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Saturday, February 20, 2010
Knots Landing stars Joan Van Ark and Donna Mills on Nip/Tuck cougardom, Tiger Woods ('Poor Val' sympathizes!), 'hurtful' TMZ-style media coverage and acting roles after 60.
JOAN VAN ARK
Retroality.TV: If you were playing a goody-two-shoes today, the tabloid media would be dying to catch you on a bad day. What’s your take on the current, aggressive TMZ-style coverage of celebrities?
Joan Van Ark: Look at what they’ve done to Tiger Woods. Look at what they’ve done to that man. My feeling is his father—or the absence of his father in his life—is (the root of) what’s going on with Tiger and that marriage. But the media won’t leave him alone. No matter who you are, (the celebrity coverage) is obsessive and constant. It’s hurtful. For me, if they show my face in a bad photo, they latch into me hook, line and sinker. Even Entertainment Tonight now has blood on their hands. It's brutal.
I wonder what they’ll do with Alec Baldwin now. He was my brother on Knots. They really threw him under a bus (when endlessly publicizing his infamous voice-mail rant against daughter Ireland, then 11, in 2007). He loves that child so much. [Ireland reportedly called 911 this month after a tense phone conversation with Baldwin, who was then briefly hospitalized for evaluation on Feb. 11. Police said Ireland feared her father might harm himself. Baldwin's rep said the actor was "fine" and called the situation "a misunderstanding."]
Retroality.TV: You played Clint Eastwood’s girlfriend in Play Misty for Me, and he’s a good decade-plus your senior. Older male suitors are often seen as studly or distinguished, but older women are called “cougars.” What does that mean to you?
Donna Mills: I don’t know. It’s kind of insulting. It shouldn’t be that way, but people tend to find it amusing. Nip/Tuck was different. The character I played on there—although she was the cougar type—she had much more interesting characteristics in that she wanted to look like a cat. She was based on a real woman (socialite Jocelyn Wildenstein). So that was really interesting to play.
But I find that most of the parts I’m offered are older women hitting on a young guy. And that’s, like, boring. That’s not really happening, so let’s move into what really is happening with women of my age. I don’t like (the “cougar” role) very much.
Nip/Tuck really did it brilliantly, though. It was so tongue-in-cheek and outrageous. That was really fun.
(The Nip/Tuck episode featuring Van Ark and Mills re-airs Sunday night, Feb. 21 on FX.)
Friday, February 19, 2010
Retroality.TV has the scoop on the Feb. 13-14 Hollywood Show autograph convention, which featured a hot Knots Landing reunion, Baywatch babes, Lindsay "The Bionic Woman" Wagner, Hugh "Wyatt Earp" O'Brian and more! See Chris Mann's exclusive story in the Los Angeles Times
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Kate Jackson Doesn't Believe Farrah Was Coherent When She Signed Over Control Of Documentary | RadarOnline.com
Farrah's Story exec producer Craig Nevius' case against Ryan O'Neal and Alana Stewart just received another potentially huge boost from Farrah Fawcett's longtime friend and Charlie's Angels co-star Kate Jackson.
In this exclusive interview with Radar Online, Jackson reveals she thinks Farrah wasn't mentally alert or focused enough to have signed an agreement last April that gave O'Neal control of Fawcett's cancer documentary. Farrah's Story aired on NBC last May, about six weeks before Fawcett died following her three-year battle with anal cancer.
"It caused me to become very sad and upset, when I saw that signed document, because I believed that she was not awake enough, because of the pain medication she required," Jackson said. "Frankly, to me, that document didn't look like she could have a clue what she was signing."Last week, Jackson also told Radar Online that she was denied access to Fawcett—even via phone—in the brave blonde icon's final weeks. Reportedly, O'Neal and Stewart were staying at Fawcett's Los Angeles apartment during her final weeks.
"I am having a great deal of difficulty dealing with this," Jackson said. "It is very, very, upsetting and I can't see myself ever getting over it."
In a statement to Radar, O'Neal said Jackson's claims that she was cut out of Fawcett's life are "not true."
"Firstly, Farrah spent the last week of her life in the hospital," O'Neal said. "Secondly, why would Kate be denied access to Farrah and then be invited to her services?"