May 21, 1985 |
"Shoot me thin, you know," grinned the producer in navy stripes who is the woman behind the women and men of "Dynasty." Looking over the field of photographers at the Beverly Wilshire on Sunday, Esther Shapiro could afford to joke. She is, after all, co-executive producer of television's prime, prime-time show. "Dynasty," the 4-season-old soap which this year beat "Dallas" in the ratings, had been her "fantasy."
December 23, 1986
Richard and Esther Shapiro agreed to drop two lawsuits related to their ownership rights in the series "Dynasty" and "The Colbys" on which they were executive producers for Aaron Spelling Productions. Shapiro will become senior vice president for creative and corporate affairs, and Shapiro will develop feature films and do television writing exclusively for the company.
March 13, 1985 |
'Dynasty," the most popular program on TV this season in the Nielsen ratings, will spin off another serial next season about the Colby family, ABC said Tuesday. John James, who plays Jeff Colby on "Dynasty," will star in the new show, which will be called "The Colbys" and will premiere near the end of the year.
October 20, 1985 |
Is there anyone who doesn't like Linda Evans? Probably. But people who know about such things can't think of who that might be. Gossip columnists, producers, paparazzi, extras on the "Dynasty" set, for mer stepchildren, costume designers and just plain folks who have seen her around all claim she's "the nicest gal in town." Then you get to Evans, on the "Dynasty" set, her eyes twinkling the same shade of blue as the sequins on her Nolan Miller gown.
December 19, 1991 |
If the scenario sounds familiar, it is: A much-married 50-something British actress/author/perfume spokeswoman performing Noel Coward's "Private Lives." But this time around, it's the redoubtable Joan Collins, not Elizabeth Taylor, and the production (which landed at the Wilshire Theatre in Beverly Hills Tuesday night) was lauded with a starry opening-night reception hosted by the West Hollywood restaurant Orso.
January 1, 1988 |
Being an actress is hard enough, but being an actress over 40 is doubly so. According to Screen Actors Guild statistics, only 10% of all roles are played by women over 40, while 30% of all roles go to men over 40. "In the past few years we have been fortunate to have shows like 'Falcon Crest,' 'Dynasty' and 'Knots Landing' that feature adult women as main characters," said actress Timothy Blake, who chairs SAG's Women's Conference Committee. "But these are just a few handfuls of jobs."