As the authors, we owe our contributors a debt of gratitude. We want to thank all the actresses (listed below) who shared their thoughts, advice and stories in this book. Their contributions were invaluable. We admire their strength, courage and perseverance and their generosity to us. These actresses have moved people to laugh, to forget, to think and to rise above. Though they may not live the lifestyle of the rich and famous, they still love their craft, and they keep striving to better themselves as artists. And they keep dreaming! Despite having been competitors at one time, we love them and they deserve to be cherished for what they have accomplished and will continue to achieve.
Molly Cheek and Debbie Zipp
Mariann's Bio
Mariann cut her teeth as a sketch-comedy writer and performer on tough NYC audiences alongside "Forever Plaid" creator, Stuart Ross, as a member of the award-winning Off-Center theater company, where John Leguizamo also got his start. She then honed her improvisational skills touring with "The Proposition", which also launched the comedy career of Jane Curtain. Mariann made her legitimate New York stage debut with the legendary Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee in "Take It from the Top", produced by Woody King, another NY theater legend. While numerous stage appearances followed, Mariann is primarily known for her work in television. Highlights include a long-running role on the ABC soap opera, "Edge of Night", as the popular (Afternoon TV Award-winning) DiDi Bannister. Mariann co-starred in the films "Class Act", "Nobody’s Perfect", and "The Wiz";and series regular roles on the CBS  sitcom, "The Royal Family", as the daughter of Redd Foxx and Della Reese, and three seasons on HBO’s "First and 10", along with high-profile recurring roles as the tragically disfigured “Lena Hart” (proclaimed by Soap Opera Weekly as Best BAD Storyline of the Year) and Lita Ford, Meshach Taylor’s girlfriend on CBS’ "Designing Women". Most memorable of her many guest appearances include being befriended by Brett Butler on "Grace Under Fire" and going to-toe-to-toe with Mo’Nique on "The Parkers". Mariann has also done her share of “reality” TV as co-host of "Designs for Living"on USA, and as a reporter for WNBC-TV/NY’s "Now!", entertainment news show. In addition to being a co-creator, writer, producer, performer of the sexistential musical comedy, “MOIST,” with Iona Morris, other writer-producer projects include “Herotique-Aahh", and the cabaret act and comedy CD built around her "Black Don’t Crack… But Don’t Try and Spread It Too Thin" essays, playing Ginger Peechee-Keane in the comedy solo show, "Occupy Your Vagina!" and her comedy web series "Talk To Me, Ginger!" at
Roberta's Bio
Roberta E. Bassin is a professional actress, having received high acclaim for her compelling portrayals on an array of interesting characters in film, TV and stage including "Barfly", and Emmy and Golden Globe best Mow winner "Indictment: The McMartin Trial." A few of her many performances in Television include E.R., Crossing Jordan, American Dreams, The Pretender. Ms. Bassin has also appeared in too many television commercials to mention here. One of her greatest joys as an actress/writer, has been performing her one woman show, "Amelia Earhart: In Her Own Words," directed by Lyla Graham. Roberta Bassin is a graduate of UCLA and holds a California Lifetime Teaching Credential. She is an artist of water color and oils. A dancer since the age of five, ballet and jazz dance continue to be a part of her physical life: As does music, having studied and performed on the violin, as a singer, and taken up the piano as an adult. A wife having married her prom date at nineteen, Roberta is the proud mother of a son and daughter both graduates of UCLA. For more information on Roberta Bassin go to:
Jan's Bio
Jan Bina graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Theatre from Mundelein College in Chicago. She also has a M.A. from Indiana University in Radio and Television. She is an actor, casting associate and writer-producer – a typical Los Angeles hyphenate. While living in Chicago, she performed for many years at The Second City; had an award-winning comedy act with Pam Pauly; was a DJ at Radio Station WSDM-FM; and toured Europe with The Godzilla Rainbow Troupe. Fleeing wind chill factors of 20 below, she has prospered in the LA sunshine. As an actor she has appeared in numerous films and TV shows and countless commercials, including the 2008 campaign for the “GABA Language School” that shot in Tokyo. With Lee Murphy, she co-wrote the comedy, “Sirens of Seduction”, which had a very successful run at The Victory Theater in Burbank. Currently she is busy writing and producing material for her website, In The Trenches Productions.Com . She’s been an acting coach for both adults and children for the past 12 years. She has been a Casting Associate at Broad-Cast for the past 16 years. -
Murphy's Bio

