Thursday, July 24, 2014

The SECOND “new” Bill Finger photo of 2014

If you are here because I just announced at the “Spotlight on Bill Finger” Comic-Con panel that Athena Finger discovered the second “new” photo of her grandfather this year, shout out “Milton” (Bills name at the time)!

Take a quick look at the photo, then go back to paying attention to the Fingerphiles up front.
The back of the photo says “37” (presumably meaning 1937, 
and the hairstyle corroborates that). 
I do not know the woman.

P.S. Since 2014 marks the...

  • 75th anniversary of Batman
  • 100th birthday of Bill Finger
  • 40th anniversary of Bill’s death is especially apropos that this is the first year since 2007 when new Bill photos turned up. (Here is the first, found in February.)

And since its a triple bativersary, and since things mystically happen in threes, could a third previously unseen Bill pic present itself before year’s end?

The Girl in the Video: “That Ain’t Love” (1987)

Introduction to series “The Girl in the Video 2” (including list of interviewees).

The video: “That Ain’t Love” by REO Speedwagon.

The girl-now-woman: Karen Peterson Matchinga.

How old were you when you appeared in the “That Ain’t Love” video?

Wow, that was so long ago I can’t really remember...

What that really means is:

Dude, I’m still in show business you can’t ask me that question! That’s insane! Don’t ask me again or I’ll hit you with my old lady pocketbook! [MTN: perhaps my favorite start in the series]

Where were you living at the time?

I was living at my parents’ house in Downey, CA. The day I got back from shooting the video, I went to live in Milan, Italy for two years to work as a model.

 Milan park, 1987ish

Milan Metro, 1987ish

first magazine cover

What music videos, shows, or movies had you appeared in prior to that?

I had been modeling for a couple of years before that. Then I started doing music videos and commercials. I can’t remember all the music videos but the ones I do remember are…

  • “What Keeps Me Loving You”—XYZ
  • “Simple Man”—Junkyard
  • “Deeper and Deeper”—Madonna
  • Michael Jackson video, but I can’t remember the name. It was very industrial looking…

1987ish Polaroid

How were you cast in “That Ain’t Love”?

I went on an audition and waited for an hour and a half. I had to wear a bathing suit under my clothes. It seems like every audition during that time was dancing around in a bathing suit! It was an on-camera interview and everyone was really nice.

Do you remember what your reaction was when you were cast?

I was happy and surprised. Honestly, every time I book a job I’m surprised. I usually shout a big “woo-hoo!,” do a happy dance, then call my momma to tell her the good news. 

Were you a REO Speedwagon fan?

I was and continue to be a huge REO Speedwagon fan! They will always be a part of my youth.

Where was the video filmed?

Blythe, California. Hot, sweaty and gross during the day, freezing at night. (Not glamorous!)

How long was the shoot?

The shoot was two of the longest days ever!

How did you feel making the video?

I loved making the video. Actually, shooting has always been the fun part. I was still new, so I was a little nervous.

What was the hardest part of the shoot?

We had shot all day and into the night. I only had about three hours sleep when we shot the bathing suit/beach scene, early in the morning at golden hour. Golden hours are when the sun first comes up in the morning and right before it goes down at night. The sun casts a golden glow over you and bam! Instant tan!

How was it to work with REO Speedwagon? What were they like? Did any of them hit on you?

They were all really professional. They were super sweet and, as I remember, even a little shy. They went out after the first night of shooting and asked if I wanted to go, but I had the beach scene the next morning. I don’t think they asked me to go along because they were hitting on me; they were just being nice.

Any funny stories from the shoot?

Ha! Well, if you’ve noticed the interesting hair we all have and asked yourself “Is that dried mud in their hair?,” you would be correct. That was a spontaneous decision made in the hair and makeup trailer. One minute I have nice clean hair, then they are slathering on mud for an “interesting look.”

Anything go wrong on the shoot?

Yes! We had finished for the night and I was in the trailer getting dressed to go to the hotel. All of a sudden I hear “splat...splat…splat!” I said to the wardrobe woman, “What’s going on?” She said, “Lock the doors! The extras are throwing eggs at the trailer!”

Then the trailer started rocking back and forth. Everything was going everywhere. There was yelling and screaming. They were trying to tip over the trailer! And just as soon as it had started, it stopped.

Apparently the background actors in the video were not told they would have to sleep in their cars or pay for a hotel on their own. It was getting really cold and they kind of…freaked out. I don’t know how the situation was resolved because the production supervisor ushered me into a car and took me to the hotel.

What did you think of the video?

I love the video. It’s never easy for me to see myself on camera but I think it’s fun and now when I look at it I think, “Wow, that dried mud in our hair does look ‘interesting.’”

What did your parents think of it?

My parents loved everything I was ever in. My dad would buy a certain brand of cat food for his cat just so he could tell the cashier his daughter did a commercial for that product.

What did your friends think of it?

By the time it came out I was in Italy. It was quite a while until I saw it. But I have never had anyone say anything but positive things about it.

Did you watch the MTV World Premiere of the video, and if so, where and how did that feel?

I was in Italy so I missed that fun moment.

Did the video ever affect your dating life in any way (i.e. when you first told boyfriends you were the woman in it)?

Wow, I don’t know if it did or not. It didn’t usually come up on the first date so…I don’t know.

Did you receive fan mail? If so, do you still have any of it?

No, I’ve never received fan mail. I think that would freak me out if I got fan mail.

Did the video generate any controversy that you know of?

Except for the background actors rebelling…I don’t think so.

What were you paid?

I think I was paid $2,500 for the shoot and travel. But I honestly can’t remember.

Were you ever recognized in public?

I was never recognized because of this video. I have been recognized for other work, though. In fact, I was coming back from Palm Springs a few years ago and stopped off at Hadley’s. (They make great date shakes.) The checker recognized me from a commercial I had done. He was so sweet. He handed me a self-addressed stamped envelope and asked if I would send them an autographed picture. Of course I did. We stopped by Hadley’s the next year and there it was, up on their wall. Occasionally I’ll have friends call or text me the picture up on the wall.

Did you appear in other music videos after that?

I think that was my first video so all the other videos I did were after that.

Did you ever meet other women who were female leads in a mainstream ‘80s rock video?

I’ve probably auditioned with most of them.

If you went to college, where and what did you study?

