About My Latest Book
Two Friends. One Terrible night. A lifetime of pain.
When Fifteen-year-old Suzanne is kidnapped from a small Northern California town and thrown into the terrifying world of human trafficking, her high school friend Sandy and fired policeman Sgt. Dormer search for her. In the dark underworld of Los Angeles' gangs and prostitution, they find Suzanne and launch a plan to rescue her...only to discover she doesn't want to leave.
And then Sgt. Dormer learns his own daughter has gone missing...
My Acting Career taught me about life.
I am a writer, director and actress. I've long been interested in social justice issues. I wrote A Prison of the Mind, about the Death Penalty and performed it throughout California and in Washington D.C. It's published online in the literary journal Tacenda Spring 2009
My stage career started in New York with La Mama Experimental Theater and several tours with other companies throughout the country. The acting program at Illinois State University gave me an MA in Theater, a contender in the National Theater Communications Group Finals, a finalist in The American College Theater Festival with Arnold Wesker's "The Four Seasons" on which I based my creative thesis that was later used as a supplemental text on the acting process, and wonderful training in classical and modern theater. Los Angeles beckoned for work in television and I soon found myself with recurring roles on "Days of Our Lives" and "The Young and The Restless" and several guest appearances on television shows- including "Rhoda," "Nine to Five" "Little House on the Prairie"-and T.V. Movies of the week. My portrayal of the feisty Angela in Sean O'Casey's "Bedtime Story" garnered the Drama-Logue Award.
Working at Cafe La Mama in Hollywood I starred in Wallace Shawn's wonderful comedy "Our Late Night" with Jeff Goldblum and seven other great actors and my career as an actress in Hollywood began.
But as a spaced out blonde really?
"Corvette Summer" thought so and so did "Three's Company" that I screen tested for with the late great John Ritter. I did stop our audition because I had flubbed a line but I wouldn't have lasted a week in that sit-com.
Suzanne Summers deserved that role and she did a great job under a lot of pressure!
The same with the re-make of the movie "The Postman Always Rings Twice." Although I was thrilled to be considered a new aged version of Lana Turner I never thought I was a fit for the role, and certainly not a fit for the star.
Jessica Lange did a wonderful job. I never would have made it.
I'm really a writer!
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