Friday, July 29, 2016

Three teachers, who ROCK OUT in the band No Small Children, are making waves with their remake of the classic Ghostbusters theme song in the NEW Ghostbusters movie! No Small Children joined me Monday at 9am pst on KUCI 88.9fm!


You can now listen to Monday's show here!

Three teachers walk into a bar, onto the stage, plug in instruments and then…melt your face.

No Small Children's remake of the classic Ghostbusters theme song can be heard in the new Ghostbusters movie released on July 15th, 2016! They released their third album, “Hold Tight, I’m Flying”, July 2015. Produced by Lisa Pimentel and mixed by legendary Bob Marlette (Rob Zombie, Black Sabbath, Filter, etc.), this latest album is heavier and more complex, but just as bold and unapologetic as their first two, “Trophy Wife” and “Dear Youth”; both available on iTunes and CDBaby.
NSC released their fourth music video, Ghostbusters, with footage given to them them by Director Paul Feig. Their other videos include Might Get Up Slow, Drunk Creepy Guy and Big Steps.

NSC’s animated, edgy and break-neck live show both invites you in and calls you out, all while you sing along to the fresh, yet familiar, refrains of their carefully constructed songs. Their glamorous matching dresses and bona fide command of the stage will have you leaving at the end of the night a little hoarse, with a smile, and a warm fuzzy feeling.

“I was struck not only by their musicianship but by how well they engage an audience. Lisa and Joanie are a powerful pair of front women” -Alice Bag Razorcake Mag

No Small Children is an all-girl band, or as they call themselves, a band. They were born on the playground in the spring of 2012. Elementary school-teachers by day, guitarist and singer Lisa Pimentel and drummer Nicola Berlinsky decided to start the band while covering recess duty. Three months later they had an EP, countless shows behind them and an east coast tour booked. By October 2013, bass player and singer Joanie Pimentel had moved to Los Angeles to join the group. With all three teaching at the same school, lunch breaks became band meetings, after-school times became rehearsals and holidays were reserved for touring.

“Relatively new on the L.A. scene, all lady trio No Small Children have been tearing it up, one dive bar at a time” Aileen Frasier, The LA Beat 2015

In 2014, NSC released their LP, “Trophy Wife”, toured both east and west coasts and played three shows at SXSW. In 2015, along with their frequent California shows, they toured Colorado, the Midwest, and East Coast. 2016 brought them back the Southwest and Midwest, and they start their fourth East Coast tour on August 5., 2016.

“It’s not unusual for kids to wear a T-shirt to school with their favorite band on it. But at this school., that T-shirt may also have a picture of their teacher — actually, three of their teachers.” NPR –Secret Lives of Teachers, 2014.

These ladies eat, live and breathe music, and you can feel it in their songs. They create it, perform it, and then pass their love of it onto the next generation of music lovers. Soon to be playing at a big theatre near you…

Actor/writer/director and comedian Upasana Beharee joined me Monday at 9:30am pst!

LISTEN to this week's show with Upasana Beharee here!

Now living her life long dream as an actress in Hollywood, Upasana is currently appearing in the State Farm commercial DISAPPEARING AGENTS, as well on the Shorts HD channel in her directorial debut short film ALL IN A NIGHT’S’ WORK (Direct TV and AT&T u-verse in the US). The short, that she also wrote, will be screened world-wide for the next three years.
She can also be seen at THE COMEDY STORE, where she is a regular on Fridays in The Original Room (Sunset Blvd).
Recently she also appeared in the hit comedy show NEW GIRL on FOX. She was also the voice behind the award-winning interactive film DARK RIDE for Lexus, with Norman Reedus of The Walking Dead fame. 

After studying at The Joanne Baron DW Brown School in L.A., Upasana went on to study the tapes of Meisner’s actual 1980 master class, assembled by Sydney Pollack, spending literally hundreds of life changing hours pouring over the tapes, watching Meisner teach in his own words.
She is currently adapting ALL IN A NIGHT’S WORK into a feature. ALL IN A NIGHT'S WORK is now on VIMEO.

Born in South Africa, UPASANA BEHAREE first stumbled onto the stage at the age of four – doing a ballet recital in Pietermaritzburg, the little town she was born in. 