I was working as a waitress at a truck stop in Norwalk, CA while I got my real estate license and then went to college for about five minutes. There was nothing to keep me motivated. I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life when my mom [entered] a picture of me in a modeling contest at the Lakewood Mall. Somehow I won and Elite Model Management was there as one of the judges. They brought me in for testing and that’s how it all began.

What are you doing these days?

Mostly laundry. Oh! You mean for work! I’m a full-time mom to a rascally 7-year-old boy and I’ve been married for 16 years to Rudy Matchinga, an incredibly talented art director. I’m still doing commercials, television, and films. When my son gets a little older, I’m looking forward to getting back on the stage.

I’ve also partnered up with Tish Ciravolo, President and Founder of Daisy Rock Girl Guitars. Together, we started Daisy Rock Entertainment. We are writing and developing everything from animation and reality shows to feature films, inspiring people of all ages to play music.

Where do you live?

Beautiful, exciting Burbank, CA.

What was your future husband’s reaction when he learned you were in this video?

Ha! My husband was in a lot of bands in the ‘80s including Congregation, Francis X and the Bushman, and the punk band Red Scare, so I think he was a bit… amused.

What does your son think of the video?

He thinks it’s very cool. He wants to show all his friends that his momma was in a music video.

What did you think when you first heard from me?

I thought what you are doing is very cool and that this video will never die in my life. Every time I think it’s run its course, someone will bring it up or send me a link to it or something.

Has anyone else ever interviewed you about this?

No, no one has ever interviewed me about this, ever.

Have you appeared at any fan conventions to sign autographs? If not, would you?

I did sign autographs a few times, but not for this video. I was lucky enough to be one of the models for the artist Dennis Mukai. He told me that he painted more pictures of me than anyone else. I went by Caren with a “C” at that time. He asked me to do a signing with him for his newest print release. I signed so many pictures, it was crazy. I never felt comfortable about it, though; I just wanted to yell, “Hey, I’m a no one! I’m just messing up your cool print!”

Did you stay in touch with anyone from the video?

Nope, not one person.

How do you look back on the experience?

I look back and think I should have relaxed and had more fun with it. I was always so nervous.

Anything you’d like to add?

Thanks for letting me be involved in your project and…rock on!

Tweet about this interview to @kcreospeedwagon @Cronin2012Kevin!

Next: George Michael, “Father Figure” (1988).

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Batman Day media round-up (Bill Finger Edition)

It’s Batman Day, scheduled to coincide with the kickoff to Comic-Con, where I am currently headed. But instead of a Batrentalcar, I opted for the Battrain.

So live from the Los Angeles-San Diego Amtrak and the agonizingly slow wifi that goes with it, here’s a quick rundown of Batman Day coverage that gives special attention (if not full focus) to Bill Finger, without whom there would be no Batman Day:

The Girl in the Video: “C’est La Vie” (1986)

Introduction to series “The Girl in the Video 2” (including list of interviewees).

The video: “C’est La Vie” by Robbie Nevil.

The girl-now-woman: Kathy Foy-Asaro.

How old were you when you appeared in the “C’est La Vie” video? 


Where were you living at the time?

A place called Beachwood Canyon in the Hollywood Hills.

What music videos, shows, or movies had you appeared in prior to that?

“C’est La Vie” was actually [the] first music video that I filmed. I’m Jay Jay in the video—the woman with the dark, shoulder-length hair [in a] bathing suit dancing in the beginning and throughout.

I booked a Fabulous Thunderbirds video a few months before; [that] was my first music video casting from Crystal Lujan. Unfortunately, I was unable to do that one because I had an out-of-town booking for Sebastian Hair that same weekend. I had also appeared in a short film by Kevin Kerslake before I had started modeling. 

How were you cast in “C’est La Vie”?

Crystal Lujan called me into Limelight for the casting. I had to meet with Peter Care, the director. I remember he was very sweet and put this song on the boom box and asked me to dance in from of him. It was kind of strange dancing all by myself, but it was such an easy song to dance to, and I love to dance, so it actually ended up being fun. I remember leaving the casting with a good feeling, like I may have booked the job.

A few days later, I got the call for the booking and was very happy shoot my first music video. I remember staying up for hours that night watching the music videos that were on MTV at the time, hoping this one would make it on there as well.

Do you remember what your reaction was when you were cast?

I was excited and couldn’t wait to shoot. It was a very exciting time (the mid-’80s) for music videos. I was also happy to have been booked as the main female.

Where was the video filmed?

The video was filmed in Long Beach in a place called San Pedro. This is where all the oil well images were shot. We shot the interiors in a place in Hollywood somewhere. The majority of the shoot was in San Pedro.

How long was the shoot?

I shot for two days. I think it was only a two-day shoot.

How did you feel making the video?

I felt very excited during the filming. [This] being my first video, I didn’t have much to compare it to, but I knew that we were working with a talented crew. I could feel the energy. Most of the crew—director, DP, set designer, editor—had just moved from London to California. This was their first job in L.A., so they were all extremely talented and wanted to do something amazing with this song, which I think they did. Peter didn’t have the same sensibility as a lot of the video directors who were shooting at that time. There was a different look, style, and elegance that Peter brought to this video.

What was the hardest part of the shoot?

Nothing was hard about filming this video. It was a ton of fun and we all worked very hard for something we thought would turn out really well.

How was it to work with Robbie Nevil? What was he like? Did he hit on you? 

Robbie was very shy and professional. He didn’t try [to] hit on me! Some of the other crew did, though. ;) When we met, someone had said he was from Europe, then I heard he was from somewhere in the Valley. We all laughed about that! I also remember him practicing his dance moves by himself!

Any funny stories from the shoot?

Well, the director and the hairstylist [met] on this shoot, and [ended up getting] married sometime after that. They are still together and have two boys! I remember us trying to set them up! It worked.

Anything go wrong on the shoot?

Nothing went wrong on the shoot, at least nothing that I was told about.

What did you think of the video?

When Peter Care called me and asked me to go to Limelight to get a sneak peak of the video right after it was edited, I was super excited. It was just the two of us in the editing room and he turned on the TV and wow, I was really blown away. I loved how it was shot and edited. I thought it was very tastefully done, especially the way the women in the video were portrayed. We were both very happy and excited to see what was going to happen with MTV. We knew the song was a hit, so it was a matter of time…

What did your parents think of it?

Funny, my dad thought it was a bit racy, me dancing around in a 1950s bathing suit! My mom loved it and they both showed it to all our family and friends. They were both very proud.

What did your friends think of it?

