Joanna Cassidy Braves World’s Worst Commute, Gets Her Snake Dance On

If the thought of having to travel by plane this month is making you cringe, well, at least you don’t have to commute back and forth between Los Angeles and Halifax, Nova Scotia for work. That’s the lot in life for Joanna Cassidy these days, but the actress isn’t complaining — at least, not too much — as she’s enjoying splitting her time between her roles on ABC’s “Body of Proof” and Canada’s “Call Me Fitz” comedy that airs on HBO.

 “This will be my fourth trip, coming up, and it’s no easy journey, let me tell you,” she notes of the 12-hour trek.  “You have to fly into Toronto, then go on to Halifax and there are always layovers and planes that get cancelled and whatever.”

 But there is much to brighten her spirits.  “The year we’re doing now is going to be more spectacular than ever, wonderfully funny,” she says of “Fitz.”  And as far as “Body of Proof,” on which she plays a judge who is also the mother of Dana Delany’s character, she says, “I love it because it’s real mother and daughter stuff,  They’re two strong, independent women who love each other deeply but have major issues with each other.”

 MEANWHILE:  Fans of “Blade Runner” can look forward to something fun in conjunction with the movie’s 30th anniversary.  Joanna, who played exotic dancer replicant Zhora in the movie that still retains a cult following, notes, “It was a hard film to work on because we did all night shooting, but it was such a joy.  I mean, I have never had as much fun on a film, ever.  The only thing that we didn’t do — which was something that is going to be resolved — is, we never got to do the snake dance.”

 Resolved?  “Well, you’ll see,” says the actress, who has produced a video to do just that.  “Watch You Tube, it’s going to be coming out soon.”  Five years ago, she recreated the scene of Zhora running through a glass wall – proving she could, in fact, do the stunt herself.  We were equally impressed that she was able to fit into the costume she’d worn 25 years earlier.



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I grew up in the San Fernando Valley when it was a kids' Shangri La in the 60s and we had Fabulous Eddie's miniature golf and trampolines on Ventura Boulevard. My big brother frequented The Third Eye psychedelic shop back in the day, but he wound up turning out anyway. Dad was an NBC video man who worked on "Laugh-In," Dean Martin's show, and specials by everyone from Sinatra to Fred Astaire. Mom was a first class home maker and PTA and GCA volunteer. They're still doing great. Anxious to get going in life, I quit college and jumped into journalism when I was still a teenager, and was writing for the New York Times syndicate and People magazine before turning 20. But that was a long time, many adventures, lots of traveling around the world and thousands of interviews ago. I go back to the very last days of hot type and getting to talk to Henry Fonda and Bette Davis, and Sammy Davis at the old Brown Derby...What a ride. That's in no small part thanks to my amazing writing partner, Marilyn Beck, one of the grand old-school Hollywood columnist stars -- a true star -- who knows how to do it right. I'm lucky, for sure. Now is fun, too. I love going out to events with my 17-year-old daughter (Jonas Brothers!). Seeing everything fresh through her eyes renews my excitement about the game. In-between I went back and finished school -- University of Redlands -- married, divorced, and at long last found my true love. My favorite things outside of the show business realm are being with my family, my faith and spiritual growth, learning new things (from doing Qigong to uploading stuff on Facebook), and running. See you on the trail.

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