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In his one-and-a-half-hour interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Dick Van Dyke talks about his early years, and how being an announcer in World War II kindled his passion for show business. Van Dyke speaks about working on projects such as "Bye Bye Birdie" and "The Dick Van Dyke Show," and reminisces on his time in the industry with fond anecdotes. He discusses the ups and down of showbusiness, and briefly discusses his battle with alcoholism brought on by his shyness. He speaks of the challenges of being a performer and considers the question "Was it worth it?" Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on January 5, 2006 in Santa Monica, CA. Additional topics covered include: Advice, Creative Influences and Inspiration, Fame and Celebrity, Pivotal Career Moments, Television Industry, Comedy Series, and Talk Shows.

2006-01-05

In his forty five-minute interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Henry Winkler talks about his days at Emerson College, and how the college environment helped him mature and become more independent. He discusses how he used to perform in children's theater in Massachusetts, act in commercials while at Yale, and how his tenacious and grateful nature helped him rise up in Hollywood. He describes how his dyslexia made him develop a sense of humour so that he stood out in his class, and how humour can help one cope. Winkler speaks about his experience working on shows such as "Mary Tyler Moore Show," "Out of Practice," "Happy Days" and movies such as "Click." He discusses the Hank Zipzer novels that he wrote to help children deal with dyslexia through his humorous writing. Winkler discusses the lessons he has learned from his coworkers over the years and considers the question "Was it worth it?" Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on January 20, 2006 in Los Angeles, CA. Additional topics covered include: Advice, Creative Influences and Inspiration, Fame and Celebrity, Pivotal Career Moments, and Television Industry.

2006-01-20

In her one-hour-fifteen minute interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Bea Arthur talks about her early years as an intern in a hospital, doing minstrel shows and her first break in Broadway. She talks about how grateful she is to do what she enjoys for a living, and speaks about working on "Maude," "Golden Girls," and a number of plays. She also discusses her love for her LGBT fan following, her involvement with PETA and how she strives to use her celebrity for social change. She speaks about the challenges of being a woman in the television and performance industry, and considers the question "Was it worth it?" Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on May 31, 2005 in Brentwood, CA. Additional topics covered include: Advice, Creative Influences and Inspiration, Fame and Celebrity, Pivotal Career Moments, Television Industry, and Comedy Series.

2005-05-31

In her one hour and ten minute interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Barbara Feldon talks about her start in dancing, music and modeling, and how that path lead her to acting. Feldon speaks about her breakout role as "99" on "Get Smart," and the illuminating experience of working with the late Don Adams. She discusses how she doesn't consider herself a comedienne or a star; Dana and Matz insist otherwise. Feldon discusses her novel "Living Along and Loving It" along with her literary inspirations and considers the question "Was it worth it?" Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on October 18, 2005 in New York City, NY. Additional topics covered include: Creative Influences, Dance, and Pivotal Career Moments.

2005-10-18

In her two hour interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Jayne Meadows talks about her unconventional childhood in China on the cusp of the communist revolution, and how this set her apart once she came to America. She speaks on her start in Broadway, which eventually lead to an illustrious screen acting career in TV and film. Meadows fondly recalls anecdotes from her career, and how she met her husband Steve Allen in the business. Meadows also considers the question "Was it worth it?" Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on January 18, 2006 in Los Angeles, CA. Additional topics covered include: Comedy, Creative Influences, Pivotal Career Moments, and Childhood and Youth.

2006-01-18

In her two hour interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Jayne Meadows talks about her unconventional childhood in China on the cusp of the communist revolution, and how this set her apart once she came to America. She speaks on her start in Broadway, which eventually lead to an illustrious screen acting career in TV and film. Meadows fondly recalls anecdotes from her career, and how she met her husband Steve Allen in the business. Meadows also considers the question "Was it worth it?" Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on January 18, 2006 in Los Angeles, CA. Additional topics covered include: Comedy, Creative Influences, Pivotal Career Moments, and Childhood and Youth.

2006-01-18

In her two hour interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Jayne Meadows talks about her unconventional childhood in China on the cusp of the communist revolution, and how this set her apart once she came to America. She speaks on her start in Broadway, which eventually lead to an illustrious screen acting career in TV and film. Meadows fondly recalls anecdotes from her career, and how she met her husband Steve Allen in the business. Meadows also considers the question "Was it worth it?" Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on January 18, 2006 in Los Angeles, CA. Additional topics covered include: Comedy, Creative Influences, Pivotal Career Moments, and Childhood and Youth.

2006-01-18

In her one hour and ten minute interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Barbara Feldon talks about her start in dancing, music and modeling, and how that path lead her to acting. Feldon speaks about her breakout role as "99" on "Get Smart," and the illuminating experience of working with the late Don Adams. She discusses how she doesn't consider herself a comedienne or a star; Dana and Matz insist otherwise. Feldon discusses her novel "Living Along and Loving It" along with her literary inspirations and considers the question "Was it worth it?" Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on October 18, 2005 in New York City, NY. Additional topics covered include: Creative Influences, Dance, and Pivotal Career Moments.