All my friends really loved it, too. I ended up booking a lot of work from this video. It was played all over the world because the song was such a catchy tune and a huge hit. I received tons of exposure from this video.

Did you watch the MTV World Premiere of the video, and if so, where and how did that feel?

I didn’t watch a world premiere. I’m not sure there was one, since Robbie was so new to the scene.

Did the video ever affect your dating life in any way (i.e. when you first told boyfriends you were the woman in it)?

Yes, it sure did. Actually, I met my now-husband because of this video. He was living in Italy at the time and had seen the video. He had actually wanted to interview me for Italian TV as the “girl in the video” and when he finally did a few years later, he told me the video was huge in Italy. After this video I booked the lead in David Bowie’s “Day-In Day-Out” video directed by Julian Temple. My husband was friends with Julian, so when Julian was editing the Bowie video, my husband said, “Who’s the girl? I want to meet her!” Romantic, huh?

Did you receive fan mail? If so, do you still have any of it?

I never received any fan mail, but was asked for my autograph a couple times when someone recognized me. 

Did the video generate any controversy that you know of?

Not that I know of. I do remember being at a dinner party and the West Coast Editor of Vogue was there. She complimented me on my portrayal of an elegant, sexy female in a pop video. I was extremely flattered by this, as she has wonderful taste.

What were you paid?

I was paid $200 per day, which was the standard rate at that time. You didn’t do it for the money, but for the exposure and the potential work to come.

Were you ever recognized in public?

I was recognized in public quite every once in a while. I remember being at a runway casting in San Francisco for a Moschino show. When I did my little walk, Franco Moschino went to another casting person and they started talking about me. Then Franco said, “Are you the girl in the video?” I [asked if he meant the Bowie video, which] I had recently completed filming. He said, “No, the Robbie Nevil one.” He ended up booking me that entire weekend for all the shows and his TV appearance as well. He was an amazing designer. Definitely one of my favorites.

Did you appear in other music videos after that?

I appeared in several videos after that. This video really kick-started my career.

  • “Day-In Day Out”—David Bowie
  • “Strap Me In”—The Cars
  • “Father Figure”—George Michael
  • “UHF”—Weird Al” Yankovic (the Robert Palmer spoof portion, with Susan McNabb)
  • “Don’t Argue”—Cabaret Voltaire
  • ?—Simon F. (?)
  • ?—House of Lords
  • “Kiss My Love Goodbye”—L.A. Guns
  • ?—Litfiba (Italian rock band)
  • ?—The Pooh (Italian rock band)
  • ?—directed by Rocky Schenck

“Father Figure”

I was offered Tone Loc’s “Wild Thing”—turned it down because it wasn’t paying. I wish that I didn’t because I really liked the song and video.

Did you ever meet other women who were female leads in a mainstream ‘80s rock video?

I worked with many models who appeared in music videos. I can’t remember all their names but I do remember Susan McNabb (my bestie!), Audie England, Janice Dickinson. I studied five years in college before I started modeling. I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in nursing in 1984. I went to California State University, Long Beach. I ran the 400 metres hurdles during my first two years in college. After my college graduation, I started modeling full-time; I retired from modeling in 1994. 

What are you doing these days?

I am a mother of a lovely 14-year-old daughter. I’ve been married to the same man for almost 23 years. I work for L.A. County as a Public Health Nursing Supervisor and love my job! My daughter is starting modeling now and loves working.

Where do you live?
Los Angeles.

What does your daughter think of the video?

She likes it. It’s not her favorite one, though.

Which is her favorite?

“Day-In Day-Out.” A lot of her friends think Bowie’s awesome. (They have good taste). It was my all-time favorite [of mine] as well! But, there is no one who can top Mr. Bowie. And what a complete joy to work with. Really, the best. Super cute, funny, sexy, and sweet.

What did you think when you first heard from me?

Susan told me about you. I was excited to do this interview because I love hearing about what people are doing these days. Remember Pop Up Video? I loved watching that show. Of course I checked out your references…

Has anyone else ever interviewed you about this?

I don’t think so.

Have you appeared at any fan conventions to sign autographs? If not, would you?

I’ve never appeared at any fan conventions to sign autographs. I guess I would consider doing it if it wasn’t creepy!

Did you stay in touch with Robbie?

I never saw or spoke with Robbie after the shoot. I did stay in touch with a lot of the crew, though.

How do you look back on the experience?

I look back at the experience with extremely fond memories. It was definitely one of my favorite jobs. Probably being that it was my first music video shoot, I had the star part, the song was super catchy, and the crew was so much fun, easy to work with, and very enthusiastic about doing something fantastic with this song.

Anything you’d like to add?

I think I covered most of it! Thank you so much for doing this!

Tweet about this interview to @RobbieNevil @DavidBowieReal @Kathfoy!

Next: REO Speedwagon, “That Ain’t Love” (1987).

Contract between Bill Finger and Bob Kane or Bill and DC?

Today is Batman Day. Happy 75th, Dark Knight.

I am nearly certain that a written contract between Bill and Bob regarding you never existed—thus their arrangement would have been only verbal.

These were two twentysomethings with little reason to think that what they were creating in a Bronx apartment in the infancy of superheroes would still be around in five years, let alone 75. When Batman was conceived, Superman was less than a year old so his cultural influence was unproven and his endurance (in the real world) as yet unknown. Comic books themselves were considered a low art form, if they were considered at all. It didn’t seem like anyone besides 10-year-olds was paying attention.

What about a contract between Bill and DC?

When Bill died in 1974, Fred offered DC Comics the material Bill had saved (in particular his gimmick books), but DC declined…and then Fred threw it out. Heartbreaking, but I understand. Even then, it would have been hard for a person in Fred’s position (an extension of Bill’s—that is to say marginalized) to see the historical value of storing them somewhere.

It’s highly doubtful a contract between Bill and DC was among Bill’s papers because if one had been, I’m confident Fred would have held onto it. Bill freelanced for DC, meaning any contract he signed with the company would have been work-for-hire, but Fred was savvy enough to consider that even a work-for-hire contract might somehow benefit his family in the future. I say this because Fred did petition DC for royalties, and he got them; he would have known the significance—the possibility of multiple interpretations—of a contract.

Therefore, if any contract with Bill’s name on it did exist, and any copy of it is still out there, most likely it is in the vault of the Kane estate behind a couple of underfed Dobermans.

However, either way…

…Bill started on Batman as the secret ghostwriter for Kane. Upon “discovering” Bill, DC hired him away from Bob.

