Interview with Kathryn Leigh Scott
Until You Walk The Path, You Won’t Know Where it Goes will be chatting with actress, author, and publisher Kathryn L. Scott on June 19, 2013 at 1 pm eastern as she shares her memories of the classic series Dark Shadows along with her insights in to her novels.
Kathryn grew up on a farm in Robbinsdale, Minnesota. Upon graduation from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Kathryn landed the ingénue lead in the classic Gothic daytime drama Dark Shadows (ABC, 1966-1971), and starred in the 1971 MGM feature, House of Dark Shadows. Kathryn played four roles in the series: Maggie Evans, Josette du Pres, Lady Kitty Hampshire and Rachel Drummond. Realizing that the enduring and innovative series still has a tremendous following in syndicated reruns throughout the world, Kathryn wrote Dark Shadows Memories to coincide with its 20th anniversary and Dark Shadows Companion as a 25th anniversary tribute. Both were book club favorites, and combined sales (Hardcover, Trade, audio CD) exceed 65,000 copies. Kathryn appears in a cameo role in Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows, starring Johnny Depp. Her latest nonfiction title is Dark Shadows: Return to Collinwood, currently in its third printing and available as an ebook.
While continuing her acting career, Kathryn launched Pomegranate Press, Ltd. to publish books about the entertainment industry. Along with such non-fiction fare as guide books, biographies, textbooks, humor and coffee table art books, Kathryn published Coya Come Home, the biography of former Minnesota Congresswoman Coya Knutson, which was optioned for a TV movie, Charlie’s Angels Casebook, made into an NBC MOW in 2004, and Hollywood at Your Feet: The Story of Hollywood’s Chinese Theatre, which she co-produced as an American Movie Classics documentary.
Kathryn wrote The Bunny Years (the 25-year history of Playboy Clubs told through the women who worked as Bunnies), optioned by Disney for a feature film. She also co-produced a two-hour special for the A&E Network, and a one-hour documentary for BBC-1 and Canadian TV, based on the book. Pomegranate has published over 50 nonfiction titles, including Scott’s books, Lobby Cards: The Classic Films (which earned the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Coffee Table Book) and Lobby Cards: The Classic Comedies, both of which were published in the U.K. by Bloomsbury. Other Pomegranate titles include Michael Landon: Life, Love & Laughter, Word of Mouth, The FugitiveRecaptured, Rockford Files, The Night Stalker and Maverick.
Kathryn’s theatrical credits include a lengthy run with James Stewart in Harvey in London’s West End. TV audiences have seen her in the four-hour mini-series Voice of the Heart, based on the Barbara Taylor Bradford novel, as Dan Travanti’s wife in Murrow, George C. Scott’s mistress in The Last Days of Patton and Philip Marlowe’s girlfriend in Chandlertown. She co-starred in several pilot episodes, among them Police Squad, Paradise and Big Shamus, Little Shamus with Brian Dennehy, and The Professionals with Edward Woodward. Feature films include Providence, The Great Gatsby, Brannigan, The Greek Tycoon, Assassination, 187 and Parasomnia.
Kathryn maintains homes in Los Angeles and New York. She was married to the late Geoff Miller, founding editor and later publisher of Los Angeles magazine, the first city magazine in the country. In addition to her debut fiction, Dark Passages (2011), Kathryn has completed two other novels and will issue a Tradepaper edition of Coya Come Home, with a Foreword by Walter F. Mondale, in August 2012, with all proceeds from the sale of this book going to the Oslo Center for Peace and Humanity – US Foundation.
Down and Out in Beverly Heels tells the story of Meg Barnes, a beloved actress for her role as TV detective Jinx Forgarty, who has it all and loses everything — and ends up living on the streets of Tinsel Town in her Ritz-Volvo, thanks to her newlywed con-man husband. This novel, a fun, light-hearted romance, take us into the Hollywood social swirl, but also delves into the gritty truth of what it is to be “homeless and hiding it” in one of the most glittering, fashionable cities in the world. It’s also a story of redemption with a Thelma and Louise twist as Meg, incorporating skills she learned as a TV detective, tracks down her fugitive husband and struggles to regain her reputation, career and friendships.
Adapting many classic literary tales, the suspenseful and romantic stories of Dark Shadows center on the wealthy but tormented inhabitants of the mysterious Collinwood estate in the small fishing village of Collinsport, Maine. The powerful Collins family has been haunted for generations by vengeful curses and other supernatural secrets that span the centuries.
In its heyday, the original Dark Shadow daytime series (ABC-TV, 1966-1971) attracted 20 million viewers. The spooky, literate, romance and horror-driven show had universal appeal â€” and came to be known as the program â€œkids ran home from school to watch.â€ Reruns and DVD releases of all 1,225 episodes have spawned new generations of Dark Shadows fans, who attend annual Dark Shadows Festivals where cast members reunite to celebrate the show’s unending popularity.
Dark Passages is a coming-of-age story encapsulating the romance and innocence of JFK’s Camelot era and the tumultuous “dark passages” of Meg Harrison, a vampire raised by her mother to resist the temptation of human blood. Meg arrives in New York determined not to use her vampiric gifts to fulfill her dream of becoming an actress. She joins the cast of the cult hit “Dark Passages,” only to face her nemesis, a beautiful 300-year-old witch bent on destroying her. Their rivalry leads to a final confrontation as the telekinetic vampire and spell-weaving sorceress engage in a spectacular battle for supremacy. It takes all of Meg’s wit and tenacity to defeat the witch and win the affections of a handsome young mortal with a secret life of his own.
The interview will be available in the archives at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/theresachaze/2013/06/19/until-you-walk-the-path-you-wont-know-where-it
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