Upasana attended an Indians-only school, as required by law under Apartheid - the racist system of discrimination she grew up under. This upbringing ignited her work as a stand up comedian and film-maker – provocative work that often deals with the hypocrisy that exists within society. She explores themes like female sexuality and how society wants to dictate what a women’s sexuality should look like. She enjoys turning the tables on age old stereotypes.

“I’m hoping to jolt an awareness into society that women are not a monolithic lot of people but rather individuals with varying types of personalities” says Beharee ‘I’m bored of seeing women always being put into neat little boxes on screen.” 

She is also an award-winning actress who had a successful career in South Africa before moving to the US, the highlight being her role on the nationwide TV show SCANDAL, where she played the manipulative, obsessed murderess TASHNEE; in fact she played it so well she often had the experience of being angrily accosted by irate viewers, furious at Beharee for killing off their favorite character. One unfortunate incident saw her being chased in Johannesburg airport and the police having to be called in.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Irvine residents Alan Hess and Sharon Toji joined me Monday at 9am to discuss Irvine 50!

Today's show will feature Irvine 50!

If you missed today's show featuring
Alan Hess and Sharon Toji,
listen to our conversation here!


Architect, historian, and Irvine resident Alan Hess is author of nineteen books on Modern architecture and urbanism in the mid-twentieth century; his subjects include John Lautner, Oscar Niemeyer, Frank Lloyd Wright, the Ranch House, Googie architecture, Las Vegas, and Palm Springs. He is the architecture critic of the San Jose Mercury News, a contributor to The Architects Newspaper, grant recipient from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, and a National Arts Journalism Program Fellow. He’s received several awards, including the Honor Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Docomomo/US's Award of Excellence, and the President’s Award from the Los Angeles Conservancy for three decades of work in preserving Modern architecture. He is currently writing a history of Modern Architecture in California.

Alan will be discussing the tremendous significance of Irvine as a master planned community, and University Park as its first village.

Alan will be giving walking tours of University Park Friday July 29, 3 pm; Saturday July 30, 4 pm; and Sunday July 31, 3 pm. They will start at the University Park Recreation Center, 1 Beech Tree Lane, Irvine. Please sign up for a particular time by emailing to

Sharon Sircello Toji joins the show Monday at 9am pst to talk about  her role in heading up the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Irvine!

A graduate of Reed College, Sharon Sircello Toji has been a tireless advocate, educator, and community organizer for disabled adults and youths in NYC, Portland, Oregon, and Irvine since 1957. Beginning 1991 the focus of her work has been as an advocate and businesswoman addressing the disabled access issue including but not limited to ADA.

She was one of the original settlers when Irvine's first village -- University Park -- was established in 1966 and has been deeply engaged in various community activities in Irvine for the last 50 years."

Here's what you need to know about the Irvine homecoming!

When: Friday-Sunday, welcome exhibits and panel
Friday, 7-9 p.m.

Where: University Community Park, multipurpose room,
1 Beech Tree Ln., Irvine


Friday, July 22, 2016

Kara L. Duckworth, CFP® Chief Compliance Officer/Principal Duckworth Wealth Advisors joined me today at 9:45am pst. We will be talking about two specialized summer finance programs taking place for high school students. The programs are being offered by Center for Investment and Wealth Management (CIWM) at The Paul Merage School of Business.

Duckworth Wealth Advisors
Kara L. Duckworth, CFP®
Chief Compliance Officer/Principal

If you missed Kara on today's show,
listen to our conversation

Kara is a wealth manager and the firm’s Chief Compliance Officer. She manages client relationships, provides financial planning services and serves on the firm’s investment committee. Think of her as a friend who will tell you the truth. Kara also manages the firm’s personal office services. To Kara, seeing a client achieve a dream is the most rewarding part of her job.

Named a “5-Star Wealth Manager” by Orange Coast magazine, Kara attended UC Riverside and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She is a Certified Financial Planner® and a member of the Financial Planning Association. Kara sits on the board of the Center for Investment and Wealth Management for the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine. As if that doesn’t keep her busy enough, she also chairs the steering committee for the school’s Financial Literacy Summer Residential Program.