From dancing on Broadway in the original production of “A Chorus Line" to guesting as Louie’s blind date on “Taxi”, Murphy Cross has had a unique, joyful and ever-expanding career. Murphy has extensive television acting credits including “Numbers”, “Cheers”, “Night Court”, “Family Law”. One of her favorite gigs was playing Australia with Peter Allen in his show “Up In One”. She is a Broadway acting/singing/dancing alumna of “Pal Joey”, “Bubbling Brown Sugar” and “Division Street” as well. Her short film “Blinders” garnered several festival awards. Now she is co-directing (with her daughter’s fabulous boyfriend) a film that her Upright Citizens Brigade based-daughter wrote, called “Maybe Another Time”.,

Robin's Bio

Robin Dearden is a professional actress whose career spans stage, television, film and commercials.  Robin has starred in such feature films as “Myrons Movie and” and “The Wooley Boys” with Peter Fonda and Kris Kristofersen.  “The Asphalt Cowboy”, “Fugitive Family”, “Joe Dancer”, “Murder One Dancer 0”, “Earthlings”, “Thirst” are a few among her many television movie credits. Her guest star roles are too many to list in entirety but just a few included “Murder She Wrote”, “Generations”, “Nine to Five”, “T.J. Hooker”, “The New Love American Style”, “Knight Rider”, “Magnum P.I.” and “Airwolf” where she met her husband, 3 time Emmy Winner Bryan Cranston, who stars in “Breaking Bad”. He was playing the villain of the week, and she played his hostage (held at gunpoint). Robin also starred in the feature film “Last Chance” written for her by Bryan which garnered many film festival awards.

Barbara's Bio

Barbara Dirickson's acting career includes television, film, commercials, voice over and a very expansive stage career at the most prestigious theaters in the United States.  Barbara was a leading lady at the world renowned American Conservatory Theatre (ACT) in San Francisco for 15 years where she played such roles as Gwendolyn in "Travesties", Shelly in "Buried Child", Gwen in "Fifth of July" just to name a few.  A few of the roles she performed for the Seattle Repertory included Annie/Grace in "London Suite" by Neil Simon, Claire in "A Delicate Balance", Sylvia in "Sylvia", Kate in "Dancing at Lughnasa".  She also graced the stage roles at the Intiman Theatre playing Julie Cavendish in "The Royal Family", Sally in "The Mandrake Root" with Lynn Redgrave, Diana Vreeland in "Full Gallop" and many more.  Barbara guest starred on such TV shows as "The Fugitive", "Northern Exposure", "Lou Grant" and TV movies such as "The Joyful Partaking in the Sorrows of Life", "The Victim", "The Big Picture", "Lady With a Badge" and "Health Sleuths".

Judith's Bio

Born and raised in Tulsa, OK, was on a bus to New Hampshire and summer stock the day after graduating from college and has never looked back.  45 years of regional, summer and dinner theatre, national and international tours, Broadway, Off and Off-Off Broadway, commercials, TV and films, and still keepin' on keepin' on.

Maggie's Bio

Maggie Egan-Cummings has been a working professional actress for over 30 years. She has appeared as an on-camera principal performer in over 600 TV commercials and for seven years was the on-camera spokesperson for The Disney Channel amassing a credit of 400 commercials for Disney alone. Maggie has recorded hundreds of radio commercials, plus more than 30 corporate training films as the spokesperson or as a principal performer. Maggie got her first big break when she was chosen from tens of thousands of actors to appear on the first season of "Star Search". It was this show that allowed Maggie the entrée to Hollywood. Over the years, Maggie has appeared in over 50 TV shows, including a recurring role in the Sci-Fi hit "Babylon 5" for six years and then continuing her role on the spin-off, "Crusade". Among the many TV shows Maggie has performed in include guest star roles on Fox TV’s "Standoff", "The Mentalist", "CSI", "ER", and "Malcom In The Middle" to name just a few and feature films such as "What A Woman Wants" with Mel Gibson; "Executive Decision with Kurt Russell, and "Communion" with Christopher Walken. Maggie has taught in many professional acting academies plus local schools. She’s even held her own acting workshops over the years in both Texas and California. She is a proud founding member of the Malibu Stage Repertory Company in Malibu, California.

