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Overview (3)

Born in Palo Alto, California, USA
Birth NameJamie Michelle Luner
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Jamie Michelle Luner was born on Wednesday, May 12, 1971 to Stuart and Susan Luner in Palo Alto, California. She grew up with her older brother, David Luner, and her mom Susan in California. Before landing her roles on Just the Ten of Us (1987) as dizzy "Cindy Lubbock", Jamie began her career in front of the cameras at the tender age of three doing TV commercials. At 15 she won the L.A. Shakespeare Festival in the category of monologues. She was still working on Just the Ten of Us (1987), while attending Beverly Hills High School, from which she graduated in 1989. She took a break from acting, attended culinary school, and was a chef at French restaurant Drai's after Just the Ten of Us (1987) was canceled in 1991.

She returned to TV in Moment of Truth: Why My Daughter? (1993) in 1993 with a few small parts in shows such as Married... with Children (1987), Diagnosis Murder (1993). Then, she got her first break as Southern seductress "Peyton Richards" in Savannah (1996). After the prime-time soap was canceled, Jamie and her then-boyfriend Johnny Braz traveled around the US in an Airstream motor home before she landed the role of "Lexi" in Melrose Place (1992). After the Fox soap ended in 1999, so did her four-year-romance. Then after Ally Walker left, Jamie joined the cast of Profiler (1996) as "Rachel Burke".

Later she was in ABC's short-lived 10-8: Officers on Duty (2003). Then, in 2005, she had lead roles in Lifetime's, Blind Injustice (2005), Stranger in My Bed (2005) and, in 2006, The Suspect (2006), The Perfect Marriage (2006) and a guest spot on The War at Home (2005).

Jamie has also done theater work in Santa Monica in "Black & Bluestein", Other Space, Santa Monica and The Young Playwrites Festival in Los Angeles.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Rita Needham

Trade Mark (2)

Playing the sexy vixen
Ginger hair

Trivia (118)

Auditioned for the role of Lane on Savannah (1996) before getting the role of Peyton.
Made her first commercial (tissues commercial) at the age of 4. Suzanne Somers played her mom.
On the set of Melrose Place (1992) people used to call her "Turbo" because of her "high-octane energy" at work. She drank 10 cups of coffee a day.
Appeared in underwear along with Yasmine Bleeth, Alyssa Milano, Melissa Joan Hart, Garcelle Beauvais, Carmen Electra, Peta Wilson, and Jeri Ryan on the cover of, and inside the October 1997 issue of "Details" magazine.
Graduated from Beverly Hills High School in 1989.
Admits that she received a lot of funny letters while working on Profiler (1996) asking to use her "powers" to help fans with many different problems. Some people really believed that she is psychic.
Has a brother, named David Luner, who is 3 years older.
Jamie's mother, Susan Luner, is her former manager.
Studied acting at the Professional Children's School in New York City.
Got her start on TV on Growing Pains (1985) and its 1988 spin-off Just the Ten of Us (1987).
After Aaron Spelling's Savannah (1996) was axed, she bought a trailer and traveled around the United States for a year.
After the cancellation of Just the Ten of Us (1987), Jamie attended the Epicurean Cooking School in Los Angeles, then apprenticed as a cook and landed a job as a chef in a French restaurant.
She also undertook an exercise regimen lasting several years, which turned her fit and trim.
She is most noted for her roles as a vixen as "Peyton" on the program Savannah (1996) in 1996 and "Lexi" on Melrose Place (1992) (1997-1999).
Returned to acting in 1993 in the television movie Moment of Truth: Why My Daughter? (1993).
After winning a local Shakespeare competition, Jamie knew she wanted to pursue a career in acting.
Played first bad-girl role, in 1993's Confessions of Sorority Girls (1994) (Showtime).
Won Los Angeles Shakespeare Festival for Single Monologues in 1988.
Studied at Beverly Hills High School, and it was then when she was cast as "Sheena Berkowitz" on the sitcom Growing Pains (1985). Soon after that performance, she obtained another role on Just the Ten of Us (1987).