2005-10-18

In her one hour and ten minute interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Barbara Feldon talks about her start in dancing, music and modeling, and how that path lead her to acting. Feldon speaks about her breakout role as "99" on "Get Smart," and the illuminating experience of working with the late Don Adams. She discusses how she doesn't consider herself a comedienne or a star; Dana and Matz insist otherwise. Feldon discusses her novel "Living Along and Loving It" along with her literary inspirations and considers the question "Was it worth it?" Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on October 18, 2005 in New York City, NY. Additional topics covered include: Creative Influences, Dance, and Pivotal Career Moments.

2005-10-18

In her one-hour-fifteen minute interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Bea Arthur talks about her early years as an intern in a hospital, doing minstrel shows and her first break in Broadway. She talks about how grateful she is to do what she enjoys for a living, and speaks about working on "Maude," "Golden Girls," and a number of plays. She also discusses her love for her LGBT fan following, her involvement with PETA and how she strives to use her celebrity for social change. She speaks about the challenges of being a woman in the television and performance industry, and considers the question "Was it worth it?" Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on May 31, 2005 in Brentwood, CA. Additional topics covered include: Advice, Creative Influences and Inspiration, Fame and Celebrity, Pivotal Career Moments, Television Industry, and Comedy Series.

2005-05-31

In his forty five-minute interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Henry Winkler talks about his days at Emerson College, and how the college environment helped him mature and become more independent. He discusses how he used to perform in children's theater in Massachusetts, act in commercials while at Yale, and how his tenacious and grateful nature helped him rise up in Hollywood. He describes how his dyslexia made him develop a sense of humour so that he stood out in his class, and how humour can help one cope. Winkler speaks about his experience working on shows such as "Mary Tyler Moore Show," "Out of Practice," "Happy Days" and movies such as "Click." He discusses the Hank Zipzer novels that he wrote to help children deal with dyslexia through his humorous writing. Winkler discusses the lessons he has learned from his coworkers over the years and considers the question "Was it worth it?" Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on January 20, 2006 in Los Angeles, CA. Additional topics covered include: Advice, Creative Influences and Inspiration, Fame and Celebrity, Pivotal Career Moments, and Television Industry.

2006-01-20

In his forty five-minute interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Henry Winkler talks about his days at Emerson College, and how the college environment helped him mature and become more independent. He discusses how he used to perform in children's theater in Massachusetts, act in commercials while at Yale, and how his tenacious and grateful nature helped him rise up in Hollywood. He describes how his dyslexia made him develop a sense of humour so that he stood out in his class, and how humour can help one cope. Winkler speaks about his experience working on shows such as "Mary Tyler Moore Show," "Out of Practice," "Happy Days" and movies such as "Click." He discusses the Hank Zipzer novels that he wrote to help children deal with dyslexia through his humorous writing. Winkler discusses the lessons he has learned from his coworkers over the years and considers the question "Was it worth it?" Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on January 20, 2006 in Los Angeles, CA. Additional topics covered include: Advice, Creative Influences and Inspiration, Fame and Celebrity, Pivotal Career Moments, and Television Industry.

2006-01-20

In his one-and-a-half-hour interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Dick Van Dyke talks about his early years, and how being an announcer in World War II kindled his passion for show business. Van Dyke speaks about working on projects such as "Bye Bye Birdie" and "The Dick Van Dyke Show," and reminisces on his time in the industry with fond anecdotes. He discusses the ups and down of showbusiness, and briefly discusses his battle with alcoholism brought on by his shyness. He speaks of the challenges of being a performer and considers the question "Was it worth it?" Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on January 5, 2006 in Santa Monica, CA. Additional topics covered include: Advice, Creative Influences and Inspiration, Fame and Celebrity, Pivotal Career Moments, Television Industry, Comedy Series, and Talk Shows.

2006-01-05

In his one-and-a-half-hour interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Dick Van Dyke talks about his early years, and how being an announcer in World War II kindled his passion for show business. Van Dyke speaks about working on projects such as "Bye Bye Birdie" and "The Dick Van Dyke Show," and reminisces on his time in the industry with fond anecdotes. He discusses the ups and down of showbusiness, and briefly discusses his battle with alcoholism brought on by his shyness. He speaks of the challenges of being a performer and considers the question "Was it worth it?" Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on January 5, 2006 in Santa Monica, CA. Additional topics covered include: Advice, Creative Influences and Inspiration, Fame and Celebrity, Pivotal Career Moments, Television Industry, Comedy Series, and Talk Shows.

2006-01-05

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