When this happened seems vitally important.

The Steranko History of Comics, Volume 1 states (based on Steranko’s interview with Bill himself) that Bill began to work “officially” for DC after “about a half-dozen issues.”  

“About” is, of course, imprecise.

In Alter Ego #39, Jerry Robinson recalls that it was around 1941 when DC hired Bill (and Jerry) for more money than Bob paid.

“Around” is, of course, also imprecise.

But even if we go with the conservative estimate and say it was exactly the first six issues that Bill wrote secretly for Bob—though Detective Comics #32 (10/39)—those six issues introduced Batman/Bruce Wayne (obviously) and Commissioner James Gordon (the lead character in Fox’s 2014 series Gotham). If it was one more issue, it would also include Batman’s origin (first told in Detective #33).

And if Jerry’s recollection is correct—if the transition was in 1941—we would then add the following to the list of characters/concepts Bill wrote the debuts of while under no contract with anyone:

  • Robin/Dick Grayson
  • Joker
  • Catwoman
  • Gotham City

And depending on when in 1941, we might also be able to add these:

  • Batmobile
  • Penguin
  • Scarecrow

So if Bob had a contract with DC at that time, but Bob was not producing the ideas he was getting credited for, can the person who was secretly producing them make a legal claim to them?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Girl in the Video: “Stuck with You” (1986)

Introduction to series “The Girl in the Video 2” (including list of interviewees).

The video: “Stuck with You” by Huey Lewis and the News.

The girl-now-woman: Keely Brosnan (also known as Keely Shaye Smith).

How old were you when you appeared in the “Stuck With You” video?


Where were you living at the time?

New York City.

What music videos, shows, or movies had you appeared in prior to that?

I had starred in a film called The Opponent with Academy Award winner Ernest Borgnine and appeared in a comedy special with Rodney Dangerfield as well as another comedy pilot for HBO called Norman’s Corner with Gilbert Gottfried. I was the Keri (lotion) girl and had filmed probably 20 national commercials (my bread and butter at the time) for a myriad of products including English Leather Cologne, Eastern Airlines, Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum, and Eagle Brand Snacks which featured Tony Randall and Jack Klugman as the Odd Couple (directed by Alan Arkin).

I was also modeling, doing catalog work for large department stores like Macy’s, runway shows for Perry Ellis and Bill Blass, and editorial work in women’s fashion magazines as well as acting in NYC-based soap operas.

photo courtesy Cynthia Wolff

How were you cast in “Stuck With You”?

I was represented for print and television by Elite Model Management; however, I was sent on the “go-see” by my boyfriend at the time (who was a model at a competing agency), not by my agent. It was a proper audition at a large casting office with director Edd Griles who was looking for an “island girl.” There were dozens of gorgeous young women hoping to land the part. Following my audition, I was invited for a call back. The second audition took place at a fancy hotel on Central Park West. I auditioned with Huey for the director.

photo courtesy Cynthia Wolff

Do you remember what your reaction was when you were cast?

I was excited. The job paid union scale, which wasn’t a lot of money at the time, but it seemed like a lovely opportunity. MTV was hip, innovative, and showcasing artists in a unique way. There were only a few dozen music videos playing in rotation. The music video industry was breaking ground at the time—it was all so new.

Were you a fan of Huey Lewis and the News’s music?

Sure. Everyone knew who Huey Lewis and the News were following the success of their album “Sports” and their song “The Power of Love” for Back to the Future.

Where was the video filmed?

The Bahamas. The opening sequence took place in Nassau. Huey was flirting with my character at garden party but ultimately we found ourselves washed up on a remote tropical island—my favorite thing in the world—following a mock-shark attack. The pristine island was a little jewel with white sand, breathtakingly clear seawater lapping at the shoreline, a thick grove of lush coconut palms…and no development whatsoever… a truly magical, dream location.

How long was the shoot?

The shoot lasted one full week.

How did you feel making the video?

It was an exciting moment in time because it felt like we were making a short film. Les Blank, a renowned independent documentary filmmaker known for his poetic glimpses into the lives of artistic individuals as well as his intimate portraits of musicians, was on set filming Be-Fore: The Making of a Music Video. Blank was a genius in his own right and I was fortunate to be simultaneously cast in a music video as well as his documentary. Blank took viewers behind the scenes to observe what ensues when a hit song is converted into a visual medium and one of the best known rock-and-roll bands of the ‘80s become actors. The footage also offered some insight into sexism in the media, the MTV machine, and the music business.

What was the hardest part of the shoot?

The silver dress.

Kidding aside, one of the most difficult aspects of the job was getting up in the dark and travelling by barge with a crew of fifty technicians to the remote location with all the camera equipment and gear. I would sit for hours with the hairdresser then head to makeup as the sun began to rise. Working on the boat made it very challenging for the makeup artist to practice her craft. We would also have wardrobe fittings or costume changes in a small makeshift area on the barge.

Everyone worked long hours, filming under a blistering tropical sun. I recall getting very sunburnt. Some days to cool off, I would swim during our lunch break (in my dress because there was nowhere to change on island). At the end of the day, I would get a lift back to Nassau on an enormous cigarette boat with Huey and the band.

How was it to work with the band? What were they like? Did any of them hit on you?

Huey Lewis had a casual, easy elegance and charm. And most of the band members had a great sense of humor. They all seemed relaxed and to genuinely enjoy what they were doing…being rock stars. Huey was married and I was in a relationship. Let’s just say…I was immune to any advances.

Any funny stories from the shoot?

Not that I can tell you. I do recall being awakened from a deep sleep by Huey and some of the guys well after midnight and being persuaded to join them at the casino. Huey spotted me $500 and that’s the night I discovered I was a natural at playing blackjack!

Anything go wrong on the shoot?

Not to my knowledge.

What did you think of the video?

I thought “Stuck With You” was delightfully engaging. It was hugely popular and I was proud to be a part of it. I believe Huey and the band won the American Music Award for best music video that year. Suddenly I was the “girl in the video.” People wanted to meet me. Men wanted to meet me. Occasionally I didn’t live up to someone’s fantasy of the “island girl” in the video. After “Stuck With You,” I had a plethora of casting calls. And requests for blind dates.

What did your parents think of it?

The video was actually quite tame. My parents liked it.

What did you friends think of it?