She quit soccer after playing, falling and hitting her head.
She ranked #88 in 1996 in FHM's 100 Sexiest Women.
She bought a remodeled home, built in the 1940s, with three bedrooms in 2,300 square feet. The contemporary, ranch-style house, with high ceilings, is behind gates with valley views.
She was filming a movie in Alabama when she heard about the chance to become the title character in the NBC drama Profiler (1996). Unable to fly back to Los Angeles to meet the show's producers, she went to a local video outlet and shot an audition tape, asking one of the store's employees to feed her lines.
A native of Los Angeles, she appeared on the comedy series Growing Pains (1985) while still attending Beverly Hills High School. That guest appearance led to a starring role in the spin-off series Just the Ten of Us (1987), in which she played boy-crazy "Cindy Lubbock".
Aaron Spelling and the producers of Savannah (1996) at first insisted she audition for the role of "Lane", the sweet girl, and only allowed Luner to audition for "Peyton" at the end of the day, after they had seen numerous others. Her reading clearly impressed them and she landed the role.
She began in front of the cameras at age three doing TV commercials and by age 15 had won the L.A. Shakespeare Festival in the category of monologues.
Attended the same school as The Golden Girls (1985) star Betty White, Antonio Sabato Jr., Monica Lewinsky and Gina Gershon.
Father: Stuart Luner. Clothing sales representative. Divorced from Jamie's mother, Susan Luner.
Mother: Susan Luner. Manager; former actor.
Brother: David Luner. Store owner. Owns ceramic stores.
Worked in L.A. restaurant Drai's.
Became a member of executive producer Aaron Spelling's Melrose Place (1992) in 1997. She was brought on to revitalize the show.
Her first big break was playing "Sheena Berkowitz" on Growing Pains (1985) as Kirk Cameron's date.
Met her boyfriend, Johnny Braz, a personal trainer and independent film maker, in Santa Monica, where he was managing a coffee shop. They were together from 1995 to 1999, ending their 4 year romance shortly before she landed the role of "Rachel Burke" on NBC's Profiler (1996).
While filming Savannah (1996), she shared a modest apartment with her boyfriend, Johnny Braz.
On the set of Profiler (1996), she gushed what she thought was fake blood after she accidentally smashed her hand through a window during filming of a gruesome murder scene. When she suddenly realized it was her own, she went into shock. She was rushed to a hospital, where doctors stitched her wound shut.
She learned that she had lost her previous job (playing "Peyton" on Savannah (1996)) on her birthday. But it actually turned out to be a great present. Aaron Spelling, producer of the failed WB drama, then offered her the juicy role of "Lexi Sterling" on Melrose Place (1992).
Her parents divorced when she was 3 and her brother David was 6.
After Savannah (1996) ended after one and a half seasons, Jamie had no trouble finding work. She was fought over by Warner Brothers and Fox almost instantly. The WB wanted her to costar with Tom Arnold on The Tom Show (1997), a show that ended up lasting about six episodes before cancellation in the fall of 1997. Jamie turned them down and jumped ship and signed a contract for Melrose Place (1992). Her character, "Lexi Sterling", joined the show on the fourth episode of the fall in 1997.
Cares about the Pediatric AIDS charity.
Attended the 2008 Park City - Kari Feinstein Sundance Style Lounge along with Kim Kardashian West, Aaron Hill, Sole Alberti, Paris Hilton, Baelyn Neff, Emily Blunt, Chris Crescitelli, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Chris Waitt, Aaron Yoo and Chris Ashworth.
Best known for her role as "Lexi Sterling" on Melrose Place (1992).
In 2005, she was briefly under contract with Lifetime Television, appearing in four TV Movies for the cable network. These were The Suspect (2006), Blind Injustice (2005), Stranger in My Bed (2005) and The Perfect Marriage (2006).
