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Romancing Redford

My first time on a film set was for the Natural and my chance to interview Robert Redford.I had come from local TV and had no idea what a working set is all about.I wore the wrong clothes including high heels so by the time I sat time down with him I hurt all over and he must have known it, as he was so kind to me, to the point that he stayed longer than he had to.He laughed at my first question which put me at ease,and answered every thing considering that I asked more personal questions than he was use to.There was no publicist hovering.This interview which I never forgot, was personally approved by him. My 3 minute Profile was never played on TV because the one hour special was not approved .Years later I found a fading copy, the video might have faded but not the memory.

From The Hollywood Trenches

I got fired from 3 talk shows and decided to start over in Hollywood with a lot of credentials and no contacts. What I had was a belief in myself that I was a terrific interviewer.   I did press junkets for years and knew that with no TV show I would never be invited again to interview movie stars.  Since I was desperate to work, I thought what would happen if I could get a studio to listen to my idea that my single interview could play on many TV stations, which had never been done before.  I had a list of 55 TV stations, I called a 100 to get them, who would take my interviews and pass them off as their own. This idea came from my being  invited to press junkets where only 50 people could do a one on one interview.  Would a studio be willing to test this idea?  Initially, no studio would take my calls.  After one year of working for people with studio contacts and proving my idea worked I was finally offered my first job from Universal and worked for the next 23 years doing movie star interviews. The 55 stations became 110 as everybody wanted my interviews and then I added the world. Hollywood is tough but don’t be afraid to try something you never can tell what will happen.

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