Richard Skipper Interviews Anita Gillette on Life and Career at The Spiral Theatre Tonight
Celebrating Anita's fifty-year career and sharing candid stories of her relationships with some of Broadway and Hollywood's brightest talents - Jule Styne to Ethel Merman to Irving Berlin to Burt Lancaster and beyond - Gillette paints a vivid portrait of the tail-end of the Golden Age on Broadway and the heady game show days of variety TV in the 1960s and 70s, while also shining a light on her lauded stage work with Neil Simon, Woody Allen, Mel Brooks and many of the great comedy and musical writers of all time. Broadway credits include Carnival!, All American, Mr. President, Kelly, Jimmy, Guys and Dolls, Don't Drink the Water, Cabaret, They're Playing Our Song, Brighton Beach Memoirs, and Chapter Two, for which she was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play.
She received the 1960 Theatre World Award for her performance in Russell Patterson's Sketchbook. In 2012, she played Rose Fitzgerald (Mom) in Christmas with the Fitzgeralds, written, directed and starring Edward Burns.
Gillette's first television appearance was on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1963. She joined the cast of The Edge of Night in 1967, leaving the next year. Gillette's biggest exposure on a national scale came as a celebrity guest on various New York City-based game shows, mostly those produced by Goodson-Todman and Bob Stewart. She served as a semi-regular on the syndicated What's My Line?, Match Game, and on the various Pyramid series, among others.
Gillette has kept a busy schedule, with frequent TV and movies roles. Recurring characters included Joan Gamble in the TV series Normal, Ohio; Betty in The War at Home; Lily Flynn, the mother of criminalist Catherine Willows in four episodes of CSI; and the mother of Liz Lemon in two episodes of 30 Rock.
Wednesday, June 11th at 7:30PM, at the Spiral Theatre Studio, 242 W. 36th Street, New York City, Anita and Richard will sit down to discuss Anita's career and the journey it has taken her to this point in her life. A Q&A with the audience and a meet and greet follows. Tickets are $30 each. RSVP a must, call 845-365-0720.
No stranger to the greats in the entertainment world, Mr. Skipper under the banner of Richard Skipper Celebrates! has rubbed elbows, chatted up and interviewed theater, film, television and cabaret greats for the past two decades running. Known for his hands on approach, look no further than Richard Skipper Celebrates! Richard has conducted over 700 interviews celebrating people in the arts. In January of 2014, Richard brought cast members together from the original cast of Hello, Dolly, and the companies led by Miss Carol Channing for a two- day special event in New York.