In 2007, Luner made a rare theatrical appearance, as "Susan" in the comedy "Black and Bluestein" at The Santa Monica Playhouse. The director was her Just the Ten of Us (1987) co-star Deborah Harmon.
Played three different characters on Growing Pains (1985).
Nominated for a 1989 Young Artist Award for her performance on Just the Ten of Us (1987).
Was considered as a recast of "Carly Corinthos" on General Hospital (1963) following the exit of Tamara Braun. The role eventually went to Jennifer Bransford.
Co-hosted the 24th International Emmy Awards with Dick Cavett and Kenny Rogers, and was a presenter along with Jane Alexander, Barry Bostwick, Lorraine Bracco, Susan Lucci, Edward James Olmos, Sam Waterston and Chita Rivera.
Filmed Friends & Lovers (1999) while working on Melrose Place (1992).
Filmed Sacrifice (2000) while working on Profiler (1996).
Was on Growing Pains (1985), along with actress Heather Graham, in the episode, Growing Pains: Some Enchanted Evening (1987), as "Sheena Berkowitz", her first of 3 more guest appearances from 1987-1990.
Filmed The Suspect (2006), Stranger in My Bed (2005) and The Perfect Marriage (2006) in Canada.
Did a pilot for "The Force" for the WB, but never aired, just before landing the lead role on the NBC hit Profiler (1996).
Filmed Blind Injustice (2005) in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Jamie purchased a 4-bed, 3-bath, 2,108 sq ft home in 1999 for $585K, according to public records.
Attended the Hollywood Collector's Show in Burbank, Ca, along with Just the Ten of Us (1987) cast mates Brooke Theiss, JoAnn Willette and Heather Langenkamp in October 2008.
Lived in Norcross, GA during the filming of Savannah (1996).
She attended the Chiller Theater Expo in Parsippany, NJ along with 'Angie Dickinson', Barry Williams, Erik Estrada and Linda Evans (October 24, 2008).
Studied acting at the Professional Children's School in New York City.
Friday, April 17th, 2009, Jamie joined the cast of All My Children (1970) (ABC) as the new "Liza Colby", after she was brought on by All My Children (1970)'s head writer, Charles Pratt Jr., who wrote and produced several seasons of Melrose Place (1992).
Attended the ABC Daytime and Soapnet's Soap Nation Tour along with All My Children (1970)'s co-stars Bobbie Eakes and Chrishell Stause in Ft. Worth, Texas.
Also went to school with Bahar Soomekh, Elizabeth Daily and Crispin Glover.
Granddaughter of Shirley Rosen.
Attended the 2009 Emerald Gala Celebrating The 70th Anniversary Of "The Wizard Of Oz" in New York all with cast mates from All My Children (1970) (ABC).
Attended "Feast with Famous Faces", The Light House, Pier 61, October 20, 2009, in New York along with Scott Bryce, Stephanie Gatschet and Bobbie Eakes.
Attended the Creative Coalition Spotlight Initiative with Screen Media Films at the Movieline House on January 19, 2008 in Park City, Utah.
Attended the All My Children (1970) Bon Voyage Cocktail Party (a farewell party before All My Children (1970) moves to LA from New York) along with Chrishell Stause, Adam Mayfield, December 6, 2009.
Attended Donald Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice" Finale party.
Did her own singing on Just the Ten of Us (1987).
Moved to New York City when she joined the cast of All My Children (1970) in April 2009 and, then in December 2009, moved back to the LA area when All My Children (1970) moved to the West Coast.
In 1999, Susan Luner, Jamie's mom, posed with her on a photo shoot.
Attended the Project Angel Food's 2011 Divine Design Gala along with Kendra Wilkinson, Patricia Fields, Pauley Perrette, Ariana Grande, Eric McCormack and wife Janet Holden, J. Alexander, Erin Hershey Presley, Brian Presley, and Marisol Nichols and Jennette McCurdy.
Attended the Premiere of 'No Place Like Home' at Laemmle's Music Hall, Beverly Hills, in 1989.