UC Irvine embarks on personal finance summer programs for high schoolers.

Programs are offered through the Center for Investment and Wealth Management at The Paul Merage School of Business

What: Two specialized summer finance programs are taking place for high school students. The programs are being offered by Center for Investment and Wealth Management (CIWM) at The Paul Merage School of Business.

The programs include:

1) LIFEvest Financial Literacy Program

July 17–23 and July 31–August 6

With generous support from Pacific Alternative Asset Management Company® (PAAMCO), two sessions will be taking place for a one-week, on-campus program dedicated to helping underserved 8th and 9th grade students by teaching life skills in money and investment management in a highly supportive environment. The program’s mission is to instill a continued desire to strengthen understanding of financial matters, encourage admission into a four-year college or university, and to inspire confidence and success in all areas of life. It costs $2,100 to send a student to the LIFEvest Financial Literacy Program; however, the program tuition comes at no cost to the student and is completely funded by CIWM and its sponsors.

Some of the guest speakers include:

· Ryan Bailey, Sales Executive, Fidelity National Title Commercial Services (he is also a four-time Olympic water polo player and UCI alumnus)

· Richard Umphrey, Senior Vice President – Wealth Management, Umphrey & Associates

· Joan Payden, President, CEO and Chair, Payden & Rygel

· Daryl Pelc, Vice President, The Boeing Company

A program for young men entering the 9th and 10th grade is being held from Saturday, July 17 to Sunday, July 23. There are currently 30 young men enrolled in the program.

A program for young ladies entering the 9th and 10th grade is being held from Saturday, July 31 to Sunday, August 6. There are currently 30 young ladies enrolled in the program.

2) Investments, Financial Planning and You

July 25–29

Twenty-five academically motivated high school students are enrolled in UC Irvine’s inaugural summer excellence program. This new, week-long personal wealth management, investing and financial planning program will help students gain a deeper understanding of macroeconomics and global financial markets. Andrew J. Policano, PhD, faculty director for the CIWM and renowned economist; Chris Schwartz, PhD, associate professor of finance at the Merage School; and, Feroz Ansari, MBA, MIM, CFP®, senior principal and portfolio manager for Compak Asset Management, will lead the program.

Students will experience a unique learning environment filled with inspiring presentations, case studies and group projects. They will learn to analyze and evaluate stocks, bonds, mutual funds and ETFs, develop and back test optimal investment portfolios, and familiarize themselves with personal wealth creation and retention. At the close of the program, each student will have created a personal wealth management plan, paving the way for lifelong preparation towards building financial success.

Where:           UCI Campus, Irvine, CA


About the Center for Investment and Wealth Management
The CIWM is one of seven Centers of Excellence at the UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business. Its mission is to create and disseminate vital, applicable research and knowledge concerning the creation, management and inter-generational transfer of wealth. The Center is gaining national recognition as a source of cutting-edge research and innovative programs that advance our understanding of and successful practice in the field of wealth management, including all of its relevant disciplines and audiences. CIWM is dedicated to the study of global financial markets to gain a better understanding of effective investment management techniques, the overall global financial system and the role and effectiveness of financial markets in fostering socially responsible, sustainable economic growth, the study of wealth management techniques to discover the most effective methods for creating, preserving and growing wealth, assessing philanthropic opportunities, implementing a tax efficient transfer of wealth and building and preserving family legacy and harmony, and the development and delivery of programs and informational reports based on the above research and other information. For more information, visit:, or follow us on Twitter @CIWMFinLit.

About The Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine
The Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine offers four dynamic MBA programs – plus PhD, specialty masters and undergraduate business degrees – that graduate world-ready business leaders with the exceptional ability to help grow their organizations through strategic innovation, analytical decision-making, information technology and collaborative execution. While the Merage School is relatively young, it has quickly grown to consistently rank among the top 5 percent of all business programs worldwide through exceptional student recruitment, world-class faculty, a strong alumni network and close relationships with both individual business executives and global corporations. Additional information is available at

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Hollywood Beauty Salon Movie Trailer

HOLLYWOOD BEAUTY SALON Directed by: Glenn Holsten (The barefoot artist, oc87) Opens IN NEW YORK on Friday, July 29 at the Village East Cinema. Director Glenn Holsten joined me today at 9:30am!

