Vallée was a print and TV journalist who wrote the best selling book Life With Billy in 1986. This non-fiction piece dealt with domestic violence and Battered Wife Syndrome. The book was turned into a Gemini award winning TV film staring Stephen McHattie as the villainous wife-beating spouse.
This Nova Scotia born actor has done both TV and theatre, plus won numerous film roles that include Watchmen, A History of Violence, and which was directed Bruce McDonald. McDonald counts McHattie as one of his favourite actors, which is quite the statement considering some of his other options. McHattie also made several guest appearances on Seinfield as the manipulative shrink ex-boyfriend of the character Elaine, who was played by Julia Louis Dreyfus.
Julia Louis Dreyfus
Best known for her 9 season run as Elaine Benes on Seinfeld, Dreyfus has continued in securing comedic roles including the critically acclaimed HBO series Veep. But, Dreyfus should win an award for the number of times she’s been nominated to win awards. She is married to television writer, actor and director Brad Hall.
Hall may be remembered as a Saturday Night Live news anchor before being fired by executives who grew weary of his deadpan delivery. Hall eventually went on to create and produce the sitcom The Single Guy. Prior to becoming one of 1990’s highest paid TV writers, Hall had a bit part in the cult classic film Troll along side Sonny Bono.
Even before partnering up with Cher, Bono had a rather promising start in the music industry, writing Things You Do to Me for Sam Cooke, and co-writing Needles and Pins while working as a hired hand for Phil Spector. Bono later moved on to acting, first on his own variety show, and later in a number of bit roles on Fantasy Island, The Love Boat and in John Water’s Hairspray. To cap off his career in showbiz, he then became the mayor of Palm Springs! Bono was also named godfather to The Red Hot Chili Pepper’s lead singer Anthony Kiedis.
Kiedis could have used more responsible parental involvement – his own father, an aspiring actor, introduced him to marijuana and cocaine at the tender age of 11. Charismatic if not troubled, Kiedis forged strong friendships during high school with Flea and Hillel Slovak, who would form part of the original . While struggling to land gigs for the band, it was Kiedis who came up with the idea of performing wearing only rolled socks over their penises. Suddenly, booking shows was no problem and the Peppers went on to make musical history.