Attended the 48th Annual Eddie ACE Awards, Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills.
Attended 43rd Annual Grammy Awards-BMG Post Party.
Attended the FOX Television Winter TCA Press Tour, Perino's Restaurant, Los Angeles.
Attended FOX Television Unveils Its 1998-1999 Primetime in 1998.
Is an avid traveller, a professionally trained chef and enjoys the great outdoors.
Her charity work includes Project Angel Food, Pediatric Aids Foundation, Feed America and Music for our Seniors.
Was in The Perfect Marriage (2006) with Sophie Gendron, and then again in The Perfect Boss (2013).
First met Linden Ashby on the set of Melrose Place (1992) who played Luner's TV husband and then again in The Perfect Boss (2013).
The6th Annual Sears Soul Train Christmas Starfest, null in a Special. [December 2003]
Boston, Mass for the Boston Mega Expo signing autographs. (November 22, 2008) [November 2008]
Wonder Con in San Francisco, California, signing autographs. (Feb 27-Mar 1, 2009) [February 2009]
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: filming The Perfect Boss [March 2013]
Ft. Worth, Texas for the ABC Daytime and Soapnet's Soap Nation Tour. [August 2009]
Harrah's Casino Hotel Grand Opening of VEX Night [June 2006]
New York, NY for the 2009 Chocolat Au Vin Benefiting St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital (May 28th) [May 2009]
Beverly Hills High as Interviewee in a Special. [May 1997]
"American Idol" Season 5 - Launch Part [February 2006]
Blue Jam Session in West Hollywood, California [February 2004]
Appeared with former President Jimmy Carter and actor William Hurt on _"The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (1992)_ (December 17, 1996). [December 1996]
Los Angeles, California for the 36th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at The Orpheum Theatre, August 30, 2009 in Los Angeles, California [August 2009]
Las Vegas, Nevada for The 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards (2010). [June 2010]
Portland, Oregon for the filming of Moment of Truth: Why My Daughter? (1993). [1993]
Filming All My Children (1970). [2009]
"Black & Bluestein," Other Space, Santa Monica Playhouse in Santa Monica, California [March 2007]
48th Annual Eddie Awards Competition [March 1998]
Filming Heat Wave (2009) with Barbara Niven for release in 2009 as a made-for-TV movie. [July 2008]
New York for the BigApple Comic Con signing autographs. [November 2008]
In Los Angeles for the taping of ABC's All My Children (1970). [January 2010]
The Young Playwrites in Hollywood, California [June 2004]
Was on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000) as "Elizabeth Rodriguez" in the episode "Lying Down With Dogs". [December 2007]
Flaunt Magazine Summer Reign Party in Hollywood, California [June 2003]
Appeared on The Howie Mandel Show (1998) with 'Michael J. Fox' in late August. [August 1998]
E!'s 101 Sexiest Celebrity Bodies 80 - 61 Interviewee [January 2006]
Burbank, California for the taping of Just the Ten of Us [April 1988]
British Columbia, Canada for the filming of Trust (2009). [September 2008]
Appeared on Entertainment Tonight (1981) (July 28, 1997.) [July 1997]
Burbank, CA, at the 2009 Spring Hollywood Collector's Show - Gifting Suite [April 2009]
Appeared on The View (1997) on Friday, April 24, 2009. [April 2009]
The Mod Squad: The E! True Hollywood Story, as Interviewee in a Special. [January 2000]
The Young Playwrites Festival in Los Angeles, California [June 2007]
Burbank, Ca for The Hollywood Collector's Show. [October 2008]
UCLA's Freud Playhouse as Appassionata in Li'L Abner in Los Angeles, California [February 2008]
Making the move back to LA from New York as All My Children (1970) moves to LA. [December 2009]

Personal Quotes (80)

You can sleep with a blonde, you can sleep with a brunette, but you'll never get any sleep with a redhead!
I love playing the vamp, and I get sent out [to audition] for a lot of that stuff, maybe because I do it well.