Listen to my conversation with Glenn Holsten here!

Directed by: Glenn Holsten (The barefoot artist, oc87)
Opens IN NEW YORK on Friday, July 29 at the Village East Cinema

WINNER! 2016 SAMSHA Voice Award (Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)

Hollywood Beauty Salon portrays life at an intimate beauty parlor inside of the NHS Germantown Recovery Community, a non-profit mental health program in Philadelphia, where staff and clients alike are in the process of recovery. By gathering together to get their hair done, share stories, and support one another, they find a way to rebuild their lives. The documentary — which was work-shopped at the Salon over the course of four years — is also part of the recovery process, and the subjects of the film played an active part in shaping their own narratives and determining their unique individual styles.


Glenn is an award-winning director of documentary films.

The Barefoot Artist, about global artist Lily Yeh, was filmed on four continents and had its theatrical premiere in New York and Los Angeles in December, 2014 and is currently available on Netflix. His most recent national broadcast on PBS, The Barnes Collection, follows Dr. Albert Barnes’ remarkable rise from Philadelphia’s working-class neighborhood to the top of the modern art world. SEE, a film that he created in collaboration with painters Bo Bartlett and Betsy Eby premiered at the Camden Film Festival in 2013.

He directed an eight-part series titled Women In Chemistry, about pioneering women chemists for the Chemical Heritage Foundation. Women In Chemistry appeared on public television as a one-hour television special, as will Scientists You Must Know, a documentary about the people behind the discoveries that changed our world.

Other long-form documentary directing credits include OC87: The Obsessive-Compulsive, Major Depression, Bipolar, Asperger’s Movie, (theatrical release, 2012, Netflix); Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists, 1958-1968, (OVATION, 2010); Saint of 9/11, about Father Mychal Judge, the beloved chaplain to the NYC Fire Dept. (Tribeca Film Festival, IFC theatrical release, 2006, Netflix); Gay Pioneers (PBS, 2005); JIM IN BOLD, which harnesses the power of young voices to reveal the challenges and triumphs of being young and gay in America; Thomas Eakins: Scenes from Modern Life (PBS, 2001), a lyrical examination of America through the eyes of the 19th century painter; and HOUSE, a 30-minute film about The Korman Residence in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania that was famed Philadelphia architect Louis I. Kahn’s final residential commission.

He was commissioned by both The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and the Pew Charitable Trusts to create a series of moving portraits about artists and their work processes. Glenn is a recipient of a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, an Independence Foundation Fellowship in the Arts, and a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship. He has been awarded silver and gold awards from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for innovative television production. He has been honored with sixteen Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards. A collection of his work was exhibited in the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s 20th Century Video Gallery.

Glenn has directed films in China, Portugal, Kenya, Rwanda, Northern Ireland, Poland, Bosnia and the Republic of Georgia. In 2000, he traveled to Mongolia, where he conducted a workshop for television professionals that explored creative methods for storytelling on television.

Glenn graduated from The University of Pennsylvania in 1984 with a B.A. in English.

Director Glenn Holsten conducted a 16-week workshop series at the Hollywood Beauty Salon, which created the foundation for the documentary script. Holsten and a film crew collaborated with the women and men who patronize and/or volunteer at the salon to develop individual stories centered around their special Hollywood Beauty experience. Participants discussed the depths of their illnesses and their paths to recovery. They tapped into joyful and painful memories alike — and explored their hopes and dreams for the future.

The final script that emerged from this workshop process is a new kind of documentary — a hybrid that artfully combines real life “vérité” (fly on the wall) sequences of everyday life activity in the beauty parlor with highly crafted filmic sequences employing animation, fantasy, and dramatic reenactment. The film’s subjects decided how their personal histories should be documented and shared; each designed the storytelling approach of his/her section of the film.

