I think family is very important in West Virginia and has long been so because the mountains made travel difficult in the past, and family members had to depend on each other.
When I entered college, I wasn't sure what I was going to do. My advisor happened to be from the theater department, and he encouraged me to take some classes there, which I did.
The thing of it is though that's the only way people know you, they see you in that roll and they see you in person and they only know the perception of what you are.
When I was younger I decided I'd hop on the train to New York.
We have to provide good teachers, good environment, community involvement with schools.
I never found it frustrating not speaking.
One of the reasons I think Dark Shadows still runs is that it's dependent on nothing else other than a story.
I did a lot of personal appearances because I was under contract to ABC.
I don't think they knew exactly where they were going with the character, but they lay those stories out ahead of time, so they had some idea where they wanted it to go.
I was delighted to have lines when they came - learning lines for film isn't a problem, but television is a little different, because we shot those shows the whole way through.
All I could think of was we were about to start filming for the last final weeks of the TV show and here I am in the hospital, so I missed the final weeks, and a couple days later, sore stomach and all I got on the horse we started filming.
You know... the wonderful thing about Dark Shadows, the thing about going and looking back at it. It was so sucsessful at creating its own world.
I may have been lucky with some sort of intuition, but I believe in training a great deal.
When you succeed at creating your own world, whether it's in any realm - like Tolkien was able to do - and people are able to enter that world, it's a special thing.
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