Jill Townsend is a wonderful actress from the 1960s and 70s. She is perhaps best known for her role as Dulcey Coopersmith on the 90 minute CBS western Cimarron Strip. I originally had sought out an episode of that show which featured Tuesday Weld in her final television guest appearance, but was pleasantly surprised to discover Jill Townsend when I sat down to watch it. I went on to check out some of her other small screen guest star roles and have been consistently satisfied. She did some really fun episodes of The Wild Wild West and The Girl from U.N.C.L.E., and displayed some incredibly graceful aging in an episode of Space: 1999. Jill Townsend appeared in some other famous works, like Alfie Darling (the not so well remembered sequel to Alfie), Sitting Target (with Oliver Reed), The Awakening (with Charlton Heston) and the distinguished miniseries Poldark...but I haven't gotten around to watching them yet.
Wendy Kilbourne is perhaps best remembered for her role as Constance Flynn Hazard in the popular North and South miniseries trilogy. It was a big break for her career; previously she had only made a handful of guest appearances on shows like Knight Rider, Riptide, and the A-Team.
Wendy Kilbourne portrays Devon King, owner of a San Francisco radio station. She hires ex-cop Jack Killian (played by Gary Cole) to host a late-night radio call-in program. Jack never shies away from controversy and Devon always comes along for the ride as hard-hitting moral dilemmas are tackled each week.
I first saw Kate McNeil in The House on Sorority Row, a pleasing little horror film from 1983. When I saw her next, in George Romero's 1988 simian paranoia flick Monkey Shines, I barely realized it was the same actress (due to what I felt was a significant change in appearance). Sufficiently impressed by her performances in both films, I began to seek out more of McNeil's work and quickly became a confirmed fan.
The bulk of Kate McNeil's career has been in the television realm, with scattered feature film appearances over the years. Look here for more detailed information.
I recently discovered Jenny Seagrove and have since been consistently impressed and satisfied with she has quickly become a favorite of mine. The first thing I saw her in was Nate and Hayes, a 1983 pirate romp starring Tommy Lee Jones, in which she starred as the obligatory damsel-in-distress. Next, I watched her supporting role as the bride-to-be of Dirk Benedict (of A-Team fame) in the debut episode of Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense. However, these viewings were just a warm-up for A Woman of Substance and Hold the Dream, two mid-'80s miniseries based on works by author Barbara Taylor Bradford. Jenny Seagrove starred (as different characters) in both features and I was profoundly struck by both her appealing performances and her stark beauty. I also enjoyed watching her in Appointment with Death, a 1988 Agatha Christie adaptation, in which she shone in the midst of a large ensemble cast.
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