Megyn Price is one of the more familiar faces in the world of television sitcoms. A gifted college student with a mind for figures, Price initially embarked on a career in finance, before making the jump to acting. Her television debut on the final season episode, Liberation - October 16, 1968, of the sci-fi adventure, Quantum Leap (NBC, 1989-1993), soon led to more TV guest spots and a regular cast role on the exceptionally short-lived legal sitcom, Common Law (ABC, 1996). Although Price occasionally picked up smaller parts in feature films, like the Russell Crowe vehicle, Mystery, Alaska, it was on the small screen that she truly excelled. While another co-starring role on the Al Franken sitcom, LateLine (NBC, 1998-2000), lasted a mere two seasons, Price's turn as thirty-something mom "Claudia Finnerty" on the family comedy, Grounded for Life (The WB, 2001-05), helped establish her as a recognizable screen presence. Surrounded by a popular ensemble cast, that included Patrick Warburton and David Spade, she enjoyed her lengthiest series run on the relationship sitcom, Rules of Engagement as matrimonial veteran, "Audrey Bingham".
Mel Harris will next be seen in the role of Nadine Davies on Hulu's new series Shut Eye. Harris is an American actress, writer and director, best known for her portrayal of Hope Steadman on the critically acclaimed, Emmy award winning series, thirtysomething, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination as best Actress in a Drama Series. She starred in the NBC comedy Something So Right and the drama series Saints and Sinners.
Harris has also starred in numerous miniseries and telefilms including Cross of Fire, The Burden of Proof, and Grass Roots, as well as appearances on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and as Senator Rafferty on The West Wing. Among her feature film credits are Brian De Palma's Raising Cain, K-9 opposite Jim Belushi; Suture, Imagine That, The Lodger, Pagemaster and Wanted: Dead or Alive.
She made her New York stage debut at the Circle Repertory Company in the world premiere of John Bishop's Empty Hearts, for which she received a 1992 Theater World Award.
In addition to her acting, in the last few years, Harris has chosen to focus on writing with her partner, Emmy Award winning writer/producer, Bob Brush, under their shingle Topanga Moon Productions.
Harris was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and raised in New Jersey. Her mother was a high school science teacher and her father a football coach at Princeton University. She spent 12 years in the modeling world living in New York and Europe before stumbling into the acting business.
Harris is an avid athlete, animal lover and who, as a "full time hobby" buys old houses, redesigning and renovating them. She lives in New York with her husband and whichever of their four children happen to drop in.
Born and raised in Coventry, Rhode Island, Peter Frechette earned a B.F.A. in Theater from the University of Rhode Island before moving to New York City to pursue acting there on stage. He earned Tony Award nominations for his performances in the play Eastern Standard which played on Broadway, and the off-Broadway production of Our Country's Good. Additional stage credits include Night and Her Stars, and The Destiny of Me.
He moved to Los Angeles in the late 1970s to pursue acting in the movies and on television where his first movie role was a minor part in playing a T-Bird gang member in Grease 2 (1982) which he used his singing skills he learned on Broadway to good measure. From then on, Frechette acted in many aclaimed guest TV spots on shows such as "L.A. Law", "Picket Fences", "Thirtysomething" (which gave him an Emmy Award nomination for best guest appearance). He appeared as a regular on the shows "Dream Street" and "Profiler."
Large (6'1"), affable, and commanding character actor Irwin Keyes was born on March 16, 1952 in New York City. Keyes grew up in Amityville, New York and graduated from Amityville Memorial High School in 1970. He acted in his first play "The Lower Depths" by Maxim Grody while attending college. Frequently cast as likable lugs, brutish goons, and imposing authority figures, Irwin acted in a diverse array of movies in such genres as horror ("Friday the 13th," "Guilty as Charged," "House of 1000 Corpses"), comedy ("The Private Eyes," "Zapped!;" hilarious as Wheezy Joe in "Intolerable Cruelty"), thriller ("Dream Lover"), science fiction (both "Oblivion" pictures), and action ("The Warriors," "The Exterminator" and its sequel). Keyes achieved his greatest enduring popularity with his recurring role as endearingly oafish bodyguard Hugo Majelewski on the hit sitcom "The Jeffersons." Among the TV shows that Irwin made guest appearances on are "Laverne & Shirley," "Police Squad!," "Moonlighting," "Married with Children," "thirtysomething," "Growing Pains," "Tales from the Crypt," and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation." Moreover, Keyes not only acted in TV commercials and music videos (he was very touching as a struggling down on his luck actor in the music video for "Good Enough" by Prozak), but also did voice overs for video games. Irwin lived in Los Angeles, California and continued to act with pleasing regularity right up until his death at age 63 on July 8, 2015.
Born with the drab, unlikely name of Josephine Cottle on April 5, 1922, this pleasantly appealing, Texas-born, auburn-haired beauty was only seventeen months old when her father William passed away. The family moved from Bloomington (her home town) to McDade (between Austin and Houston) where her mother Minnie made ends meet as a seamstress and milliner. The youngest of five children, the family eventually settled in Houston where Gale took dance and ice skating lessons, developed a strong interest in acting and performed in high school dramatics. Encouraged by her teachers, Gale by chance entered and was chosen the winner of local radio talent contest called Jesse L. Lasky's "Gateway to Hollywood" in 1939. This took her and her mother to Hollywood where she captured the national contest title.
Handed the more exciting stage moniker of "Gale Storm", she was soon put under contract to RKO Pictures. Although she was dropped by the studio after only six months, she had established herself enough to find work elsewhere, including Monogram and Universal. Appearing in a number of "B" musicals, mysteries and westerns, her wholesome, open-faced prettiness made her a natural for filming. The programmers, however, that she co-starred in were hardly the talk of the town. Making her inauspicious debut with Tom Brown's School Days, her 40s movies bore such dubious titles as Let's Go Collegiate, Freckles Comes Home, Revenge of the Zombies, Sunbonnet Sue, Swing Parade of 1946, and Curtain Call at Cactus Creek, indicates the hardships of finding suitable worthy of her talent. Arguably, her better movies include the family Christmas tale It Happened on Fifth Avenue which co-starred Don DeFore; the overlooked western comedy The Dude Goes West opposite Eddie Albert; and the film noir piece The Underworld Story with Dan Duryea.