Teresa's Bio

Teresa Ganzel would best be remembered for her work in the 80’s and early 90’s. She appeared over 30 times with Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show doing sketches as well as panel. She played Jackie Gleason’s wife in "The Toy". Bill Paxton’s wife in the mini series "Fresno". Jeff Goldblum’s love interest in "Transylvania 6-500". Jim Carrey’s boss in the 13 episode series "The Duck Factory". Other series regular roles were on "Teacher’s Only" with Lynn Redgrave and Jean Smart, "Roxie" with Andrea Martin, and "The  Dave Thomas Show. She did several unsold pilots as well as lots of guest spots from her first on Three’s Companyto over 40 others, mostly situation comedies. She also has done many voice-overs in radio and animation including “Wall-E”, “UP”, “Monsters Inc”, “Toy Story” and more. Recently she has been touring in the play Viagara Falls, “You’ve Got Hate Mail”. And she recently played showgirl Shar Donay in the film “Expecting Mary”. Her wish is that this new decade will bring her more acting work than any other.

Beth's Bio

Known as a Hollywood lucky charm, Beth Grant has co-starred in three Academy Award winning Best Pictures: “The Artist”, “No Country for Old Men”, and “Rain Man”.  She has twice received the Screen Actors Guild Ensemble Award for “Little Miss Sunshine” and “No Country for Old Men”. She also voiced the Academy Award winning Best Animated Feature, “Rango”. In addition to her Academy Award winning films, her more than 80 feature films include many hits: “Donnie Darko”, “Factory Girl”, “Rock Star”, “The Rookie”, “Speed”, “Too Wong Foo”, “A Time To Kill”, “Our Very Own”, “Extract”, “Sordid Lives”, “City Slickers”, and “Child’s Play”. In 2012 Grant starred as “Willadean” in “Blues For Willadean”, co-starring with Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer and Spirit Award winner Dale Dickey, written anddirected by Del Shores. In competition at Cannes in May 2013, Grant plays the iconic character “Addie Bundren,” in James Franco’s “As I Lay Dying”, adapted from the classic William Faulkner novel and directed by Franco. Grant is currently a series regular on the new hit, “The Mindy Project”, for NBC Universal Studios on the Fox Network. Grant’s favorite television roles include “Justified”, “Modern Family”, “Mockingbird Lane”, “Pushing Daisies”, “The Office”, “Dexter”, “Grey’s Anatomy”, “Jericho”, “Six Feet Under”, “My Name Is Earl”, “Malcolm In The Middle”, “Kind Of The Hill”, “Wonderfalls”, “Friends”, “The X Files”, “Criminal Minds”, “Delta”, “CSI”, “Coach”, “Yes, Dear”, and “The Golden Girls”. Grant received the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation, LA Weekly Award, Backstage West Garland Award for “The Trials and Tribulations Of A Trailer Trash Housewife”. In 2011 Grant starred Off Broadway in “Tricks The Devil Taught Me” at The Minetta Lane Theater in Greenwich Village. She is the only actress in history to have won three L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Awards. Other theatre credits include world premieres by Maya Angelou, Romulus Linney, Horton Foote, and Mark V. Olsen.  Grant enjoyed two stints at The Ahmanson Theatre in “Picnic” and “Summer and Smoke”, directed by renown Broadway director Marshall Mason. Grant recently directed a multi-award winning short, “The Perfect Fit”, starring Octavia Spencer, Lauren A. Miller (“For A Good Time To Call”…), Ahna O’Reilly (“The Help”) and her daughter, Mary Chieffo.

Jeanne's Bio

Jeanne Hartman’s many years of performance on stage in plays and musicals across the country and her acting experience in front of the camera and her studies at the renowned Juilliard School and the prestiqious Centre Lyrique Internationale in Switzerland prepared her to become a respected acting coach and teacher in demand by actors, agents, managers and producers. Hollywood acting coach to professional actors for over 20 years, teaches the craft of acting in Hollywood and Hong Kong.  Conducting private and group sessions, Ms. Hartman prepares professional actors for film and television roles as well as theater.  She is also the author of the popular workbook, "The Right Questions for Actors".  Veteran actors call it their “new Bible” when it comes to preparing for auditions and productions. Ms. Hartman uses The Group Theater Stanislavski philosophy. This group became the “Legends in American Theater” including Stella Adler, Lee Strasberg, Elia Kazan, Barbara Loden, Clifford Odets, Sanford Meisner and Robert Lewis.  Her clients have appeared in major film and television productions including: "Mad Men", "The Man with the Iron Fists", "Curb Your Enthusiasm", "Seinfeld", "Frasier", "Friends", "King of Queens", "CSI" shows,"Seventh Heaven", "West Wing", "ER", "Jurassic Park III", "The Fast and the Furious", "Tokyo Drift", "Better Luck Tomorrow", "Ally McBeal", "Nash Bridges", "Judging Amy", "Walker Texas Ranger", "General Hospital", "The Bold & the Beautiful", "The Guiding Light", "The Young and the Restless" plus hundreds of pilots, HBO projects, and many more.