The "Hollywood Beauty Salon" is an intimate beauty parlor that happens to be part of the NHS Germantown Recovery Community, a non-profit mental health program in Philadelphia that is administered by NHS Human Services. Rachel "Hollywood" Carr Timms runs the beauty parlor, where staff and clients alike are all in the process of recovery from some form of mental health issue. By gathering together to get their hair done, share stories, and support one another, they find a way to rebuild their lives. The film is built around preparations for their annual "Hair Recovery Show"--their version of a beauty pageant--and it is this exciting undertaking that allows us to meet the characters and hear their stories. The documentary itself—which was workshopped at the Salon over the course of four years—actually ends up being part of the recovery process itself, and the subjects of the film played an active part in shaping their own narratives and determining the unique, individual style of their respective story arcs.

Deeply emotional and highly imaginative, (using animation and other expressionistic effects to convey the interior lives of its subjects), the film was directed by Glenn Holsten, an award-winning Philadelphia-based documentarian whose previous films include OC87: The Obsessive-Compulsive, Major Depression, Bipolar, Asperger’s Movie, a feature-length documentary about recovery from the depths of mental illness through filmmaking, Saint of 9/11, a biography of Father Mychal Judge, the Chaplain to the New York City Fire Department who died on 9/11 which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and most recently, The Barefoot Artist, a portrait of artist Lily Yeh which was released last year.

Not rated, Runtime 88 minutes (In English/ Documentary/ USA)


Monday, July 11, 2016

Gary Pihl, Lead Guitarist for the band BOSTON, called in to KUCI 88.9fm Tuesday 7/12/16! We talked about his up-coming show at the Pacific Amphitheatre, how he joined the band in 1985, what it's like to tour all these years, and more!

Costa Mesa, CA Pacific Amphitheatre/OC Fair 

      Saturday, July 16 tickets at

My conversation with Gary Pihl will air on
KUCI 88.9fm
Thursday July 14th at 4pm PST, and
Monday July 18th at 9am PST

You can also LISTEN HERE!

 Gary does it all: guitars, work in the recording studio, live shows on the road and the architect of the band BOSTON website. He'll provide backup vocals on the 2015 tour. He has been a member of BOSTON since 1985 and is the longest recurring member of Tom Scholz' recording and touring band.

GARY PIHL (pronounced "Peel")

Raised in the suburbs of Chicago for the first 12 years of his life, Gary Pihl relocated to the San Francisco Bay area and has led a musical life ever since. He explains, “I was in several bands in high school. One of our guitar players told me about guy who was really good and giving guitar lessons at the local music store. He was in a band named The Warlocks. We went to see them play at a local pizza parlor. A couple months later they changed their name to the Grateful Dead. The guitarist giving us lessons was Jerry Garcia.” At 19, Gary had his recording debut with Day Blindness in 1969. He says, “After my time in Day
Blindness, I was in a band called Fox with Roy Garcia and Johnny V (Vernazza), who went on to play in Elvin Bishop’s band. We were really fortunate to get to be on some shows with bands we looked up to including opening at the Fillmore for Free (with Paul Rogers). We were on shows with Janis Joplin, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Eric Burdon and War and Mose Allison.”

Gary spent four years in a band called Crossfire. He recalls, “Mitchell Froom was our organist. He’s gone on to be a great producer (Paul McCartney, The Pretenders, Los Lobos, Crowded House, Suzanne Vega, Sheryl Crow, etc.). We were opening some shows for Norman Greenbaum (Spirit in the Sky) when he was performing as a singer/songwriter on acoustic guitar. We had done our set and left the stage to Norman. He was halfway through his set when we noticed the audience was getting restless and wanted him to rock out. In the middle of one of Norman’s songs, our drummer, Steve Jones, got back on stage and started playing! Norman turned around in shock. Then he looked at the rest of us on the side of the stage and waved us up. We’d seen him about a half dozen times so we sort of knew his songs. Mitchell and his brother David (our pianist) have perfect pitch and were telling me and our bassist what the chords were as we went along. The crowd seemed to dig it and we ended the show with a rocked out version of Spirit in the Sky.”

Pihl’s first big break in came in 1977, when he joined Sammy Hagar’s band, where he toured and recorded for 8 years. Gary met Tom Scholz when Hagar was opening for BOSTON between ’77 and ’79. In 1985, Sammy joined Van Halen, however, Pihl didn’t miss a beat. He explains, “Tom called me up when he was working on the Third Stage album, he had one more song left to be recorded and asked me if I’d come out to work with him on it. I was thrilled! It was a dream come true for me to work with one of the greatest bands of all time! I would have crawled on my hands and knees from California to get to work with BOSTON.