After years of toiling in films, Gale finally turned things around at age 30 by transplanting herself to the small screen. Her very first TV series vehicle My Little Margie, which was only suppose to be a summer replacement series for I Love Lucy, became one of the most watchable sitcoms in the early 50s while showing up in syndicated reruns for decades. Co-starring the popular film star Charles Farrell as her amiable dad, Gale's warmth and ingratiating style suited TV to a tee, making her one of the most popular light comediennes of the time. She segued directly into her second hit series as a cruise ship director in The Gale Storm Show: Oh! Susanna, which was better known as "Oh! Susannah" after it went into syndication. Co-starring woebegone Zasu Pitts as the ship's manicurist and her "Ethel Mertz" counterpart, this show lasted a season longer than her first.
In the midst of all this, the (gasp) thirty-something star dared to launch her own Las Vegas nightclub and pop recording careers. Always looking much younger than she was, she produced a number of Billboard chart makers including "I Hear You Knocking" (her first hit), "Memories Are Made of This", "Ivory Tower" and her own cover of "Why Do Fools Fall in Love". Her most successful song of the decade was "Dark Moon", which peaked at #4.
Gale's film career took a sharp decline following the demise of her second series in 1960. Most of her focus was placed modestly on the summer stock or dinner theater circuit, doing a revolving door of tailor-made comedies and musicals such as "Cactus Flower", "Forty Carats", "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" and "South Pacific". She finally appeared again on TV in a The Love Boat segment in 1979 after nearly a two-decade absence. It was later revealed in Gale's candid autobiography "I Ain't Down Yet" (1981) and on the talk show circuit that the disappearance was triggered by a particularly vicious battle with alcohol. Years later, Gale became an outspoken and committed lecturer in helping to remove the stigma attached to such a disease, particularly as it applied to women.
Fully recovered, she has been widowed twice -- by actor Lee Bonnell in 1986 and Paul Masterson in 1996. Incredibly accommodating over the years, Gale has appear on the nostalgia and film festival circuits to the delight of her many fans.
Oskar Rodriguez (Oscar Alejandro Rodriguez Ramos) was born on October 3, 1986 in San Juan, Purrto Rico. His parents, Dr. Oscar Antonio Rodriguez and Wanda L. Ramos, raised him and his older brothers Oscar Antonio and Oscar Alberto in a warm and loving environment. Oskar and his siblings attended school at the American Military Academy in Guaynabo, where Oskar was taught under the Military pedagogy the importance of responsibility, dedication, organization, and integrity.
As he matured, Oskar found interest and passion in the world of performing arts and decided to join several dance studios around his neighborhood. After some time, Oskar found Ensayos Dance Studio in Bayamon, pr, where he trained rigorously in all sorts of dance technique under well respected dance instructors on the Island. His talent was undeniable; his teachers and peers soon discovered that he had incredible charisma and a unique style that captured audiences everywhere. He performed in numerous activities until he caught more than just the audience's attention. He became a professional dancer for great Puerto Rican singers/performers. At the young age of 16 he had become well recognized and respected in the dance community, booking jobs coveted by thirty-something established professional dancers.
This is where he found his calling. He discovered that his true passion was to an audience and sought to advance his professional career in all aspects. Oskar wanted to act. As a high-school student he became a member of the Drama Club, finding the portrayal of diverse fictional characters a genuine obsession.
Oskar graduated high-school in 2004, and even as his parents pressured him to begin a College career, he decided to take a break from his academics and pursue his art further. He was an active member of numerous school clubs and extracurricular groups, and he still managed to work steadily as a professional dancer. He barely made it to his graduation, having to perform that same night with pop idol singing sensation Luis Fonsi. He gave a salutatory speech at graduation and hurried over to the venue holding thousands of spectators. The rush of the stage, he felt, was the most fulfilling experience in the world.
He performed with a handful of pop sensations in Latin America: Ednita Nazario, Manny Manuel, David Bisbal, Chayanne, Hector el Father, and Thalía among others. He felt accomplished in many ways, but he still felt a missing piece. There were elements of his artistic craft that he wanted to explore, but found little outlet for his acting, as the movie and television industry in pr was lacking the resources he was looking for.
Looking for that creative outlet, Oskar packed his bags and moved to New York City. Inspired by a company of dancers touring the U.S. performing the acclaimed musical Cats (1982) Oskar figured that trying to make it in Broadway was probably a good way to tap into this business, and possibly quench his thirst for theater and the arts. Only a couple months after arriving in the 'Big Apple', Oskar auditioned for and was hired by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines as a full-time dancer and singer on two of their most prestigious and popular ships, The Enchantment and The Brilliance. He left New York City, rehearsed in Miami for a couple months, and was off to sea, where nightly audiences acclaimed Oskar as a dedicated, vivacious, and passionate dancer. He finished his contracts on the cruise ships and moved to pr. He was again challenged to make a decision. He could begin pursuing his academics, or he could give his dream of becoming an actor a well deserved chance. Giving it little thought, Oskar packed his bags again, and leaving his supporting family and friends behind, he moved to Los Angeles, California. There, he promised himself he would pursue his true calling as an actor.
Oskar has been living in Los Angeles for over a year now, auditioning for a number of roles in diverse productions. Building his resume slowly but strongly, Oskar is trying to make a name for himself in a business that is excessively overflowing with Hollywood hopefuls. It doesn't take much to understand Oskar's obsession is more than just that; he is a truly talented actor and dancer who dreams of one day reaching audiences everywhere through the big and small screen. To know Oskar Rodriguez is to understand why Hollywood stars are born; not only is he a great actor, a beautiful dancer, and a captivating model (with a face and body to match his talent), he has not forgotten his roots. He is a loving, tender, and understanding friend. His personality, as outgoing and lively as he is, is captivating far beyond his looks, and he is bound to win the hearts of audiences and peers alike as he climbs his way to the top of this unpredictable but exhilarating business.
