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Lucille Ball

The woman who will always be remembered as the crazy, accident-prone, lovable Lucy Ricardo was born Lucille Desiree Ball on August 6, 1911 in Jamestown, New York. Her father died before she was four, and her mother worked several jobs, so she and her younger brother were raised by their grandparents. Always willing to take responsibility for her brother and young cousins, she was a restless teenager who yearned to "make some noise". She entered a dramatic school in New York City, but while her classmate Bette Davis received all the raves, she was sent home; "too shy". She found some work modeling for Hattie Carnegie's and, in 1933, she was chosen to be a "Goldwyn Girl" and appear in the film Roman Scandals.

She was put under contract to RKO Radio Pictures and several small roles, including one in Top Hat, followed. Eventually, she received starring roles in B-pictures and, occasionally, a good role in an A-picture, like in Stage Door or The Big Street. While filming Too Many Girls, she met and fell madly in love with a young Cuban actor-musician named Desi Arnaz. Despite different personalities, lifestyles, religions and ages (he was six years younger), he fell hard, too, and after a passionate romance, they eloped and were married in November 1940. Lucy soon switched to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, where she got better roles in films such as Du Barry Was a Lady; Best Foot Forward and the Katharine Hepburn-Spencer Tracy vehicle Without Love. In 1948, she took a starring role in the radio comedy "My Favorite Husband", in which she played the scatterbrained wife of a Midwestern banker. In 1950, CBS came knocking with the offer of turning it into a television series. After convincing the network brass to let Desi play her husband and to sign over the rights to and creative control over the series to them, work began on the most popular and universally beloved sitcom of all time.

With I Love Lucy, she and Desi pioneered the 3-camera technique now the standard in filming sitcoms, and the concept of syndicating television programs. She was also the first woman to own her own studio as the head of Desilu Productions. Lucille Ball died at home, age 77, of an acute aortic aneurysm on April 26, 1989 in Beverly Hills, California.

Desi Arnaz Jr.

Desi Arnaz Jr. has lived in Boulder City, Nevada, since 1986, where he owns the Historic Boulder Theatre and helps direct non-profit Boulder City Ballet Company (BCBC) with his wife, Amy Arnaz. Boulder Theatre was built in 1932 during the construction of Hoover Dam and operated as a movie theatre until it could no longer compete with the new, modern movie theaters in Las Vegas. When it closed, Desi purchased the theatre and converted it into a live theatre where BCBC performs and where Desi has produced many shows including: "Ricci, Desi & Billy" (a new version of Dino, Desi & Billy), "An Evening with Linda Purl", Torme' Sings Torme', "The Legacy of Laughter", "An Evening with Lucille Ball" (starring Suzanne LaRusch as Lucille Ball), Michael Johnson, "A Tribute to Dean Martin" (by Ricci Martin), "Dam Short Film Festival", "Chautauqua", "The Nutcracker", "Sleeping Beauty", "Swan Lake", annual children's dance recitals from Dance Etc. and many more shows. Haley Arnaz is his wife's child from her first marriage and Desi adopted her when they married in 1987. Desi also has an older daughter, Julia, who lives on the east coast. Recently, Desi has performed "Babalu" (a show dedicated to the music of his father) with his sister Lucie Arnaz in NYC, Miami and in Washington D.C. at the Library of Congress. Most recently, Desi & Lucie appeared at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills, discussing the music of I Love Lucy and performed two of their father's songs - "Old Straw Hat" & "Cuban Pete" - with the accompaniment of Ron Abel on the piano.

Ivonne Coll

Ivonne Coll is a TV, film and theater actress born in the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. Her film debut as the "redheaded Yolanda" in Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather II made her an international star and one of the first Puerto Rican actresses to cross over from the Latin world to Hollywood.

After representing Puerto Rico in the Miss Universe Pageant, the show provided the perfect opportunity to showcase her many talents which included singing, dancing and acting, with looks evocative of the legendary Rita Hayworth. She trained in drama directly with Lee Strassberg, comedy with Lucille Ball and music theater with David Craig. In 1972 she performed for the troops as part of the USO Tour making her the first Puertorican performer to sing for the troops stationed in Vietnam.

On Broadway, she has starred and performed alongside luminaries such as Katie Bates and Jane Alexander in Goodbye Fidel and played the role of Lady Macbeth in Shakespeare's Macbeth. She also starred in the Tony nominated Chronicle of a Death Foretold to great reviews. In 2006 she was cast as the lead in Bertolt Brecht's Mother Courage with the Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Tony Award winning La Jolla Playhouse, a vivid revival directed by Obie Award-winner Lisa Peterson. Her performance of Mother Courage won her a Best Actress Nomination by the San Francisco Bay Area Critics Circle. Ivonne Coll received the ACE Award by the NY Hispanic Media for her performance in Orinoco with the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater. She is also the recipient of the Craig Noel Award for Outstanding Performance by the San Diego Critics Circle and was nominated for the Jefferson Award as Best Supporting actress by the Actors Equity Association. She won the prestigious Agueybana de Oro in Puerto Rico for her performance in the highly rated soap Coralito.

Television credits include Nip Tuck, An American Family, Chicago Hope, NYPD Blue, The Practice, The Division, Saturday Night Live, Cold Case, Joan of Arcadia, LA LAW, Wings, The Bold & The Beautiful, Days of our Lives and the new ABC Family show Switched at Birth where she recurs in the role of Adriana. She has also joined the cast of the hit TV show Glee on Fox.

Her upcoming film Hemingway & Gelhorn starring Nicole Kidman and Clive Owens will be released by HBO in 2012.

Veronica Dunne

Veronica Dunne a California native, stars as the lead role of Marisa in the Disney Channel series "K.C.Undercover" opposite Disney veteran Zendaya. Dunne holds her own as Zendaya's on-screen best friend; the outgoing life of the party,and free spirit. Dunne, who began performing at the age of four, has acting in her blood; her father is Murphy Dunne ("The Blues Brothers"). She has grown up to stand on her own two feet with Musical Theater and stage as a foundation for her own acting career.

Dunne got her first taste of professional theater when she starred as Cinderella in the Lythgoe Family Production of "Cinderella"with Hollywood veterans Jennifer Leigh Warren(Broadway's "Little Shop of Horrors") and Freddie Stroma ("Harry Potter") for co-stars. She went to star in the stage production of "Into the Woods," "Chicago," "Cabaret," and eventually "The Black Suits" written by Joe Iconis (Broadway's "Smash") which let her to New York. there she auditioned and was offered the lead role of 'Sophie' in Broadway's "Mama Mia," ultimately taking the role of 'Marisa' in "K.C. Undercover" instead.

Dunne, now nineteen years old, offers a unique point of view to fans that often look to her younger peers for guidance, setting apart in the industry and providing a different type of work ethic and determination. She aspires to be a strong role model and inspiration to fans of the channel. Dunne loves to be able to tell a story and take her audience on a journey, often performing for the simple act of making people laugh and bringing them joy; considering being a comic relief as a blessing. She looks up to Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chasten and Lucille Ball for their versatility. professionalism , and dedication to the craft of acting. In her spare time, Dunne enjoys singing, dancing, Ballet (point) musical theater, spending time at the Beach and an overall movie buff.

Amber Frank

Amber will be seen in theaters early 2016 as the lead character in the film, Vanished: Left Behind - The Next Generation. She takes on this fierce role carrying her first theatrical film with a star cast. Amber Montana is most known for her role as the lead character on the Nickelodeon comedy TV show, "The Haunted Hathaways" as 'Taylor Hathaway.' Originally from Tampa, Florida, she moved to California when she was 8 to pursue acting. Prior to "The Haunted Hathaways," Amber portrayed a kidnapped girl in a film based on a true story called "She Could Be You." From that first taste of acting, Amber knew that she wanted to pursue it as a career. Amber grew up in an animal loving home with three dogs and is pursuing charity work for animal shelters. In her spare time, Amber enjoys playing the piano, teaching herself how to read sheet music, and taking singing lessons. She hopes to record a song for "The Haunted Hathaways." Amber looks to Johnny Depp for inspiration in drama, Lucille Ball for inspiration in comedy, and to Lana Del Rey and Ed Sheeran for her musical inspiration.

Allan Lane

Most western action film heroes begin and end their career in the saddle. Not so for cowboy idol Allan "Rocky" Lane, who started as a leading man in major studio dramas, only to segue into "B" serials and sagebrush sagas in later life. The Indiana native was born in 1909 (some sources claim 1904). His attentions, however, veered toward the theater and he left school to join a Cincinnati stock company. He toured with "Hit the Deck" to New York City and continued there in various other theater projects. A Fox talent scout discovered Lane in 1929 and he left New York for Hollywood. Making his debut with "Not Quite Decent" (1929), he had trouble rising in stature, however, and left Hollywood in 1932, giving it a second try a few years later. His second attempt saw him enjoying second lead roles in good quality "B" films, throughout the late 30s, including "Stowaway"(1936), with little Shirley Temple, "Maid's Night Out"(1938) with Joan Fontaine, and "Twelve Crowded Hours" (1939), co-starring Lucille Ball. Searching for better roles, he signed with Republic in 1940 and, after struggling a bit in his initial films, he hit pay dirt after teaming with Linda Stirling, in the popular serial "The Tiger Woman"(1944). His own serials as steadfast Mountie Dave King, proved popular and, around this time, he started gaining added attention as a photogenic and very personable cowboy star. With his trusty steed "Blackjack," Lane managed to churn out a bucketful of oaters every year (beginning with "Silver City Kid"(1944), for nearly a decade, trading blows with the bad guys and seeing justice prevail. Following this chapter of his career, he left films and toured with circuses and rodeo shows until the TV series "Red Ryder" (1956), came his way. He may be better remembered these days not for his dashing good looks and saddle appeal on film, but, to ongoing generations, as the off-camera voice for the talking horse "Mister Ed" (1961-1966) in the classic 60s sitcom of the same name. Lane retired shortly thereafter and died on October 27, 1973 after a six-week bout with cancer.

Gary Morton

Gary Morton was a comedian who worked the famed "Borscht Belt" of resorts in the Catskills Mountains. Never as talented nor as renowned as such fellow Borscht Belt comics like Milton Berle, whom he caricatured in one of his few film roles in Lenny, Morton nonetheless was personally popular among his fellow performers. Due to his personable nature, Morton made a living as the opening act for many major artistes, including Tony Bennett.

Morton met his future wife Lucille Ball while headlining at New York's Copacabana night club in 1960, when he went on a blind date with the famous redhead, who had recently divorced Desi Arnaz. Morton's indifference to Lucy's celebrity at first infuriated her but, eventually, she was won over by Morton's charm and married him within a year.

Morton gave up his nightclub career after marrying Lucy, at her request, and became a producer of her television shows. Morton also served as a warm-up comic for The Lucy Show's live audience, content with his role as "Mr. Lucille Ball".

Elizabeth Patterson

A dainty but nevertheless feisty character actress, southern-bred Elizabeth Patterson started her career over her strict parent's objections and became a member of Chicago's Ben Greet Players, performing Shakespeare at the turn of the century. This followed college at Martin College where she studied music, elocution and English, and post-graduate work at Columbia Institute in Columbia, Tennessee. She eventually traveled in stock tours and moved to Broadway where she was seen throughout the 20s. By the time she moved into films, she was 51 years of age. Known for her drab, careworn, dressed-down appearances, she played small-town relatives, avid gossips, steadfast country women, persnickety town folk and other prickly pear types with great frequency, while adding greatly to the atmosphere of such films as A Bill of Divorcement (1932), Doctor Bull (1933), So Red the Rose (1935), Remember the Night (1940), Tobacco Road (1941), Hail the Conquering Hero (1941), and Out of the Blue (1948). It was in the 50s, however, that she became a familiar household face as Lucille Ball's fragile, elderly neighbor and part-time babysitter, Mrs. Trumbull, on the "I Love Lucy" series. Elizabeth died in 1966 of pneumonia at age 90.

Richard Keith

Keith Thibodeaux, billed as "Richard Keith" in I Love Lucy episodes, started playing drums at the age of two in Lafayette, Louisiana. He began touring the United States at the tender age of three and ended up in Hollywood, California auditioning for Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball's popular comedy "I Love Lucy". Along with "I Love Lucy", Keith had various acting stints on television, including The Andy Griffith Show, Route 66, Shirley Temple's Storybook, and Hazel.

While attending the University of Louisiana, Keith joined a mainstream rock band, "David and the Giants" as a drummer, singer, and songwriter. He left the band several years later but after Keith became a Christian, the band regrouped under the same name and went on to become one of the nation's top contemporary Christian bands. Keith and the band toured the world, recording more than a dozen albums before he left in 1989 to pursue other interests.

In January of 1991, he joined his wife Kathy, a professional ballet dancer and silver medalist in the 1982 International Ballet Competition, in their Christian ballet company and ballet school, Ballet Magnificat! In 1993, he became executive director of the national touring company. In addition to his responsibilities at Ballet Magnificat!, Keith still plays the drums and records.

Keith and Kathy Thibodeaux have one daughter, Tara.

Karl Freund

Karl Freund, an innovative director of photography responsible for development of the three-camera system used to shoot television situation comedies, was born on January 16, 1890, in the Bohemian city of Koeniginhof, then part of the Austria-Hungarian Empire (now known as Dvur Kralove in the Czech Republic). Freund went to work at the age of 15 as a movie projectionist, and by the age of 17, he was a camera operator shooting shot subjects and newsreels. Subsequently, he was employed at Germany's famous UFA Studios during the 1920s, when the German cinema was the most innovative in the world.

At UFA, Freund worked as a cameraman for such illustrious directors as F.W. Murnau and Fritz Lang. For Murnau's The Last Laugh (aka The Last Laugh), screenwriter Carl Mayer worked closely with Freund to develop a scenario that would employ the moving camera that became a hallmark of Weimar German cinema. One of the most beautiful and critically acclaimed silent films, The Last Laugh is considered the perfect silent by some critics as the images do most of the storytelling, allowing for a minimal amount of inter-titles. The collaborative genius of Murnau, Mayer, and Freund meant that the images communicated the integral part of the narrative, visualizing and elucidating the protagonist's psyche. Freund filmed a drunk scene with the camera secured on his chest, with a battery pack on his back for balance, enabling him to stumble about and produce vertiginous shots suggesting intoxication.

Director Ewald André Dupont gave credit for the innovative camera work on his masterpiece Variety (aka Variety) to Freund, praising his ingenuity in an article published in The New York Times. Freund was one of the cameramen and the co-writer (with Carl Mayer and director Walter Ruttmann) on Berlin: Symphony of a Great City (Berlin: Symphony of a Great City), an artistic documentary that used a hidden camera to capture the people of the city going about their daily lives. Always technically innovative, Freund developed a high-speed film stock to aid his shooting in low-light situations. This film also is hailed as a classic. Other classic German films that Freund shot were The Golem (aka The Golem) and Lang's Metropolis.

Now possessing an international reputation, Freund emigrated to the U.S. in 1929, where he was employed by the Technicolor Co. to help perfect its color process. Subsequently, he was hired as a cinematographer and director by Universal Studios, where he cut his teeth, uncredited, as a cinematographer on the great anti-war classic All Quiet on the Western Front, Universal's first Oscar winner as Best Picture.