As it turned out, I flew directly from Farm Aid (my last gig with Hagar) to Boston, so I wasn’t out of work for a day. I thought, how lucky could a guy get? He told me that there would probably be some touring involved if the album did well, which it did and basically I’m still here.” Tom and Gary traded studio leads on “I Think I Like It,” a high-energy power tune that showcases how well these two virtuosos complement one another. The two of them, who could pass for brothers, are a natural pair on stage. In addition to lead guitar, Gary also plays electric and acoustic 12-string guitar, keyboards, as well as lends backing and harmony vocals.

Gary quickly became indispensable to Tom’s BOSTON efforts. This quintessential multi-tasker has been Scholz’s right-hand man for over 20 years, serving as Vice President of Scholz Research and Development, assisting in building Tom’s Hideaway Studio II, and is a crucial part of the massive technical undertaking of managing the stage equipment on a BOSTON tour, including all of the back line and audio equipment.

He also manages tech people, teaches band performers their parts, organizes rehearsals, integrates the “front of house” sound company system and personnel. Scholz wouldn’t tour without Pihl, saying, “I’d be lost without him. Gary’s the only other person on tour that has a thorough understanding of the complex audio productions systems that turn the efforts of 7 musicians and singers into the perfectly mixed stereo sound coming out the the sound system. That includes everyone, the road crew and the sound reinforcement technicians.” As Kimberley Dahme puts it, “In my opinion, he is the glue that holds BOSTON together. He works with us individually for hours on end, and assists Tom solving all of the problems that come up. He cares. I am so thankful to him, he is amazing. I don’t have enough good things to say about Gary.”

Pihl is an expert professional photo editor, and did all of the editing for the graphics that were required for Corporate America as well as the remastered Boston and Don’t Look Back CD’s. “He’s one of those rare people that has a gift for music and highly technical talents,” states Tom.  Drummer Jeff Neal adds, ” Gary is the most consistent player out there, night after night, you can count on Gary to bring his ‘A’ game. His style is really an excellent blend of great technical ability but also wonderful feel. It ‘ s a standard that young players today should aspire to reach.”

Although the majority of his talent is innate, some was acquired. Gary explains, “My dad always told me to do whatever you want, be the best you can and go to school to learn how. I reminded him that they don’t teach Rock and Roll in college but he said, ‘If you love music, then find out all you can about it.’ He took me to the local college and made me sign up. Of course once I got started, I loved it. No, they didn’t teach Rock and Roll, but it gave me a great foundation and a better understanding of music. In one of my choral classes I was sitting next to another kid out of high school just trying to learn about music. It was Johnny Colla, who went on to play sax with Huey Lewis and the News. You never know who you’ll end up sitting next to in school.”

In addition to his BOSTON ventures, he still finds time to let his creative energy fly. He says, “I’ve enjoyed working with some friends on a “project band” called Alliance. It’s Dave Lauser from Sammy Hagar’s band, Alan Fitzgerald from Night Ranger, and Robert Berry from 3. It’s a mix of all our favorite styles from Blues to Prog rock.” Alliance has released three albums to date.

“Robert Berry and I are also in a band called December People. We do traditional holiday songs but in the style of different rock bands. We do Joy to the World as if the Who were playing it, Santa Claus is Coming to Town like ZZ Top might play it. You get the
idea. It’s a lot of fun and every show we do is a benefit for a local charity, usually a food bank.” A long-time vegetarian, like the late Brad and Tom Scholz, Gary resides in a suburb of Boston with his wife and two sons.

Gary does it all: guitars, work in the recording studio, live shows on the road and the architect of the band BOSTON website. He'll provide backup vocals on the 2015 tour. He has been a member of BOSTON since 1985 and is the longest recurring member of Tom Scholz' recording and touring band.

BOSTON news, tour itinerary, background and to interact with the band - please visit and

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Stage, screen and television actress Joan Benedict Steiger joined me today at 9:30am pst to talk about her incredible career and latest book!

Did you miss Joan on today's show?
Listen to our conversation here!

