SAG-AFTRA | AEA | American Member of British Equity | Dramatists Guild
I’m one of the lucky ones. My first call to an agent was a cold call I made to William Morris. Dan Stevens signed me. My acting career took off like a shot. My first job was starring in a prime-time series on ABC. Immediately followed by a starring role in a CBS pilot, and I'm still going strong. Recently, I won the "Golden Leopard Award". for Best Actress in the Canadian International Film & Television Festival. I'm grateful the didn't call it the Golden Cougar Award.
In addition to film and television roles, I starred on the WestEnd in London in a musical, "DEAN." And appeared on the fringe with Pierce Brosnan in a Tennessee Williams play, "Red Devil Battery Sign." On Broadway, I played Betty in the long running hit, "No No Nannette." People ask me what I like the best, I say, "I love all of it. It's like getting
paid to play." If you look at my credits you'll notice I get hired over and over again. That's because I have a method. I show up five minutes early, with my lines nailed. I deliver on the first take. I soak up direction like a sponge and deliver on the second take and we all go home early.
Knowing that the longevity of a woman's career is usually cut off at thirty-five, I started writing screenplays and fell in love with it. My first screenplay won the WGA Producers Access Program. There were over 1,500 scripts submitted and mine was one of three selected. Four out of six of my spec scripts have been optioned but none of them made it to the screen. Frustrating.
I opened my own production company, Got a Laugh Entertainment. Then wrote, produced, directed and starred in a short which was accepted at Cannes and won multiple awards in additional festivals.
I'm a very lucky person. The next film I made is a 90-minute romantic comedy, “1 Nighter”, starring Timothy Bottoms and myself. I also wrote, produced and directed. It got 3.0 to 4.2 stars of Amazon. A lot of big budget studio films get 2 stars. Now it's in distribution on tubi.
The actual filming of it was wonderful .. a hell of a lot of work ... very little sleep and a great deal of joy. Big time directors have huge fights over getting the final cut. I did the final cut with my DP and editor, JP Pierce.
Now, I'm in an age range where I can play all sorts of character parts and I'm loving it.
Below is my favorite quote
"Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Begin it now. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way." - Goethe