I love the movie The Planet of the Apes. When I heard that Linda Harrison, Nova from The Planet of the Apes and Beneath the Planet of the Apes, was going to be at the The Haunted Flea Market in Wheaton this past weekend I had to watch the movie a couple times to refresh my memory so I didn’t make too much of a fool of myself.
Watching it again brought back fond memories of going to the theater with my brothers as a kid. Being short kid, I would sometimes leave the seat tilted up and sit on the edge of the seat so I could see over the people in front of me.
The beautiful vistas still blow me away and even watching it twice last week the plot still drew me in the second time. Saturday evening when Jim Decker introduced me to Linda and I sat down and started chatting with her, the years melted away and I felt like a little kid again sitting on the edge of my seat and looking up at this beautiful lady. I was humbled to be in her presence.
Before the interview I had done a little reading and found that she pretty much dropped out of major roles in favor of raising her children. Though she had occasional roles on different television shows and was in a few more movies, her main focus was always on her children.
When I do an interview, if at all possible, I like to chat with the person before turning on the camera so that they will have an idea of what I will be asking and so that I will have an idea of their answers. I also like to know if there is anything particular that they would like to talk about and let them know that I will probably ask them for just some annecdote or story where that they might not have spoken about elsewhere. I have gotten some neat stories that way.
With Linda I didn’t know what to expect as she worked with some of the greats like Jerry Lewis, James Brolin, Charlton Heston, Walter Mathau, etc. Her response was true to the nature of this sweet, humble lady. The focus of her pride and pleasure was about what her two sons are doing.
The older, Harrison, has an online service – www.evreward.com – which is a huge (over 40,000 items at over 10,000 places, definitely check it out!) database of coupons and other shopping bargains. Her younger son, Dean, is a producer and has worked on several movies including as a producer of Road to Perdition, Get Low, Reign of Fire and others.
I think you will enjoy the interview as much as I did.