Tag: Hollywood Interviews 2017

  • Anson Williams Talks: His Latest Invention, Being on Happy Days, His Work as a Director, Entrepreneurship, Being Coached by Ronda Rousey, More

    Being a cast member of the 1970s hit television show Happy Days, Anson Williams made a name for himself playing the ever likeable Warren “Potise” Webber. Beyond being on that iconic show, from its beginning to its end, Anson has had a successful career as a TV director. He has directed episodes of popular TV shows including Beverly Hills 90210 and Melrose Place. Mr. Williams has also been an entrepreneur. Anson is currently promoting something he created, with input from his now deceased, famous cousin, Dr. Henry Heimlich. Dr. Heimlich, of course, is most well-known for creating the Heimlich maneuver, the technique which can help save people who are choking. Anson’s new product is meant to address drowsy driving. Driving while feeling drowsy can lead to falling asleep at the wheel of a car, something that, frighteningly, he says he has experienced. With the help of Dr. Heimlich, Anson has produced what he says is an all-natural, citrus infused spray called Alert Drops. The actor/director claims Alert Drops will help a person stay awake. You can find more information about his product at www.alertdrops.com.

  • Boxer, Model, Actor, Producer, Director, Writer Gary Stretch is a True Renaissance Man: Talks Boxing Career, Acting and His Film on Ronda Rousey, Through My Father’s Eyes, More

    Gary Stretch is a man of many talents. An accomplished boxer, he is a former WBC International Light Middleweight Champion. Arguably, his most prominent fight occurred in 1991 when he fought Chris Eubank in the billed Beauty v The Best contest for the WBO World Middleweight Championship. If Mr. Stretch’s saga ended there, his life would be remarkable. But he was just getting started. Gary went on to have a career in modeling and acting. His acting work includes roles in the 2004 film Alexander and the 2006 movie World Trade Center.

  • Alison Arngrim, Nellie Oleson from Little House on the Prairie, Talks: Emmy Nomination Consideration for Life Interrupted, Her One Woman Show, More

    In the 1970s, one of the popular television shows in the United States was Little House on the Prairie. One of the characters in the show was Nellie Oleson, played by actress Alison Arngrim. Today, the now veteran entertainer has a one woman show titled Confessions of a Prarie Bitch. This past weekend, she had two performances of the show at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in New York. In the acting world, Ms. Arngrim has teamed up with frequent CYInterview guest Mason Reese, to produce a pilot for the sitcom, Life Interrupted, which will hopefully be picked up. You can see the pilot, broken down into 5 minute segments, on YouTube. In Life Interrupted, Ms. Arngrim plays the ex-wife of Mason’s eponymous character. Her role in the series is up for Emmy nomination consideration, in the Best Actress in Short Form Comedy category.

  • Tippi Hedren

    Actress Tippi Hedren Talks about Her Remarkable Life, Her Acting, Working with Director Alfred Hitchcock, Shambala, More

    Last year, Tippi Hedren shared with the world the tale of her extraordinary life in her autobiography, Tippi: A Memoir. Now, in an over 40 minute conversation, the actress talks Hitchcock, working with actor Sean Connery in the film Marnie, her daughter, actress Melanie Griffith and her lifelong desire to protect animals, among other topics. When we think of Alfred Hitchcock movies, the beautiful blonde actress Tippi Hedren immediately jumps to mind. Known for her roles in The Birds and Marnie, Ms. Hedren still keeps busy today, at 87 years old. The Hollywood legend continues her work with animals. She resides with them at her foundation, Shambala, in California. Those animals include tigers and lions, among other wild animals.

  • Rich Little, Rich Little Tropicana Show, Rich Little 2017

    Rich Little Speaks and Mostly in His Own Voice: Impersonation King Talks about His New Book, Little by Little: People I’ve Known and Been, His Vegas Show at the Tropicana, Plus Impressions and More

    For an education in impersonations and comedy, you should start with the great Rich Little. His famous impersonations which include President Ronald Reagan, Johnny Carson, Jimmy Stewart and many others serve as a gold standard of sorts. Today, you can experience all of those impersonations and more at Rich Little’s Las Vegas show at the Tropicana Hotel. The show takes places five nights a week and begins at 7:00 PM. Additionally, you can read about great stories of his impersonations and the famous people in his life in his new book Little by Little: People I’ve Known and Been. Featured columnist Jay Bildstein joins us for an over 30 minute CYInterview with the show business legend. Mr. Little shares stories about President Reagan, Don Rickles, Jimmy Stewart, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Carson and numerous others.