Universal's bread and butter in the early 1930s were its horror films, and Freund was involved in the production of several classics. Among his Universal assignments, Freund shot Dracula and Murders in the Rue Morgue, and directed The Mummy. The Mummy was Freund's first directorial effort, and co-star Zita Johann, who disliked Freund, claimed he was incompetent, which is unfair, seeing as how the film is now considered a classic of its genre. The film uses the undead sorcerer Imhotep's pool with which he can impose his will over the living by spreading some tana leaves on the water, as a visual metaphor for the subconscious. The film is arresting visually due to Freund's cinematic eye that created a sense of "otherness." The film is infused with a dream-like state that seems rooted in the subconscious mind. Freund's other directorial efforts at Universal proved less satisfying.

Moving to MGM, Freund directed just one more motion picture, Mad Love (aka The Hands of Orlac) a horror classic that utilized the expressionism of his UFA apprenticeship. With the great lighting cameraman Gregg Toland as his director of photography, the collaboration of Freund and Toland created a European sensibility unique for a Hollywood horror film. The compositions of the shots featured arch shapes and utilized the expressive shadows of the best of the European avant-garde films of the 1920s.

But MGM wanted Freund for his genius at camera work. He shot the rooftop numbers for The Great Ziegfeld, another Best Picture Oscar winner, and worked with William H. Daniels, Garbo's favorite cameraman, on "Camille" (1936). He shot Greta Garbo's Conquest solo, though he never worked with Garbo again. That same year, he was the director of photography on The Good Earth, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Cinematography.

Other major MGM pictures he shot were Pride and Prejudice, for which he received an Academy Award nomination, Tortilla Flat, and A Guy Named Joe. He also worked for other studios, shooting Golden Boy for Columbia. In 1942, he pulled off a rare double: he was nominated for Best Cinematography in both the black and white and color categories, for The Chocolate Soldier and Blossoms in the Dust, respectively.

One of the last films he shot for MGM was Two Smart People, starring Lucille Ball. In 1947, he moved on to Warner Bros, where he shot the classic Key Largo for John Huston. His last film as a director of photography was Michael Curtiz' Montana, which starred Gary Cooper.

Always the technical innovator, Freund founded the Photo Research Corp. in 1944, a laboratory for the development of new cinematographic techniques and equipment. His technical work culminated in his receipt of a Class II Technical Award in 1955 from the Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences for the design of a direct-reading light meter. That same year, he had the honor of representing his adopted country at the International Conference on Illumination in Zurich, Switzerland.

It was perhaps inevitable that the technical and innovation-minded Freund would get to work for a brand new visual medium, television. Lucille Ball, whom he had photographed when she was a contract player at MGM, became his boss when he was hired as the director of photography at Desilu Productions, owned by Ball and her husband, Desi Arnaz. Desilu hired the great Freund as its owners were determined to shoot the show I Love Lucy on film rather than produce the show live, as was standard in the early 1950s. Most shows were shot live, while a film of the program was simultaneously shot from a monitor, a process that created a "kinescope." The kinescope would be shown in other time zones on the network's affiliates. Desilu's owners disliked the quality of kinescopes, and needed Freund to come up with a solution to their problem of how to maintain the intimacy of a live show on film.

Freund agreed that the show should be shot on film rather than live, as film enabled thorough planning and allowed for cutting, which was impossible with live TV. Freud knew that film would allow Desilu to eliminate the fluffs which were a staple of early television, and would allow the producers to re-shoot scenes to improve the show, if needed.

I Love Lucy had to be filmed before an audience to retain the immediacy of a live TV show, which meant that the traditional, time-consuming methods of studio production with one camera would not work. Freund decided to shoot I Love Lucy with three 35mm Mitchell BNC cameras, one of each to simultaneously shoot long shots, medium shots and close-ups. Thus, the editor would have adequate coverage to create the 22 minutes of footage needed for a half-hour commercial network show.

The then-innovative, now-standard technique of simultaneously shooting a situation comedy with three 35mm cameras cut the production time needed to produce a 22-minute program to one-hour. The cameras were mounted on dollies, with the center camera outfitted with a 40mm wide-angle lens, and the side cameras outfitted with 3- and 4-inch lenses. The resulting shots were edited on a Movieola. A script girl in a booth overlooking the stage cued the camera operators. Due to extensive rehearsal time before the show was shot live, the camera operators had floor marks to guide them, but Freund's system was enabled by the script girl overseeing their actions via a 2-way intercom. The system made the shooting, breaking-down, and setting-up process for the next scenes on the three sets of the I Love Lucy stage very economical in terms of time, averaging one and one-half minutes between shots.

Freund worked out the lighting during the rehearsal period. Almost all of the lighting was overhead, except for portable fill lights mounted above the matte box on each camera. In Freund's system, there were no lighting changes during shooting, other than the use of a dimming board. Since the lighting was mounted overhead on catwalks, power cables were kept off the floor, which facilitated the dollying that was essential for making the system work fluidly.

Freund's solution to the problem of shooting a show on film economically was to make lighting as uniform as possible, taking advantage of adding highlights whenever possible, since a comedy show required high-key illumination. Due to the high contrast of the tubes in the image pickup systems at the television stations, contrast was a potential problem, as any contrast in the film would be exaggerated upon transmission of the film. To keep the film contrast to what Freund called a "fine medium," the sets were painted in various shades of gray. Props and costumes also were gray to promote a uniformity of color and tone that would not defeat Freund's carefully devised illumination scheme.

In a typical workweek, the I Love Lucy company engaged in pre-production planning and rehearsals on Monday through Thursday. I Love Lucy was filmed before a live audience at 8:00 o'clock PM on Friday evenings, and Freund's camera crew worked only on that Friday and the preceding Thursday. Freund, however, attended the Wednesday afternoon rehearsal of the cast to study the movements of the players around the sets, noting the blocking and their entrances and exits, in order to plan his lighting and camera work. Thursday morning at 8:00 o'clock AM, Freund and the gaffers would begin lighting the sets, which typically would be done by noon, the time the camera crew was required to report on set to be briefed on camera movements. Then, Freund would rehearse the camera action in order to make necessary changes in the lighting and the dollying of the cameras.

It was during the Thursday full-crew rehearsal that the cues for the dimmer operator were set, and the floor was marked to indicate the cameras' positions for various shots. For each shot, the focus was pre-measured and noted for each camera position with chalk marks on the stage floor. Another rehearsal was held at 4:30 PM with the full production crew. Though a full-dress rehearsal was held at 7:30 PM, with the attendance of the full crew, the cameras were not brought onto the set. The director would take the opportunity to discuss the plan of the show and solicit input from the cast and crew on how to tighten the show and improve its pacing.

The next call for the entire company was at 1:00 PM on Friday to discuss any major changes that were discussed the previous night. After this meeting, the cameras would be brought out onto the stage, and at 4:30 PM, there would be a final dress rehearsal during which Freund would check his lighting and make any required changes.

After a dinner break, the cast and production crew would hold a "talk through" of the show to solicit further suggestions and solve any remaining problems. At 8:00 PM, the cast and production crew were ready to start filming the show before a live audience. Before shooting, one of the cast or a member of the company had briefed the audience on the filming procedure, emphasizing the need for the audience's reactions to be spontaneous and natural.

Shooting was over in about an hour due to the rapid set-ups and break-downs of the crew, which shot the show in chronological order. Due to the thorough planning and rehearsals, retakes were seldom necessary. Camera operators in Freund's system had to make each take the right way the first time, every time, to keep the system working smoothly, and they did. An average of 7,500 feet of film was shot for each show at a cost that was significantly less than a comparable major studio production.

Freund also served as the cinematographer on the TV series Our Miss Brooks, which was shot at Desilu Studios, and Desilu's own December Bride. It was no accident that Desilu productions turned to Karl Freund to realize their dream of creating a high-quality show on film. Freund had the broadest experience of any cameraman of his stature, starting in silent pictures, and then excelling in both B&W and color in the sound era. With his penchant for technical innovation, he was the ideal man to develop solutions for filming a television show. Freund met the challenge of creating high quality filmed images in a young medium still handicapped by its primitive technology.

Freund became the dean of cinematographers in a new medium, with Desilu's I Love Lucy and its other shows recognized as the gold standard for TV production. His work ensured the fortunes of Desilu Productions, and the personal fortunes of Desilu owners Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball, as he provided them with quality films of each show that could be easily syndicated into perpetuity, whereas the live shows filmed secondarily off of flickering TV monitors as kinescopes could not.

After retiring as a cinematographer, Freund continued his research at the Photo Research Corp. He died on May 3, 1969.

Frank Nelson

He had one of those instantly identifiable mugs that made you laugh as soon as you saw him. And then he'd open his mouth. Veteran character actor Frank Nelson was here, there and everywhere in the 50s and 60s, usually playing a pop-eyed, hot-tempered foil to the likes of TV's top comedy stars such as Lucille Ball and Jack Benny. Short and chubby, with a neatly-style mustache and voice that dripped with hilarious disdain, Frank's career lasted over six decades. Born in 1911 (the same year as Ms. Ball), Frank started working out at a Denver radio station as an announcer at the age of 15. A strong fixture in "the golden days of radio" with a leading man voice to boot("The Three Musketeers," "Calling All Cars"), he became a charter member (1937) of AFRA (American Federation of Radio Artists) before it became AFTRA (American Federation of Radio and Television Artists). He served as AFTRA's president from 1954 to 1957 and was a guiding force in securing decent pension plans for actors. Such radio shows as "The Great Gildersleeve," "Burns and Allen" and ''Fibber McGee & Molly" made jolly use of his droll, squealing voice and "slow burn" comic takes. A standout in even the tiniest of roles (clerk, neighbor, announcer), Frank tackled many sitcoms in his time, which culminated in his fifteen-year stay as a regular on "The Jack Benny Show" and as a returning guest artist year after year on "I Love Lucy." Married twice to actresses, both Mary Lansing (whom he met on radio) and Veola Vonn appeared on ''Lucy'' and other shows. A well-oiled vocal talent in animation, his voice may be remembered from "The Jetsons" TV series. He died of cancer in 1986.

Don Porter

Veteran actor Don Porter started his career on stage and in "B" films in the 40s but would be better remembered for his buttoned-down executives and cheery dads on 50s and 60s TV. Universal Studios signed the handsome, articulate, deep-voiced actor to a contract in 1939 debuting in Mystery in the White Room (1939). He continued on in a rather non-descript fashion as co-star of second-string potboilers such as Night Monster (1942), Abbott and Costello's Who Done It? (1942), Eyes of the Underworld (1943), and, most noticeably, opposite June Lockhart's She-Wolf of London (1947) as her heroic fiance. Seemingly headed toward obscurity, he refocused his career in the 50s with television and took a strategic turn toward light, superficial comedy. He finally hit pay dirt co-starring as Ann Sothern's exasperated boss on "Private Secretary." Their chemistry proved so winning that he segued into her next series "The Ann Sothern Show" (albeit the second season) again as her boss. Although quite adept at drama with his portrayals of spiffy 'stuffed shirt' types whose shady intentions were often disguised by impeccable table manners and a pleasant disposition, Don's forte was still breezy, cheeky comedy and he was most fittingly cast as Sally Field's bewildered and bemused dad on the "Gidget" series. He had already played Gidget's father once before in the 1963 film Gidget Goes to Rome (1963) with Cindy Carol. Don kept quite busy after the series' demise in 1966 with numerous guest roles although such forgettable film fodder as Elvis Presley's mediocre Live a Little, Love a Little (1968) and Lucille Ball's misguided version of Mame (1974) as the stuck-up Mr. Upson didn't improve his lot. With perhaps the exception of the terrific Robert Redford film The Candidate (1972) in which he ably portrayed a martinet Republican incumbant, Don was a highly appealing and durable actor but seldom tested, with most of his roles noted for their lack of dimension. Long married to actress Peggy Converse, who was a few years older than Don, the couple appeared frequently together on stage in such 60s touring productions as "The Best Man," "Any Wednesday" and "Love and Kisses." Porter died in 1997 at age 84.

Larry Anderson

Larry was just eleven years old when he delved into show business after seeing a magician perform at a Cub Scout function. By the time he was fourteen he was performing magic professionally, and over the next six years developed a reputation as one of the hottest young entertainers in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Along the way, Larry discovered another art form that would have a marked influence on his career - sales. Fascinated by carnival pitchmen, he developed a sales pitch around a trick deck of cards and began working a circuit of fairs hawking his cards for two bucks a deck. At the Minnesota State Fair he was spotted by a career pitchman who recognized his talents and introduced him to the world of Ginsu knives, Roll-A-Matic kitchen mops, the Miracle Slicer and a host of other products he would sell off and on over the next twenty years.

Before moving to California, Larry attended two years at the University of Minnesota majoring in theatre arts, and then Brown Institute where he studied television production and worked as a cameraman at the ABC and PBS affiliates in the Twin Cities. But, fame and fortune beckoned so Larry headed west.

He quickly landed a job with nationally known magician and president of an emerging entertainment company, Mark Wilson. Among his many assignments was serving as the technical advisor for film and television projects incorporating magic as part of their theme. As consultant and teacher to Bill Bixby on the NBC series The Magician, Larry appeared in many of the episodes, opening his eyes to a whole new career.

With his new goal of becoming an actor, Larry immersed himself in acting classes, movies, and plays to learn everything he could about the craft. He studied dramatic acting from such notable teachers as Stella Adler, Robert Lewis and Jose Quintero. But it was in a comedy improvisation workshop where Larry experienced the most growth as a performer. Out of this workshop grew Tap City, an improv troupe he directed and performed in each week at Hollywood's famous Comedy Store. Years later, Larry would form and teach his own comedy workshop at the Chamber Theatre in Los Angeles.

As a struggling actor, Larry kept the bills paid working the occasional fair or trade show as a pitchman. His big break came when he landed one of the lead roles in his first TV series -- an NBC sitcom called Brothers and Sisters. The show lasted only one season but opened the door to numerous guest-star appearances on shows like, Charlie's Angels, Happy Days, Knight Rider, Mork and Mindy, The A-Team, Matlock, Night Court, Beverly Hills 90210, Boston Public, The O.C., Raising The Bar, Desperate Housewives, Mad Men, Everybody Loves Chris and many more.

Not content working in just one aspect of the industry, Larry began expanding his interests into film production - taking courses in cinematography, screenwriting, lighting, editing and directing. Putting his new skills to work, he directed two critically acclaimed plays in Los Angeles and wrote, produced, and directed numerous film and video shorts. He also wrote several screenplays and served as Associate Producer on one of them, Hot Moves, which was released theatrically in 1985.

After an acting stint on a TV sitcom for Turner Broadcasting, Larry was given the opportunity to direct an episode, which earned him his membership in the Directors Guild of America. His debut effort was so well received he was hired to direct a second episode some weeks later.

Then came another big break. Larry auditioned for and was chosen by Aaron Spelling and Lucille Ball to play her son-in-law on the ABC sitcom Life with Lucy. This too lasted only one season, but afforded Larry a fateful guest appearance on the Tonight Show. Watching at home that night was Ralph Edwards who - based on Larry's "magical" eight minutes with Johnny Carson - hired him as host of the new Truth or Consequences.

Since then, Larry hosted a weekly water-sports series for the Travel Channel called Get Wet and other game shows including the California Lottery's Big Spin, and Trivia Track for the Game Show Network. On the big screen, Larry appeared (though hardly recognizable) as an enemy alien in the Paramount film Star Trek: Insurrection.

In recent years, Larry has hosted or been the "product expert" on numerous successful infomercial campaigns. Among these are George Foreman's Party Grill and Rotisserie Oven shows, Wagner's Wall-Magic Home Decorating System, Time-Life Music's Rock & Roll Era, AM Gold, and Classic Love Songs of The 60's shows, and the I-DAPZ Active Eyewear System. Larry's favorite Infomercial is one he wrote, produced, and stars in entitled JawDroppers - a set of how-to videotapes teaching anyone to perform jaw-dropping magic tricks with everyday items.