Oskar has worked on feature films like Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights and Cougar Club as a featured dancer and a featured extra. He is currently training with a well renowned and respected acting coach, toning his craft to become that actor he has always dreamed of. As a lifetime role model, Oskar admires the work of Tom Hanks, an actor who has achieved innumerable recognitions. Oskar promises himself that he will become just as influential in the world of motion pictures. In that process, he has made sure to maintain his dancing roots and keeps training and auditioning as a dancer.
His latest projects include a movie with Mexican director Emilio Vega and Arco Del Triunfo Productions, a project that will premiere at a groundbreaking Latino Film Festival in Lynwood, California. His resume is evidence of the diversity and range of his acting abilities. From a troubled juvenile in jail, to an undercover border patrol agent, a drug dealer, a college student who can only speak through song, a janitor who becomes a dance instructor, to a gleeful driver in a car commercial, Oskar is undeniably a blessing to directors and casting agents everywhere. Talent, dedication, and stunning looks, with a great personality and upbeat optimistic attitude to match: Oskar Rodriguez is unquestionably a priceless actor, dancer, and model and, who knows, maybe the next Tom Hanks!
Martin Sacks has worked in Film, Television and Theatre for over thirty five years. Having studied acting at the prestigious Stella Adler Acting School in New York, Martin has appeared in many varied film and television roles including the feature films 'Emoh Ruo', 'Slate, Wyn and Me', 'Love in Limbo' with Russell Crowe, as well as the French film 'LaTricheuse' co-starring Kristen Scott Thomas. His US television credits include , 'Jake and the Fatman' and the groundbreaking character drama, 'ThirtySomething'. In Australia, his television credits include the miniseries 'Do or Die', 'Fields of Fire', the telemovie 'My Husband My Killer' playing the lead role of Andrew Kalajzic & ABC telemovie "Cliffy", playing Sid Young. It was the police drama 'Blue Heelers' that established Martin as one of Australia's most talented actors, earning him five consecutive silver Logies for best actor. Following his departure from the show after eleven years, Martin moved behind the camera to direct his first film, 'Crushed', which screened at the LA International Film Festival. He also directed numerous episodes of Blue Heelers and the medical drama, 'All Saints'. His real passion, however, was acting and after gaining experience behind the camera, was offered the role of loan shark, Mario Condello, in the original and highly acclaimed crime drama, Underbelly. Since then he has featured in guest roles on television dramas including City Homicide, Sea Patrol, Rescue: Special Ops, Lowdown, Offspring ,The Straits, Jack Irish, Wonderland, A Place to Call Home, Reef Doctors and Rake. Martin starred in feature films 'The Cup' (2011), BAIT 3D (2012), Rise (2014), Truth (2015), Don't Tell (2016). He is currently on Wentworth on SoHo Channel.
Robert Lieberman is the director of D3:The Mighty Ducks, the third edition of one of Disney's more successful franchises. He started his feature career back in 1982 directing Jon Voight in Table For Five, fresh off his Best Actor Oscar for Coming Home and over the intervening almost twenty years has directed seven additional films including, Fire in the Sky, All I Want For Christmas with Thora Birch, Leslie Nielson and Lauren Bacall, The Tortured for Twisted Pictures (The SAW series), The Stranger, and now Breakaway, which will be a Gala presentation at the 2011 Toronto Independent Film Festival.
For over three decades, Robert Lieberman has been one of the busiest and most successful directors in film and television. Winning 29 Clio Awards and becoming the first recipient of the Directors Guild of America's Best Commercial Director award, in 1980. He won the DGA award again in 1996 and has been nominated a total of four times. His more than 1,000 commercials include spots for AT&T, Budweiser, Burger King, Coca-Cola, McDonald's, Merrill Lynch, Hallmark, Sprint and literally hundreds more A list companies, recently returning from Shanghai where he directed Yao Ming in an Oreo commercial.
Rob began directing dramatic television in the early 1980s, and has amassed numerous credits including multiple episodes of Dexter, Brothers & Sisters, Eureka, Shark, Haven, multiple episodes of Republic of Doyle and Lost Girl, The X-Files, thirtysomething, Gabriel's Fire, which he also Executive Produced and which garnered three Emmys, Harts of the West, The Young Riders (ran three seasons), Tom Clancy's Netforce, with Kris Kristofferson, which he also wrote, Once and Again, Strong Medicine (ran for six seasons), the telefilm Will: The Autobiography of G. Gordon Liddy, the miniseries Titanic, starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and George C. Scott for CBS. For TNT he directed the original movie Second String which was his second outing with Mr. Voight and for SyFy he directed two mini-series Earthsea with Isabella Rossellini and Danny Glover and The Final Days of Planet Earth starring Daryl Hannah. He served as Executive Producer of USA Network's long running hit, The Dead Zone (ran seven seasons) and also directed many of the episodes. Of the nineteen pilots that Mr. Lieberman directed, sixteen sold through to series, one of the most successful records in television history. Mr. Lieberman co-created and Executive Produced the daytime talk show Marilu and the Fox reality show The Casino, which he co-developed with Mark Burnett Productions.
A graduate of the University at Buffalo with a B.A. in Film, Rob has been the recipient of numerous awards from the Chicago Film Festival to the San Francisco Film Festival, many Andys, Addys, Mobius Awards, Commercial of The Year from the industry magazine Ad Age; Gold and Silver Lions for commercials at the Cannes Festival; as well as two DGA Director of the Year in commercials.
He is the father of four and lives with his wife in Los Angeles and Toronto.
Who in their right mind would be crazy enough to walk away from a stable and successful career in IT to pursue "the actor's life?" Apparently, Tom Shafer is.
It all started a few years ago when Tom volunteered to be in a student film. That first performance in front of a camera was a mind-opening experience that ignited his passion for acting. From that experience and others that quickly followed, he became certain that acting was his "second act" career.
A newcomer to film and stage, Tom threw himself into independent film and community theater with gusto. One of his first roles was in the award-winning 48 Hour Film short Aidan 5. Aidan 5 evolved into a critically acclaimed web series, in which Tom continued to share his talents. As a member of Columbus' Raconteur Theatre Company, Tom was widely cast in dramas, comedies and one-act plays. He portrayed characters as diverse as the overbearing patriarch of a farm family and a thirty-something right-wing blogger. Tom seized each opportunity to grow as a performer and was able to bring his life experiences to quickly bring depth and realism to his characters.