My friends got a kick out of the immediacy of seeing me on MTV several times a day. Everybody liked the video. I had a small circle of friends composed of artists, actors, models, and photographers and often we would meet for coffee or brunch at a restaurant called Lox Around-the-Clock on 6th Avenue. They had a large television/jukebox in the corner of the restaurant and for a quarter, you could play your favorite music video. It was kind of a kick to catch up on each other’s lives and careers while “Stuck With You” played in the background. Naturally they loved it when I was “recognized.”

Did you watch the MTV World Premiere of the video, and if so, where and how did that feel?

I don’t recall watching the premiere. I was probably working.

Did the video ever affect your dating life in any way (i.e. when you first told boyfriends you were the woman in it)?

Well…even though it was my boyfriend at the time who sent me on the casting call (and he was proud that I booked the job), he was very distraught that I was leaving for a week to travel to a remote tropical island with Huey Lewis. Truly, it was a source of amusement more than anything following the release of the video.

Did you receive fan mail?

Not for the video.

Did the video generate any controversy that you know of?


What were you paid?

Union scale…which was a little over $300 per day.

Were you ever recognized in public? How often and when last? Any stories about that?

I was recognized frequently when the video first appeared, but I went on to have a diverse career in television, working as an actor on General Hospital, correspondent and producer for morning news programs including The Home Show, Good Morning America, The Today Show (I met my husband while on assignment), and Entertainment Tonight. I co-hosted Unsolved Mysteries with Robert Stack for two seasons and wrote, produced, and hosted my own ecologically-minded home and garden series for PBS called Home Green Home.

Did you appear in other music videos after that?


If you ever met other women who were female leads in a mainstream ‘80s rock video, who?

Lyndie Benson, Cindy Frey, Cindy Crawford, and Nicollette Sheridan are all friends. Stephanie Seymour and Elaine Irwin were Elite models in the ‘80s and we worked together early in our careers. Garcelle Beauvais and I did lots of bridal advertising and catalog work together when we were young. And throughout my time in New York City, London, and Hollywood, I have met many ‘80s stars including Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Brooke Shields, Coureney Cox, Carol Alt, Helena Christensen, Kim Alexis, and Joan Severance.

If you went to college, what did you study?

I studied broadcast journalism and went from model to actress, actress to broadcast journalist, and then television host. I have also written for television and various magazines.

What are you doing these days?

Traveling the world. I just returned from seven spectacular weeks in Paris and Versailles. Prior to that I was in Thailand for a couple of months while my husband
[MTN: actor Pierce Brosnan] was shooting a film called The Coup.

New Years Eve 2013-14, Thailand

I am currently producing a documentary about Kauai County Bill 2491 (working title: Pass the Bill: Stop Poisoning Paradise), editing an edible gardening book, designing and landscaping gardens in Hawaii and California, curating my husband’s original paintings for an art exhibit, and managing our affairs while raising a family and completing the building our dream home.

I have long been a champion of environmental causes and have run or participated in a number of successful environmental campaigns. I enjoy directing and producing public service announcements. The last PSA I co-wrote and co-produced challenged President Obama not to legalize whaling for Iceland, Japan, and Norway.

My husband and I are philanthropically minded and involved in a number of environmental, animal, and children’s issues. Most recently we are challenging the United States Navy’s use of military sonar in training exercises which poses a deadly threat to whales, dolphins, and other marine mammals. (Please purchase War of the Whales by Joshua Horwitz to learn more or Google NRDC to see how you can help.)

We also launched a new California Pet Lover’s Specialty License Plate featuring Pierce’s artwork (of our dog and cat). All profits from the sale of these specialty license plates pay for free or low-cost spay and neuter programs in California.


Where do you live?

Being an island girl at heart, I divide my time between living in a rainforest on a tropical island and along the coast of Malibu.

What was your future husband’s reaction when he learned you were in this video?

My husband didn’t learn about the music video until long after we were married.


What do your kids think of the video?

We have two teenage boys: ages 13 and 17. I think they think the video is quaint and amusing. It’s not their mom they are watching, it is someone else. However, it annoys my younger son Paris when I kiss Huey. Of course, it doesn’t annoy him when he sees his dad kiss Halle Berry, Meryl Streep, Salma Hayek or any other women appearing alongside him in films—such a double standard!

What did you think when you first heard from me?

I was surprised that the video still generates interest.

Has anyone else ever interviewed about this?


Have you appeared at any fan conventions to sign autographs? If not, would you?

No and no.

Did you stay in touch with Huey Lewis or anyone else from the video?


When was the last time you were in touch?

I went to see Huey Lewis and the News in concert in New York City shortly after the video was released. It was the most popular video of the year. I asked for two tickets, for myself and my boyfriend. Surprisingly, or maybe not, we ended up in the nosebleed section.

How do you look back on the experience?

Fondly, of course. A quarter-century later, it is like looking back at another lifetime.

Anything you’d like to add?

I am pleased that “Stuck With You” brought joy to so many people. It was a deliciously light and airy confection. I am also pleased to have been a part of something that became an MTV classic. My husband, who likes to sing, belts out a Huey Lewis song in one of his next films—a scene in a karaoke bar where he murders “Heart and Soul.” It is very funny. I suppose I have come full circle. 

 2014, Kauai (photo by Pierce)

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Next: Robbie Nevil, “C’est La Vie” (1986).

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Girl in the Video: “Kiss” (1986)

Introduction to series “The Girl in the Video 2” (including list of interviewees).

The video: “Kiss” by Prince.

The girl-now-woman: Monique Mannen.

In an email: You got me on a roll, all these different great stories are popping up now. My ‘80s vault has been opened. :)

How old were you when you appeared in the “Kiss” video?


Where were you living at the time?

Los Angeles.

What music videos, shows, or movies had you appeared in prior to that?

The Eleo Pomare Dance Company; The George White Dance Ensemble; Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade (I still remember the song, seriously; Bebe Neuwirth, who later played Lilith on Cheers, was either in it, too, or she was assistant to the choreographer, Jerry Mitchell—both of them great dancers, by the way); a Sapporo beer commercial for Japan; the Off-Broadway musical Cotton Club Magic Revue; the lead in the show Dancing in the Streets that toured in Israel; the TV show Motown Returns to the Apollo (I did a number with Vanessa Williams, who is the nicest person, and got to hang out backstage with some amazing artists like James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross, Rod Stewart, Diana Ross, Sarah Vaughan, etc.).

Videos with Cameo and Billy Joel.