It was a lot easier to hide behind the character of the sassy, sexy vixen, whereas this time, I did a lot more tapping into my own feelings, and allowing that to come through.
When you're 22 or 23 you think the world revolves around you, and I felt that way for a long time. But I just turned 30, and I love it! You realize, "Whoa, baby, you ain't all that". And you're not! You're just a woman out there doing something she loves.
I'm getting to know myself. I focused this year on nothing but my craft. I've dealt with a lot of producers and executives, speaking up for what I need and what I want. I never did that before.
It's amazing the hours you pull when you're the lead of a show
When I tested for Lane, I was the straight girl; I had a nice little suit and jacket on. Then I went into the bathroom and let the hair down, put on a slinky dress, sauntered past all those girls in the waiting room, and said, "Okay. I'm ready".
I don't do diets. They don't work. Being fit is about a whole way of life. If you move your body it will process what you put in it, even if it's cake. "Everything in moderation" is a cliché, but some clichés really mean something. Only you know what goes in your mouth and how much you move your body when no one's watching. If you've got time to sit in front of the television, to go out to dinner with your friends, or to read a book, you've got time to work out and take care of yourself.
Hiking is the best workout! . . . You can hike for three hours and not even realize you're working out. And hiking alone lets me have some time to myself.
It's very difficult to find the one thing I like the most, but I'd have to say the people, firstly; a truly talented group of people who are very warm.
I always find similarities with the character and myself. Of course, it's never exact but unless you can find similarities it is very hard to connect with what you are doing. But in this role in particular, I find to have the most similarities to who I am mainly because she's a real woman in the world out there.
Well, honestly when I started this role, there was no time to do much of anything but get my script, learn my lines, and show up to work. It happened that fast. But during the first few episodes I was able to talk to some FBI agents as well as the other cast members who have had many years to do research and every day I learn something new. So the research never stops
Peyton was a lot of fun and I just went to work ready for anything. I loved it. I really had such a good time doing it.
[about the "clashes" between her character and Heather Locklear's on Melrose Place (1992)] We get along great. She's totally silly like I am. And she's a producer this year, so when I have a problem with things, I go to her. But when she gets pissed at me, she says, "Be careful, or I'll give you a really long speech that makes no sense."
Cooking is a huge passion of mine. In the future, I'd like to own my own restaurant.
When I appear on TV shows, I always have to borrow clothes. I'm always expected to look like Peyton, but that's just not me. I don't have mini skirts or little pointy bras. Although I do have plenty of sexy underwear in my wardrobe...
I've seen an episode or two of [Melrose Place (1992)]. It's . . . well, it's "Melrose Place". You don't bite the hand that feeds you.
The human body is a very beautiful thing and it should be exposed. You shouldn't be ashamed of it.
I missed life in the 1960s, so it has always been a dream of mine to live in a trailer and experience life on the road. A few years ago, I bought a 27-foot, 1978 Airstream from the Recycler in Atlanta. My boyfriend at the time and I shipped our belongings to Los Angeles, jammed everything else we could fit into overhead compartments on the Airstream, and drove. It was amazing because we had no schedules to keep and we could have a different front yard every morning - from the Grand Canyon to Bryce Canyon to the Redwood Forest. Now that I'm in Los Angeles, I found a beautiful spot in Malibu to park it. Whenever my schedule permits, I stay in my Airstream for the weekend. It's instant camping - a little piece of heaven.
I love to look glamorous, but I couldn't possibly keep that up. Its too high-maintenance. I'm a wash-and-go kind of girl.
It's crazy! One minute you're working in a restaurant, and the next minute you're in a TV series with everyone asking how you feel playing the bad girl, and you're going, "Well, I know how to julienne carrots really well."
[about her role as Agent Rachel Burke on Profiler (1996))] It's a wonderful opportunity to play a character totally different from anything I've been seen in before.
I have always wanted to play Lola in "Damn Yankees" and every girl in "A Chorus Line". I was thinking of doing "Chorus Line" as a one-woman show. I'm going to play every character. I know every role. I can do it.