Tom's desire to be in film productions has been a consistent motivation. In the span of a few years, he has been fortunate to have speaking roles in feature films and shorts.
In addition to his film work, Tom is a voice talent and comedy writer whose work has been heard on the nationally syndicated Stephanie Miller Show under his nickname Tom "Shaf" Shafer. Tom is also co-host of the internet radio show Turn Up The Night with Kenny Pick.
Two time Emmy Award winning Director/Producer, Scott Winant began his career in partnership with Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz on the critically acclaimed series "thirtysomething." He produced all five seasons and was responsible for establishing the show's unique cinematic style of story telling. In the second season Scott received his first Emmy nomination for directing. In the third season he won the Emmy for directing. Over his career Scott has been nominated seven times, most recently for directing on his award winning Showtime series "Huff."
After "thirtysomething," Scott partnered with Winnie Holzman to create and produce the ground breaking series "My So-Called Life." This series introduced Claire Danes and went on, after its run on ABC, to become a cult sensation on MTV.
Subsequently, Scott has directed and produced a number of successful pilots and series including: "Earth 2" (Steven Spielberg, NBC), "Significant Others" (Jennifer Garner, FOX), "Cupid" (Jeremy Piven, ABC), "Get Real" (Anne Hathaway, FOX), "Georgetown" (Helen Mirren, CBS), "Hidden Palms" (Kevin Williamson, CW), "Women's Murder Club" (Angie Harmon, ABC).
Recently, he has turned his attention to premium cable, where he Created, Produced and Directed the HBO series "Carnival", as well as "Dead Like Me" and "Huff" for Showtime.
Scott is the Executive Producer/Director for the hit Showtime series "Californication." And, he has directed the first episode of the Alan Ball series for HBO, "True Blood."
Scott's feature film credits include: directing "'Til There Was You" starring Jeanne Tripplehorn and Sarah Jessica Parker for Paramount and producing the independent horror film "The Initiation."
Awards: 2 Emmy Awards, 7 nominations, 2 DGA nominations, 2 TCA Awards, 1 Golden Globe, New York City film festival award - best director, Peabody Award Vision Award - Producer of the Year, Voice Award, Peoples Choice Award
Crystal Carson has been teaching and coaching professionally in Los Angeles for the last 20 years. She began as a sought after teacher at the Margie Haber Studios for 12 years, before using her extraordinary gifts to start the Auditioning By Heart studio, in Sherman Oaks. Crystal also conducts semi-annual seminars at the University of Nebraska, various studios in Atlanta including Creative Studios of Atlanta, VoiceoverCity, and The Production Centre of Pinewood Studios (Atlanta), RJ's Casting in Orlando, and is invited to lead workshops and seminars in Vietnam at the Saigon International Film School, as well as hosting groups of international actors who travel to the US via "Industry Hollywood" to learn the Auditioning By Heart method.
As a believer in the profound power acting in films and television has on our ever expanding world, Crystal Carson is one of very few elite acting coaches who has devoted her primary career to perfecting the coaching of professional actors. She understands the need for vulnerability, truth and the "flaws that come with being human" to live in every character, in order to reach audiences in a deep and sometimes magical way. Her outstanding reputation is testimony to her remarkable expertise and her unique ability to inspire others to rise to their potential.
Prior to dedicating her life to professional coaching exclusively, Crystal worked as an actress in 25 theatre repertory and summer stock companies; in several television programs, and had a recurring role on CBS's award winning show, "Jag".
But Crystal is better known for playing Julia Barrett for five years on "General Hospital", when she was voted "Best New Female" by Soap Opera Digest and put on their cover as one of "Television's Most Beautiful Women."
In her young career, Crystal appeared for 8 weeks on the mega-hit "Dallas", booked several Television Pilots, and had guest starring roles on "Ellen", "Cheers", "Charles In Charge", "Midnight Caller", "Thirtysomething", "Simon & Simon" and "Night Court" to name a few. Crystal appeared in several films including "Who's That Girl" with Madonna, and the female lead in "Killer Tomatoes Strikes Back" with John Astin, among others.
He was born in Bergamo (Northern Italy) on 22th June 1973. His father, an expert in martial arts, introduced him to these disciplines when he was 6 years old. He soon reached the highest rank in the Chinese martial art of wushu. In 1987 and 1988, he spent some time in China to refine his techniques. In 1992, he finally moved to China where he attended the physical education lessons at the University of Beijing. In 1993, the Milestone Production Ltd from Honk Kong was looking for a European/American actor who could master martial arts and he was chosen for the role of a young American who becomes a shaolin monk. After three movies, he decided that his Chinese experience was over. He went back to Italy, where he continued his sport career, while studying acting. In 1994, he became a member of the Italian national team and won a European Championship. He then moved to Los Angeles to improve his acting skills and he was cast for Dragon Fury II. In 1995 he finally returned to Italy. He played the role of a young student rebelling against the fascist regime in Little Teachers. In 1997, he met director Gabriele Muccino, with whom he worked several times (But Forever in My Mind; The Last Kiss). In 1998 he renounced his sport career and became a professional actor. In the same year he was the host of Cinematoc, the MTV Italy show about cinema. In 1999, he was the protagonist of an important campaign for the prevention of AIDS. In 2000 he was on stage with the work "Le poligraphe," directed by the Canadian Robert Lepage. In 2001, he starred in the music video of the song "Luce - Tramonti a Nordest" with the Italian singer Elisa. In 2002, he became very popular in Italy with the TV series Distretto di polizia (3rd and 4th season). His characters often represent the doubtful and confused Italian thirty-something generation.
