I received my Equity card in 1959 when I was cast by George Abbot as Princess Winnifred in Once Upon a Mattress. I was 25 when rehearsals began and turned 26 when performances began. At the time, there were white cards for senior performers and pink cards for juniors, just beginning. You had to work your way up to a white card. Since I had the starring role, they assumed I was a senior and gave me a white card. They were quite embarrassed when they had to follow-up with me and give me a pink card instead.