I've never worked harder in my life! Fifteen-hour days, going home and having four more hours of work studying lines for the next day. Always having to be on. I said to someone recently, "I feel like it is my wedding day every day."
I go camping with my boyfriend - having nothing other than ourselves and the birds to talk with is most relaxing.
I love camping. My boyfriend and I are avid campers. We've been all over the country. I love to camp under the stars with him. It's very romantic. You get very in tune with the natural environment - you know, the birds and the bees and all that. It gets me very calm inside, because this acting business can make me crazy. I need to take some time to myself when I'm not insecure and thinking about what this or that person is thinking about me. I can't live that way all the time. How can you not get self-conscious? So going out there and being at one with nature is my way of escaping from it all.
I'd have to say my closest friends are guys. That goes back to my tomboy days. I like to throw a ball and be active and run around, you know. So I just find myself among the men.
Because it's prime time there's a rule that you can't really show anything. As for me personally, though, I'd only take my clothes off for a film if it made sense in the plot
[about her character Rachel Burke on Profiler (1996))] I think it's only bonus. You've got people who are already tuned in and enjoy the show. My character is only going to enhance that, hopefully. My character has got a lot more levity: she's a little bit brassy. She comes from a family of six older brothers, so I imagine she can hold her own.
There's always pressure. But being thin should be the goal. The goal is should be being healthy and strong in mind, body, and spirit. That comes from having a healthy outlook on exercise and on life in general. I think that's been lost, because everyone wants the quick fix.
I'm proud of being toned, strong and fit. Most women can't do one pull-up. I can do six!
When I turned 16, my mama was tired of being a stage mother taking me to auditions. She said, "If you get a car, you can take yourself".
On Melrose Place (1992), it was probably all the lying that was going on: sleeping with people I shouldn't have and not owning up to it. I did a lot of lying on that show.
On Savannah (1996), I would have to say it was sleeping with my sister's fiancé. Smuggling money, lying, cheating--that all comes second.
I'm adding a new character to the show, not stepping into her shoes. I don't ever compare myself to someone else: if other people have, that's their worry.
I don't know that I have one moment being the most touching.
My music taste is quite eclectic. It depends on my mood. But isn't that true for all of us?
Fame definitely has its effects. A lot is relative. You gain so much with fame, and in the same respect you give up quite a bit - the most precious being my anonymity, which I didn't realize until it was gone.
[about her series Profiler (1996)] Robert Davi has been a tremendous help to me in getting my feet wet as a profiler. He takes his work so very seriously. He spends a lot of time and energy working out his moments and beats. He cares so much to make this show good and he's truly a sweet man.
I always find similarities with the character and myself. Of course, it's never exact but unless you can find similarities it is very hard to connect with what you are doing. But in this role [on Profiler (1996)] in particular, I find to have the most similarities to who I am mainly because she's a real woman in the world out there. She's unlike the vamp characters I've played the last four or five years on Aaron Spelling's shows. The producers often times listen carefully when I speak. The next script I read, I'll find things I've said and done. I love to work out, and that's a common for Rachel [her character, Rachel Burke]. They have her cooking very well, which is something I do. She can definitely be one of the guys, as well as very feminine. As strong as she is, she is vulnerable as well; very much like myself.
It's very difficult to find the one thing I like the most, but I'd have to say the people, firstly; a truly talented group of people who are very warm. They have made it a lot of fun to work on the show. We laugh a lot. We play a lot. I also really love the challenge that this role has brought to me.
I worked with a director on the very first episode of Savannah (1996). His name was Richard Lang. He's been in this business for God knows how long and he recently passed away. He's an amazing man and touched me and taught me a lot.
I pride myself on being truly an individual.
I enjoy food of the orient. It's a lot of prep work and less actual cooking time. I love to feed people so I would imagine cooking someone's favorite dish would really make me happy.