Movies: Playing for Keeps, which starred Marisa Tomei and was Bob and Harvey Weinstein’s first movie for Miramax Films; A Chorus Line, starring Michael Douglas. That job was a blast and has so many great stories. One of them was that Michael Jackson (he loved dancers) would come and sneak up to the 2nd balcony and watch us work on the stage (it was shot in a Broadway theater).

Half the cast was from Los Angeles and they encouraged me to move to L.A. They introduced me to my agent, Julie McDonald, who picked me up from the airport and let me stay with her until I found an apartment. Thank you, Julie.

How were you cast?

I auditioned for it and was taped on callback so that Prince could choose from tape. Turns out the choreographer was the great, late Louis Falco. I had a scholarship with him in NYC but I only worked with him shortly because I got Chorus Line. I trained my butt off but got comfortable in L.A. and wouldn’t train much because I was working a lot. After the audition, the first thing Louis said to me—with love—was “What happened to you?” I wasn’t dancing on the caliber that he remembered. That was a rude awakening for me.

Do you remember what your reaction was when you were cast in

I was excited and happy. We performers love getting that call from our agent and hearing the words “You booked it.”

Were you a Prince fan?

I liked his music and liked him as a performer but wasn’t a “fan.”

Where was the video filmed?

On a sound stage in Culver City.

How long was the shoot?

Two very long days.

How did you feel making the video?

Proud and excited. I love to work, especially [when it’s] great work, and this one was great.

What was the hardest part of the shoot?

The hurry-up-and-wait, but that goes for all jobs.

How was it to work with Prince? What was he like? Did he hit on you?

It was great working with him. He’s such a hard worker and such a pro. He was very nice and thoughtful. No, he did not hit on me. When I got introduced to him, we shook hands and looked each other in the eyes; I told him that it was nice to meet him and I was looking forward to working with him. I set the tone to be professional and that’s where it stayed. Because of that I got respect from him and made him feel at ease with me.

Any funny stories from the shoot?

Yes, I was on the phone with a friend of mine, Sharon; she was checking how the shoot was going (she is a huge Prince fan). Prince walked by and I told her; she then [asked] me to put him on the phone. I asked him if he would say hello to my friend and he said okay. He got on the phone but her crazy butt didn’t believe him so she said, “Yeah, right, who is this? Put Monique back on the phone,” which he did.

When she found out it was really him, she begged me to put him back on the phone and he was nice enough to do so and then she put him on hold for another call. Unbelievable! She [again begged] to get him back on the phone and I told her that she blew it and that I wasn’t going to ask him again. Who puts Prince on hold?

Anything go wrong on the shoot?

None that I noticed. I’m sure there’s always something, but the show goes on.

What did you think of the video?

I loved it. It is a beautiful video. Rebecca Blake, the director, did an amazing job.

What did your parents think of it?

My mom liked it and I don’t know if my dad knew; I didn’t speak with him at that time, so I didn’t [hear] his reaction.

What did your friends think of it?

Only my close friends knew and they were thrilled.

Did you watch the MTV World Premiere of the video, and if so, where and how did that feel?

No, I did not. I did the job and was doing the next one and had no attachment.

Tell me about being a part of Prince’s 1990 movie Graffiti Bridge.

I was requested to be in the movie by Prince. My ex-boyfriend was the assistant director on the job and later I heard that he tried to talk Prince out of sending for me. I was told (by the ex) that they showed [Prince] pictures and resumés (that were sent to him by the choreographer Otis Salid—thank you, Otis…he hired me quite a few times), and he was choosing from them. When he picked my picture, my ex told him that he already worked with me and all Prince said was “I know. Send for her.”

Prince looked like Prince 24/7. I was in awe of him because he would be on set at 6 a.m., work all day, then go do jam sessions with Sheila E. and all kinds of great musicians. One time he came back the next morning with a new song “Thieves in the Temple.” He lives for this and comes alive when he works, and that’s when I truly got his brilliance.

Prince would communicate with me only when he would give directions and I would tell the other dancers what he wanted. [But] one day he invited us to come to his party that night. We went but the security wouldn’t let us in. The next day he was cold to me and I went to him and asked him what was wrong and he told me that I didn’t show up to his party. I told him that I most definitely did but that his tired security refused us. He gave us a private party that night. That set was filled with some amazing talent besides Prince—Mavis Staples (what a class act, very kind and real) The Time, Sheila E., George Clinton (one of my all-time favorite songs is Parliament’s “Flash Light”), Tevin Campbell, etc.

Were you at the premiere of the movie?


Did the video ever affect your dating life in any way (i.e. when you first told boyfriends you were the woman in it)?

No, it did not affect my dating at all. When they found out, it was usually the same reaction:
“that was you?”

Did you receive fan mail? If so, do you still have any of it?

Yes, but not from the “Kiss” video because people didn’t know who “the girl” was.

Did the video generate any controversy that you know of?

Not that I know off.

What were you paid?


Were you ever recognized in public?

Yes, but not for “Kiss.” Mostly for Coming to America, or people would come up to me and ask, “Where do I know you from? Did we go to school together?” I was in New Orleans with the TV show Florida Lady, for which I was a series regular; I was walking with a couple of producers of the show and a man came up to me and he was so excited. He was saying, “It’s you, it’s really you.” The producers joked with me and asked me if I had paid him to do that. Turned out he recognized me from a Johnny Kemp video. I couldn’t believe it.

Speaking of, what other music videos did you appear in?

Sting’s “We’ll Be Together,” Peter Cetera and Amy Grant’s “Next Time I Fall,” Mac Band’s “Roses Are Red,” Atlantic Starr’s “Always,” [and videos by] Tina Turner, Taylor Dayne, Pebbles, Georgio, Johnny Kemp, Commodores, Cher (choreographed by Kenny Ortega), Red or Jazzy Red (I remember this one because the producer was Lawrence Bender, who later became a big film producer; we had an unusual but fun salary negotiation—that’s normally done by my agent—in his office), David Lee Roth, Rebbie Jackson [Michael Jackson’s oldest sister].

I did a video that Paula Abdul choreographed, but I can’t remember the name of the artist. She contacted me after she found out that I did “Kiss” and told me that she couldn’t wait to work with me. We became friends but lost touch after she blew up. I did bump into her five years ago and I was happy to see that she was still sweet.

Did you ever meet other women who were female leads in a mainstream ‘80s rock video?

No, I didn’t.

If you went to college, where and what did you study?

My college was scholarships at Alvin Ailey, Joffrey Ballet Academy, Martha Graham School, Jennifer Muller, and Louis Falco.

