MANCHESTER, Me. — Samantha Smith, the schoolgirl whose letter to former Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov won her VIP treatment from Moscow and worldwide fame, has been cast in a television series.
Samantha, 12, who is in the seventh grade, is scheduled to begin filming a pilot show next month with actor Robert Wagner for a weekly adventure series, her father said. The Columbia Pictures show is slated for ABC-TV next fall, he said.
The girl toured the Soviet Union in 1983 as a guest of the Soviet government after writing a letter to Andropov about her fears of nuclear war.
She has since appeared on talk shows, traveled to Japan to address a children's symposium and written a book about her trip.
Her father, Arthur Smith, who teaches English at the University of Maine at Augusta, said Samantha will play Wagner's daughter on the show. Wagner will play a wealthy insurance investigator living on a Virginia thoroughbred horse farm.