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 Posted:   Dec 17, 2008 - 2:36 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

One other notable fact about Diahann is that she almost got to be in the great sci-fi classic "The Omega Man". The choice, according to Heston's wonderful "The Actor's Life" memoir, came down to either her or Rosalind Cash and in the end Cash got the part.

 Posted:   Dec 17, 2008 - 2:46 PM   
 By:   Sigerson Holmes   (Member)

One other notable fact about Diahann is that she almost got to be in the great sci-fi classic "The Omega Man". The choice, according to Heston's wonderful "The Actor's Life" memoir, came down to either her or Rosalind Cash and in the end Cash got the part.

Rosalind Cash was GREAT in that part though. Would Diahann have had the same amount of SASS?

Quick photo-trivia-question:

Anyone remember Diahann in this late '70s TV appearance?

NP: Theme from "Jeopardy," Merv Griffin.

 Posted:   Dec 17, 2008 - 3:35 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

I take it that's Diahann in the infamous "Star Wars Holiday Special"? smile (I have it but could only take watching it once!)

 Posted:   Dec 17, 2008 - 3:40 PM   
 By:   Sigerson Holmes   (Member)

That's it, Eric!

Happy Life Day, everyone.

Eat, drink and be . . . porky?

 Posted:   Dec 18, 2008 - 5:42 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

Kudos for Mentioning the Marvelous - and Sadly Missed - Ms. Cash, Eric Department:

We aim to get around to her anon, also ... smile

[ And, geez, guys, is that Star Wars special every inch the horror its rep retains? Must beeeeeee! eek ]

 Posted:   Dec 18, 2008 - 5:54 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

Also Glad to Hear This One's Upcoming on DeeVeeDee Department:

We fell in love with it just afore shipping off to college (eventually even sending a spec teleplay to Fox), especially our earl-y acute infatuation with

(and later anchored admiration of) simmering Denise Nicholas. wink

So chalk anudder one for future appreciation.

Oh, and SteJay, about that "dated" reference of yorn: you really think so? confused There are other relics of that era and afterward (particularly some of Norman Lear's more embarrassing and less enobled efforts - that make one cringe far more (now AS then) than


 Posted:   Jan 6, 2009 - 7:31 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

Farewell But Ne'er Forgotten Department:

 Posted:   Feb 7, 2009 - 11:40 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

She’s gol-danged GOR-geous,

sublimely sensuous with striking sexuality

with an innate intelligence most intoxicating.

She came to everyone’s attention as part of America’s Reel First Family (profoundly paving the symbolic way for the current celebrated occupants) via “The Cosby Show”

in which her incredibly hypnotic (and always human) Clair Huxtable proved beauty and brains aren’t mutually exclusive.

Aside from immediately holding her own and balancing the powerhouse (and sometimes intimidating) presence of Mr. Cosby himself.

In addition to which she has one of the most joyously INFECTIOUS laughs ever! big grin

Since that seminal series waved its final farewell, its financial freedom has provided Ms. Rashad the muscular chance to flex her theatrical mettle with a plethora of penetrating stage performance that’ve not only challenged and expanded her ever-evolving and expanding talent but also achieved history in its wondrous wake.

As Lena

in Lorraine Hansberry’s

she became the first black actress ever to win Broadway’s coveted Tony Award for Best Actress.

Not to be outdone, there’s also her centuries-old Aunt Esther


She’s also resolutely gone beyond specific ethnicity to embrace the general universality inherent in Gorca’s “House of Bernarda Alba”,

Billy Bard’s “Cymbeline”,

to say nothing of Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”.

With dancer/choeographer/director (and, above all else, Sister) Debbie Allen.

Tis quite obvious her radiant star won’t diminish in its intensity, courage

or distinction

any tyme



 Posted:   Apr 24, 2009 - 10:42 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

Denise Nicholas was one of our earliest collegiate crushes; in fact, we were so smitten with her alluring attractiveness we wrote a spec script spotlighting her Liz Chandler character and - ignorant in the extremis as we were - actually sent it 20th Fox teevee (yes, it came back with a written release attached).

‘Room 222’ was the show which first brought the beautiful Mme. Nicholas’

multi-faceted persona to the talented Hollywood fore







She recently expanded her creative expression with her first book

which has attracted glowing reviews and revealed a heretofore abundant bounty she finds far more satisfying than saying lines others have written.

Still intoxicating in the maturing Act II of her life, here’s a bouquet to her continued evolution in all its striking

and memorably gifted guises smile

 Posted:   Apr 24, 2009 - 12:37 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

The new release of S1 of "The Paper Chase" (1978-79) also features a guest appearance of hers as a law student struggling to meet the demands of Professer Kingsfield's (John Houseman) class.