Ms. Soden has worn many hats throughout her 30 year career in the entertainment industry. She has worked as a casting director, writer, actress and producer. She has also worked in every genre of the business from sit-coms to reality shows to commercials. She gained experience as assistant to director, Paul Bogart, on NBC's "Golden Girls" and later found herself as a post production supervisor on Fox's "Totally Hidden Video". She became a staff producer at InFinnity Productions specializing in infomercials and later moved to Wild West Media as a commercial producer. As a casting director she has cast over 200 commercials, infomercials and industrials. Maura has also served as a Production Manager for shows such as Animal Planet's series, "That's My Baby". Soden recently served as a story producer for TRUtv's "Crisis Point" and is now working as a testimonial producer for THANE Direct, an international direct marketing company. She continues to write features and television pilots many of which have been commissioned and optioned. Her producing skills were honored in 2002 when her short film, Rush of the Palms (2001), won Best Short in the Festival Internacional de Cinema. Her documentary, Forgotten Grave, won the Best Film in its category at the Zoie Film Festival and on ifilm.com. She also shared a NIMA award for Best Infomercial Production for Jack Nicklaus' Golden Bear Putter. Ms. Soden has been a professional actress for over two decades. As a member of SAG, AFTRA and Actor's Equity she has been seen on stage in regional and dinner theatre productions, been heard on many radio spots and seen on numerous television shows. She has appeared in over 25 commercials and as a regular on "Candid Camera", "thirtysomething", "Totally Hidden Video" and "Passions". Her most recent credits include "United States of Tara", "Make It or Break It" and "Criminal Minds". She currently has a national commercial running for Spiriva. Ms. Soden is a long standing member of Women In Film and The Television Academy. She co-founded AdVerb, Inc. a Los Angeles based production company in 2001 and founded Take Flight Films in 2007. Her greatest production, however, is her daughter, Callahan Rose.
Casara Clark was raised by a single mother who also happened to be a Forensic Psychopathologist that had interviewed 77 serial killers. Most of Casara's friends and acquaintances are blissfully unaware of that fact though, dubbing her their 'Polyanna'.
Her first experience on a film set was at 6 weeks old. A very agreeable baby, she was considered a commodity in the infant acting world. Several sets wanted her, thirtysomething, General Hospital, Days of Our Lives, Disneyland Park Productions... Ever the modest baby, she didn't let it get to her head. Years later, the only real difference is she has all her teeth. She is just as lovable, still often smiling, and equally wide-eyed to the world.
In other words, you'd never expect that at the age of 7, she could tell you the gory details of how John Wayne Gacy murdered his victims.
You would expect though that she loves kittens, dancing, and dancing with kittens. And she does. After studying Improv at UCB, she saw her life experience culminate into some very bizarre scenes, but loved every moment of it.
Casara graduated cum laude from Northwestern University with a Bachelor's degree in Radio/Television/Film, a Bachelor's in Psychology, and a Certificate in Creative Writing for the Media. Upon graduation, she worked as an intern with EPIX, Rat Entertainment, and Verve Talent & Literary Agency. She joined Ramo Law PC as an assistant a year later. Now as Creative Coordinator, she works directly with their Vice President of Packaging & Sales to submit clients' projects and collaborate on creative developments. Having attended AFM, Sundance, and the Newport Beach Film Festival, she has an ever-growing knowledge of the film buyer's market.
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Amber Rose was nominated for a 1991 Young Artist's Award for Best Actress Under 9 for her role as Amanda Huntoon in "Face of Love". Amber Rose started acting in 1987 at 5 months old when a young USC Director asked her mother if she'd do the movie playing a little boy. Several years later in 1997, Amber Rose started writing her own original music at age 11 with, "Growing Up". She taught herself to play guitar at 12, and has been home recording music since her first home demo in 1997. At 14 she posted her home demo Sorrows and Tears on the new Tonos website. At 15 yrs old she finally got to record in a real studio out in Sedona, AZ and then the producer claimed to have lost her masters to her three songs, when she went in to finish them. So, she later debuted her new songs and music with a more folk rock sound than pop edge the producer wanted, so the catastrophe worked out for everybody. Amber Rose then debuted as a solo acoustic artist at The 2002-2003 Accept & Respect Festivals, and on April 13, 2003 in The Rainbow Bar & Grill as well as a Solo Photography Show at The UnUrban in Santa Monica, which also featured her live music show.
In July 2004, one month after she graduated high school, the 17 year old's song, Don't Let Me Go went to #1 on Soundclick.com for 5 months straight. Her music is a blend of sultry vocals, folk rock acoustic and electric guitar driven music. She is endorsed by Daisy Rock Guitars since December 2006 and has been performing music on stage and film since she was a toddler. At 19, she formed The Amber Rose Band to play larger venues and to tour. Her band played at The Roxy, The Key Club, and a Junkiri Girls School Benefit, and The Cat Club in Los Angeles.
In 2007 and in 2008, Amber Rose recorded new songs for her Sweet Poison EP, and by early 2009, Amber Rose's music and songs have been #1 online on Soundclick.com, Ourstage.com, and her name was at the TOP of the Google Search Engine above AOL, Apple, and Dr. Amber Rose the Bee Lady, and Amber Rose actually did the work to get it there since 1999 when her music first went online. In December 2009 Amber Rose accepted a Music Residency at The Cat Club in Hollywood until April 2010.
As an infant, Amber Rose got her first work permit at 2 months old to audition for Full House. She started in films at the age of 5 months old starring in a short film for Amy, a young director at USC, in which Amber Rose was dressed up like a little baby boy for the role.
It was another two years before she got a real starring role in Face of Love and several other TV Movies of the Week, two with Cheryl Ladd (Locked Up: A Mother's Rage) (1991) with Angela Bassett and (The Girl Who Came Between Them)(1990) aka "Face Of Love". She did another Movie of the Week with Robert Urich (And Then She was Gone)(1991). A small role on ABC's (thirtysomething) (1989) as a Crying Baby and a Twin on a Leash on The CBS's (Dave Thomas Show)(1990).
Grace Metalious, the author of one of the most notorious and best-selling novels of the 1950s, was born Marie Grace de Repentigny on September 8, 1924, in Manchester, New Hampshire. Populated by multiple ethnic groups, Grace's mother downplayed their French Canadian heritage due to the discrimination directed towards the group by "native" Yankees and the Irish, who were at the top of the social structure of the New England mill town. Anxious for Grace to better herself, her mother insisted upon their living in neighborhoods in which there weren't many French Canadians, one of the last groups to emigrate to Manchester and thus, located far down on the social totem pole. From her mother, Grace learned first-hand about dissembling and hiding secrets, the revelation of which would lie at the heart of her first and most famous novel, "Peyton Place."