With his professional endeavors coming full-circle back to magic, Larry can't wait to see what lies around the next career corner.

Shep Houghton

Born George Shephard Houghton on June 4, 1914, in Salt Lake City, Utah, Shep is the youngest of two sons born to George Henry Houghton and Mabell Viola Shephard. Far from being born into show business, his father was an insurance company representative who moved his family to Hollywood for business reasons in 1927. As luck would have it, they rented a house on Bronson Avenue just two blocks from Paramount Studio's iron front gate, and not far from the Edwin Carreau studio. Picked off the street by an assistant producer, Shep's first work in the movie industry was in 1927 as a Mexican youngster in Carreau's production of Ramona, released in 1928. As a thirteen-year old he also worked in Emil Janning's The Last Command, and continued to work for director Josef von Sternberg in several subsequent pictures. He found movie work to his liking, and out of high school he worked through Central Casting for Mascot Productions, Universal Studios, Paramount Pictures, Fox Film Corporation, and Warner Brother's, where he became a favorite in the Busby Berkeley musicals as a dancer and chorus singer. In 1935 he married Jane Rosily Kellog, his high school sweetheart. Together they had one child, Terrie Lynn, born on September 22, 1939. They were divorced in October, 1945. In 1946 he married Geraldine Farnum, daughter of featured actor Franklin Farnum. They had also one child, Peter William, born August 19, 1947. He and Gerry were divorced in 1948.

Shep was a talent in television from its earliest days. He acted in many recurring roles, beginning with the Jack Benny Program in 1950. That show, and Shep's work in it, lasted until 1965. He worked on many programs through their entire runs, with the notable exception of the original Star Trek of 1966, in which he appeared in only the first three episodes. In addition to these productions, he worked on the I Love Lucy show from 1951 to 1957, and Wagon Train, Perry Mason, The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, Mr. Lucky, The Untouchables, and The Twilight Zone, all in the 1950s.

The 1960s brought him steady work in My Three Sons, The Andy Griffith Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Loretta Young Show, both The Lucille Ball Show and the renewed Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, Hogan's Heroes, Mannix, and Marcus Welby. In the 1970s he worked on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Shep was a charter member of both SAG and SEG, and continued to work in both movies and television until his retirement in 1976. He and Mel Carter Houghton were married in 1975, and continue to live happily ever after. She lets him play golf very nearly every day.

Liisa Evastina

Liisa was born in Suutarila, the suburbs of Helsinki, Finland. Raised by her older sister since she was 14 years of age, she became independent at a young age. Liisa Evastina started her career as a model in Europe and after moving to Los Angeles started training acting at the Playhouse West. She has trained with multiple wonderful acting and comedy coaches and strongly believes that a true actress never stops educating herself. She admires actresses such as Meryl Streep and Lucille Ball.

Her movies have been successful in film festivals both in USA and in Europe. Liisa is very fluent in many languages and excels in all sports. She is great combination of a leading and a character actress. She is also a comedian, story creator and a Black Belt Martial Artist. Liisa is known for sexy, off beat foreign characters and fearless, but truthful acting.

Bernard Sofronski

Born in Coatesville, Philadelphia, Sofronksi discovered early on that entertainment was his passion. During his Junior and Senior year of high school, Sofronksi participated in school plays and found acting to be a true calling. At the age of 19, following his time as a DJ and radio station personality, he decided to hop a bus to New York City to fulfill his dreams of becoming an actor. After joining the acclaimed Actors Studio with Lee Strasberg, where his classmates included iconic Hollywood actresses Marilyn Monroe and Jane Fonda, Sofronski acted in numerous off-Broadway plays and summer stock. After three years of performing plays for the Armed Services, where he spent two years serving in Europe and one year stateside during the Cuban Missile Crisis, Sofronski moved back to New York.

Upon his return, Sofronski was named the Associate Producer for the CBS Network Soap Opera Search for Tomorrow. He produced a half hour daily network show with a roster of over forty actors, five directors and six writers. Within a year of being promoted to Executive Producer, the show was ranked number one. Additionally, he produced Another World, the first Soap Opera to transition to a one-hour format on NBC.

Attracting the attention of CBS management, Sofronski was asked to join as Director of Daytime Programming. Soon after, he was promoted to Director of Prime Time Series and was finally made Senior VP of Special Programming. Sofronski was responsible for buying and supervising many of the network's highest rated nationwide movies, mini-series, award shows, documentaries and prime time animation. He was the first to introduce several award shows to television including The Golden Globe® Awards and, with the help of the late producer Alexander Cohen, the Tony® Awards. In addition, he supervised production for television broadcasts, which included the Emmy® Awards, the Country Music Association® Awards and the Grammy® Awards.

A catalyst for entertainment industry progression, Sofronski addressed the lack of recognition for creative artists in the United States. Longing for something similar to the notoriety given to creative artists in England- who have the honor of being knighted by the Queen- Sofronski, along with George Stevens, Jr., created the US counterpart: The Kennedy Center Honors. Broadcasted from Washington D.C., the program features living creative artists who are recognized and honored for their lifetime contributions to American culture by the President of the United States and the Secretary of State. This program still runs every year on CBS.

Sofronski is behind some of the highest rated and recognized drama films for TV including the controversial true story, Playing for Time - a film about an all-female orchestra playing for Nazis in a concentration camp in order to stay alive. The film was nominated for six Emmys and won four including Outstanding Lead Actress in a Special for Vanessa Redgrave's performance, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Special for Jane Alexander's performance, and Outstanding Writing for a Special for Arthur Miller's screenplay. Playing for Time received one of the highest ratings in broadcast history and was featured on the cover of Time Magazine. Other drama credits include the award-winning film Bill, starring Mickey Rooney who earned an Emmy for his performance, The Wall based on the novel by acclaimed author John Hersey, Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones, starring Powers Boothe who earned an Emmy for his performance, Skokie, a film based on a true story about a Jewish neighborhood with Holocaust survivors rallying against a Neo-Nazis politician marching through their town - starring Danny Kaye in his first dramatic TV role, Into Thin Air: Death on Everest, based on the best selling novel by author Jon Krakauer and starring Peter Horton and Nathaniel Parker, Mandela and de Klerk- shot in the original prison on Devil's Island where Mandela was held captive for almost 28 years- starring Sidney Poitier, who received an Emmy® nomination for his leading role in the film and Michael Caine, who received an Emmy® and Golden Globe nomination for his supporting role in the film, Too Rich: The Secret Life of Doris Duke, starring Lauren Bacall, and The Bunker, starring Anthony Hopkins who earned an Emmy for his performance. Sofronski is also responsible for several award-winning TV documentaries including The Body Human series, which received an Emmy award five years in a row. He also produced several noteworthy mini-series and TV specials including the Emmy nominated mini-series Mussolini: The Untold Story, starring George C. Scott and Robert Downy, Jr., and the TV special The Earth Day Special, starring Academy® Award winner Meryl Streep and Academy® Award nominee Kevin Costner.

Sofronksi is a three-time Emmy nominated producer for his work on productions including Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story, the mini-series Queen, written by Alex Haley and starring Halle Berry in her first leading role, and Murder in Mississippi starring Tom Hulce who received an Emmy and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a TV Movie. He is also a two time recipient of the George Foster Peabody Award for his work on Playing for Time and Dummy.

Contributing to some of the most historic moments in television, Sofronski introduced the first classical ballet, The Nutcracker, featuring Mikhail Baryshnikov's debut to American television. Additionally, he supervised many variety specials such as The Lily Tomlin Show, Johnny Cash, Kenny Rogers, Suzanne Somers, Bea Arthur, Lucille Ball, Diana Ross, the Grand Ole Opry, Elvis Presley's Last Concert and countless others.

Subsequently Sofronski became the Senior Vice President and Creative Head of Feature Films for CBS after his eight and half years with the network. During the time this division was present, Sofronski supervised films including Turtle Diary starring Glenda Jackson and Ben Kingsley, Target, directed by Arthur Penn and starring Matt Dillon and Gene Hackman, and Kiss of the Spider Woman, directed by Hector Babenco and starring William Hurt and Raul Julia. After leaving feature films he returned to his roots and produced his first Broadway play, The Boys of Winter. The play focused on the plight of young men in the Vietnam War and co-starred Matt Dillon and Wesley Snipes.

Shortly after the world of New York Theater Sofronksi returned to his first love - producing films. Working in association with producer David Wolper and Warner Bros., their television credits include Fatal Deception: Mrs. Lee Harvey Oswald - a story about the wife of President Kennedy's assassinator, portrayed by Helena Bonham Carter, who received a Golden Globe nomination for her role. The movie was filmed in Dallas, Texas and Moscow. Their credits also include Roots: The Gift, The Plot to Kill Hitler and the mini-series Napoleon and Josephine: A Love Story staring Jacqueline Bisset and Armand Asssante. During this time he also produced films including Bed of Lies and Whose Child is This? The War for Baby Jessica both starring Golden Globe ® winner Susan Dey.

Bernard Sofronski now splits his time between New York City and Los Angeles still actively working in film and television. His recent Executive Producer credits include Mom at Sixteen and Murder in Greenwich.

Karen Ryan

Karen lives in Calgary, Alberta and is proud to be an Alberta based actress. She began her professional career as a Lucille Ball impersonator in the movie Rat Race and since has had roles in television, movies and commercials. Karen took on the role of coordinator for a film workshop at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) for directors, actors, writers and 1st year film students, called Calgary Upstart, 10 years ago. It gives her the opportunity to give back to the community that has supported her for more than two decades. Her dream is to be working as an actor for the rest of her life - always learning, always sharing.

Ricky Kelman

Ricky Kelman, best known as a child actor, was born July 6, 1949 in Hollywood, California, USA as Rickey William Kelman. His parents were William Crawford Kelman and Thelma Louise Winegar. A brother, also a child actor, Terry Ross Kelman, was born on November 9, 1947 in Hollywood, California, USA. A sister, Sandra, was born on August 1, 1950. Their father worked at various jobs, i.e., dental technician, steel worker, clerk, etc., later becoming a fireman for the LAFD. Their parents were divorced in Los Angeles, California, USA In October 1968. They were remarried in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on August 12, 1979. Kelman was brought to the public's attention at the age of ten by noted Hollywood gossip colonist, Louella Parsons. In her nationally syndicated column she termed Ricky Kelman as one of the charming young men she had ever met. As a child actor he was known for the recurring roles of Randy Towne on The Dennis O'Keefe Show (1959-1960) and Tommy McRoberts on the Our Man Higgins series (1962-1963). He also garnered a lot of national publicity in the role of John Ballantine in the 1962 movie, "Critics Choice," starring Bob Hope and Lucille Ball. Richard William Kelman was licensed to practice law in California, USA, in 1977. He attended law schools at The University of California at Los Angeles and Loyola Marymount University. Kelman retired from the practice of law in 2007. He and his wife, Patricia Anne McCourt, have been prominent citizens for many years in Camarillo, California, USA.

Dorothy Granger

Dorothy Granger was one of the first members of SAG when the Screen Actors Guild was founded over 65 years ago. A Texas beauty contest winner at the age of thirteen, Dorothy's career ran from a long-running two-reeler series, as the wife of Leon Errol for RKO, to the long-running television series Death Valley Days with Ronald Reagan. 'Dott-ee,' as Stan Laurel would call her, worked as a young foil with Laurel and Hardy, a damsel-in-distress for the Three Stooges, and a prop for Lucille Ball to pop in Perfectly Mismated. From one short comedy to another, she worked with every popular comic or comedy team of the twenties and thirties, from Burt Wheeler to W.C. Fields. But Dorothy wanted to be a dramatic actress. She appealed to her funny buddy Andy Devine, who told her, "Put on a petticoat and you'll work forever." She did, and she did. In the forties, it was western after western, working with Lon Chaney Jr. and Andy in North to the Klondike, Randolph Scott and Broderick Crawford in When the Daltons Rode, Robert Young and Betty Grable in Sweet Rosy O'Grady, and Gene Autry in Blue Montana Skies. Tiring of westerns, Dorothy ventured into everything from horrors with Bela Lugosi to musicals to the Charlie Chan series with Sydney Toler. By the fifties she'd hit her stride, working episodic TV, regularly on the Abbot and Costello Show , Cameo Theater with James Drury, and The Jack Benny Program. But like the westerns, Dorothy's style had passed, reducing her to bit roles in films like Dondi with Walter Winchell and David Janssen, New York Confidential with Anne Bancroft, and Raintree County with Montgomery Clift. Andy was right-the petticoat was the most natural wardrobe for Dorothy, since she spent most of her career in petticoats and covered wagons. Dorothy accepted that the West was done. Ending her career with over 250 films, she quit. The three most enjoyable things for Dorothy were making movies, her affair with Clark Gable, and watching her grandnephew, Alex Wilde, grow as an actor.

Tom Logan

Well-known as an actor's director, Tom Logan is a member of the Directors Guild of America (DGA), the Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG/AFTRA), and Actors' Equity Association (AEA).

Currently in 2017, Tom continues to write, produce, and direct many episodes of the TV shows "Karma" and "The Voucher". In addition, he is in pre-production for the feature films "The Hag" (2017), and "This Too Shall Pass" (2017). He continues to direct many national commercials.

Tom's feature film, "Campin' Buddies" (2015), which he wrote, produced, and directed, was nominated for "Best Comedy Feature Film," and "Best Comedy TV Pilot" by the Action On Film Awards in Los Angeles.

Tom's feature film directing credits include: "Shakma," "Shoot," "Dream Trap" (which he also wrote), "Panic in the Tower," "King's Ransom," "Bikini College," and "The Night Brings Charlie," (which he also produced). All of the above were shot at Universal Studios. Tom also directed the feature films "Smooth Operator" (which he also produced),and "Escape From Cuba" (which he also co-wrote and produced, and parts of which were actually shot in Havana), "Young Citizen Patriots," and "The Mark," (which he also wrote and produced.) He also wrote, produced, and directed the feature films: "Sean and Melissa: 10 Years Later," "The Business of Show Business," "Acting and Eating at the Same Time," "The Mark," "The Million Dollar Minute," "Lexicon," "How to Act and Eat at the Same Time," "A Day on the Set," and "The Mike King Story Special Feature." All of the above films are in worldwide release.

He also wrote, produced, and directed the following TV movies: "Supernatural Phenomenon," "Modern Miracles," "The Neon Tiki Tribe," "The Neon Tiki Tribe Special Feature," "Kid Town Hall," "Fasten Your Smiles," "The Mike King Story," "Summer Intensive," "Working Title," "What If," "The Making of Bloodhounds," "The Neon Tiki Tribe Special Feature," "CNN Special Assignment," "Tom Logan, Director," "Behind the Scenes: 1995 Miss North America Pageant," "Backstage at the 1996 Miss North America Pageant," "The Best of the Bloodhounds," (only directed), "Careers TV," and "Careers TV: Part 2."

He has directed many television shows and pilots. In addition, he directed 12 episodes of the very popular comedic TV show, "Bloodhounds, Inc." starring Richard Thomas, which won the Dove Award (5 Stars), and the Film Advisory Board's "Award of Excellence." He also directed 10 episodes of the acclaimed TV show, "The Neon Tiki Tribe," and all episodes of "Horse Play."

He also directed and produced the 1995 and "1996 Miss North America Pageant" for network television.