What are you doing these days?

I’m still in the entertainment business. I produced a short film [27 minutes] All4Charity that was in the 2012 Pan African Film Festival.

Next one on the to-do list is a dance documentary that I’ve wanted to do for 10 years now. I’m now also a part-time distributor for the company LifeVantage, which makes Protandim, an all-natural product that I’m passionate about because of what it does to help people, including myself—it changed and saved my life. It’s your private preventive insurance. 

Where do you live?

Los Angeles.

If you are/were married, what was your future husband’s reaction when he learned you were in this video?

I don’t know his initial reaction because I did not tell him but it probably was the same as most (“that was you?”)


Yes, I have two kids, 17 and 8 years old.

What do they think of the video?

My 17-year-old son thinks it’s “cool” and my daughter thinks it’s “awesome”!

What did you think when you first heard from me?

It made me smile. I was touched that you went to so much trouble to find me. You blew up my Facebook. :)

Has anyone else ever interviewed you about this?

Yes, Dance magazine, immediately after the video first aired.

Have you appeared at any fan conventions to sign autographs? If not, would you?

No, I have not and I’m not sure if I would do it.

Did you stay in touch with Prince?

I did not but seven years ago, I did bump into Jerome from The Time. It was really nice running into him. We caught up and he told me that he couldn’t wait to tell Prince that he ran into me.

When was the last time you were in touch with Prince?

I stayed in touch with the rapper TC and the Glam Slam dancer Tony (he later rapped on Prince’s song “Get Off,” Kirk [Johnson], and Miko [Weaver] [Graffiti Bridge cast members]. When Prince performed in Holland (I was born in Suriname and raised in Holland), I was home visiting my family and [Tony, Kirk, and Miko] invited me to the show; of course Prince had to approve it.

I went with my friends Debbie and Rudy and we hang out in the green room with Tony, Kirk, and Miko. We had dinner with them and then we saw the show from the sound and light booth smack in the center of the audience—pretty awesome. That’s when I truly got Prince and why people love him so much. He lives to perform and will give the audience his all. I was blown away by his performance.

How do you look back on the experience?

With mixed emotions. It makes me smile—those were great times and [I am] sorry that I was so blasé about working with him and didn’t take pictures with him. It would have been nice to have a scrapbook of my work with Prince, especially for my kids and future grandkids. I have that regret with all my jobs.

Anything you’d like to add?

I hope that my answers will make the Prince fans smile.

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Next: Huey Lewis and the News, “Stuck with You” (1986).

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Girl in the Video: “Tonight She Comes” (1985), “Doing It All for My Baby” (1987)

Introduction to series “The Girl in the Video 2” (including list of interviewees).

The videos: “Tonight She Comes” by the Cars and “Doing It All for My Baby” by Huey Lewis and the News.

The girl-now-woman: Tara Shannon. [rhymes with car-uh]

Subject of her response to my first email: “Doing it all for Marc Tyler Nobleman.”

She also asked if she could ask me questions, “only fair.”

How old were you when you appeared in the “Tonight She Comes” video?

28 or 29.

Where were you living at the time?

New York. I think I was bicoastal at the time.

What music videos, shows, or movies had you appeared in prior to that?


How were you cast for “Tonight She Comes”?

At that stage of my career, I think I was pretty well known, so it was through my [modeling] agency, Elite.

How were you cast for “Doing It All for My Baby”?

It had the same director as “Tonight She Comes,” Jeff Stein, so he knew me and booked me again. He did “Don’t Come Around Here No More.” Tom Petty thought his daughter would freak out when she saw him eat the girl-cake. They had the actress come over in costume to show Tom’s daughter that he didn’t kill her. [MTN: Wish Cohen, who played Alice and was in round 1 of this series, says this story, while good, is not true.]

Do you remember what your reaction was when you were cast?

Rock wasn’t my genre of music. But it was so much fun!

What was your genre?

R&B. Delfonics, Isaac Hayes, [artists at] Stax Records, Motown. My mother was a political activist and we were raised in ghettos.


In Denver, oddly enough.

Where were the videos filmed?

The Cars…I don’t remember where it was but not on a movie lot. Huey Lewis was on the Paramount lot—or might’ve been on Francis Ford Coppola’s lot, when he bought a film studio. Demi Moore was filming The Seventh Sign and came over to watch the Huey video. Also, this new group was shooting a video nearby and the music was incredible. Everyone was like “That guy can really sing.” It was Pearl Jam. [NOTE: A kind commenter below pointed out that Pearl Jam was not around in 1987; apparently they formed in 1990. I am guessing that Tara is right about the band but wrong about the year this anecdote took place or right about the year but misremembering which band it was. In any case, it was cool enough to at least partly remember!]

How long were the shoots?

They were always pretty epic. Jeff Stein was a pretty nonlinear creative. He usually did both a story and a performance in his videos. And he always killed somebody!

How did you feel making the videos? Was one more fun than the other?

“Doing It All for My Baby” was just a blast. The guys loved it, too. Huey loved playing Frankenstein.

Did these videos all blend together for you?

I thought they were spectacularly wonderful and fun. I have a high regard for music and loved the medium of music videos. In my eyes it was very prestigious and so creative. The Cars video when he was a fly—that was brilliant.

I got to bring my own clothes, ideas, interpretations to shoots. I had a lot of input into my makeup and hair. As a model I was known as the woman of 1,000 faces.

What was the hardest part of each shoot?

Long hours. Huey was a 36-hour shoot because there was no union. And usually it’s cold.

How was it to work with the Cars? What were they like? Did any of them hit on you?

I was shot separately.

So you never met them?

Yeah, I met Ric at one point. In fact, I saw him just the other day smoking a cigarette outside a 7-Eleven. I didn’t say anything.

I wish you had! I bet he would’ve appreciated it.

(laughs) I knew Paulina [Porizkova] from working with her.

How was it to work with Huey Lewis and the News?

They were so sweet. Huey is a real businessman. The heads of the band are the dads, especially with Huey, and everyone else pretty much the kids. They were very respectful, removed. Nothing romantic going on. They were in relationships.

Any funny stories from the shoots?

The Cars video included performance, so the cameraman would be on a half-moon railroad track on a dolly. The camera would pan right and left to shoot members of the band…and eventually, the cameraman lost his lunch.

It was fun to see myself on screen so tall. Jeff got the idea from the Attack of the 50 Foot Woman movie. It was [tricky] to sync Ric’s reaction to my actions, like when I blew a bubble and his finger had to pop the bubble.