Decades of work on stage, screen, and television and the love of three devoted men sounds like a full life; but in many ways, the story is just beginning for veteran performer Joan Benedict Steiger. With credits dating back to the original “Candid Camera” on television to her acclaimed solo performance as Leona Helmsley, she has lived the artistic life she first dreamed of as a child in Brooklyn, New York – and the dream shows no signs of ending.

“I always thought when I was little I would be a dancer,” Steiger recalls today. “I was never really built for ballet, but I was tap dancing in public at age seven when I performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. I remember the first film I ever saw was with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, and as I was leaving the theatre, I wanted to run back in, I knew I had to be a part of that world.”

As the only grandchild in a large family – she had seven uncles – Steiger grew up in her grandfather’s house off Prospect Park, where she describes herself as “Eloise at the Plaza – every one of those rooms was my magic room.” Encouraged by her mother, young Steiger studied at the Rome Opera Ballet School, and spent time in Paris, soaking up her craft and European culture and learning French and Italian. Back in America, Steiger continued her theatrical education by studying with legendary acting coaches Robert Lewis and Stella Adler, founders of the Actor’s Studio in New York. That pursuit of her craft continues today, as she continues to get a charge out of the challenge that each new acting job brings.

“The theatre for me is ike being in church,” she says with sincerity. “When you feel the audience, and feel that communication with other souls, it’s like music. As a performer, I’m always pursuing that wonderful experience where you are completely alert and clear, and yet transported through your imagination.” “The theatre for me is like being in church,” she says with sincerity. “When you feel the audience, and feel that communication with other souls, it’s like music. As a performer, I’m always pursuing that wonderful experience where you are completely alert and clear, and yet transported through your imagination.”

Her list of stage credits include acclaimed productions of contemporary offerings such as “Promises, Promises,” “The Beauty Queen of Leenane,” “Collected Stories” by Donald Margulies, P.J. Barry’s “The Octette Bridge Club,” Horton Foote’s “The Traveling Lady,” and Morris West’s “The World is Made of Glass;” opposite Don Knotts in the comedy “The Mind with the Dirty Man;” classics like “Richard III,” “The Dyubbuk,” and “Dr. Faustus;” and her two solo shows, “Leona” (about notorious “Queen of Mean” Leona Helmsley) and the recent “The Loves of My Life,” based on her own life. On screen, she also co-starred with Knotts and Tim Conway in the comedy “The Prizefighter.”

Indeed, perhaps Joan Benedict Steiger’s career is all the more remarkable for having endured through three long-term relationships, to what she describes as “three of the greatest guys in the world.” While marriages between professional actors are often fraught with jealousy and competition, Joan has found lightning in a bottle all three times. “Both of my husbands, and my lifetime partner Jeremy, were wonderful men who respected me as an actress,” she recalls. “They all died from different forms of cancer, so my memories are sometimes bittersweet, but with no regrets.”

“Strangely, I met all three of these men when I was in New York, just beginning my career while I was still a teenager,” she says. She was only 19 when she met actor Rod Steiger, who took an instant liking to her when they appeared on the same television show together. “I

was in complete awe of him at the time,” she admits. “I remember walking out after seeing him in the play ‘Rashomon’ on Broadway, and seeing his face on the marquee across the street for the movie ‘Al Capone.’ I thought, what a life – starring on Broadway and starring in a movie! Knowing him at that age was like living in a fantasy.”

Though the initial romance with Rod was short-lived, given their respective dedication to pursuing their careers, Joan soon found herself in love with leading stage actor John Myhers. “He toured in ‘The Sound of Music’ for three years as Captain von Trapp, and I would take time off to travel with him,” she says. Settling in a home near Sunset Plaza in the Hollywood Hills, their marriage lasted thirty years before Myhers’ passing. Then, in the late 1990s, Rod and Joan found each other again. Rod had heard rave reviews of some of Joan’s stage work. “I got a call from him out of the blue…he’d been at a party where someone had mentioned me, and we got together again after all those years.”