Tom also wrote, produced, and directed the featurettes: "Director Featurette of 'The Million Dollar Minute,'" "The Making of 'The Neon Tiki Tribe'", "Behind the Scenes: Escape From Cuba," "The Making of 'Working Title'", and "Bonus Features: The Night Brings Charlie." "Behind-the-Scenes of Campin' Buddies".

Early in his directing career he wrote, produced, and directed many episodes of "Real Stories of the Highway Patrol," a number-one rated, nationally-syndicated TV show, which he shot all over the U.S. and Canada.

He won the "1998 Best Director" award for "Outstanding Achievement in Direction" for his feature film "Escape From Cuba," given annually by the New Star Discovery Awards. He also won the "1995 Producers' Choice Award" for "Outstanding Direction of a Television Variety Program," for a live telecast of the 1995 Miss North America Pageant.

Tom has directed hundreds of national and international TV commercials.

Tom no longer acts, but now directs as well as produces and writes on a full-time basis. Before becoming a screen director he had a recurring role on the #1-rated daytime soap, "General Hospital" on and off for 12 years playing "Gary." He also had a recurring role on "Days of Our Lives," as well as principal roles on other soaps including the "Young and the Restless" and "Capitol."

He also had Co-Starring roles on such prime time TV series as "Chips" (NBC), "James at 16" (NBC), "The Hardy Boys" (ABC), "The Nancy Drew Mysteries" (ABC), "Project UFO" (NBC), "What's Happening!" (ABC), "Dusty's Treehouse" (CBS), "Real People" (NBC), "CPO Sharkey" (NBC), "Please Stand-by" (NBC), "The Nancy Drew Mystery Series (ABC), and many more. In addition, he had Starring or Co-Starring roles in many movies for TV including, "The Best Place To Be" (NBC), starring Betty White, Timothy Hutton, and Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., and "The National Disaster Survival" (NBC) for the "NBC Big Event." He has starred in dozens of national television commercials including "McDonalds," "Honda," "Coke," "Coppertone," "Burger King," etc.

Tom had principal roles in such feature films as "Massacre at Central High" (Co-Star), which is on the "New York Times 20 Best Film List," "The Beach Girls" (Featured) for Paramount, "Getting Ready" (Star), "Breakthrough" (Star), as well as others. He also had starring roles in over 70 live stage productions including such Broadway shows as "Mame," "Applause," and "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," as well as many national tours.

Before directing feature films, Tom was an acting coach whose clients included top stars from all three major networks as well as film stars, Academy Award Nominees, top baseball and football players, rock stars, and many other well-known personalities. He has been interviewed on many national talk shows in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, including "Inside Edition," "Access Hollywood," CNN, to name but a few.

He is the winner of the prestigious "Golden Halo Award" for "The Most Outstanding Contribution to the Entertainment Industry" for his contributions made as an acting instructor for the studios and for his acting seminars held worldwide. He is also the winner of the "Bronze Halo Award" for "Outstanding Contributions to the Entertainment Industry" for authoring his four books. Both awards are given annually by the Southern California Motion Picture Council.

Tom's first book, "How to Act and Eat at the Same Time," is in its Second Edition, Fifth Printing and has endorsements on the back cover from such stars as Lucille Ball, Charlton Heston, Debbie Reynolds, well-known agents, producers, directors, etc.

His second book, "Acting in the Million Dollar Minute," which is solely about commercials is in its Second Printing and contains endorsements on the back cover from such commercial stars as Dick Wilson ("Mr. Whipple" of Charmin bathroom tissue), and Virginia Christine ("Mrs. Olson" of Folgers Coffee), to name a few.

His third book, "How to Act and Eat at the Same Time,(the Sequel)" has back cover endorsements from the above stars plus Academy Award-winning directors, etc., and is in its Second Printing.

Tom's fourth book, "Acting in the Million Dollar Minute,(the Sequel)" is in its Second Printing. All of Tom's books are Best-Sellers, in bookstores worldwide, and are required reading in hundreds of universities internationally. All four books have been reviewed by major newspapers and magazines with rave reviews including the Los Angeles Times, Backstage, Hollywood Reporter, Variety, and many more.

Tom has performed his acting seminars in 5 countries and 47 states for the same clients for the past 30-plus years. He holds a B.A. Degree (Cum Laude, Honor Roll, Dean's List) in Theatre Arts from California State University, Northridge.

He headed the TV/Film & Commercial acting departments in Los Angeles at two of the most prestigious acting schools worldwide - the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (1981-89), and the American Film Institute (1980-89).

Tom holds the highest airplane pilot rating one can obtain from the FAA .Airline Transport Pilot. He is an instrument-rated, commercial pilot who holds all instructor ratings certified by the FAA - Certified Flight Instructor (CFI), Certified Flight Instrument Instructor (CFII), Multi-engine Instructor/Instrument (MEI), Basic Ground Instructor (BGI), Advanced Ground Instructor (AGI), and Instrument Ground Instructor (IGI). Although he does not have time to teach flying, he is a member of the National Association of Flight Instructors and is a member of the American Medical Support Flight Team (Angel Flight) where pilots donate their time and aircraft to fly patients to hospitals that are unable to pay for such services.

Tom has two sons and resides in Newport Beach, California.

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Patricia Scanlon

Patricia Scanlon has received widespread acclaim for her unique portrayal of the earnest and enigmatic Union Rep, Paula Pepperell, on HBO's, much lauded, Getting On.

She hails from a small town in Massachusetts and spent much of her youth working on her Grandmother's horse ranch in the nearby town of Holliston. She attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst and studied acting with Bill Pullman.

Scanlon later moved to New York where she received critical acclaim for her solo show Another Cup of Coffee which she has performed at numerous venues including Home For Contemporary Theater and Art in New York, The Public Theater, NY, Lincoln Center, NY and the inaugural Lucille Ball Festival in Jamestown, Massachusetts.

Garnering critical accolades for her performance in Blaming Mom by David Edelstein at the Ohio Theater in New York; Ben Brantley noted, "Patricia Scanlon, as a cripplingly high-strung femme fatale, provides one of the season's comic high points." Scanlon has performed in a number of plays in New York and Los Angeles. Her play What Is This Everything? is published by Smith and Kraus.

Scanlon developed an enormous cult following for her episodic theater serial, Hildy Hildy, that she penned and starred in. The show ran to sold our audiences for three seasons at the Cucaracha Theater In New York and was later produced as a play at Soho Rep in New York, where Scanlon co-starred along John C. Reilly. Hildy Hildy then moved to Los Angeles and ran at the Bootleg Theater for three seasons where material from the show was later produced as the play, Three Feet Under, presented by Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner. The long run of Hildy Hildy attracted such co-stars as Laurie Metcalf as Hildy Hildy's sister, Jane Lynch, Martin Donavan, Kevin Corrigan, Elizabeth Berridge, Blue Man Group, Siobhan Fallon, Tim Blake Nelson and others. The show was later animated by Disney animator Dan Lund and picked up for development by TBS.

Scanlon wrote and performed in her play Death of a Salesgirl at the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles. Ovation recommended, Death of a Salesgirl was one of the top ten critically acclaimed theatrical productions in Los Angeles, along with garnering seven LA Weekly Award Nominations, including Best Two-Person Performance and Best Production of The Year.

Andrea Carlisle

Andrea Carlisle is an actress, comedian, writer, host and producer. From a young age, Andrea has been passionate about the entertainment industry and avidly interested in comedy, television, and film. At the tender age of 13, Andrea began working as a print and runway model in Houston, Dallas, New York, Los Angeles and Asia. She has done many high end print campaigns and walked the runways for designers such as Carolina Herrera, Macy's, Oscar De La Renta, Rodarte, Nanette Lepore, Alexander Wang and many others. Andrea graduated high school a year early to move to New York to pursue a career as a full time model and attend school.

After years of modeling and traveling, Andrea studied business in New York and Houston before moving to Los Angeles in 2008 to pursue her ultimate goal of a career in entertainment. Almost immediately, Andrea landed a small role in the hit television series Entourage. Soon after, Andrea began booking roles on a variety of networks, including SpikeTV, CBS, NBC, and Comedy Central. Some of Andrea's early television projects included The SuperDave Spike-Tacular Show, The Young and The Restless, Minute to Win It, and several spots for Comedy Central. Passionate about comedy, Andrea has found a niche there and spent years studying comedy and improv at Lesly Kahn, Upright Citizens Brigade, and The Groundlings School. In 2012, she booked a role on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, which eventually led to roles on Two and A Half Men and the new NBC series, Growing Up Fisher, in 2014.

Andrea has also been actively writing, producing, and starring in her own internet sketches for FunnyOrDie and Youtube. Her comedy has been characterized as raunchy, spontaneous, witty and crazy. Individuals who work closely with Andrea compare her comedic style to Anna Faris, Cameron Diaz and Lucille Ball. Andrea also performs stand up at various comedy clubs in Los Angeles. She has performed at The Comedy Store (Hollywood), The Laugh Factory (Hollywood), Flappers Comedy Club (Burbank), The Parlor Hollywood, The Hollywood Improv, and Gotham Comedy Club (New York). She is currently studying at The Groundlings School in Los Angeles, performing stand up, creating online content and writing a few television projects.

Avril Angers

Avril Angers was one of Britain's finest comedy actresses. Once dubbed Britain's answer to Lucille Ball she was a great exponent of revue, musicals, cabaret and TV and film comedy. Born in Liverpool, Angers' long and successful career in show-business began in variety. Her father was the comedian Harry Angers and her mother was Lillian Errol, a member of the original Fol-de-Rols concert party. She was 14 when she made her debut at a concert party in Brighton and the same age when she played Cinderella with Wee Georgie Wood and Clarkson Rose at Birmingham. She followed in her mother's footsteps and became a Fol-de-Rol. During the Second World War she was one of the hardest working members of ENSA, touring the remotest parts of West Africa. She was awarded the Africa Star for her work and during the forties and fifties was rarely off the London stage or the cinema screen. As an actress she played a variety of roles from Billie Fawn in Born Yesterday to Marigold in the classic film The Green Man, opposite Alistair Sim. Her success in acting led her to becoming one of the first women to have a television series with a proper storyline, Dear Dotty, in 1954. She also partnered TV comedians such as Arthur Askey, Dick Emery and a young Bob Monkhouse. One of the first stand-up comediennes she regularly appeared in cabaret. She won critical appraise for her role as Liz Piper in Roy Boulting's film The Family Way and was cast opposite Richard Burton and Rex Harrison in the off-beat gay comedy Staircase. In 1964 she stole the notices in the hit London production of Little Me, in which she appeared with Bruce Forsyth, and she headlined in numerous West End comedies and thrillers. Her last public appearance was in October 2005 when she was a guest of honour at the Max Wall Society in London. Her close friend, the variety artiste and strong woman Joan Rhodes, said: "Avril was one of the funniest and most gifted people in show-business. She was very unassuming and comediennes such as Victoria Wood adored working with her."

Roy Del Ruth

Roy Del Ruth was born on Oct. 18, 1895 in Philadelphia, PA, Del Ruth began his Hollywood career during the silent era as a writer for Mack Sennett in 1915.He began directing in 1919 for Sennett with his first short film Hungry Lions. In the early 1920s, he moved over to features with such early efforts as "Asleep at the Switch" (1923), "The Hollywood Kid" (1924), "Eve's Lover" (1925) and "The Little Irish Girl" (1926). Following several more titles, many of which were later lost in a film vault fire, he directed "The First Auto" (1927), a charming look at the introduction of the first automobile to a small rural town. The film featured several elaborate sound effects for the time and was considered lost until it was restored years later. Del Ruth went on to direct a number of films before having the distinction of directing the musical "The Desert Song" (1929), the first color film ever released by Warner Bros. That same year, Del Ruth directed "Gold Diggers of Broadway" (1929), Warner's second two-strip Technicolor, all-talking feature that also became a big box office hit for the director. Having successfully segued into the talkie era, Del Ruth directed two more two-strip color musicals, "Hold Everything" (1930) and "The Life of the Party" (1930), before directing James Cagney and Joan Blondell in the cheerfully amoral gangster film, "Blonde Crazy" (1931). That same year, he directed the first of three adaptation of Dashiell Hammett's famed novel, "The Maltese Falcon" (1931),. Here, Ricardo Cortez portrayed the roguish private eye whose investigation of a murder case entwines him in a plot involving a number of unsavory types searching for a fabled, jewel-encrusted falcon. While the plot basically mirrors the 1941 remake, this pre-Code version featured several instances of sexual innuendo, including Bebe Daniels bathing in the nude, overt references to homosexuality and even one instance of cursing. Meanwhile, Del Ruth reunited with James Cagney for the crime drama "Taxi!" (1932) and very well directed the showbiz comedy "Blessed Event" (1932). Del Ruth went on to helm a number of above average pictures like "The Little Giant" (1933) starring Edward G. Robinson, "Lady Killer" (1933) with James Cagney, "Bureau of Missing Persons" (1933) featuring Bette Davis, "Upper World" (1934) with Ginger Rogers, and the musical comedy "Kid Millions" (1934) starring Eddie Cantor. He next directed Ronald Colman in his second and final appearance as Bulldog Drummond in the detective mystery "Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back" (1934), and helmed the backstage showbiz musical "Broadway Melody 1936" (1935), starring Jack Benny and Eleanor Powell. After returning to the realm of crime for "It Had to Happen" (1936) with George Raft and Rosalind Russell, Del Ruth directed James Stewart in one of the actor's few musicals, "Born to Dance" (1936). He followed up with the "Broadway Melody of 1938" (1937), before guiding ice skating star Sonja Henie through "My Lucky Star" (1938) and "Happy Landing" (1938). Del Ruth continued churning out product for the studios, helming competent films like "The Star Maker" (1939), "Here I Am Stranger" (1939), "He Married His Wife" (1940) and "Topper Returns" (1941). After working solo on "The Chocolate Soldier" (1941), "Masie Gets Her Man" (1942), "Du Barry Was a Lady" (1944) and "Broadway Rhythm" (1944). It may be interesting to note that Del Ruth was the second highest paid director in Hollywood from the period 1932 to to 1941, according to Box Office and Exhibitor magazine...Del Ruth was one of seven directors on the successful "Ziegfeld Follies" (1946), which featured an all-star cast of Fred Astaire, Lucille Ball, Fanny Brice, Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Lena Horne, Red Skelton and William Powell. From there, he helmed the cheerfully ambitious Christmas-themed ), Del Ruth undoubtedly made significant contributions during the studio era that certainly bore re-examination comedy "It Happened on Fifth Avenue" (1947), an appealing entertainment that was compared to "It's a Wonderful Life" (1946), but it did not have that film's generational resonance. the musical comedy starring Don DeFore and Ann Harding was still a touching film that managed to delight. Del Ruth next directed "The Babe Ruth Story" (1948), Babe Ruth (William Bendix). Bending historical truths lest he offend Ruth's legacy, Del Ruth's biopic was rushed through production amidst news of the ailing Ruth's declining health. Even Del Ruth remained unsatisfied with the results. He directed George Raft again in the noir crime drama "Red Light" (1949), Milton Berle and Virginia Mayo in the comedy "Always Leave Them Laughing" (1949), and James Cagney in the vibrant "The West Point Story" (1950). Following a pair of Doris Day musicals, "Starlift" (1951) and "On Moonlight Bay" (1951), About this time Del Ruth's career began to slow to basically one project a year "Stop, You're Killing Me" (1952) and the James Cagney military musical "About Face" (1953). He went on to direct Jane Powell and Gordon MacRae in "Three Sailors and a Girl" (1953), He then took a short excursion into the new 3D process with the horror film starring Karl Malden: "Phantom of the Rue Morgue" (1954). Away from the director's chair for the next five years, Del Ruth returned to helm the horror picture "The Alligator People" (1959), a bizarre tale about humans being partially transformed into alligators in the deep south. After his last film "Why Must I Die?" (1960), Del Ruth called it a career. He died a year later on April 27, 1961 at 67 years old from a heart attack.