"Little Canada" or "le petit Canada" (a.k.a. "la petite Canada") is the name traditionally given to neighborhoods in cities and towns settled by immigrants from the Province of Quebec, known as French Canadians. Approximately 900,000 French Canadians emigrated to the United States in the period of 1840-1930, the vast majority of whom settled in New England. The immigrants typically moved to states close to Quebec, particularly those bordering the province, due to the physical proximity to Quebec and because their generally impoverished state obviated greater mobility.
The New England textile industry was a major recruiter of Quebecois laborers. The West Side of Manchester, a city with a large French Canadian population due to the hiring of substantial numbers of Quebecois to work in the textile mills in the 19th and 20th centuries, was the site of one of the more famous "Little Canadas" in the U.S. La Caisse Populaire Ste. Marie, or St. Mary's Bank, located in Manchester's Little Canada, was the first credit union chartered in the United States, the credit union being a financial institution pioneered in Quebec due to the inability of francophones, who were primarily Roman Catholic, to obtain credit from the mainly Protestant anglophone population that dominated "La belle province."
In 1968, Quebecois revolutionary Pierre Vallieres, jailed in New York City as a terrorist, wrote a book about the French Canadian population and their relationship to the Anglophone oligarchy, which sums up the French Canadian's perceived status. Indeed, during the 1972 presidential primary, the local newspaper, 'The Manchester Union Leader,' owned by the reactionary William Loeb, printed a fake letter planted by President Nixon's dirty tricks squad that had a staff member of Senator Edward Muskie, the Democratic front-runner, equating French Canadians with African Americans during a campaign stop in Florida. The so-called "Canuck letter" became a well-known Watergate artifact, referenced in the 1976 film All the President's Men.
When she was 11 years old, Grace's father walked out on his family, which consisted of Grace, her mother and her two sisters. The Catholic Church frowned on divorce and until the 1980s made it very difficult for a person who was a Catholic to obtain one and remain a member of the faith in good standing. This meant that it was very unusual for a married French Canadian couple to legally dissolve their marriage in the first half of the last century. Grace and her sisters felt shame, shame for coming from a broken home and shame from the resulting social stigmatization, a psychological state underscored and deepened by the social, economic and political inferiority of the French Canadians by the Yankees (descendants of English and Scottish Protestant stock who had originally settled the state) and by the Irish, who dominated the working class and felt animosity towards the French Canadians as many had been recruited to the mills to break strikes the Irish had led.
Despite the common religion of the French Canadians and the Irish, the antipathy between the two ethnic groups ran so deep that two different Catholic church and parochial school systems evolved on the West Side of Manchester, one for the Irish and one for the French Canadians, whose ethnic youth gangs continued to fight each other through out the Depression years. Grace's mother avoided this by keeping what was left of the family rooted in the supposedly more genteel East Side on the other side of the Merrimack River that bisected Manchester and once provided power for the city's mills. The Merrimack is the same river that flows south through Lowell, Massachusetts, the hometown of another famous French Canadian, Jack Kerouac, and on through Lawrence, where singer Robert Goulet was born, on its trip to the sea. Manchester, once called "The Cottonopolis of the World" due to its huge output of textiles, was hard hit by the Great Depression, and the city's great Amoskeag mill complex went bankrupt. Hard times descended on the "Queen City" making the already hard lives of the working class even harder.
Grace escaped by writing romances in which a heroine eventually is united with the man-of-her-dreams and achieves happiness at the denouement of the story. She also appeared in school plays, which had the added benefit of taking her away from her unhappy family, a malaise exacerbated by their poverty. The family mood became even dourer when Grace met and fell in love with George Metalious, a younger boy she met at Central High School, but whose remarkable intelligence meant that he had been advanced in grade and was Grace's class contemporary. An ethnic Greek with a different faith, George was viewed disdainfully by her family, but Grace and George married over their objections in 1943.
While he went off to the Army during World War Two, a housing shortage and poverty forced Grace to undergo the ignominy of having to live on Manchester's West Side in the Squog neighborhood not far from "la petite Canada" her mother had always tried to avoid. Her last name, though, allowed her to deny her French Canadian heritage, and most of her adult acquaintances and many of her friends did not know the truth. When George returned from the war, he enrolled at the University of New Hampshire on the G.I. Bill to study education, and the family, which now consisted of the couple and their first-born, moved to Durham, New Hampshire. It was in Durham that Grace Metalious began to seriously focus on her writing. Her neglect of her house, her appearance, and her children (the Metaliouses eventually had three) earned her the disapprobation of her neighbors.
After taking his degree at UNH, George accepted an offer to be the principal at a school in Gilmanton Iron Works, New Hampshire. The family of five had to subsist on George's modest salary. Gilmanton Ironworks was the model for the fictional Peyton Place. Grace was inspired by the story of a real-life murder that had rocked New Hampshire in the post-war years, in which a young girl had shot her father who had been molesting her and hid his corpse in a barn. Grace wrote the first draft of a novel in 10 weeks in 1955. That novel was "Peyton Place."
In 1956, "Peyton Place," was accepted for publication by the New York publishing house Julian Messner. The manuscript had to be heavily edited, but when it was published in the autumn of that year, it became an unprecedented "blockbuster," surpassed in the 1950s in terms of sales only by The Bible. Though the book was panned by critics as "trash" and attacked by the moral arbiters of society, it stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for over a year and was a global hit. Her riposte to criticism that she was a poor wordsmith was, "If I'm a lousy writer, then an awful lot of people have lousy taste."
To charges that she was a dirty writer, a purveyor of filth, she responded, "Even Tom Sawyer had a girlfriend, and to talk about adults without talking about their sex drives is like talking about a window without glass."
"Peyton Place" made Grace Metalious, who had known poverty and hard times all her life, a wealthy woman. Eight million copies of "Peyton Place" were sold in hardcover, along with another 12 million paperbacks. The press made Metalious a media-star, shining the spotlight on the plump housewife dressed in dungarees who wrote a bestseller defying the conformity of the 1950s, which held that the nuclear family in which the wife was subservient to her husband and children was the ideal lifestyle. Grace earned the sobriquet "Pandora in Blue Jeans" as she had opened up a box of sin, which was then revealed to the world.
