to Vietnam. Back in the States, she teamed up with John Amos (Star of TV’s Good Times and Roots) to create the comedy duo of AMOS & ANNIE. For the next ten years she starred and co-stared in various films and commercials.
Over the course of one year while starring in her own comedy review in Las Vegas, THE FUNNY FARM, she got the opportunity to step behind the camera by writing, producing and directing 40% of the local television commercial spots. She also directed and choreographed live shows, and co-wrote, produced, directed, and performed in several local television shows as well.
Taking her talents to the theater, Saba co-wrote, produced, directed, and performed in THE TIME MACHINE: THE MUSICAL. The Theil Reeves Company optioned the play twice for Broadway.
Saba was the choreographer for the Emmy Award Winning short film called BEETHOVEN’S FIFTH, which was also honored with a Cine Golden Eagle and the Houston Film Festival award for Best Short Musical Film.
Saba teamed up with famed “little person”, Billy Barty, and became Vice President of Billy Barty Productions. For the next few years she created, wrote, produced, and directed many shows. During this time she added music videos, commercials, infomercials, and television pilots to her list of credits and produced her first feature NOTHING PERSONAL, with Leo Rossi. She was the associate director and production executive for the television show, HERE COMES THE BRIDES, starring Lee Merriwether and Sharon and Lyle Waggoner. She produced, directed, and choreographed the 1999 and 2000 MRS. CALIFORNIA PAGEANTS. In association with D.A.R.E. she produced and directed a variety show, which featured over 20 talented children.
In 2001, when Saba’s husband Bob suddenly died after 25 years of marriage partnership, she stepped back to take a look at her life. Saba chose to only do projects that would bring mankind to a higher level of peace, joy and understanding.
In 2003, she married Jeff Doucette, a well-known character actor,whom she had met 25 years earlier while they were working on a film together. Together Saba and Jeff became Spiritual Practitioners and formed PowerSource Productions.
In 2004 Saba wrote, produced and directed BROTHERS, an award winning short film that has appeared in festivals around the nation. She also produced THE GENTLE BARN: THOMAS’ STORY, the first film project for ISE-LA, The International Spiritual Cinema Los Angeles, for which she received the Spirit In Action Award for embodying the highest qualities of spirit through filmmaking. Saba then co-founded LACEE, Los Angeles Chamber Of Enlightened Entertainment, and together with Jeff created and hosted the internet talk show, IT’S NOW. Later, Saba teamed up with Timothy Stuetz to make his life long dream come true by producing and directing POWER ANIMAL FROLICS, a video that teaches children the power of Tai Chi.
Saba and Jeff then developed the teaching arm of their work through PowerSourceProductions.com and taught their workshops, LIVING IN THE NOW and FINDING YOUR SPIRIT THROUGH IMPROVISATION throughout the country. They use the same approach in working with the ‘tweens’ and teens at Centers For Spiritual Living every Sunday.
In 2008 Saba partnered with Sunil Sadarangani to form Hanuman Media and wrote/produced/directed many projects including, the award winning web series BOLLYWOOD TO HOLLYWOOD. Which was picked to be part Marsellie Web-Fest, the first European Short Film Festival, held in Marseille, France. She also produced IN TRANSIT, a short film written by Suniil, starring Suniil and famed Mexican actress, Lilliana Arriaga. See www.hanumanmedia.com
In 2012, Saba was trying to figure out a way to market AUTOSIZE ©, a workout for both body and mind. She was talking to her best friend, Babs, who suggested she gain some credibility by competing. They decided to do it together, and being who she was, Saba Created CLASSIC BIKINI DIVAS, a web series that followed both of them throughout the year as they prepared for and competed with The Natural Body Building Association. After 23 episodes she was hooked. Learning all about health and fitness along the way, Saba won first place in every competition, made TEAM USA, and competed Internationally against 23 other countries taking first place in her division. In 2013, Saba earned her certification as a personal trainer, and started shooting CLASSIC BIKINI DIVA’S, which documents Saba’s and Bab’s journey towards competing, complete with health and fitness tips for everyone. The show is still going strong on YouTube, along with their live radio show on LA Talk Radio. They are now preparing for Team USA and their international competitions in September and November of 2015. To check out their sizzle reel along with other videos, visit: www.classicbikinidivas.com/videos/
Saba is still very active with PowerSource Productions and Hanuman Media. She has published a children’s book, DINOSAURS & DONUTS, and in 2015, a book on health and fitness called CHANGE YOUR THINKING, CHANGE YOUR BODY WITH THINK IT, DO IT, BE IT!, a workout video of the same name, and a book on how to take the gamble out of gambling called THE CONSCIOUS GAMBLER. Saba is also teaching her powerpoint workshop called CHANGE YOUR THINKING, CHANGE YOUR BODY.
Saba also still spends valued family time with her two children, four step children, nine grandchildren, and her active mother who turned 102 years old in September 2016.
Saba is dedicated to helping people be all that they can be and staying Fit For Life. She is an active member of Women In Film, and is represented by CESD Agency.
Perhaps you remember her pre-blonde: