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 By Nick Thomas    Columns    August 1, 2016

Lindsay Wagner's one (bionic) woman show

One of the hottest actresses to emerge from the 1970s has been appearing around the country in recent years presenting her stage show, "More than a Bionic Woman: An Evening with Lindsay Wagner." In Au...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    July 1, 2016

Carleton Carpenter: Actor, author, lion tamer

What were the chances that a 6' 3" spaghetti-thin, 18-year-old blonde actor from Bennington, Vt., could break into Broadway on his first job interview in the 1940s? For Carleton Carpenter, after arriv...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    June 1, 2016

Singer Toni Tennille's brush with Hollywood

She put the "Tennille" in the popular 70s music duo of "The Captain and Tennille" and enjoyed two huge number one Billboard hits – "Love Will Keep Us Together" and "Do That to Me One More Time."...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    May 1, 2016

Peter Mark Richman: Pharmacist-turned-actor

Recognized for hundreds of television roles dating back to the 1950s, Peter Mark Richman broke into film alongside Gary Cooper in the 1956 civil war western, "Friendly Persuasion." "But I'm not only...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    April 1, 2016

Vintage Cavett returns to television

The battle for late-night talk show dominance is nothing new to TV audiences. In the 60s and 70s, three prominent hosts sometimes went head-to-head for the coveted ratings bragging rights. "There was...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    March 1, 2016

Audrey Dalton talks about surviving Hollywood

Four decades before James Cameron's 1997 blockbuster "Titanic" made waves at the Academy Awards with 11 wins, Audrey Dalton signed on for Hollywood's 1953 recreation of the famous 1912 maritime...

 

Doris Day is still an animal's best friend

A hugely popular singer and actress throughout the 50s and 60s, Doris Day first became interested in animal issues on the set of a 1956 Alfred Hitchcock film. "One of my first profound experiences...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    January 1, 2016

Betty Lynn is keeping Mayberry alive

It's just after noon on the third Friday of the month, and 89-year-old Betty Lynn is preparing to take her seat behind a small brown table in the main room of the Andy Griffith Museum in Mount Airy,...

 

Actor Richard Anderson lives his love for heroes, happy endings

Richard Anderson appeared in over 200 films and TV shows throughout his career. But it's not just his well-known role as security chief Oscar Goldman in "The Six Million Dollar Man" that elicits fan...

 

A 'High Chaparral' Thanksgiving with Henry Darrow

Come November, Henry Darrow's thoughts typically turn to turkeys ... and burros. Darrow, who turned 82 in September, played Manolito in the popular 60s western television series "High Chaparral." He r...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    October 1, 2015

Joyce Randolph, last of 'The Honeymooners'

From "I Love Lucy" and "All in the Family" to "Married with Children" and "Seinfeld," structuring a sitcom around four lead characters often proved a successful formula. "It was the perfect format...

 

Shirley Jones and Marty Ingels remember 9/11

Laughter is often cited as a key ingredient for a successful marriage. Shirley Jones and Marty Ingels would agree. In 1974, Shirley was leaving an art exhibit at Michael Landon's home when Marty...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    August 1, 2015

Arlene Dahl's journey to Hollywood and beyond

Generally regarded as one of the classic beauties to grace the big screen throughout the '40s and '50s, Arlene Dahl's career extended beyond the reach of the camera. "I've had many different...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    July 1, 2015

Actress Julie Newmar is still the cat's meow

This summer, Julie Newmar turns 82; but it only seems like yesterday she was prowling across our TV screens as the original Catwoman supervillainess in the '60s TV series "Batman." In addition to her...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    June 1, 2015

William Shatner's trek through fatherhood

Her father commanded a spaceship in a popular 60s television series. Two decades later, in 1988, Melanie Shatner was featured alongside her dad in an Oldsmobile TV commercial revealing her own desire...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    May 1, 2015

Leslie Caron danced her way to Hollywood

Only a handful of actresses danced in feature films with both Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire. One was Leslie Caron. Although her last feature film was a decade ago, she hasn't been exactly idle since....

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    April 1, 2015

Patricia Routledge still keeping up appearances

Produced from 1990-1995, the British sitcom "Keeping Up Appearances" quickly crossed the Atlantic, bringing smiles to viewers of American Public Television where the show was widely broadcast. The...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    March 1, 2015

The seemingly-ubiquitous William Schallert

If you have watched television since the 1950s, there's no avoiding William Schallert. His distinctive, mellow voice and comfortingly familiar face have appeared on series ranging from "Father Knows B...

 

Comedian Rich Little still impresses

At 76, veteran comedian and impressionist Rich Little is still zigzagging the country doing one-man shows. Impressions have been Little's stock and trade since his school days in Ottawa, Canada. "I...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    January 1, 2015

Co-stars remember Elvis the actor

For many, the title "King of Rock and Roll" is reserved for one man: Elvis Presley. Had he lived, the King would have celebrated his 80th birthday on Jan. 8, 2015. Unlike most departed singers who are...

 

And the Oscar went to ... Maureen O'Hara

Food, family and fun are usually part of Christmas Day celebrations for many families. The festivity may also include watching old Christmas movies, with the 1947 version of "Miracle on 34th Street"...

 

James Drury's next generation "Virginian"

While today's television landscape is littered with so-called reality programming, westerns dominated the airways in the 1960s. One of the most popular was "The Virginian," which ran for nine seasons...

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    October 1, 2014

Dawn Wells shares Mary Ann's lessons for life

What should have been "a three-hour tour" turned into a 50-year journey for Dawn Wells, who played castaway Mary Ann in the zany sitcom "Gilligan's Island" that debuted on CBS in September, 1964....

 

Nehemiah Persoff retired from screen to canvas

Since retiring from acting over a decade ago, versatile character actor Nehemiah Persoff has become a successful artist, painting from his seaside home in Cambria, Calif. (see www....

 
 By Nick Thomas    Columns    August 1, 2014

Tippi Hedren talks 'Marnie' at 50, and more

Released in the summer of 1964, "Marnie" wasn't a typical Alfred Hitchcock thriller. While a moderate success at the box office, the eponymous psychological mystery was panned by some critics at the...

 

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