Jeffrey Brucculeri

Jeff Brucculeri grew up in Jamestown, New York, the hometown of Lucille Ball, and at a young age became a big fan of Lucy and many other great comedians. As a young boy he watched television and movies with the desire to someday become a comedian or actor. Jeff's acting career began on stage in school productions, then later college and community theater. His first movie appearance was as a paid extra in "The Natural" which was filmed in 1982, in Buffalo, NY (not far from his hometown). After graduating from Oral Roberts University, Jeff pursued a broadcasting career, and he has filled many roles on radio and television; sports play-by-play, talk show host, reporter, etc. Jeff moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1989 to continue in the broadcast business, and began acting on the side. He has appeared in several local and national television commercials, industrial videos, and print ads. Jeff continues to pursue both his freelance broadcast business as well as his acting career.

Elizabeth Loyacano

Originally from Los Angeles, she is the daughter of a prolific screenwriter and composer and her mother was executive assistant to Lucille Ball's head writers for "The Lucy Show." Elizabeth carved her way from a dancer in the ensemble to singing lead roles on Broadway and performing principal work for television. Although she is bi-coastal, she resides primarily in NYC.

Kimm Marie

"If you keep making those faces, your face will stay that way, Permanently!" That's what Kimm's Nana used to say as Kimm would watch such shows as, "I Love Lucy"and "Bewitched" with pure fascination; and little did Kimm know, she was right. Kimm would sit all night watching slapstick comedy and be enthralled with the talents of actors such as Lucille Ball, John Ritter, Andrea Martin, & Elizabeth Montgomery to name a few. Her mother on the other hand would call her "Sarah Bernhardt".Even with such an interest in the entertainment world at such a young age, Kimm "The Actress" would come later in life. Although she was born up north, Kimm Marie grew up in a small Florida town which she has been a native of since 1972 and has no siblings. She lived with her mother and Nana who's love for the entertainment world help nurture that fascination of hers. Her mother was an acapella singer from Brooklyn, who cut a few records on 78's and loved Motown and rock music and her Nana loved the movies and dancing. Young Kimm's extensive imagination inspired her to be an artist, sketching cartoons and winning awards until the time she reached Junior High where she wanted to take the leap into music and become a Rock Star. She bought her first bass guitar, took lessons for awhile and loved to play. Eventually, other things would take over such as her first job at a modeling school at age 16. After much success as a model, Kimm ventured elsewhere and unexpectedly was offered a lead in a feature film as a lawyer with no acting experience. Although she got the part Kimm turned it down as then her philosophy was, "Any job you have fun with whether its art, music, or acting,... you'll go broke. It's all about luck." Kimm wasn't really looking to become an actress at the time and was approached at random because she seemed to stand out of a crowd. Going back to her love of music, Kimm studied broadcasting and turned to radio. Moving fast in the business, she hosted and produced her own radio talk shows and worked for Clear Channel Communications. Over a 10 year period, she would become a well known radio personality working for quite a few radio stations. Wanting to settle down and have the ability raise her son, Kimm would later give up radio to own her own business and stay home for a while. After her son made that turn to teenage years, she started doodling again on the computer, where friends would encourage her to go back to school for her graphics and art. Even so, Kimm still held the philosophy, "Anything you do that's fun? You will always be struggling or broke." and with a son, she didn't want to chance it. That is until the right encouragement came along in the form of her friend, now boyfriend, Lee. She found that Lee was also multi-talented being a musician, writer, computer engineer, artist, photographer and much more. Kimm took more chances landing a full time job in advertising with no experience besides her radio history, ultimately becoming a Graphic Design Manager. She had some of her art pieces featured in the Orlando Museum of Art's "Art Noir", and also had much success in Florida's "Nude Night" art gallery event. In 2007, she started Burner Graphics, which became a well known established business, making everything from musician's CD covers, movie posters and covers for film, as well as high end logos for big corporate companies and small businesses and of course her own personal artistry. With her love for art and music finding its balance it was only a matter of time before Kimm "The Actress" would resurface most unexpectedly. "It wasn't intended either just like everything else? It just fell into my lap because I never sought anything out...it was just always there..the opportunity I mean. - Kimm" On Kimm's, way to work she noticed a small sign for acting classes. Oddly enough over the course of a few days it moved closer and closer to her job to the point where she told her boyfriend, "Look, I want to try this out, life's too short." So, she signed up for her first acting class where she met Hank Stone (The Punisher & The Patriot). After her second week of class he told her to go audition for a movie which Kimm replied, " Im only on my second class" in which he responded "You are meant to be here." Saying a prayer first, Kimm found two roles she was interested in and landed a lead role in the movie Scream Dreams. Being she's always wanted to be in a horror movie, having one be her first role in her eyes was a god send. With that, she would go on to do a lot more work in the movie industry since landing her first role in 2013. Kimm often finds herself still multitasking by blending her art skills with her acting. She has done many roles in such a short time doing documentaries, shorts, feature films, voice overs (Zombie Kronicles and more) and has also been called upon to do covers, logos, and artwork for the same movies. Always pushing forward, Kimm hosted her own pod-casted celebrity talk show (Talk I.N.K.) as well as made both the logo and art for the show. Kimm has taken all of herself, the art portion, the music, the acting, and incorporated all of these talents into where she really wants to be, Entertainment. She has been privileged to work with and learn from some celebrities such as Hank Stone, Danny Roebuck (The Fugitive, Matlock, Lost, Devils Rejects), and Sean Whalen (Twister, People under the Stairs) and many more. Kimm is currently in post production for the movie Cassandra, where she plays a lead role as the wife Linda in this ghostly comedy. Also in post production is The Legend of Kate Kensington where Kimm plays a Disc Jockey (as she has in real life). Her art is still active, as well as creating a few movie posters for films and shows. Kimm also always stays active in supporting causes such as the prevention of bullying & child abuse.

Ted Newsom

Born in Portland, Oregon; spent teen years in the San Fernando Valley; served 3 years in the US Army as a corpsman and surgical assistant at the 130th Station Hospital in Heidelberg, Germany, 1972-75; attended the University of Maryland extension, Portland State University, LA Pierce College, UCLA extension, California State University at Northridge. Teachers included Lucille Ball, Sidney Salkow (director of Last Man on Earth) and Ben Brady (producer of The Outer Limits). Freelance newspaper & magazine writing led to magazine editing jobs. With John Brancato, Newsom co-wrote "The Un-Official NFL Players Handbook," a humor book for Simon & Schuster. Brancato and Newsom collaborated on several screenplays of Marvel Comics characters, working with Stan Lee: Sgt. Fury, Spider-Man, and The Sub-Mariner. Active in the WGA strike in 1988, segued into directing and producing, concentrating primarily on video documentaries. He has served as associate producer on several CD releases of the film music of Ronald Stein, such as Not of This Earth (Varese Saraband), The Haunted Palace and Invasion of the Saucer Men (Percepto Records). Newsom is one of the partners of the Perma Production Music Library.

Tracey Sheldon

Tracey Sheldon is an actress, writer, filmmaker, as well as a model. She was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Richard and Carole Sheldon. Her father, Richard owns his own company in the steel industry, her mother, Carole is a nurse, and her brother, Rich is a musician and actor living in Hollywood. They are a close-knit family raised with a lot of love and laughter. Tracey's parents encouraged her to go after her dreams supporting her fully on her path believing in her dream of being an actress.

Raised in the small town, Scottdale, Pennsylvania, Tracey was fascinated with movies and movie stars from the time she was a little girl spending hours watching movies that inspired her and took her to another place. As a child, Tracey and her little brother, Rich would be dressed up constantly as different characters. She loved the great comedians: Abbot and Costello, Lucille Ball, Flip Wilson, and Jerry Lewis as well as Benny Hill and Carole Burnett.

Tracey's earliest performance was in the first grade where she acted in "The Emperor's New Clothes". She went on to study tap, baton, gymnastics, and she was a majorette performing in parades all over southwestern Pennsylvania. She was also a cheerleader as well as performing in dance and chorus recitals. Tracey also excelled in writing winning the prestigious "Rotary Club Peace Essay Award" for her letter to the president on world peace. She graduated with a B.A. in Theatre and Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Upon teaching first grade and being in front of the classroom her desires surfaced of the stage and screen.

Making the move to Florida, Tracey was chosen to be a contestant in "The Miss Florida Citrus Beauty Pageant". She acted in local theater productions as well as write, produce, and star in the sitcom, "L.A. take-out" along with her brother Rich acting as the sitcom's director. The sitcom aired on PBS television. Tracey and Rich next set their sights on California with drive and determination to change Hollywood.

Upon moving to Hollywood, Tracey classically trained as an actress under the direction of Arthur Mendoza studying the Stella Adler Technique at "The Actor's Circle Theatre" through the guidance of the actor, Benico Deltorro. She also studied dance, voice, as well as improv. She has been compared to Goldie Hawn for her comedy skills and bubbly personality as well as Grace Kelley for her cool elegance, and Juliette Lewis for the edgy independent film characters she portrays with a touch of Mae West for her ability to write and produce her own projects.

Tracey has recently created, wrote, and starred in a feature film entitled, "Changing Hollywood" along with her brother Rich composing the music for the film. She also was associate producer of "Out of the flying pan" where she was involved with casting, coordinating all aspects of the shoot, as well as assisting the director, Jack Kimball. While living in Los Angeles, Tracey has acted in film, television, music videos, as well as theater. Her most recent appearances include "Talk Soup" featured on "E" television, NBC's "To Tell the Truth", as well as Lee Madsen's film, "The Red Zone" produced by HIP FILMS starring Freddy Rodriquez of HBO's "Six Feet Under" to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

She has also been involved in promoting event productions in Hollywood along side the biggest event producer in Hollywood, MACAFRICA, promoting live celebrity performances of "Dennis Quaid and the Sharks" and "Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra". Other parties include: "The Elite Look of the Year Party", "Playmate of the month party, "The Los Angeles Exotic Erotic New Year's Eve Ball", and L.A. clubs such as The Lounge, Club A.D., and Barfly. Her most recent event, "The Shangri-L.A." promoted unity with the theme being "One Human Family" The event hosted six bands; a magician, henna tattoo artists, and a spiritual healer as well as a theme to come dressed in your favorite costume.

Currently Tracey is bi-coastal between Florida and California, as she continues to act, create and produce films, write, sing, host parties and events, as well as model.

Barbara Gregusova

Costume designer and jewelry artist Barbara Gregusova was born to fashion designer Elena Gregusova and photographer and graphic designer Martin Gregus in Bratislava, Slovakia - an artistic family that extends back to her grandfather, a sculptor and jeweler, and her grandmother, a textile artist.

Moving to Vancouver, Barbara enrolled in Capilano University's Costuming for Stage and Screen and Theatre Institute programs, garnering top marks for her graduation project, an eighteenth century period costume, titled "Marie Antoinette - Lost in Vancouver". The following year Barbara earned her Fashion Merchandising Diploma at the Blanche Macdonald Centre. Barbara worked as lead costume designer on various independent productions including Agam Darshi's and Sophie Ann Rooney's "Bollywood Beckons" for which Barbara earned her first Leo Awards nomination for best costume design in short drama.

Barbara's interest in period costume design kept her roots in theatre; Barbara designed over twenty plays including the dark underworld fairytale "The Skriker", Moliere's modern adaptation of "Tartuffe: Born Again", "Bye Bye Baby" and Jay Brazeau's "Old Love" for North Vancouver's Presentation House Theatre, Shakespeare's 1960's adaptation of "As You Like It", "Brighton Beach Memoirs" for Gateway Theatre, Stuart Aikins' western "Sly Fox" and "The Crucible" for Exit 22 as well as Studio 58. Barbara's decade long collaboration with Exit 22 gained her a nomination for the 8th annual Ovation Awards for outstanding costume design in "Cinderella - The musical".

Barbara reunited with Sophie Ann Rooney to design costumes for her theatre production of "Beggars In The House of Plenty" staring Kyle Labine, worked with Tyler Labine's wife Carrie's Ruscheinsky on Ben Ratner's theatre production "Dying City" and her most recent collaboration with Labine's family was with Cameron and Tyler Labine on the feature film "Mountain Men".

Two years in a raw Barbara was nominated for Leo Awards; in 2013 for best costume design in feature length drama "Lucille's Ball" and most recently for best costume design in a motion picture "Evangeline" directed by Karen Lam. Her recent film credits include Gil Bellow's "Three Days in Havana", "June In January" with Marilu Henner, "Ring By Spring" staring Stefanie Powers and Rachel Boston, "For Better Or For Worse" staring Lisa Whelchel and Kim Fields, "Paper Angels" with Josie Bissett and Matthew Settle, Christie Will's "Baby Boot Camp" and cyber-punk web-series "Residenz".

As a member of the Slovak Association of Textile Artists, Barbara exhibits her work around Europe. In Summer 2008, Barbara introduced her all-new Hauteware jewelry collection made from recycled hard drives, laser toners, ink-jet cartridges and other electronic waste at the Enviro Couture exhibition in North Vancouver's CityScape Community Art Space, and later FMA Vancouver and Vancouver Fashion Week S/S 2009. To accompany her one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces Barbara created haute couture metallic collection "Solar Epoque" which was showed on the stage during XXI Olympic Winter Games at Olympic Victory Ceremony.

Pamela Rossi

Cute, slender and sprightly brunette dancer and choreographer Pamela Rossi was born on January 27 in Arizona. She was raised in a dancing family. Rossi originally studied gymnastics, but switched to dance classes after breaking her arm at age 12. Pamela was one of a handful of women chosen out of the more than 500 who auditioned to be a Sahara Las Vegas showgirl. Rossi joined the cast of the hugely popular music variety TV series "Solid Gold" as a regular featured dancer in 1980 and remained on the show for six consecutive years until the end of the 1986 season. In the wake of her "Solid Gold" stint Pamela has continued to work as both a dancer and choreographer on numerous TV commercials, music videos, and stage productions. Among the celebrities she has worked with are Debbie Allen, Bernadette Peters, George Carlin, Delta Burke, Hulk Hogan, Chita Rivera, Sandy Duncan, Ron Howard, Penny Marshall, and Lucille Ball. Rossi opened Las Vegas acts with Don Rickles, Johnny Carson, and Jerry Lewis. She has assisted choreographer Anita Mann with shows in England, Atlantic City, and Las Vegas. Moreover, Pamela has appeared as a dancer in several Barry Manilow TV specials, the WWF Slammy Awards show, and the 1983 Jerry Lewis Telethon. In addition, Rossi not only was featured as a dancer in the films "The Running Man" and "The Country Bears," but also on episodes of the TV shows "Fantasy Island," "Benson," "Our Time," and "Matlock." She has worked as a master teacher in schools and colleges in Arizona, Nevada, and California. Pamela owns and teaches dancing at the dance studio Dance Ten in Moorpark, California.