Anne's Bio

Anne Marie Howard first appeared onstage in the musical, "Carousel", at age 4. She began producing plays in her backyard shortly after that and, at 14, when the family moved to Davenport, Iowa, she starred in every high school play, musical & variety show. At 18, she moved to New York City to study acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, the Neighborhood Playhouse & the Stella Adler Conservatory. Anne Marie appeared in the NYC Off-Broadway productions "Summertree" & "Baseball Wives". She played Nicole Love on “Another World” & Kimberly Brady on “Days of Our Lives” for many years. She works regularly in feature films & television series. Recent TV credits include “Castle”, “Criminal Minds”  “Private Practice”, and "Desperate Housewives". Anne Marie was recurring on the ABC Family series “Make It or Break It”, Her feature films include "You Don't Mess with Zohan", "The Weather Man", "Shopgirl" and "Prince of Darkness" to name a few. She's been seen in hundreds of television commercials and was the spokesperson for the National Association of Realtors, Ditech and Maalox. She can also be heard in numerous voice-overs on the radio, web, & television.

Doris's Bio

Okay, I retired a while ago, so a lot of this will be old news to you young folks. I did this, that, and the other thing in a number of movies, like Overboard, Teen Wolf, Naked Gun – any of these ring a bell? How about TV stuff, like Laverne & Shirley, Designing Women, Days of Our Lives? No? Well, I did make some decent money doing commercials, but who remembers commercials, eh? My early work was in improv comedy at the Brave New Workshop and Funny You Should Ask. Good heavens, I see that I improvised for nineteen years! Anyway, it got me a two year gig on NPR and a record album (not a DVD – I'm talkin' vinyl here). Improv was great training for the background voices that I did for most of my acting career. Over the years, I did hundreds of movies and TV shows, but I'm not gonna list them because, hey, I was hired as a background voice and don't want to distract from the stars. It was a delightful way to make a living and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Oh! And I want to thank all the rescue dogs whose vet bills forced me to keep working all those years.

Sherry's Bio

Sherry Hursey is an award winning actress, vocalist, voice over artist, writer and producer, who’s face and voice are very familiar to television and film audiences worldwide. Sherry may be most recognized for her role as Al’s fiancée, Ilene, on the long running ABC series “Home Improvement”, or Kirsten Dunst’s mom in the Universal box office hit, “Bring It On”, however, Sherry’s list of credits spanning from stage to screen is outstanding. Diehard fans still think of her as Paula Carson on “Days of Our Lives” or Murray’s daughter, on the “Mary Tyler Moore Show”. Sherry has been featured in over a hundred radio and television commercials and guest starred in over forty popular television shows, ranging from “The Waltons" to “Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman” to “Touched by an Angel” to “NYPD Blue” to “CSI” to “Judging Amy” and “Nip/ Tuck”. Ms. Hursey has starred in numerous television pilots, four television series, and over a dozen movies for television. Her favorites include, working with James Garner in the “Rockford Files-I Love LA”, the Emmy award winning “Friendly Fire” with Carol Burnett, “Hit and Run”, “Lyin’ Eyes”, “Prince of Bel Air”, and working with the beloved Walter Matthau in “Mrs. Lambert Remembers Love”. Sherry has also enjoyed working as a voice over artist, allowing her to utilize her diverse voice talents in such movies as: "Shrek", "Madagascar", "Polar Express","Monsters vs Aliens", "Astro Boy", "Country Bears", "Howl’s Moving Castle", and "Pom Poko" to name a few. Sherry’s stage credits have honored her with New York’s Outer Critics Circle Award and Drama Logue awards. Several years ago, Ms. Hursey spread her wings and created an award winning one hour family musical special, that she also stars in, "Lilly's Light", now airing on Public Television. Inspired by "Lilly’s Light", Sherry and her partner, Craig Hamilton,  founded “Lilly’s Fostering Hearts” a non-profit org advocating for displaced and foster youth. Most recently Ms. Hursey became partners in Smile TV,  a network dedicated to exclusively positive news and programming, video for the “soul” purpose of smiling!,,