Reactions that often give me chills, and bring me tears of joy. It's been received so warmly, and the smiles sent my way say it all. Everyone is very happy with this new season. I'm truly blessed.
When I was a little girl, I wanted to deliver babies. And then I wanted to be a dancer. And then, I have always wanted to act and then I became a chef and I really love singing.
I'm enjoying taking some time off right now. I'm not auditioning for anything at all. I work for nine months of the year, with an unbelievable schedule - five days a week from six in the morning to eight or nine at night - and there are always a million people around, all wanting a piece of me. I need to have time away from people, to rejuvenate.
Knowing me, they wanted to enhance the show with a little bit more humor, not have it be so heavy all the time.
I was playing Peyton, this really manipulative woman, on Savannah (1996), who is not exactly a role model--not someone I would want to be like - but everybody who watched loved her. It's kind of scary.
I think men are a different species from women entirely.
I have a lot more energy and I'm happier when I'm exercising.
I've let two to four days go by, but I don't beat myself up about it. Rather than feeling guilty about not exercising, what happens is I lose my clarity. I'm not as energized, not as clear, not as sharp. It reminds me why I do all this. I'm feeling like crap, remembering how good I felt last Thursday when I did my regimen.
I didn't miss acting, because at the time I was very bitter about the business, needed to do something that I could feel passionate about, that would satisfy all my senses: my sight, my smell, my taste, my touch, my need to nurture, my love of colors. Of course, once I started doing that, and getting more and more passionate about it, I lost my desperation, and people in the business were more attracted to me.
You know what's sad? Here I am on a show [Profiler (1996)] that's about violence and serial killers, things that are truly destructive. But that much more widely accepted than sex, which is so important. Sexuality is right up there with eating, breathing, and sleeping. Yet it's such a taboo. I don't understand it.
I'm taking singing lessons,and plan to put on a one-woman show to be the new Shirley MacLaine or Liza Minnelli. Singing. Dancing. I love it. Okay, I'm not the best singer, and I'm not the best dancer, but I can still put on a show, right? I'm so scared, and I can't wait to do it.
I really wasn't the best student. I excelled in drama and art, and I got along with my teachers. But my problem was that I was a bit of a social butterfly. I loved to talk a lot - although I wasn't a party girl. I preferred to hang out at home with my mom.
I like to party, sure. But my kind of good time is not going to a nightclub or a bar that's just a meat market. I don't go to those kinds of places. I prefer to have a big camp fire at home and have all my friends round and share a big bottle of wine.
[on playing football in school] I gave it up because in one game I was doing really well, but then I fell and hit my head and I wanted to stop, but they wouldn't let me. Then I ended up scoring a point for the other team and everyone was getting at me, and I was like, "I can't handle this pressure!"
[The first R-rated movie that she saw] Porky's (1981). I went with my friends to a drive-in. It was shocking and stimulating. It was that time when you start to look at guys differently.
[on who she considers to be her heroes] My parents are. Just knowing what it takes to raise children, between me and my older brother David--+God bless them. And of course the fact that they are the most intimate people in my life. Looking at history, [Mohandas K. Gandhi] is a hero for me. He believed so much in peace. Or someone like John Lennon because he believed so much in peace.
Growing up, I remember the movie Hair (1979). I remember the movie Grease (1978)--these are musicals, mind you, and that's what got me singing and performing. I'm very much of a vocalist and I loved the idea of being in a very intense scene and all of a sudden starting to sing.
My worst day isn't something that happened -- its not some major event. There are days that I wake up and everything bothers me. The kind of days when somebody talks to you and you're like Shut up! You drop something and you want to throw it across the room. The kind of day where everybody seems stupid and annoys me and I just want to cry at everything. I hate those days. I just want to got to bed and wake up in another day.
[on her role as Liza Colby on All My Children (1970)] I love things sexy--I certainly see myself that way--and I love playing women who are out to get what they want at any cost. She's still a battered soul and she still has her wicked ways, only now Liza has the power of the law behind her. It's a juicy set-up.