The "Peyton Place" of Metalious' novel is a small, seemingly respectable New England town that actually is a cauldron of secrets and scandal boiling just below the seemingly placid surface. Aside from depictions of sex, rape, abortion, and suicide, there is a murder trial, when young Selena Cross is tried for murdering her father, who had molested her. Even before the publication of the novel, the good citizens of Gilmanton Iron Works were outraged, convinced that Grace had shamed them by washing their dirty linen before the world and making their town synonymous with lust and perversion. Grace eventually was threatened with libel lawsuits, and the town, which demurred from buying a copy of the best-seller for its public library, refused to extend her husband's contract as school principal.
"Peyton Place" not only changed the image of Gilmanton Iron Works, but it revolutionized the image of small town America from a Norman Rockewell painting to something more akin to the Potterville (Bedford Falls) of George Bailey's nightmare in It's a Wonderful Life. The term "Peyton Place" became a buzzword to describe the duality of middle class life, with its deep secrets and rampant sex beneath a hypocritical veneer of propriety. The book was banned in many cities and towns, and by the Dominion of Canada. Grace Metalious and her book were denounced from the pulpit and by politicians, who claimed it corrupted the morals of young readers.
The book was read by tens of millions of people worldwide, and Hollywood quickly closed in and bought the novel for $125,000. Producer Jerry Wald's 1957 movie of Peyton Place, starring Hollywood superstar Lana Turner as Alison MacKenzie, was a hit and even garnered nine Oscar nominations. (Validating the theme of troubles boiling just beneath the surface of people's "public" lives, Turner's 14-year-old Cheryl Crane slaughtered her Mafiosi boyfriend Johnny Stompanato with a butcher knife in her mother's bedroom less than a fortnight after the Academy Award ceremony.) The movie spawned the sequel Return to Peyton Place in 1961, based on her 1959 follow-up to her original novel. "Peyton Place" also was spun off into a high-class, prime-time TV soap opera that made Ryan O'Neal and Mia Farrow into stars.
Metalious and success did not mix well. She spent her money freely, hit the bottle, divorced her husband George, married a local disc jockey, and partied in Hollywood before eventually returning to her home state towards the end of her life. She settled in Meredith, which was the heart of New Hampshire's beautiful Lakes Region nestled among the majestic White Mountains range. Back in the Granite State, she trolled the Lake Winnipesaukee area in a drop-top Cadillac, drunk, with a succession of lovers attracted by her cash.
The "Pandora in Bluejeans" remarried George Metalious in 1960, but her destructive behavior was too far developed, and they divorced for a second time in 1963. The failure of her other novels to achieve the level of success as "Peyton Place" -- in addition to the sequel "Return to Peyton Place," she published "The Tight White Collar" in 1961 and "No Adam in Eden" in 1963 -- added to her malaise and dipsomania.
Before the war, she and her young husband George used to drink a home-brewed Greek concoction called ouzo. But for Grace, alcohol was no longer a case of sharing warmth and laughter around the kitchen table with some friends; she had become a full-blown thirty-something bottle baby. Suffering from depression and alcoholism, she quickly went through her money.
"I looked into that empty bottle and I saw myself," she said.
Thirty-nine-year-old Grace Metalious died of cirrhosis of the liver on February 25, 1964, never having achieved the peace of mind that seems to have eluded her since the days when the mother taught the young girl to deny her heritage as a way of getting along in a world whose hypocrisies Grace could not ignore. Her life story illustrated the old saw: "Be careful what you wish for: You just might get it." She was a dreamer who did not know that realizing her dream would become her nightmare.
Grace Metalious will be remembered as the first popular women writer that pried the lid of off societal hypocrisy and violence directed towards women, a small-minded world that smoothed over the horrors of life through conformity to an ideal of polite, middle-class virtues that were more honored in the breach than in the observance. Her book made possible such subsequent early "chick-lit" as Jacqueline Susann's "Valley of the Dolls."
A first-generation American, born of Filipino descent.
Was a child model in a series of experimental reading primers in the early 1960s depicting real-life San Francisco children interacting with each other and adults.
Has also appeared, uncredited, in the television series "thirtysomething" and the feature film spoof "Repossessed."
Is also a director and producer for the stage.
As a Casting Director for 20+ years, Julie has cast for Martin Scorsese, Arthur Penn, Ed Zwick, Abel Ferrar, Robert Rodriguez, William Friedkin, Allan Arkush, John Milius, Joe Dante, John Landis, and more.
Films cast include Martin Scorsese's "The Last Temptation of Christ," "Tokyo Pop," and LA consult to Abel Ferrar on "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," and King of New York.
Television credits include "thirtysomething," HBO's "Dream On," two series for Norman Lear, TNT's "Rough Riders," Showtime's "Rebel Highway" (A Ten Film Homage to Roger Corman's Films).
In casting Showtime's Rebel Highway, Julie's eye for young talent helped launch the careers of Jared Leto, Rene Zellweger, John Hawkes, Julie Bowen, Adrien Brody, Giovanni Ribisi, Anne Heche, Selma Hayek, David Arquette, Patricia Arquette, Brad Pitt, Alicia Silverstone, Jake Busey, and Paul Rudd, among others. She also casts AFI, UCLA, CSUN & USC Thesis Films, 'cause who can resist young talent ...
Having paused her career to raise her kids, she returned to work in 2011 to cast Alberto Belli's charming short "The Case of the Missing Garden Gnome" (2012 "Funny or Die" Short Film Festival) Current projects include the indie feature "Long Live the Squirrels!" written and directed by Allan Katz, and "Creditors," by August Strindberg, directed by David Trainer at The Odyssey Theatre.
At the start of her career in NY, she assisted Lynn Kressel (Law & Order), and worked on dozens of B'way shows with the venerable B'way casting directors Geoff Johnson & Vinnie Liff (Les Mis, Cats, Dreamgirls, Phantom of the Opera, Les Liaisons Dangereuses,Miss Saigon, Guys & Dolls, The Producers, Amadeus, Chess, The Elephant Man, and more). As Casting Director for Manhattan Theatre Club she cast plays for Arthur Penn, Lynne Meadow, John Patrick Shanley, Beth Henley, and David Trainer.