Janice's Bio

Janice Kent has been a professional actress for over 30 years both in New York and in Los Angeles. She continues to act and her most recent credits are “Criminal Minds” and “Franklin and Bash”. She is also an Acting Coach and Certified Life Coach. She has appeared in countless Television and Film roles as well as many stage productions and over 150 television commercials. She is most recognized for her work in over 100 episodes of "The New Leave It To Beaver" as Maryellen Cleaver, Wally Cleaver's (Tony Dow) wife. She also directed several episodes of that series. She continues to act on such shows as "Without A Trace" and Robert Townsend's acclaimed webseries "Diary of A Single Mom".

Pat's Bio

Pat Lentz is an actress whose remarkable gift for interpretation and communication has made its mark on some of the most prestigious projects in Hollywood. On screen, Pat’s credits include numerous film and television roles such as appearances in Rob Reiner’s "Flipped", Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring", "Desperate Housewives", and "Bones". Off camera as a voice over artist, Pat has been heard on hundreds of commercials, films, television shows, video games, and audio books. Her narration resume reflects work on a wide range of popular and critically acclaimed movies, television shows, and IMAX productions. Known for her keen ability to navigate complex prose and fast-action dialogue, Pat has been a key voice for WGBH’s "Descriptive Video Service" for the blind for twelve years. She can be heard on countless films and television shows including, James Cameron’s "Aliens of the Deep", Terrence Malick’s "The Tree of Life", "Return to Mecca" narrated by Helen Mirren, as well as over six seasons of "The Simpsons". She is also the voice of five Joyce Meyer best-selling audio books. Smooth, dulcet tones, spot-on delivery, and spectacular cold reading skills make Pat an industry favorite and a trusted talent for a wide variety of roles.

Deborah's Bio

Deborah May is a television, stage and film actress. She has appeared in such TV Shows as “ER”, “The Golden Girls”, “Days of Our Lives”, The Larry Sanders Show, “Murder One”, “St. Elsewhere”, “The Guiding Light”, “Star Trek: Voyager”, “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”, “Last Man Standing”, “Dirty Sexy Money”, “Cold Case”, “Malcom In The Middle”, “Boomtown”, “The West Wing” and such films as Disney’s “The Kid”, “Nurse Betty”, “Caged Fear”, “Johnny Be Good” and “The Woman in Red”, “FBI Murders” and “In The Line of Duty”. Deborah is also an Associate Artist of the Old Globe, where she has appeared in ten productions. She also spent eight years at ACT in San Francisco, appearing in over 25 productions, and nine summers at PCPA in Santa Maria, appearing in over 20 productions. She has also worked on and off Broadway and at The Mark Taper Forum, Seattle Rep, Louisville Actors Theatre, the Guthrie Theatre, and the Huntington Theatre.

Iona's Bio

Miss Morris has been a working actress and voice-over talent for over 25 years, a director for 12 and a writer since the beginning.  She is the new triple plus threat, with producing credits thrown in for good measure.  Iona has won 2 Hollywood NAACP Theater Awards, 2 DramaLogue Awards and 1 Drama Critics Circle Award. Iona has recurred on such shows as "Moesha", "The District", "As The World Turns", "Passions" and "General Hospital". She has guest starred on "Soul Man", "Love That Girl", "Law and Order", "Cold Case", "Lincoln Heights, "The Shield", "Star Trek: Voyager", "Martin", "The Wayans Bros.", "Homeboys In Outer Space", "Cedric The Entertainer", "Murder She Wrote", "Hill Street Blues", the MOW - "The Princess and the Marine" and many others. Miss Morris was a series regular on "The Adventures of ARK". Her favorite film role was as dancer Nila Fontaine in Tim Reid’s “Once Upon A Time When We Were Colored".  Other films - "Ride or Die" with Vivica Fox, "Patient 14" and "It’s In The Bag" a short film that has won many international festival awards.  Iona was the promo announcer for the CBS Daytime Soaps, TV ONE series special events Promo announcer for ABC Soaps and has voiced commercials for "Ford", McDonalds", "Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure", "K-Mart" and many more. Iona is the original voice of Storm from the hit "X-Men" cartoon series, Medusa in "The Fantastic Four", and Robbie Robinson’s wife in "Spiderman", just to name a few and has guested on many animated series. Iona’s theatre credits include, "M.O.I.S.T", musical comedy written by, starring and produced by Iona and Mariann Alda through their production company Al & Mo Productions. "As Bees In Honey Drown", at the Pasadena Playhouse; "Cuttin’ Up", at the Pasadena Playhouse and Cleveland Playhouse; Home and "Piano Lesson" staged at the Denver Center Theatre Company and “Blues For An Alabama Sky” at The Sacramento Theatre Company.  Some of her L.A. theatre work includes, “Holding On – Letting Go”,”Mens”, “Girl Bar, Indigo Blues”, and “Tartuffe” among many others.  In New York, she debuted the plays “Native Speech”, “Telltale Hearts”, and “A Perfect Diamond” off-off Broadway. To find out more about Iona Morris go to:,

