My high school girlfriend Kitty became a Hollywood actress in the 70s, starting out in a soap on tv called "The Doctors" in the role of Nola (her castmates called her "Nola Contendere" as a joke); when she left the show Kathleen Turner replaced her. I loved watching Kitty on tv every day.
This still is from a miniseries she did in 1979 called "Women In White", wherein she plays Dr. Jill Bates. Kitty is usually cast as a professional - doctor, lawyer, psychiatrist, U.S. senator, novelist - because she conveys intelligence with such ease. I found this promotional shot of her in a collectibles store in Alexandria, Va., back in the 1990s sometime. I love this shot of her - it looks almost candid compared with all the studio shots of her I've seen.
Kitty's done some really excellent work. I especially loved her in "I'll Fly Away", a series that was broadcast in the early 1990s. There were times when I'd completely forget I was watching a friend acting a role on tv, and I'd find myself deeply moved by her performance.
OK - I'd cry. Hey, it was a really well done series; and if you were watching it back then, you probably cried too.
She was also Jim Rockford's blind psychiatrist girlfriend on "The Rockford Files". She wore sunglasses throughout most of her appearances on "Rockford", except for those moments when Rockford would remove her glasses to kiss her. Too bad - Kitty has really lovely eyes, and you got to see them in all their splendor for only a few moments.
I last saw Kitty when I visited her for a few days in 1999 on my way back to Austin from 2 weeks in New Zealand. I took some digital movies of our visit; and if I ever get my shit together I'll edit them on my new iMac (thank you, Ruthie!) and post them here for "Family and Friends".
We write each other a few times a year. I try to send her something for her birthday each August; this year I sent her a dvd of "A Hard Day's Night", since we saw it for the first time together the summer of 1965 - in a theater in Glasgow, Scotland, when she was 15 and I was 16. I still love that film, and I always think of Kitty when I see it.