Julie also does audition prep, helping actors to pry open the window on story and character from the often limited, and sometimes weak audition material that is offered to them. The goal is to break in to the audition space with an entire world in place, and breath life, love, smarts, and humor into their "sides," whether they are well-written or not. She loves to help actors shake things up, make surprising and singular character choices, and leave a lasting imprint in the room. It's a passion, and the process makes auditions pop.
She studied Directing & Acting at Northwestern University (Chicago) with Frank Galati (Steppenwolf Theatre), Wallace Bacon, and David Downs, and graduated from the 2 Year Professional Workshop at Circle-in-the-Square Theatre School in Manhattan, where she was mentored by Larry Moss, Ed Berkeley, Ada Brown Mather; and the legendary Nikos Psacharopoulos, Founding Artistic Director of The Williamstown Theatre Festival. Upon being graduated, she steeped herself in NY theatre for a decade, and then moved to LA to cast the series "thirtysomething".
Growing up in Sacramento, Johanna Mattox started working as an actress at 8 years old and hasn't looked back. She studied intensively with Buck and Timothy Busfield, who won an Emmy award as Elliot in Thirtysomething, starting at 11 years old and has continued to work with them at their B St Theater for the past 19 years. She studied Shakespeare in Oxford and then continued on to do many roles in film and theater. In 2000, she landed her first breakout theater performance as the lead in "Balm in Gilead" at the famed Magic Theater in San Francisco. This set the stage to move to the Fog City and continue landing roles. She is next set to star in a television series called Origins, produced by Lavar Burton and David Drewrey, I show akin to X Files but based on true stories. In the meanwhile, she continues to perform as a fire dancer and trapeze artist on the side, and enjoys playing her harp on a mellow day...
Jon was born in Kansas in the early 1970s, grew up in the Chicago area in the late 70s, moved to Tennesseee in the 80s where he began acting on stage in Community Theatre and at University High School in Johnson City, Tennessee. He took summer acting workshops under Timothy Busfield (of TV's Thirtysomething ). His first professional movie acting gig was as an extra in the Disney Channel film Goodbye Miss Fourth Of July (1988). He moved to Lexington, Kentucky in the early 90s and produced an award winning public access TV show about the local art and independent film scene there, titled Off The Air. It was inspired by the PBS series Alive From Off Center. Jon has worked on many independent films including the Eastern Kentucky University student slasher film Dying To Act (1998) and in three films (so far) with Zombie Planet Productions in Lexington as both a cameraman and an actor. He has also worked as a background actor in the Dreamwork's pictures Seabiscuit (2003) and Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story. In 2008, he joined the now notorious Central Kentucky Cinema Society, aka "film club"- because its members are now sworn to secrecy...In addition to acting and working behind the scenes, Jon is an aspiring screenwriter and director who's motto is: "filmmaking for filmmaking's sake!".
Will started as a cable man for the TV show "Room 222". He also was the sound mixer for nine years of the "MASH" TV show, "Thirty-something" and a host of others. He has five Emmy nominations.
Les Brockmann is a Los Angeles-based score mixer whose credits include work for motion pictures, television, theatrical venues, the record industry, and advertising. With over 25 years' experience, Les offers a full range of services, from pre-production and tracking to live mixing and digital editing. He has recorded sessions for top clients in the music industry.
Les first recorded and mixed scores for episodic television with the widely regarded "thirtysomething" (ABC, 1987-1991, composers Stewart Levin and W. G. Snuffy Walden), and "Northern Exposure" (CBS, 1991-1993, composer David Schwartz). Other highlight credits in network TV include "Arli$$" (HBO, 1996-2002, composer Ed Smart), episodes of "Home Improvement" (ABC) and "7th Heaven" (WB) (both with composer Dan Foliart), and "King of the Hill" (Fox, composer Greg Edmonson).
In 2007 Les recorded new scores for the John Ford's Silent Epics "Ford at Fox" set (series producer Nick Redman): "The Iron Horse" (1924, new score by Christopher Caliendo), "Just Pals" (1920, new score by Jon and Al Kaplan), "Three Bad Men" (1926, new score by Dana Kaproff), "Hangman's House" (1928, new score by Tim Curran), and "Four Sons" (1928, new score by Christopher Caliendo) for Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (release date December 2007). All scores were recorded and mixed "Live" to 5.1 Surround.
Les makes his home in the Los Angeles area and continues as a music and score specialist in television and feature films.
Lindsay was born Lindsay Fields in Sacramento, CA. Lindsay has always had a passion for performing and grew up in the theater performing in community theater productions/musicals from the age of 10. After some college, Lindsay completed a 9 month apprenticeship at the B Street Theater in Sacramento, CA under the direction of Timothy Busfield (of thirtysomething fame) and Buck Busfield. From there she went on to perform at the Barter Theater in Abingdon, Virginia. Lindsay was always interested in Television and film and after coming back to California, studied the craft of Television and film acting under Ryan McKinney at It Factor Studios. Lindsay and her husband, Ken Witter, Son-Caden Witter and dog Max, call Northern California their home.
Bill Ingram was born in East Tennessee to Sam Ingram & Ethel Ingram his desire to become an actor came at an early age of 7 when he saw the Greatest Story Ever Told he told his dad that night that is what I want to be when I grow up his dad told him the role of Moses was already taken and he replied no Dad I want to be an actor, # 9 of 12 children Bill found his niche in acting starting with school productions, home shows for his family and church plays. Bill started his professional career with bit parts in different plays but it was his Jimmy in Rainmaker that propelled him to the forefront of the stage he would go on to play Arnold Crouch in NOT NOW DARLING, Carl in Bus Stop and other roles around Tennessee and Virginia, Bill moved from regional to the bright lights of New York after being spotted in Miami by casting director Dot Burns (deceased)Once in New York he received a message that Joyce Robinson and Penny Eller were interested in seeing him in Los Angeles so off he went. The Revenge Of Al Capone was his first movie followed by two apperances on THIRTYSOMETHING, He followed that with The Rock Hudson Story, and Norm the Gnome. Bill left Los Angeles in 1991 and moved his family to Tennessee to care for his ailing mother. She passed in 1993 and two years later He wrote the tribute song called Wings for Christmas, Since 1998 Bill has wrote directed and produced several full scripts for drama departments .