Marianne's Bio

Marianne Muellerleile is a distinguished actress well regarded for her vast range of comedic and dramatic work in film, television, and stage. Perhaps best known for her role as “Gloria” on LIFE WITH BONNIE and the axe-wielding “Norma” on PASSIONS, Muellerleile’s credits number well over 450 and continue to increase  as she remains one of the most sought after character  actresses in Hollywood. In addition to her series regular roles on "Life With Bonnie" and "Passions", Muellerleile recurred as Sister Dominick on Disney’s "The suite Life of Zack and Cody" and the recurring role of Nana on the Disney XD hit "Zeke & Luther". Additionally, Muellerleile has guest-starred in over 150 television series including  appearances on "Desperate Housewives", "NCIS", "Curb Your Enthusiasm", "CSI", "Boston Legal", and "Nip/Tuck". Her most recent stage appearances have been in Brian Bedford’s company of  "The School for Scandal at the Mark Taper Forum and "The Sound Of Music at the Hollywood Bowl. She has also starred in numerous feature and made for television films including "Return To Me", "Liar, Liar", "The Terminator", "Smokin 'Aces", "Thank You For Smoking", "Memento", "Passion Fish", "A Smile Like Yours", Lifetime's "12 Men Of Christmas". Muellerleile also has a stellar career in voice over work. A few of her  voice over credits include "American Dad", the video game "Fallout"; "New Vegas"  and the voice of Rachel Lynde on the national radio drama "Anne of Green Gables". She has starred in over 80 national commercials for companies including Pizza Hut, 7-Eleven, Nationwide Insurance, Frito Lay, IBM, Pepsi, Sprint, Hallmark, KFC and Discover Card.

Sue's Bio

Sue Mullen has had a successful career for over 35 years in the entertainment industry. After her fairytale beginning of being 'discovered' while working as a hostess at the infamous Ivar's Seafood Restaurant in Seattle, WA, Sue moved to Los Angeles, and after two years of study with some of the best in the business, she landed her first national TV commercial and never stopped working.  Her familiar face comes from being in over 200 TV commercials and guest starring roles ranging from Potsie's girlfriend on “Happy Days” to a recurring reporter on “General Hospital”.  Sue raised her family of three girls who also had successful TV/Commercial careers and continues to work as an Actress. Asked about the Industry, Sue will reply, "The entertainment industry has been a blessing to me & my family.  I will forever be grateful for the opportunity to do what I love and be paid for it!"

Penny's Bio

Penny Peyser began her career at the infamous Circle in the Square Theatre in the original production of Lanford Wilson's "The Hot L Baltimore".  Her first film was the Oscar winning "All the Presidents Men" in which Penny got to sit across from Dustin Hoffman, managing to hold her own. She moved west and got cast in the series "Rich Man, Poor Man II" and "The Tony Randall Show", "Crazy Like A Fox", and "Knots Landing" were the other three series she starred in. Other favorite film credits include "The In-Laws" as Alan Arkin’s daughter and Gene Wilder’s bride in "The Frisco Kid" . Her mini-series and television movies include "The Blue & The Gray" with Stacy Keach and Colleen Dewhurst, "Wild Times" opposite Sam Elliot, and "BJ & The Bear", along with many guest star roles on everything from "The A-Team" to "LA Law".  Penny and her husband, Doug McIntyre, co-wrote, produced and directed an award-winning documentary titled "Trying To Get Good - the Jazz Odyssey of Jack Sheldon", available on Penny is working on the new documentary, "Stillpoint" which depicts life in a Zen meditation center. The mother of two boys, Buck and Devon, Penny continues to act on stage as well as film and television and writes sonnets at,,