I'm going to make the role fully my own. Julie and Chuck hired me for who I am, not to emulate anyone else. I will make them proud.
Fear is a really wonderful thing for the soul. It's a rush. It makes me feel alive!
[on how she got the part of Liza Colby on _"All My Children" (1970)_ (qvf)] They say it's cliché, but timing is everything. I had put a phone call into Chuck and he actually answered his phone at that moment, which was bizarre. I said, "It's Jamie." And he goes, "Oh, my God! How did you get my number and what do you want?" I said, "I was reaching out and wanted to see you and grab a cup of coffee." He said he would call me back. So a couple of hours later he called and said to me, "You don't know how weird your timing is. I was just on a pitch meeting phone call, and they were trying to figure out how to recast the role of Liza and you called!" It's really weird. And then the people in the pitch meeting were like, "Oh, my God! She would be perfect." So they asked me to lunch. I met with Brian Frons [president of ABC Daytime and SOAPnet] and Chuck. They told me the back story, and it was certainly a character that was right up my alley. It certainly was a good fit as far as the timing in my life. I was certainly ready for a change and move. The timing was perfect all around and it was meant to be.
I certainly have a love triangle going on there with Thorsten Kaye [Zack] and Alicia Minshew (Kendall]. My character is a strong woman and she is using it.
I think the old show was fabulously popular. People don't expect that it's going to be the old show. It's something new with a similar sort of flair. I haven't seen the pilot yet, but I think it'll be great and hopefully I'll get a nice arc on there and come on back.
Don't hit them too hard and too fast. You have to tease them, trickle them in. I think they're doing it right.
[About about her character Lexi on Melrose Place (1992), and if the producers asked her to come back] Of course I would--it was so much fun! She was just fiery. I think it'd be a blast!
What is it about ruby slippers? It's not only that they're sparkly. All little girls, and some little boys, like sparkly things, but it's more the fantasy. They can take you where you want to be.
Savannah (1996)] was great because I got to do the Southern accent. I love that Southern style. I have to say Peyton is my favorite role. I got to integrate the accent into my life during filming.
Michael is really funny, but Thorsten and Cameron Mathison are also hysterical. The boys of the show have a great sense of humor . . . and they're all great looking!
[about her reception as a new cast member on All My Children (1970)] Everyone was really welcoming, but of course, Susan Lucci came to me--she is so sweet and kind. Susan is exactly as you imagine her to be. Bobbie Eakes, Ricky Paull Goldin and Michael E. Knight also made a point to really stop and make me feel comfortable.
[about All My Children (1970)] My first few scenes were with Thorsten and he was right there in my face. [They were making out.] We had to get to know each other fast! I love working on a soap opera--it's like working in the theater. I'm blessed to work at such a fun place!
[about All My Children (1970)] I didn't choose where people at ABC Daytime wanted to go with my character, Liza Colby. They were really interested in seeing what new energy and spirit I could bring to the character. We took a big leap with age here, but my goodness, on soaps, they take so many leaps that age is the least of our worries! Why not?
I realized just how many films that I have actually done that have portrayed women in jeopardy and needing to really escape. I can't imagine the pain and suffering that is going on and so many women feeling so alone. You are not alone! I am so honored to be a part of this amazing event. I celebrate Take Back Your Life and Wendy Ida!
It happens to be a good niche for me. I do have a tendency to do those kind of characters, but in my last few movies I played a mom and a teacher. I like to do a lot of different roles, but I am the one they think of for the femme fatale roles.
It was terrific to get to work with him again," Talking about working with Linden Ashby. "As actors, you are thrown into intimate situations very quickly and the job is to find that connection with one another. In this case, the trust already was there so it made it a lot easier. We were ahead of the game."
For the first six months, I cried every day. I just couldn't get my head around memorizing all of that material. And, because I was playing the district attorney, it wasn't like I could just make up lines. What I would do would be reading the script until the director called for action, then I would hide the script. When the scene was done, I would pull out the script and start reading it again."

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