On Huey, there was the pyrotechnics aspect. They put hairspray—and newspaper—in my hair to get it to stay up. When I was lying on the bed and they did the electricity, one of the grips who was smoking a cigarette kept getting closer; Jeff said to me, “Your hair might catch on fire, but don’t worry, I’m sure it won’t happen.” He had this voice. He was childlike. He got could anybody to do anything because he was so passionate.

And there’s a lot of time spent on their hair. In Quiet Riot or Whitesnake or one that Jeff had done, there was fake hair so they couldn’t use wind machines.

I also remember people talking about the Jacksons, saying never work for them because they never paid their bills.

Anything go wrong on the shoots?

Stuff always went wrong. The rocket at the end was [inspired by] Dr. Strangelove. That wasn’t the easiest mechanics to work with. I had a lot of setups [wardrobe changes] in that video. That wasn’t typical—usually it’s the band who has the most shots.

What did your parents think of the videos?

My father was dead. My mother was very proud.

What did your friends think of them?

Everyone loved that stuff.

Did either video ever affect your dating life in any way (i.e. when you first told boyfriends you were the woman in it)?

I was never recognized. The only people who did recognize me were black drag queens. I became friendly with some in the New York area; one became a judge on America’s Next Top Model
J. Alexander. Off set, I was pretty low-key gal. I didn’t look like what I projected on film.

Did you receive fan mail?

No, people didn’t know who I was. But I had a huge career in Italy, London, and Paris and had a following in Europe. I became pen pals with a lot of them. They’d put your name in [with print ads]. I was also interviewed. The modeling world of Europe was like the music video world of America.

I did receive fan mail from my Oprah appearances.

Tell me about those.

First appearance was a show on sex symbols of the 1990s. Then one about the darker side of modeling, like Gia Carangi, and conflicts in the modeling world. These shows aired in the ‘90s.

Still in touch with any of the pen pals?

I don’t think so. But on Facebook I have these great gay guys—maybe straight ones, too, and girls—who find these amazing tear sheets of my work in the ‘80s and send me the copies. And they’re not old—young kids! I have a couple of regulars who send me things—things I don’t remember or haven’t even seen.

Did either video generate any controversy that you know of?

No, the only controversy about Huey was that long intro [3 minutes, 39 seconds] before the music. Oh, there was another little controversy—when Huey turned human again at the end, the lighting made his package look very big…and he liked that.

He was very funny in a respectful way. He and Jeff together became like irreverent little boys.

What were you paid for each video?

I don’t even remember if I was paid. The cover of Vogue was $100, editorial was $300 a day—it was nothing.

Did you appear in other music videos?

  • “Right on Track”—Breakfast Club
  • “French Kissin” (also known as “French Kissin in the USA”)—Debbie Harry
  • “Can’t Keep Running”—Gregg Allman
  • “Wot’s It to Ya”—Robbie Nevil

What else did you do after the videos?

[In 1987,] I got to marry Spider-Man at Shea Stadium in front of 50,000 people (before a game). The New York Times acted like it was a real wedding.

When Marvel Comics was just getting sold, before they became big conglomerate movie people, they did this big publicity event when Peter Parker got married in the comics. I got asked to play Mary Jane because I was a redhead and because I was known for kooky things. Stan Lee officiated. 

I never saw the face of the groom! He was always in costume.

I also have quite a history with Cirque du Soleil. I trained with them and was in a charity event with them in New York. I had to learn to crack a whip. This was with the first Cirque, in 1994. I was offered a two-year contract to be one of the personage—one of the quirky people on the perimeters, in the audience. But my career was still going. Today I regret it a little bit.

Did you ever meet other women who were female leads in a mainstream ‘80s rock video?

Everyone was doing it at that point. Paulina, the girls in the George Michael videos like Linda Evangelista. I never worked with another girl in a video, though.

Now thanks to Facebook, models are connecting with each other even if we didn’t know each other personally. She wasn’t in my class but went to my school, you know?

Many in this series look as though they’re not far out of school or even still in school.

I always said models are genetic mutants.

If you went to college, where and what did you study?

The last grade I finished was 9th. I became a live-in babysitter. At 16, I got my own apartment and got a job at Ebbets Field, a bar in Denver. There I saw Richard Pryor, Greg Allman, the Marshall Tucker Band, Little Feat. I had never heard of [most of] them because I grew up with all black music.

How did you segue from working in a bar to modeling?

I got discovered there. I worked at it really hard. It became a career choice.

What are you doing these days?

I came out to L.A. to help a friend, a woman who wrote a self-help book, a NYT best-seller, and I was doing her image—her social networking, her videos, taught her how to speak on camera, designed her website, helped edit her new book. That lasted six months.

What I’m working on now…a friend, a makeup artist named Dale Johnson, asked if I’d like to do videos for YouTube about makeup and hair for women 40+. I’m the techie girl—I love Apple.

Also, Rick Ferrari at L.A. Talent and I became friends on Facebook and he said “Come in, I want to sign you.” I said “Really?”

I am taking acting lessons—it’s not about anything but having fun. At this age, I’m not looking for anyone’s approval.

Where do you live?

In Pasadena. I just moved in with my boyfriend. I was in Orange County for six months before that, and Florida and Amsterdam before. New York 1978-2000.

If you are/were married, what was your future husband’s reaction when he learned you were in these videos?

I was married in Holland, from 2000-2007.


No, but three stepkids through the man in Holland. One is a magazine editor in Holland, one is a photographer, and the son is an amazing creative artist and pianist.

What do they think of these videos?

They loved it! The oldest one was ten when I met them, the others six and two.

What did you think when you first heard from me?

I thought it was a great idea, really sweet. But when I saw the list of questions, I was tired and thought “I am never going to answer all of these.” Then I had house issues and got overwhelmed.

Has anyone else ever interviewed you about this? If so, who, when, and for what publication?

No. I did win Best Performance of a Model in a Music Video but they forgot to invite me! 

Did you stay in touch with anyone in the Cars or Huey Lewis and the News after the shoots?

Oh, no. I stayed in touch with Jeff and my new agent Rick is also in touch with Jeff.

How do you look back on the experience?

The gems of my crown of my career.

My friend said I was the Forrest Gump of modeling. I thought it was hilarious. I’ll take it.

Anything you’d like to add?

I think music videos are a lost art. It was like the Three Stooges, but in a good way.

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Next: Prince, “Kiss” (1986).
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