Tommy Lightfoot Garrett

Show business and Tommy Garrett have a mutual attraction and it's led the Virginia-born, L.A.-based Garrett to become acclaimed as a jack of all trades in Hollywood. As a publicist and agent, he's represented the likes of classic Hollywood stars such as Clint Walker, Tab Hunter and Ruta Lee. As an author, Garrett has penned three best-selling books on the machinations that led to the careers of some of Hollywood's most beloved stars. As a journalist, Garrett has worked as a Hollywood correspondent for Australian radio and as Editor and Chief and entertainment industry columnist for the Canyon News newspaper in Beverly Hills. In addition, Garrett hosted a popular, nationally syndicated movie retrospective show Somewhere in Time and is currently brokering a deal to return to TV with another program, Hollywood Classics.

Garrett attended the University of California Los Angeles in Westwood, where, as a budding P.R. agent, befriended the likes of Aaron Spelling and Telly Savalas. His growing contacts led him to begin representing Lisa Lord and a stable of actors from daytime soaps like ABC's Port Charles and eventually landed a huge, enviable roster that included Walker, Hunter, Lee, Constance Towers, Glenn Ford, Anna Lee, Rex Reason, Jeffrey Byron and numerous daytime soap stars. He decided to try his hand in front of the camera in hosting and producing Somewhere in Time, which featured a format Garrett created that included the airing of a classic Hollywood movie interspersed with anecdotes and remembrances from special guests ranging from Phyllis Diller, Constance Towers, Jeffrey Byron, Beverly Garland and Peter Ford to Hugh O'Brian. The show, based out of a CBS affiliate in Charlottesville, Va. Was broadcast in several markets until Garrett closed up shop to begin a new career as a Hollywood author.

His maiden writing effort was a biography of classic screen actress Joan Fontaine, Letters From A Known Woman, and was quickly followed by a Hollywood retrospective So You Want To Be In Pictures: The Making of Hollywood Idols - the book led TV Guide columnist Michael Logan to write of Garrett: Tommy's the hardest working man in the industry, and in every aspect of the industry. With both books selling well, Garrett quickly returned to writing his third work, The Making Of Hollywood Stars, which tweaked the second book's format to include behind-the-scenes looks at contemporary stars such as George Clooney and Tom Cruise, in addition to Garrett's encyclopedic profiles of classic stars such as Lucille Ball, Elizabeth Taylor, Anthony Hopkins, Sophia Loren, Anita Ekberg and even Paul Newman. Veteran celebrity journalist Roger Hitts said of the book, "Still, one never gets the sense Garrett is engaging in name-dropping to heighten his own ego as you turn the page. Reading Garrett's books make you still get the feeling Garrett maintains that exuberance of a little boy sitting in a movie theatre with mouth agape as he marvels at the wonders taking place on the big screen. Of course, as an adult Garrett has reveled in taking a peek behind the curtain to see who is actually pulling the levers - and him letting you in on what he has learned makes his new effort a sparkler." Recently, Garrett released his fourth book and first novel, a science fiction work called Cosmic's Adventure.

Garrett recently completed a pilot for a new TV show, Hollywood Classics, which featured soap opera luminary Eileen Fulton discussing her life and career from her home in New York City. Garrett's other recent on-camera work included an appearance on Ed Begley Jr.'s HGTV reality show Living With Ed. Michael Logan of TV Guide penned upon seeing the episode on Super bowl Sunday, "Who knew a Hollywood flack could be so charming. Get this man a regular spot on this show. Every desperate Housewife needs a confidante." In addition, he recently co-starred with longtime friend Constance Towers in a radio soap opera Podcast, Same Time, Same Number, produced by Richard Beattie and the Radio Envoy Group. Garrett is also involved in numerous charitable efforts, including the U.S.O. in Hollywood, traveling throughout war zones with celebrities to boost troop morale, speaking to children about the industry and raising chickens.

When Garrett is not in Hollywood, he's on the east coast raising and caring for his beloved exotic chickens that come from places like Japan, Europe and India.

Kirsten Van Ritzen

Kirsten Van Ritzen is acclaimed as an inventive and versatile actress. Best known for her work in the theatre, she has performed a wide-range of roles in comedies, dramas and musicals. She was nominated for an Ovation Award Outstanding Performance Female for "Alleycats the Musical" starring Lea Delaria.

She is a playwright and has written and performed several one-woman shows. "The Kirsten Van Ritzen Show" toured several cities, including Chicago and Los Angeles, where she was recognized as Best Solo Performance L.A. Theatre. Her solo comedy about misery "All My Day Jobs" is published in "One for the Road" (Signature Editions). She is the author of a humor novel "The Comedy Diva Diaries".

A gifted improviser and founding member of Edmonton's legendary "Die-Nasty the Live Improvised Soap Opera", Kirsten, along with with founding director Ian Ferguson, went on to co-create and star in "Sin City the Live Improv Serial" with Second City Alumna for five hit seasons in Toronto, with a special appearance at the Chicago Improv Festival - and another five seasons in Victoria, B.C. These troupes were nominated for Canadian Comedy Awards and M Awards Top Improv/Sketch Show and Favourite New Production.

Kirsten performs frequently as a comedienne. Her stand-up can be heard on CBC Radio's "Laugh Out Loud". As 'party gal Louise' she hosted the alternative comedy shows "Lucille's Ball' (Toronto) and "Geez Louise" (Victoria). Numerous comedy credits include Funny Women Festival, Pacific Northwest Puppet Festival, Buskers Festival Comedy Cabaret, March of Dames and more.

Blair Silver

Blair Silver was born in The Nation's Capitol, Washington, D.C. and raised in the Washington Metropolitan Areas such as Georgetown, Silver Spring/Montgomery County, Maryland and the fabled Chesapeake Bay Seaports of Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Virginia.

At the age of eighteen, Blair joined MENSA International while attending his Freshman year at Old Dominion University with a Double-Major in 'Fine Arts' and 'Humanities,' maintaining a Concentration in "Human Form/Portrait Sculpture" throughout.

Subsequently, wanderlust inspired him to travel extensively throughout Western Europe, Jamaica and South Florida. Ultimately, on his trek out West, he lived for more than two years in Aspen, Colorado, and then for several months of Spring in Anchorage, Alaska, before planting permanent roots in the coveted "Pearl of The South Bay," Manhattan Beach, California, where he purchased a home by the Pacific Ocean, where he still resides.

Blair Silver has been a perennial force in the Entertainment Industry. Initially he was as a Singer/Songwriter, Private Voice Coach, and Voice-Theatre Professor at UCLA's "Academy for the Performing Arts," founded by revered Actress/Comedienne/Producer, Lucille Ball, (then Senator, now retired Congresswoman) Diane Watson and "Avant Garde," Stage and Screen Comedian, Sid Caesar. In addition, Blair has also worked for many years as a Voice-Over Artist, Jingle Singer and has performed for decades as a consummate Master of Ceremonies and Auctioneer for Special Events from Political Installations to Hollywood Red Carpets and Charitable Fundraisers for the Education, Health and Well-Being of others.

In 1987, Mr. Silver founded Blair Silver & Company LLC and he has worked continuously as the Owner/Operator of the Los Angeles-based, Boutique Talent & Literary Company. Personal Management Clients Include, Actors, Authors, Screenwriters, Producers, Directors, Vocalists, Musicians, Athletes, Martial Artists, Fine Artists, Athletic Models, Fashion Models, TV/Filmmakers and the ever-burgeoning, Multi-Hyphenate Talent.

With broad-based knowledge of The Entertainment Industry, Blair has evolved into the Producer realm, beginning with Documentaries, Music and Sports Videos, then to Short Films and Feature-Length Films, currently in various stages of Development, Production and Distribution.

Jess Oppenheimer

Jess Oppenheimer (November 11, 1913 - December 27, 1988)

Lucille Ball called Jess Oppenheimer "the brains" behind I Love Lucy, and with good reason. As series creator, producer, and head writer, "Jess was the creative force behind the 'Lucy' show," confirms director William Asher. "He was the field general. Jess presided over all the meetings, and ran the whole show. He was very sharp."

Born in San Francisco on November 11, 1913, Oppenheimer attended Stanford University in the 1930s, during radio's "golden age." Drawn to radio comedy, he wangled a visit during his junior year to the studios of radio station KFRC in San Francisco, where he soon found himself spending every spare moment. He penned a comedy routine and quickly made his broadcasting debut, performing his own material coast-to-coast on the station's popular comedy-variety program, "Blue Monday Jamboree."

In 1936, he made the short hop down to Hollywood, where, through a combination of skill and impeccable timing, he managed to land a writing job on the Fred Astaire radio program on his first day in town. When Astaire left the airwaves a year later, Oppenheimer became a gag writer for Jack Benny, then tackled comedy writing chores for such other variety programs as the "Chase and Sanborn Hour with Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy," "The Lifebuoy Program starring Al Jolson," "The Gulf Screen Guild Show," and "The Rudy Vallee Program." As a staff writer on those programs, Oppenheimer wrote sketch comedy for many of Hollywood's biggest stars, including Fred Allen, Tallulah Bankhead, Charles Boyer, Fanny Brice, George Burns and Gracie Allen, James Cagney, Gary Cooper, Joan Crawford, Bing Crosby, Bette Davis, Marlene Dietrich, Clark Gable, Judy Garland, Bob Hope, William Powell, Ginger Rogers, Barbara Stanwyck, James Stewart, and Spencer Tracy.

With the advent of World War II, Oppenheimer joined the United States Coast Guard and was promptly posted to the Public Relations Department. The sailor at the next desk was a young agent named Ray Stark, who happened to be the son-in-law of the renowned comedienne and musical star, Fanny Brice. Stark promptly hired Oppenheimer to write for the popular radio program, "Baby Snooks," which starred Fanny Brice as a wise-beyond-her-years little girl who constantly drove her daddy crazy. It marked Oppenheimer's introduction to the sitcom form. During his six years on the show, he learned the ins and outs of plotting character-driven comedy.

In 1948, shortly after "Baby Snooks" went off the air, Oppenheimer accepted an assignment from CBS to write a script for the network's struggling new radio sitcom, "My Favorite Husband." The show starred Lucille Ball, one of the few stars in Hollywood with whom he had never worked. In the handful of episodes that had already aired, Ball had played "Liz Cugat," a "gay, sophisticated," socialite wife of a bank vice president--quite the opposite of the "Snooks" character Oppenheimer had been writing.

After watching Lucille Ball at rehearsal, Oppenheimer decided to make her character more like Snooks: less sophisticated, more childlike, scheming, and impulsive--taking Lucy and the show in a new direction, with broad, slapstick comedy. His instincts paid off big time: Lucy took to her new role like a fish to water, and the show was a huge success. Recognizing a good thing, CBS quickly signed Oppenheimer as the show's head writer, producer, and director, and in no time the series gained both a sponsor and a much larger audience. "My Favorite Husband" also marked the beginning of Oppenheimer's successful collaboration with "I Love Lucy" writers Madelyn Davis and Bob Carroll Jr..

In December, 1950, when CBS agreed to produce a TV pilot starring Lucille Ball and her husband, Desi Arnaz, Lucy insisted on Oppenheimer to head up the project. With the completed pilot due in just a few weeks, there was just one problem--nobody knew what the series should be about. Everyone asked, "What do you do with a comedienne and a Cuban orchestra leader?" Oppenheimer had a million dollar idea: "Why don't we do a show," he suggested, "about a middle-class working stiff who works very hard at his job as a bandleader, and likes nothing better than to come home at night and relax with his wife, who doesn't like staying home and is dying to get into show business herself?" He decided to call the show "I Love Lucy."

He remained as producer and head writer of the series for five of its six seasons, writing the pilot and 153 episodes with Madelyn Pugh Davis and Bob Carroll Jr. (joined in the 1955 by writers Bob Schiller and Bob Weiskopf). He appeared on the show twice: in Episode #6 ("The Audition"), as one of the three TV executives for whom Ricky performs at the Tropicana, and in Episode #127 ("The Tour"), as an extra who walks in front of the Hollywood Tour Bus just before Lucy and Ethel get on board. His voice can also be heard in Episode #30 ("Lucy Does a TV Commercial") as the sound man who tells Lucy to "go ahead" and begin her commercial for "Vitameatavegamin."

Oppenheimer left "I Love Lucy" in 1956 to take an executive post at NBC, where he produced a series of landmark TV specials, including the General Motors 50th Anniversary Show, Ford Startime, _The Ten Commandments (1959) (TV)_, and the "1959 Emmy Awards." Oppenheimer and Ball were reunited when he produced _The Danny Kaye Show with Lucille Ball (1962) (TV)_, which was nominated as "Program of the Year" by the TV Academy, and again two years later when he executive produced a "Lucille Ball Comedy Hour" entitled Mr. and Mrs., starring Lucille Ball and Bob Hope.

During the 1960s Oppenheimer created and produced three sitcoms: Angel(starring Annie Fargue and Marshall Thompson), Glynis (starring Glynis Johns), and The Debbie Reynolds Show. His other TV credits include The United States Steel Hour (writer), Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (producer), and Get Smart (writer, producer, and director). He received two Emmy Awards and five Emmy nominations, a Sylvania Award, and the Writers' Guild of America's Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Achievement.

An avid inventor, Oppenheimer held 18 patents covering a variety of devices, including the in-the-lens teleprompter used by everyone from news anchors to presidents, and first used by Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz on a 1953 TV commercial for Philip Morris cigarettes. Upon his passing on December 27, 1988, Lucille Ball called Jess Oppenheimer "a true genius," adding, "I owe so much to his creativity and his friendship." His best-selling memoir, "Laughs, Luck...and Lucy: How I Came to Create the Most Popular Sitcom of All Time" (www.lucynet.com) was completed after his death by his son, Gregg Oppenheimer.

Bob Carroll Jr.

Bob Carroll Jr. was born August 12, 1918, in McKeesport, Pennsylvania. At the age of three, Carroll and his family moved to St. Petersburg, Florida. His interest in writing was sparked when as a teenager he entered a radio contest, submitting a script he had written while laid up in bed recovering from a hip ailment; his submission won first prize.

In his early twenties he left for Los Angeles, where he landed a job as an usher with CBS radio affiliate KNX. After a stint in the mail room, he was promoted to the writing staff.

In the late 1940s, along with Madelyn Pugh Davis, who became his writing partner for more than 60 years, he was working on comedian Steve Allen's radio show when he learned that Lucille Ball was looking for writers for her radio show, "My Favorite Husband." Conning Allen into writing his own show one week, the writing duo took the time to write a prospective script to submit to Ball. Ball loved the submission, and Carroll and Davis became the first permanent writers on "My Favorite Husband."

When the show moved to television in 1951, Ball took her writers with her, changing the name of the program to "I Love Lucy" and adding real-life husband Desi Arnaz to the cast.

Carroll and Pugh worked on every episode of the long-running show, as well as many episodes of "The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour," "The Lucy Show," "Here's Lucy" and "Life With Lucy." "Life With Lucy" would be Ball's last show, and it went off the air in 1986, just three years before her death. Carroll and Davis developed the "Lucy formula" that was the mainstay of all her series and won Ball generations of fans. Each of the shows had the basic premise of Lucy developing a bizarre scheme to achieve what she wanted and having the entire plan turn into a pratfall-filled disaster, but Lucy is normally forgiven because of her well-intentioned motives.

Carroll and Davis also collaborated on several other projects, including the 1968 film "Yours, Mine and Ours" and the short-lived Desi Arnaz-produced sitcom "The Mothers-In-Law."

Carroll also wrote and produced the 1977 television special "Lucy Calls the President." This show has been rarely seen since its original airing and is considered by many Lucy fans a must-see. The show, which had Ball playing a concerned mother who calls then-President Jimmy Carter to complain about a federal housing project that would destroy a children's camp, was used as mini-reunion show that reunited Lucy with her longtime co-stars Vivian Vance and Gale Gordon, and it had a star-studded supporting cast. The special also proved to be the last on-screen appearance for Vance and Ball.

