Actress, teacher, and monologist Veronica Redd (The Young and The Restless), actress and voice artist Judi Beecher (Tango Shalom, Heavy Rain), and author and activist Alexis Hunter (Joi Lansing: A Body to Die For) will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Oct. 8-10 at the following times and venues:
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Fans of The Young and the Restless know Veronica Redd as the second of two actresses to play Mamie Johnson, the trusted housekeeper of the Abbott family, and a role that she played for ten years (first from 1990 to 1995, and again from 1999 to 2004). Veronica, however, is no stranger to prime time TV, with appearances in many popular network TV shows and top-rated miniseries, including Lou Grant, Good Times, The Women of Brewster Place, and The Blue and the Gray.
Fans of The Jeffersons, however, know Veronica for her lead role in “Once a Friend,” the groundbreaking episode of The Jeffersons in which George learns that his old Navy buddy, Eddie Stokes, has undergone a sex change operation and is now living life as a woman, Edie. Written by Jay Moriarty and Mike Milligan, and originally broadcast in October 1977, “Once a Friend” not only marked one of the first portrayals of a transgender person on network television, but was certainly the first time that subject had ever been explored on a network TV sitcom.
“Once a Friend” also marked Veronica Redd’s very first acting role in Hollywood (following a lengthy list of stage appearances and TV commercial work in New York), not to mention her very first network television appearance. Yet it took a while before Veronica realized just how much her performance as Edie Stokes meant to real-life transgender people. We will talk about that, and more, when Veronica Redd joins us in our second hour.
Our first hour will include a conversation with actress, director, producer, and voice artist Judi Beecher. After beginning her career as a print model and singer in France, Italy, and New York, Judi ran a successful import/export company in New York City before pursuing a career as an actress. After landing a role with Woody Allen in “Coop Italia” (a series of TV commercials for the Italian market), she trained for the theatre at the Stella Adler Conservatory in New York City (studying under such acting masters such as Uta Hagen, Bill Hickey, Bobby Lewis, and Elaine Stritch), while also completing a two-year Meisner and movement program. Her many film and TV credits include A Cry from Within, Larchmont, Cameraman, Four Weeks, Four Hours, Taken 3, Law and Order, The Shield, and JAG, plus she is the voice of Madison Paige in the popular videogame Heavy Rain.
Judi Beecher is also one of the stars, and one of the executive producers, of Tango Shalom, the award-winning comedy about a Hassidic rabbi (played by Jos Laniado) who gets a message from God that he must enter a TV dance competition to resolve his financial problems. This leads to a host of complications, not the least of which is that the rabbi’s sacred beliefs prevent him from touching other women. Also starring Joseph Bologna (in his final screen role), Renee Taylor, Lainie Kazan, and Karina Smirnoff (from Dancing with the Stars), Tango Shalom is now playing in select theaters, plus it will become available for streaming on demand platforms beginning Friday, Oct. 29.
Also this week: We will welcome back Alexis Hunter, author of Joi Lansing: A Body to Die For, an intimate memoir of Alexis’s four-year relationship with Joi Lansing—the last of Hollywood’s blonde bombshells, and an actress who fell victim to the film industry’s autocratic, sexist, and, in Joi’s case, ultimately deadly system of control. Though its premise sounds titillating, Alexis’ book is really a poignant story of first love that also serves as a cautionary tale about the dangers of silicon enhancements.
There have been several exciting developments about Joi Lansing: A Body to Die For since Alexis’ last visit on our program, including a forthcoming miniseries adaptation that will be produced by Vincent DeSalvo and written by Joseph Dougherty. We’ll talk about this, and more, when Alexis Hunter joins us in our second hour.
For our listeners on the East Coast, Alexis will sign copies of Joi Lansing: A Body to Die For at the historic Stonewall Inn in New York City, the birthplace of the contemporary LGBTQ movement, on Monday Oct. 18 from 6pm to 8pm. Alexis will also read a passage from the book, while a Q & A will follow with Alexis, Vincent DeSalvo, and Joseph Dougherty. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
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