Joan and Rod were nearly inseparable for the final years of his life, becoming creative partners as well as spouses. “Rod was very impressed with my acting. Whenever a script would arrive at the house, he’d ask me to read it for my feedback, then he’d say ‘Did you pick out your part yet?’” They appeared in two films together, “A Month of Sundays” and the telefilm “The Flying Dutchman.” After a long life marked by tremendous highs and crushing lows – Steiger acknowledged suffering from chronic depression for much of his professional career – the Academy Award winning actor seemed to find new confidence and peace with his newly rediscovered love. “On one of the films we made, on the last day of shooting, Rod presented me with an Oscar-like statue he had made with my name on it, in front of the entire crew,” Joan remembers. “With me he said he was another person, and the only time in his life he had such happiness. He told me I was the only woman who could bring love out of a stone.”

Steiger’s passing in 2002 was a devastating loss, but another friend from long ago was able to fill some of the void. Actor Jeremy Slate, a veteran of over 80 films and television shows dating back to 1959, was Joan’s partner until his passing in 2006. “They were all actors, writers, directors, brilliant, funny men,” Joan says of the men who captured her heart.

Throughout her life, Joan Benedict Steiger has worked simultaneously on stage, in film, and on television. She’s still remembered for a classic bit from the original version of “Candid Camera,” where she played a lost tourist looking for directions from passersby, making sure that her fancy hat – beplumed with a particularly large feather – would distract them at every opportunity. She was also part of the ensemble of the original “Steve Allen Show,” where she did double duty as the spokesperson for Hazel Bishop cosmetics. On daytime drama, she had regular and recurring roles on “General Hospital,” “Days of our Lives,” and “Capitol.” Her dozens of series guest appearances include classic series like “Fantasy Island,” “T.J. Hooker,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Kojak” and “Hotel,” with the latter being directed by series star James Brolin. Most recently Joan guested on Fox’s “Dollhouse.”

Perhaps one of Joan’s most unusual jobs is one where she was asked to “fill in” – in a manner of speaking – for a Hollywood legend. “I had been bothering the casting director at MGM for a while when he finally told me, ‘I have something for you.’” MGM was preparing to make the film “Butterfield 8” starring Elizabeth Taylor; the star had been reluctant to cooperate because she was eager to begin work on the epic “Cleopatra.” MGM wanted to shoot the film in studios in New York and Taylor wanted to remain in Los Angeles. Joan was asked if she could

go to New York to rehearse the film – playing Taylor’s part – with director Daniel Mann and therest of the cast. Joan worked for weeks reading Taylor’s lines, and her dedication paid off when she was awarded a small part (a single line) in the film – for which she still earns residuals.

The role won Taylor her only Academy Award, but curiously, their paths would cross again years later through their mutual acquaintance with Rod Steiger. “When Rod and I were first dating, he went to see Elizabeth about working on a new project,” she says. “This was a period when she wasn’t feeling well, and Rod was one of the people who really encouraged her to get well and return to public life. That lead to speculation that Rod and Liz were dating and he was going to be her next husband. Rod and I were on an airplane to Spain, and he liked to read the tabloids: when I saw the headline saying Liz and Rod were going to wed, I said, ‘What’s this all about?’ And he smiled at me and said, “Joan, I’m sitting next to YOU!”

For now, Joan keeps busy preserving the legacy of her late husband, as well as continuing her stage, film, and television work whenever the right opportunity presents itself. ‘There’s still so much I can do, I’m still learning after all these years,” she explains. “I have a regular table at my favorite restaurant in Malibu and it faces the door, because I want to watch everyone walk in, I want to observe the way they use their body, because that’s so much a part of my process as an actress.” Although she has written her memoirs, Joan still knows that there are more chapters of her life left to live, and many more roles left to play.

Kevin Richards, founder of KNR Consulting Group, joined me today to talk about how to teach your kids about money, what college students should know, and why more Americans are not retiring at 65!

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Kevin Richards is an Investment Advisor. Why does that matter? In the financial services industry, there are generally two kinds of people offering advice: Registered Representatives and Investment Advisors. Many investors aren’t aware differences exist. One of the main differences is that Investment Advisors have a fiduciary duty to act in the best interest of their clients at all times.

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According to a recent Bloomberg article on people working past 65, here are a few questions Kevin will address:
· Why more people are working past 65
· What steps people can take to retire on time
· Why some people may actually want to work past 65

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