Bob Carroll also had several noted projects outside of working with Lucille Ball. He served as a producer and sometime writer for the successful sitcom "Alice" starring Linda Lavin and the short-lived but Golden Globe-nominated "The Paul Lynde Show."

Bob Carroll died of natural causes on January 27, 2007, at the age of 88. He had been married and divorced twice and he was survived by a daughter.

Lynnae Stine

Lynnae Ellen Stine is an American actress, singer, and dancer. She was born December 1st, 1996 in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania to Marsha Stine (Murphy), a piano teacher, and Leonard Stine, a pastor. Lynnae was raised for the majority of her life in the town of Waynesboro, Pennsylvania with her brother and sister. It was in this small town where she became a leader in the community through the high school varsity volleyball team, and many other organizations where she devoted her time. She was crowned the 2014 Waynesboro Area Senior High School Homecoming Queen, and was given the Waynesboro Area Senior High School Most Influential Leader Award at her 2015 graduation. She has won the respect of her community as she works towards her career goals. Growing up in a musical family, Lynnae was exposed to art and music at a young age and always loved to entertain. She was enthralled by movies and how they had the power to inspire the audience. She promised herself that one day she would be on the Big Screen. Lynnae draws inspiration from the Queens of Television: Carol Burnett and Lucille Ball, these women inspired her to follow her dreams. Lynnae earned her bachelor's degree at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania, where she studied Theatre, Communication Studies, and Astronomy. Lynnae booked her first role in a feature film as Naomi Foley in the Reins of Hope Movie (2016). After gaining time on screen, Lynnae started working behind the camera as an art department assistant as well as a production assistant. Her first production working as art department was on The Cage (2016). She devotes much of her time on-stage, on-screen, as well as off-screen helping with film production. This young lady is someone to watch as an upcoming actress and an inspiration on-screen and off.

Alexis Nichols

Alexis Nichols is an award winning versatile actor, writer, voiceover talent, and model whose young career promises great things. She is most noted for appearing as Lucille Ball in "Becoming Lucy", a film she co-wrote, which premiered at the Festival De Cannes Court Metráge in May of 2013. To date, the film has been a part of over 25 film festivals screening internationally with numerous awards and nominations. Alexis has been honored with awards for Best Actress from the Best Shorts Competition, the International Independent Film Awards' Gold Award for Best Actress in A Leading Role, the WIND (Women Inspiration Nation & Diversity) award and the Emerald Award for Best Actress at Cinerockom in Beverly Hills.

No stranger to biopics, Alexis also played Dorothy Parker in North Hollywood's theatrical production of An Evening with Dottie, where she balanced comedy and drama while mastering both the mannerisms and motivations of one of the century's most interesting figures. Critics deemed her portrayal "divine" and her New York parlor accent "convincing" and "true". She also appeared as Sheila in Neil Simon's "Jake's Women", part of a showcase directed by Academy Award nominee Brenda Vaccarro, as well as in several other recent and ongoing film projects.

As a writer, Alexis helped develop the story for The Christmas You Don't Know, a short film for the Los Angeles 48 hour film festival. The film was selected for their "best of fest" screening at TCL (the famous Graumann's Chinese Theatre) and was honored with numerous nominations including Best Use of Character for the writing team. Her short screenplay Athena & Afro written with co-writer Alexandra Williams was recognized as a semi-finalist at the Creative World Awards and a finalist in the Hollywood Screenplay Competition. Alexis is also the Editor in Chief of FLiP Magazine, a bimonthly men's and women's print and online magazine with over 2 million subscribers.

Alexis received her MFA in Acting for Film from the New York Film Academy. She trained at the Yale Summer Actors Conservatory and the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts Summer Program. She also spent time studying at the University of Oxford, performing with the Oxford University Light Entertainment Society. While in New York City, Alexis proved both her comedic and dramatic abilities, appearing on stage in "Something Outrageous" at the Michael Chekhov 45th St. Theatre and another Neil Simon play "Rumors" at the Mount Carmel Theatre Co. She also added several film credits to her resume, including lead roles in Mary Jane's Last Dance, Details, and Vicky Karma.

Not content with just stage and screen acting, Alexis has also built a name for herself as both a voiceover talent and model. Within the last few years, she has recorded numerous voiceover spots, including national and regional commercials for Dick's Sporting Goods, Disney's Aulani Resort, QVC, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, and Sesame Street's Sesame Place Theme Park. She has also recorded numerous audio books and book trailers. Alexis' first animated feature film can be found on Netflix, where she voices three characters in the English version of the animated film series "Little Witch Academia".

Alexis' modeling work is equally varied. She has appeared in print, online, and on the runway as a fashion model, pinup girl, and, most recently, as a gothic beauty in Petite Alternative. A nationally and internationally published model, she has also appeared in Vogue Italia, Maxim.com, Car Kulture Deluxe Magazine, Spain's La Revista Shock, Retro Lovely, and Primer Round publications.

Shirley Chambers

Shirley Chambers was notorious as Hollywood's First Dumb Blonde. She began her film career at the dawn of talking pictures and was the first 'dumb blonde' at R.K.O Studios, making whoopee in light comedies, and fluffy musicals. Born in Seattle, Washington, her family moved to California when she was in her infancy. Settling in Pasadena, Chambers was schooled in Huntington Park. By the time she left school in 1928, she was already working as a model. In 1930, she was signed by Samuel Goldwyn as a Goldwyn Girl around the same time as Betty Grable, Paulette Goddard, Lucille Ball, Dorothy Coonan, Toby Wing and Pat Wing. Among her early film credits are The Kid from Spain (1932), 42nd Street(1932) and Gold Diggers of 1933. Chambers made her film debut in the chorus of Whoopee! (1930) starring Eddie Cantor. Deployed in a symmetrical fashion, she and 100 other girls were filmed from above, a new technique which would later became ever associated with Berkeley. In 1932, she left MGM for RKO. After appearing in a series of film shorts, including Diplomaniacs starring the comedy duo Wheeler and Woolsey, and The Iceman's Ball, Chambers was offered the role of Gladys in the Lupe Velez comedy vehicle The Half Naked Truth (1932). "Lupe was the star and being very difficult," she said. "She screamed at the director Gregory la Cava, 'you couldn't do without me', and he was barking back at her, 'I could make a star out of anyone, out of the next person who walked on this set', and in I came through the door". Lupe Velez laughed hysterically when she saw Chambers dressed for her part as Gladys a French Maid, whom in the film is believed is doubling as the leader of a cult of beauty queens. However La Cava stuck to his word and cast Chambers in a bevy of his films. In Melody Cruise (1933) she teamed up with June Brewster as a couple of gold-diggers, both with their eyes on a winsome millionaire (played by Charles Ruggles). Chambers was well on her way to become the studios answer to Jean Harlow. RKO was riding the crest of the wave with a series of box-office hits, including Flying Down to Rio, King Kong and Morning Glory (all 1933) in which she appeared. Rare for the time, Shirley Chambers took an agent and freelanced. She appeared in Dancing Lady (1933) with Joan Crawford, played a manicurist in the Wallace Beery western Viva Villa! (1934), rode into frame as lady Godiva in Nothing Sacred (1937), and took minor roles in George Cukor's The Women, and Gone With the Wind (both 1939). During WWII, she toured with the USO. She became the first screen star to land in South Africa where as part of a theatre company, she entertained hundreds of Allied Forces. In 1943, she returned to the US, and joined the cast of the Moss Hart morale booster, Winged Victory. Opening in Boston it transferred to Broadway, where it became a smash hit, playing to over 350,000 people in 226 performances. During the New York run, Chambers starred alongside Karl Malden and Mario Lanza. Returning to California in the late 1940s, she picked up her career where she left off, making dozens of appearances on television. She married in 1945 and had one daughter. For the last three decades, Chambers was active in repertory theatre and in TV commercials.

Meaghan Monaghan

Meaghan's the youngest of five kids, and a second generation American. Her heritage is English, French, Italian and Irish. She has traveled extensively since she was a young child and dislikes flying. In fact, she has been on about eighteen Transatlantic voyages on Cunard's Queen Mary 2 and the retired Queen Elizabeth 2. Although prone to sea sickness, she stills considers the Queen Mary 2 to be her "happy place." "Some where in my blood there is a seamen," especially by being a descendant of a long line of Liverpool Sailors, dating back to the 1700's.

When Meaghan's mother was pregnant, she sensed that she was carrying a star, that is why she carefully selected her name, because she thought it would be eye catching on a movie marquee one day. Even from a young age, this Bronx born beauty had "show biz" in her blood. Always singing and dancing, no matter where the venue, as always she was turning heads at a young age. She once made a whole $6 at the age of four, singing at her mother's book signing, much to the embarrassment of her older sisters. Despite their criticism she kept doing what she liked best, entertaining and making people smile.

From there she sang and danced all the way through school in numerous shows, theater and contests. Even making the second round in the "Long Island Music Idol." In addition, she was the youngest, within her age category, to win a medal for outstanding score for the New York State Music Association (N.Y.S.S.M.A.) at the age of eleven.

Her training consists of many years of dance in the genre of Jazz, Tap, Modern and Contemporary. Also she has had vocal lessons and two brief stints with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London (R.A.D.A.). At one point in her life she toyed with the idea of joining the Radio City Music Hall, Rockettes, but decided that acting and modeling were more to her liking.

She made her on air debut at the age of five, doing a commercial for a dog product, called the Doggy Dumper in California. While in high school she opted to be home schooled so she could pursue a career in modeling, which she began at the age of fifteen. As a model she has done countless runway shows, most memorably one for a Korean designer who hosted a show in N.Y.C., for the President of Indonesia. Also Meaghan has done many swimwear ads and shows. She landed her first magazine tear sheet in bridal magazine, "Manhattan Bride."

At 18, she decided to make the transition to acting, doing mostly "extra" work which eventually led to "feature" and "supporting" roles. As a SAG/A.F.T.R.A., member she hopes to continue to move upward in her career. Most recently, she has moved onto television and movies, with a supporting role in the movie "After the Outbreak" (2016).

When asked which actress she identifies with she chooses Meryl Streep for her diverse roles, Cate Blanchett for her natural ability to "sell" a roll, Kate Winslet for her determination in choosing roles against the advice of others, Audrey Hepburn for her classic acting abilities and finally Lucille Ball for the ability to look great and be very funny. Although Meaghan is driven to "cut her own path" many people have told her that she resembles a young Winona Ryder. Her hopes are to actually someday act with Miss Ryder in perhaps a Tim Burton film.

Wayne C. Dvorak

As a young child, Wayne C. Dvorak grew up on black-and-white movies and was enthralled with actors and acting. At age 15, he was scouted as a promising actor while he was in a high school play, and then immediately went into performing in community theater. Later continuing drama study in college, he was mentored at the Guthrie Theater in Minnesota by the celebrated Sir Tyrone Guthrie, who during his lifetime was considered the greatest director on the English-speaking stage including in both London and New York. At the Guthrie, Dvorak experienced first-hand the rehearsals and performances of star legends like Jessica Tandy, Hume Cronyn, George Grizzard, and Ellen Greer. And he sat in on discussions about writing and directing with the great Arthur Miller and Harold Clurman.

Later in Los Angeles, Dvorak performed at the Mark Taper Forum and he worked on television with such greats as Lucille Ball, Mary Tyler Moore, Beatrice Arthur, Betty White, Angela Lansbury, William Shatner, and Peter Falk. During his acting career, he appeared in such shows as Murder, She Wrote; Hill Street Blues; Seinfield; The Nanny; Evening Shade; Everybody Loves Raymond; and The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case with Anthony Hopkins.

Dvorak has a B.A. in Theatre Arts and Psychology and a B.S. in Education from the University of Minnesota. He also has a Masters of Arts in Theatre and Art from the University of California-Fullerton -- the first masters candidate in the history of this university.

Monique Phillips

Phillips' was born the middle child of three girls, to an Air Force career father and stay at home mom. Constantly being uprooted allowed her to personally transform as situations arose. As a youngster, she learned how to be flexible and the attention grabber within her family and amongst her friends. Constantly spearheading havoc often found her in trouble with the adults at various intervals.

When her artistic mother, a skater and dancer asked a very young Phillips' what she wanted to be when she grew up, she responded "Lucille Ball". She was also enamored and inspired by another leading female comedic actress, Carol Burnett, and in addition enjoyed all of the British Carry On Gang films.

While growing up, Phillips' artistic talent matured and she worked in a variety of mixed mediums, including painting and sculpting, but quickly became restless and yearned to express more. An avid athlete in high school, she competed in Soccer and excelled in Track and Field where her Relay Team brought home the Regional Title.

It was during her teen years, that Phillips' developed an interest in film and television. Following high school, she attended the University of Ottawa,with a brief stint studying Creative Advertising to quell family concerns where she found herself writing little movies in her copy, thus returning to graduate with a BA in Theatre.

She has gone on to work with Tony Goldwyn and opposite Tom Wilkinson and Blythe Danner in The Last Kiss, with Hal Holbrook and Naveen Andrews in Mira Nair's, My Own Country, with Oscar-winning director Malcolm Clarke in Dirty Trick, and had the pleasure of playing a fun, devious soap-opera actress in a short scripted by Governor General Prize winner Matt Cohen.

In addition to acting, Phillips' has written and produced her own short films, completed a feature script, and has several new projects in the works. "And I can see there's a novel in there in the recesses of my mind that was waiting for the right time to come out".

A little known fact, that although uncredited for her critical role, Phillips' was the hand that shot Chucky, in Bride of Chucky.

Sam Kwasman

Sam is a veteran actor/comedian. From a professional dancer in movies such as "Mame" with Lucille Ball and stage musicals like "Hello Dolly" with Martha Raye and the "Music Man" with Van Johnson, he graduated to acting roles. You have seen him on such shows as "Bob Newhart"(Emmy nomination), "Family Ties" "Lou Grant", "Airwolf", "MadTV" "Evening at the Improv" and "The Jerry Lewis Telethon". Not to mention voice overs for cartoons such as "Robot Chicken" with Seth Green and many, many on camera appearances in national commercials. As a stand up, he has appeared at Caesars Palace Lake Tahoe, the Alladin Hotel, the Riviera, Rodneys Place, the Comedy Store, the Improv, the Ice House and comedy clubs around the country. Over a 17 year period Sam worked on and off as the voice of Donald Duck at Disney studios. He is in the book, "Mouse Tracks" featuring Sam as the Duck. On Cartoon Network, he has voiced several characters for Seth Green's, "Robot Chicken" and is a series regular as the voice of Little Quacker on the new Tom and Jerry Show, now in it's second His most current film is, "Too Hip for the Room." He is also appearing in several Acura commercials for Jerry Seinfeld's, "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee."

Theo Crisell

Ted Crisell, known to friends around the globe as THEO, is a former child actor having grown up in Hollywood. THEO was raised in a talented family, mother played violin, sang and danced. At an early age (age7) THEO had private acting, dance and singing lessons. He worked in many films and television shows and performed with John Wayne, Walter Brennan, Donna Reid, Lucille Ball, Ernie Kovacks, Richard Carlson, Broderick Crawford, and many, many other name actors. He appeared later in shows with Whoopy Goldberg, Rodney Dangerfield and recently in films with Dustin Hoffman, Joanquin Phoenix and Phillip Seymour Hoffman.