 Posted:   Jun 22, 2009 - 7:06 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

Not Since Miraculous JANET MacLACHLAN Has Any Actress Impressed Us So Department:


With lucky hubby Boris and their Next Generation progeny (damn rite we’re envious!!!!!!!)

Still, if it’s any selfish consolation, we’ve got two future projects currently percolating with the dazzling Nicole

top-lining each. Wish us luck, won'tcha? wink

Yeah, YU, Beautiful smile

 Posted:   Oct 7, 2009 - 6:33 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

Halle Who? Department:

... wink

 Posted:   Oct 7, 2009 - 6:32 PM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

For the record, Lena's bubble bath, deleted from CABIN IN THE SKY, was seen by the public before THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT III -- in a Pete Smith Novelty short.


Am I missing some of these wonderful pictures, BTW? I keep seeing these red X's but can't transform them into images...

 Posted:   Oct 8, 2009 - 7:47 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

Dagnabbit, Pres, Now You’ve Done It Department:

Ya just HADDA go and mention the only installment we didn’t catch - ack!!!!!!!!!

Mucho appreciative of the comments, too, compadre (tho afraid we're almost Amish-challenged when it comes to these new-fangled technological questions. Mayhap some of the other enterprising Scotty's out there can help you).

We may not get a Niagara overflow of posts but somebody aside from merry Munchkins is sure reading it – and that’s all that counts when the matrix is elevated upwards, n'est ce pas? wink

 Posted:   Oct 8, 2009 - 4:07 PM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

But you DID catch TE III, Neo -- you mentioned it in your Lena post. (You just called it by another name, is all.)

Thanks for the thread!

 Posted:   Oct 9, 2009 - 7:17 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

Your Sincerity Makes Our Soul Smile, Pres Department:

As that western philosopher Vin wood sey –
“You’re more’n welcome”.

Upcoming visual appreciations include those for

while our Boston Bud JaSe is waging a hot-n’-heavy campaign for

plus our own profoundly-prejudiced, beautifully-biased, non-objective/thoroughly subjective
orchestra for the incandescent

And since this has never been intended as a one-trinity show, anyone else care to share those they’d like to see similarly celebrated (including over on our companion piece where the men are concerned, too), we’re a’waitin’ smile

 Posted:   Oct 10, 2009 - 8:46 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

A Present for Pres Department:


 Posted:   Oct 27, 2009 - 1:50 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

"Beauty? Let me tell you something - being thought of as `a beautiful woman`
has spared me nothing in life.

No heartache, no trouble. Love has been difficult. Beauty is essentially meaningless

and it is always transitory …

I know that I will never find my father in any other man who comes into my life,
because it is a void in my life that can only be filled by him …

I never wanted to be a model. My modeling career was nothing but a stepping stone
to my acting career and that`s all I ever saw it as. A pointless rock in the river that
has to be stepped on in order to get to the meaningful oasis of acting …

I know I'm only one human being and I'm only making one tiny contribution,
and it's nothing more than that …

I'd like to be able to use Storm's

powers for good,

like have it rain more in Southern California …

What is my real purpose here? I`ve looked at what I do. I make believe and make movies.

I entertain people and get paid for it. Sometimes it seems like such a shallow existence.

How insignificant in the scheme of life …

The times may have changed, but the people are still the same.

We're still looking for love,

and that will always be our struggle as human beings ...

I think it's always best to be who you are …

I'll never get married again, and I always hate to say never to anything,

but I will never marry again …

I'm still a work in progress …"

 Posted:   Apr 23, 2010 - 12:06 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

With all the 60s-70s TV I watch, I have increasingly found myself seeing more and more guest appearances by this great singer-beauty, Barbara McNair, and since her guest shots have all been in shows that I've not been giving an individual spotlight to, I figured what a better place to recognize her than in this thread.

Barbara had the distinction of being the main guest villainess in the final aired episode of "Mission: Impossible" in 1973, where she has pulled off a theft of the crown jewels of a country, and the IM team must try to recover them and make her think she has a set of fakes.

Pernell Roberts, her lead henchman in the episode, I'm sure didn't mind wearing the worst hairpiece of his entire career just for the chance to work alongside her! smile

 Posted:   Apr 23, 2010 - 12:43 PM   
 By:   MikeP   (Member)

Always had a soft spot for Denise Nicholas.

Halle Berry though - eh. Never felt she was a tremendous beauty, pretty, yes, but, devoid of personality. However she does have the distinction of winning a Best Actress Oscar for one of the most embarrassingly bad performances in recent memory.

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