Robin's Bio

Robin has done too so many on camera commercials it is hard to list but a few include; “Pop Tarts”, “Payless Shoes” and “Merill Lynch” and hundreds more. She has done many off-Broadway plays and she considers originating the role of Miss Fuller in the play “Deep Sleepers” as a highlight in her career as an actress. Robin is listed in the Dramatists Play Service publication of the play “Deep Sleepers” by Charles Leipart. Robin is now doing stand up in addition to acting because “I love it!”.  She has her own You Tube channel with many short films she has produced, directed and starred in. Robin states that she will always find some kind of creative outlet. She is hardwired that way. You can see more of Robin’s films at:

Maggie's Bio

Maggie Roswell is an American film and television actress and voice artist from Los Angeles, California. She is best known for her voice work on the Fox network’s animated television series "The Simpsons", in which she has played recurring characters such as Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and Luann Van Houten, as well as several minor characters. This work has earned her both an Emmy Award nomination and an Annie Award nomination. Maggie has appeared  in films such as "Midnight Madness", "Lost in America" and "Pretty in Pink" and guest appearances on television shows such as "Remington Steele", "Masquerade", and "Happy Days". She appeared frequently in the sketch comedy "The Tim Conway Show" and did voice acting for many animated films and television shows as well as appearing on stage in many theater plays. Roswell and her husband Hal Rayle established the "Roswell ‘n’ Rayle Company", creating and voicing advertisements for many companies.

Claudette's Bio

Claudette Sutherland began her long theatrical and television career in musical comedy originating the role of Smitty in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” As a writer she wrote and performed "Dog Man", a personal history produced by Joe Stern at the Matrix Theatre in Los Angeles.  Her solo show was invited to the Dublin Theatre Festival in 1996.  Daily Variety headlined the show as “Kansas Dog Man” Bites Irish Festival “…a truly original piece about the American Midwest, greyhound racing and her father…”. “Dog Man” speaks both to the heartland and the heart.” Her creative writing program is based on writing exercises and constructive critiquing designed to keep the writer connected with the practice of their work. She has taught over 2,000 classes and coached several projects to publication. Her work is based on her belief that the two careers of acting and writing are built on similar principles of language and structure brought alive by scrupulous attention to detail. Ms. Sutherland is a contributor to Los Angeles Magazine and a member of PEN West.

Dee's Bio

Originally from Kansas City, Kansas, Dee Wallace has worked as an author, teacher, dancer and actress in film, television and the stage for over 30 years. With over 100 credits to her name, Ms. Wallace is a true tour de force in this industry, working with countless directors, producers and some of Hollywood's biggest names including Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson, Wes Craven, Joe Dante, Stephen King and Blake Edwards. Dee's career began in New York where she studied with famous acting teacher Uta Hagen before moving to Los Angeles where she continued to hone her craft with her mentor Charles Conrad. Her many feature film credits include such classics as "Halloween", "The Hills Have Eyes", "The Howling", "Cujo", "Secret Admirer", "The Frighteners" "10", and most notably her starring role in one of America's most celebrated films, "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial", directed by Academy Award winning director and film icon Steven Spielberg. and the remake of Rob Zombie's "Halloween". Her countless television credits only add more cache to an already illustrious acting career, with starring roles in over twenty Movies of the Week and four hit television series including her portrayal as the passive aggressive matriarch in a very dysfunctional family on "Sons and Daughters". Other most television credits include, "Grey's Anatomy," "Cold Case," "Without a Trace," "Ghost Whisperer," and a recurring role on "My Name is Earl." As a much sought after celebrity and renowned actress, Dee has appeared on every major news and talk show and has been featured on E! True Hollywood Stories, Oprah and The O'Reilly Factor. Her speaking engagements include numerous national and international venues including the Love and Harmony Forum in Tokyo, Japan; the Dillion Lecture Series; Unity Temple; the Kansas Film Commission; Spiritworks; Energetic Healing seminars throughout England, and her own healing and teaching seminars throughout the United States. On a weekly basis, Dee conducts numerous private healing sessions at her office in Woodland Hills, California. As an author, Dee has written a book devoted to the art of self-healing. She conducts monthly workshops to introduce people to the healing techniques outlined in her book, Conscious Creation. In addition to her ongoing work with fellow actors as an acting teacher and mentor, Dee devotes all her extra time to her beautiful daughter Gabrielle.