As an adult THEO found he could not get cast in the character parts he wanted nd began producing, directing and writing his own films and webisodes.

In the last few years he has acted in and produced the horror films TRAPPED, GIRLS ON A BOAT, and DEMONS along with the comedy feature film WOMEN and two amazing and well received shorts which will be soon turned into Features, UNCLE ZORBA and DINNER WITH THE DONS.

Over the last two years THEO has appeared in over 100 film projects nd various characters and has appeared four times in various shorts with Funny Or Die.

THEO also continues to produce Web series through his three production companies he founded, CGP, Crisell Global Productions, Crisell World Vortex, Crisell TV.

Ivery Wheeler

Ivery Wheeler brings a lifetime of experience with every shuffle and tap step.

He began his tap dancing career at the age of 3 dancing on the bar at the Louisiana Club in Las Vegas more than 50 years ago. The history, grace, style and skill this one man possesses can easily fill a stage and any room.

At age 14, Ivery met Maceo Anderson of "The Four Step Brothers". In short order young Ivery become a hoofer performing in Anderson's groups, "Four Steps and a Miss" and later "The Third Generation Steps".

For more than ten years "Anderson's kids" were on everyone's short list. They performed with Jerry Lewis, Merv Griffin, Mike Douglas, Dinah Shore, Pearl Bailey, Dean Martin Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Donald O'Connor, Engelbert Humperdinck, Gregory Hines, Henry LeTang, Juliet Prowse, Dr. Jimmy Slyde, Debbie Reynolds, and many others.

Publically acknowledged by Savion Glover, and Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards as their mentor, teacher and friend; and by Dianne Walker as partner, and confidante, this humble legend is just as comfortable teaching in the studio as performing on stage.

With such monumental performances as "The Cotton Club", & the Tony award winning "Black and Blue" in Paris, and on Broadway, Ivery can do it all: sing, dance, act.

Honored at the L.A. Tap Festival in 2008 this legend is following in Maceo Anderson's foot steps and building the next generation of tappers.

Herbert Kenwith

Herbert Kenwith, born in New Jersey, started his career as an actor and appeared in several Broadway productions. His last was as "Bellboy" in "I Remember Mama" starring Mady Christians, produced by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, from 1944-46 (he was also Assistant Stage Manager). His first stage credit for producer / director was for "Night Must Fall," starring Dame May Whitty. As Broadway's youngest producer, Kenwith--with Paul Feigay, Oliver Smith and David Cummings--produced the 1948 Gertrude Berg play "Me and Molly," (26 Feb-10 July 1948), starring Berg as Molly Goldberg. The production was voted "one of the season's ten best plays".

After Broadway Kenwith produced and directed all 65 productions for Princeton University's McCarter Theatre for six very successful summers. The productions featured such leads as Lucille Ball, Mae West, Charlton Heston, Shelley Winters, Cesar Romero, Walter Matthau, Maureen Stapleton, Eve Arden, Constance Bennett, Joan Bennett, Paul Muni, Miriam Hopkins, Gloria Swanson, Jeanette MacDonald, Zazu Pitts and Nancy Reagan (known at the time as Nancy Davis). In the infant medium of New York television, CBS hired Kenwith as an associate director. Within seven weeks he was assigned to direct the daytime soap opera Valiant Lady, followed by Lamp Unto My Feet, Suspicion, The Investigator, The Polly Bergen Show and Jonathan Winters in his weekly television comedy show.

For his first three years at NBC Television, Kenwith directed the series The Doctors starring Ellen Burstyn. Picking up directing assignments on network television specials, he directed such stars as Danny Kaye, Billy Eckstine, Sidney Poitier and even Rose Kennedy. Within three weeks of his arrival in Hollywood Kenwith was directing episodes of Death Valley Days, The Name of the Game, Marcus Welby, M.D., Star Trek and Daktari, along with television pilots for all the networks. Among the performers he worked with while at the Princeton University McCarter Theatre was Lucille Ball, who tapped Kenwith as a director for her television series Here's Lucy, NBC and 20th Century-Fox revived a five-day drama series based upon the night-time drama Peyton Place, retitled Return to Peyton Place. NBC contracted Kenwith to alternate daily directing assignments until the series was canceled in 1975. He directed the first episode of the CBS daytime drama The Young and the Restless, followed by alternating directorial assignments on "Return to Peyton Place".

Norman Lear signed Kenwith to a seven-year contract as producer and director at Lear's factory of television shows, and he helmed such shows as "Different Strokes" (1972)_, _"The Facts of Life" (1974)_, Good Times, One Day at a Time and the night-time comedy-soap opera All That Glitters. Numerous prime-time sitcoms Kenwith directed included NBC's Sanford and Son featuring Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson and LaWanda Page, and the short-lived NBC series Joe's World starring K Callan. His long association and friendship with Mae West resulted in his directing her theatrical stage projects.

Although of the same physical appearance and height as Napoléon Bonaparte. Kenwith--a non-smoker and teetotaler--was known for his charming personality, a tremendous sense of humor and a friendly disposition that put any performer at ease during a guest appearance on a television or theatrical production. Kenwith, friendly with his television technical stage crew, could request and receive immediate response because of his affable attitude. His realm of expertise was respected and admired by his entire theatrical crew. Two featured characters in "All That Glitters" were Eileen Brennan as Ma Packer and her lazy son, Sonny Packer, played by Tim Thomerson. Sonny's role of wannabe Elvis Presley impersonator--always strumming his guitar, practicing swinging hips and rock movements--was diligently encouraged by Ma Packer. Their principal abode was a run-down farm shack. In preparation for the first introduction of the outlandish pair, Kenwith and Brennan requested the littered straw and dirt studio set floor be inhabited with a small pot-bellied pig and a dozen chickens. The first day of videotaping Ma and Sonny Packer's introduction in the series, Brennan picked up one of the hens, holding the chicken in her arms like a pet cat, petting and soothing the clucking hen while performing her character's motherly role. For the entire week she carried the same hen in her arms, with the chickens pecking seeds from the straw on the ramshackle floor. The following week the producers decided to cancel the livestock! Arriving early on set for rehearsal, Brennan and Kenworth confronted the dull-witted producers--"Where were the chickens?"--only to find out that the critters were taken out in order to save money on a chicken wrangler and his flock of hens! The cast and crew waited for an hour for the wrangler and his flock to arrive. Thereafter, Brennan and her chicken co-star with the flock of hens were featured until Ma moved uptown, with Sonny becoming a full-fledged rock star on a local television station talent show, landing a gig at a local Western bar and stardom! Ma Packer, now a sexy glamorous theatrical agent, became a music-rock group phenomena.

Kenwith lived in a large four-bedroom home above the famous Hollywood Sunset Strip, with a southwest view of the Los Angeles cityscape. The home had at one time belonged to the permanent host for Princess Grace Kelly and her husband Prince Rainier of Monaco on their visits to Southern California, as they never stayed in a hotel. After retiring from the television industry, Kenwith downsized, relocating to a condo-penthouse in Beverly Hills, in Century City. He died at age 90 on January 30, 2008, in Los Angeles of complications from prostate cancer.

Howard Leeds

Howard Leeds, the sitcom veteran who developed The Facts of Life and produced and wrote for The Brady Bunch, Diff'rent Strokes and Silver Spoons,

In the late 1970s, Leeds was a producer on the hit Diff'rent Strokes, starring Conrad Bain and child star Gary Coleman, when he was asked by NBC head Fred Silverman and producer Norman Lear to come up with a spin-off.

The Facts of Life debuted in August 1979 and ran for more than 200 episodes over nine seasons, from 1979-88. The comedy - which also tackled serious issues - revolved around a group of teenage girls attending a private New York boarding school. Helping them along the way was their no-nonsense, compassionate housemother Edna Garrett (Charlotte Rae, who had played a wisecracking maid on Diff'rent Strokes).

Leeds created two other '80s popular sitcoms starring youngsters: Silver Spoons, with Ricky Schroder as the center of a wealthy clan, and Small Wonder, about a family with a cute robot daughter (Tiffany Brissette).

Earlier, Leeds had produced 92 episodes of The Brady Bunch from 1970-74 and guided such shows as My Living Doll, The Ghost & Mrs. Muir and Hello, Larry.

Leeds was born on June 27, 1919, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He and his parents came to Los Angeles, and he graduated from Fairfax High School in 1937.

After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, he returned to L.A. and worked at MGM. His first credit came in 1952 as a writer on CBS' Meet Millie, the radio hit turned TV program that starred Elena Verdugo.

He wrote for The Red Skelton Hour starting in 1953 and three years later was nominated for an Emmy Award for best comedy writing for his work on The George Gobel Show (Lear and his partner, Bud Yorkin, also wrote for that comedy).

Leeds later wrote for The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show, Bachelor Father, The Bob Cummings Show, Make Room for Daddy, My Three Sons, Bewitched and Barney Miller, and for variety specials top-lined by Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Jack Benny, Dean Martin, Andy Williams, Tom Jones, Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball and Benny Hill.

From 1976-78, he served as executive producer of drama and comedy for television and motion pictures for Reg Grundy Productions of Australia.

Fiona Forbes

Fiona Forbes is a Canadian television personality who currently hosts the award-winning entertainment talk show The Rush, in Vancouver, British Columbia. After being told by Regis Philbin that "You've got something kid!" she has gone on to receive accolades such as "Favorite Television Personality" and numerous other Reader's Choice and Industry Awards. She has done over fifteen thousand interviews with top names from the worlds of film, television, music, literature, sports and pop culture. Along the way Fiona has been schooled in politics from Arnold Schwarzenegger,music and hockey from Michael Buble, booty-pops from the Pussycat Dolls and learned to play the drums with GLEE'S Cory Montieth.

Forbes received a degree in History from the University of British Columbia and had planned to go to Law School. Instead, on a whim she enrolled in the Journalism Program at The British Columbia Institute of Technology. Before graduating from the program, Fiona got her first job as a TV Host by accident when she auditioned as a dare and landed her first on camera gig. She is both a proud fashionista and a geek.perhaps best described by Hollywood guru Larry Moss who called her a woman with "chutzpah who reminds me of Lucille Ball".

Although she is best known for her work on the long-running talk show The Rush, she has also hosted numerous other shows including Daytime on the Rogers Network, Automotive Morning on Life Network and Breakfast Television on City-TV. Fiona also does extensive work as a Master of Ceremonies for corporate events and is passionate about lending her talents to support many wonderful charities including the Canadian Cancer Society, the Children's Hospital Foundation and Canuck Place.

Jean Marie Ingels

Jean Marie (Ingels) Clarke began her career as a model, becoming a New York cover girl and TV commercial spokeswoman. A flair for comedy won her a commercial with comedian Buddy Hackett and brought her to the attention of Screen Gems, MGM and 20th - all of which offered her contracts. While working in sitcoms she became a comedy sketch artist 'regular' on Truth or Consequences and with Johnny Carson in his Mighty Carson Art Players and also worked in Specials with Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Julie Andrews and Danny Kaye as well as films with Elvis and Jerry Lewis. While working in television she also won rave reviews in Louis John Carlino's ensemble play, "Telemachus Clay" and co-starred with John Milford in "Room Service", following this with a two-year stint in repertory, where she acted, directed, and began writing for both theatre and film. While being considered for staff work on both "Capitol" and "Days of Our Lives" she was offered a contract by Aaron Spelling and became writer/story editor on "Hotel", with a short stint on "Nightingales". With the cancellation of both shows she was slated for the staff of (Charlie's) "Angels 88", possibly the first show Aaron Spelling ever had rejected by a network - sending Jean back to long form, her first love, and also to the fine art she had neglected, showing her paintings and sculpture in the Laguna Festival of Arts and Orange County Art & Jazz. These were followed by two one-woman shows in Los Angeles as well as group exhibits throughout Southern California. In addition to the above, Jean is a produced playwright, been a journalist with two bylines, a restaurant critic for "Epicurean Rendezvous" and published award-winning poetry. Currently, Jean is a novelist with two books and a short-story collection to her credit, with a third novel in progress. (1/1/12)

Helen Eileen Beardsley

Helen Beardsley was born Helen Eileen Brandmeir, the ninth in a family of ten children in Seattle, Washington on April 5, 1930. She grew up in Seattle where Helen trained to be a nurse at Providence Hospital. At age 19 Helen married Navy man Richard (Dick) Dale North on June 30, 1949.

Helen and Dick lived at Oak Harbor, Washington where they had their first child, Colleen North on June 1, 1950. They moved to Kodiak, Alaska where their children Janette and Nicholas were born on June 15, 1951 and July 16, 1952. Dick and Helen moved back to Oak Harbor where their son Tom was born on October 17, 1953. Next the Navy brought them to Okinawa, Japan where their daughter Jean was born at Uchitomari on December 12, 1955. Their next move brought them to Great Lakes, Michigan where their son Phillip was born on February 7, 1957. Three more moves soon followed to Key West, San Diego and back again to Oak Harbor, Washington where their son Gerald was born on October 14, 1958.

At age 30 Helen became a widow when she was six-and-a-half months pregnant for her eighth child. Dick died in an aircraft accident on June 7, 1960. She then gave birth to Teresa on August 30, 1960.

In early 1961 Helen moved to San Leandro, California where the principal of the parochial school where her children were registered, Sister Mary Eleanor, mentioned her recently widowed brother Francis (Frank) Beardsley, a Navy Warrant Officer. Frank had 10 children of his own. Frank and Helen began corresponding and had their first date on the eve of Mother's Day, May 13, 1961. The whirlwind courtship ended up in marriage less than four months later.

At age 31 Helen North married Frank Beardsley on September 9, 1961 in Carmel, California and became the mother of 18 children. She and her 8 children moved in with Frank and his 10 children. Frank's house was enlarged to 5,800 square feet in size, which included 8 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms and 3 living rooms. The family immediately gained national press attention. The couple soon sold the movie rights to their story to Desilu Studios.

On July 14, 1962 Frank and Helen's first child together, Joseph was born. In the spring of 1963 Helen legally adopted Frank's 10 children and Frank adopted Helen's 8 children in the largest mass adoption in California history. The couple's 20th child, named Helen was born on April 19, 1964.

Frank and Helen appeared on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson soon after their wedding. The family then appeared in west coast bread commercials. Helen received the National Campfire Girls Mother of the Year award in 1963. In 1965 Helen wrote the book "Who Gets the Drumstick" recounting her story as a Navy wife and mother. In April 1968, the movie "Yours, Mine and Ours" staring Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda which was loosely based on Frank and Helen's story, was released. Helen was also appointed by then California Governor Ronald Reagan to the State's Advisory Commission on the Status of Women.

Helen was known as a very giving and loving person. She was a classy woman with very traditional values. Helen was also a devout Catholic. She is also described by her daughter as a peacemaker and that family was the most important thing to Helen. She was very much loved and admired by all who knew her through out her whole life, especially by her 20 children.

In 1968 Frank retired from the Navy and with Helen they opened a nut and gift shop and Ye Ol' Beardsley Donut Shope, which later expanded into three locations. In 1973 the couple sold the stores and Helen returned to the medical field working at Carmel Community Hospital. The couple then moved to Fresno in 1977 where Helen worked at St Agnes Medical Center as a cardiovascular technician.

Frank and Helen Beardsley retired to the Santa Rosa area in the mid 1980s. Soon after obtaining her certificate in medical transcribing Helen began a long battle with a rare form of Parkinson disease which eventually took her life on April 26, 2000. At the time of her death Helen was the mother of 20 children, she had 44 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Helen was buried next to her first husband Dick North at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Oregon.

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