A glittery champagne-and-smokedsalmon reception set the stage before the second annual Gemini Awards in Toronto on Dec. 9. The party brought together stars and producers to celebrate the best of Canadian English-language TV. While CTV’s police show Night Heat, also broadcast in 32 countries including the United States, captured the award for best dramatic series and TV Guide’s most popular program award, the best acting awards in the dramatic series category went to the stars of Global Television Network’s Adderly and CBC’s Street Legal. Adderly’s Dixie Seatle took the award for best actress, but her costar, Winston Rekert, had to share the lead actor spotlight with Street Legal’s Eric Peterson. Posing for photographers, Rekert and Peterson congratulated each other and pronounced the tie vote “no problem.”
hey met 38 years ago on a movie set, and now Jan and Susan Rubes are together again before the cameras. In
The Outside Chance of Maximilian Glich, a comedy now filming in Winnipeg, the couple, who met in Montreal in 1949 while filming Forbidden Journey, play the kindly grandparents of a Jewish boy growing up on the Prairies in the 1960s. “I was afraid that I’d be rusty, but acting is just like riding a bicycle,” said Susan, 62, who has not performed in a major film role since 1952. Jan, 67, had no such fears: Maximilian Glich is the fifth movie appearance
this year for the opera singer who has made acting his second career. Said Susan of their first meeting: “We played lovers and had to kiss on set the first day. It was love at first sight.”
laying the vulnerable alcoholic Wanda Wilcox in the movie Barfly was a personal breakthrough, says actress Faye Dunaway. “Wanda has opened the door for me—more quickly than I could have done it on my own—to
roles that are full of vulnerability, intelligence, sensuality and softness,” said the 46-year-old star who is noted for playing tough, heartless women like the TV executive in Network, the role that won her an Oscar in 1976. Said the Florida-born Dunaway: “I went through the star ma-
chine and became urban, sophisticated, neurotic, cold and all that. I’d gotten very far from my own heart and soul and who I really was: a little girl called Dorothy Faye from the South.” n her just-published autobiography, Trust Your Heart, Seattle-born folksinger Judy Collins writes, “I always seemed to relate to Canadians.” And Canadian friends like poet Leonard Cohen and singersongwriter Joni Mitchell have helped her to cope with a turbulent life, says the 48year-old Collins. In her book, written as journal entries from the past and the present, Collins chronicles her battles with polio, tubercu-
losis and, most recently, alcoholism. About Cohen, who composed her 1970 hit, Su-
zanne, Collins says, “I am wild about Leonard—both he and his songs have always been very charming.” As for herself, she says, “My past has been interesting, but I prefer living in the present.’ W: hen she performs, the National Ballet of Canada’s Veronica Tennant, 41, displays a flair for drama. Now she has brought her dramatic talents to a tape-recorded reading of The Nutcrack-
er, the German fairy tale that inspired Tchaikovsky’s popular ballet. For the tape, which includes excerpts from the ballet’s music performed by the Toronto Symphony, Tennant reads from her own
book, The Nutcracker, published in 1985. Said Tennant, who in her career has danced the characters of Clara, the Snow Queen and the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker. “For me, the music makes the story so magical. Tchaikovsky put his heart and soul into the score.”
oronto playwright John Krizanc sat nervously smoking cigarettes at a small Italian restaurant while his play Tamara, a tale of lust and intrigue in Fascist Italy, had a successful New York City première on Dec. 1. “I can’t stand to watch it. I have too much anxiety, especially when the critics are there,” said Krizanc about a play that already has been a hit in Toronto and Los Angeles. But by week’s end, Krizanc breathed easier: many of New York’s theatre critics, including The New York Times’s Mel Gussow, raved about the play, in which spectators follow the actors from room to room in an old armory made to look like the lavish interior of an Italian villa. Now Krizanc, 31, faces another hurdle. “I promised myself,” he said, “that I would quit smoking if we got a good review in The New York Times.”
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