Thu, 25 September 2014
One of Hollywood’s most enduring and beloved leading ladies,
Shelley openly shares the details of her childhood as a
department store “fashion model”, and how that led to her first
television appearance at the age of 10.
In constant onscreen demand from an early age, she appeared in more
than 50 television series, from early classics like Annie Oakley to
her breakthrough role on The Donna Reed Show.
Shelley shares memories of her eight years playing “Mary Stone”
and working closely with TV legends Donna Reed, Paul Petersen,
and Carl Betz, and then describes the unique experience of
becoming an international teen idol with the release of
her #1 hit recording of Johnny Angel.
As the only female co-star to appear in three of Elvis Presley's
movies (Clambake, Girl Happy and Spinout), Shelley describes
what it was like meeting “the King” for the first time...and how
she still thinks of him as her “favorite leading man”.
Shelley then goes on to recount her adult life as an actress on
shows like Love, American Style, The Rockford Files, and Fantasy Island
and her professional joy working opposite James Caan in the era’s
most memorable television movie, Brian’s Song.
This is an intimate, open-hearted dialogue with a legendary actress as
she shares the realities of Hollywood’s type-casting in the Sixties
while giving us a real sense of the personal and professional values
that brought her years of success on major hits like
One Day at a Time and Coach.
It's an engaging conversation with a truly
classy lady as she reveals the personal side of
the Hollywood "actor's life" that you won’t want to miss!
Sat, 13 September 2014
Michael Sloan was born into a British theatrical family and raised amid
the smell of greasepaint and the sound of applause.
Bob and Suzanne’s conversation with Michael starts with his youth as a budding actor
and his early adventures writing and producing his own independent feature films.
Michael’s story then demonstrates his unique creative instincts as he describes how
he got his first major primetime television break writing for Columbo, a credit that
propelled him toward a meteoric career path at Universal City Studios and beyond.
Sloan’s credits soon ranged from BJ & The Bear (where he gave Bob his first primetime writing gig)
and Quincy to McCloud, Battlestar Gallactica, Sword of Justice, and The Return of The Man From Uncle...
to name only a few of hundreds! His was the producing and writing “juice” behind
unforgettable shows like Kung Fu: The Legend Continues and
the contemporary Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
And as if his hundreds of writing and producing credits weren’t enough, Michael was also
the creator of one of television’s most highly-acclaimed suspense and action series,
The Equalizer—now a major motion picture starring Denzel Washington
set to appear in theaters worldwide.
Almost as “throwaway” in the interview, Michael reveals that his wife—actress
Melissa Sue Anderson of Little House on the Prairie fame—first suggested Denzel Washington
in the role of The Equalizer’s “Robert McCall” a full seven years before the movie
went into production…and then we learn that Michael’s new novel The Equalizer
has just debuted in bookstores everywhere.
With great wit and humor, the lessons Michael Sloan shares in this podcast are
truly bricks of gold on the road to Hollywood success!
Mon, 8 September 2014
Suzanne and Bob reveal the latest news about their new book, Where Hollywood Hides: Santa Barbara Celebrities in Paradise,
and then talk to award-winning Hollywood producer Dennis Brown.
Dennis tells a uniquely personal story that saw him go from “small town boy” to a studio accounting department,
and then to the pinnacle of Hollywood success...with career highlights along the way that include
getting hired by Grant Tinker (who would later build MTM Productions with his wife Mary Tyler Moore),
surviving the destruction of United Artists Studio by Michael Cimino's Heaven’s Gate,
and eventually being nominated for an Emmy.
During the course of his amazing career, Dennis has supervised multiple Academy Award and
Emmy Award-winning projects, has shot film on every continent on the planet.
The major stars he’s worked with include Jerry Seinfeld, Lindsay Wagner, Farrah Fawcett,
Liza Minelli, Tom Selleck, Burt Lancaster, Peter Fonda, Leonard Nimoy...
and in this interview, you’ll learn which actor holds a special place in his heart.
While sharing the one-work "key" to becoming a successful independent movie producer,
in a candid and emotional moment Dennis reveals what has truly mattered most to him
in building his career. Throughout the interview, you’ll hear what it takes to plan a Hollywood career and
how “the Hollywood dream” can become a reality.
It’s an easy-going intimate conversation about an incredible life working
behind the scenes in Hollywood...and one you won’t forget!