  • Mason Reese, Mason Reese 2014

    Mason Reese Back to Talk Life Interrupted, Fills Us in on His Dating Life, More

    After returning from a trip to Los Angeles and celebrating his birthday last week, Mason Reese is looking forward to the next chapter of his new situation comedy, Life Interrupted. With all the episodes now available on YouTube, the web series has been submitted to a variety of festivals and competitions. In our latest conversation, Mason reflects on his birthday, his trip to Los Angeles and what it was like to work with actor, musician and friend Robbie Rist, in episodes five and six of Life Interrupted. We’ve already heard, in earlier CYInterviews with Mason, what it was like to work with fellow co-stars Dawn Wells, Alison Arngrim, Erin Murphy and Michael Learned. But what about the actor who played Cousin Oliver from The Brady Bunch? Mason fills us in. Speaking of The Brady Bunch, Mason also revealed to us that he has been dating fellow actress Geri Reischl. After The Brady Bunch ended, a variety show titled The Brady Bunch Hour debuted in 1976 and Geri played the role of Jan Brady.

  • LaMonte McLemore is Back to Discuss Some of the 5th Dimensions Greatest Hits, More

    Back in February, we had a wide ranging CYInterview with LaMonte McLemore [see here,] a co-founder of the multiple Grammy winning group, The 5th Dimension. Mr. McLemore has led an interesting and varied life as a singer, author, photographer and baseball player. He joins us again for another chat, this time to discuss some of the group's biggest hits. We discuss hits from The 5th Dimension music catalog including: Go Where You Wanna Go, Up, Up and Away, Medley: Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures), (Last Night) I Didn't Get to Sleep at All and Wedding Bell Blues. LaMonte also shares stories about fellow 5th Dimension members Billy Davis Jr., Ronald Townson, Florence LaRue and Marilyn McCoo.

  • Up, Up and Away: The 5th Dimension Founder, LaMonte McLemore, Talks His Life and His Book, From Hobo Flats to the 5th Dimension: A Life Fulfilled in Baseball, Photography and Music

    LaMonte McLemore is the founder of the Grammy winning musical group The 5th Dimension. The group rose to fame in the 1960s with classic hits including Up-Up and Away, Stoned Soul Picnic and Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In. Though retired from touring and performing, LaMonte is still working on music today. He hopes his latest song, Cease Fire, will be used in peace marches around the world. Mr. McLemore, remarkably, is far more than an award winning musician, as if that is not enough. He has had a long and noteworthy career as a photographer. He was also signed to a major league baseball farm team, in his youth. In photography, Mr. McLemore was one of the individuals who contributed to the early days of African American celebrity media. Along with a partner, he founded a publication called Elegant, featuring rich and famous African Americans. After the magazine folded, he joined with Jet Magazine and for 50 years was the photographer for Jet’s Beauty of the Week feature. The Grammy winner would go on to work with Playboy, Ebony and other publications as well.

  • Mason Reese, Mason Reese 2014

    Mason Reese, Alison Arngrim and Dawn Wells Turn in Strong Performances in Life Interrupted on YouTube; Mason Back to Discuss, More

    What do you get when you bring stars from Little House on the Prairie, Gilligan’s Island, Bewitched, The Brady Bunch and The Waltons together? You get the new sitcom Life Interrupted, now being rolled out in small weekly episodes on YouTube. The show, featuring 1970s star and frequent CYInterview guest, Mason Reese, just released its second episode today. Mason turns in strong work, opposite actresses Alison Arngrim who played Nellie Oleson Little House on the Prarie and Dawn Wells, best known for her role as Mary Ann on Gilligans Island. Both Ms. Arngrim and Ms. Wells turn in magnetic performances and seem ideally cast. You can see the first two mini-episodes of Life Interrupted here and here. We welcome back Mr. Reese, who shares stories with us about what it was like to work with these two TV legends, as well as other stories from Life Interrupted. Additionally, he fills us in on what else he has been up to you.