Harvey Brownstone Interviews...

Harvey Brownstone with Mariette Hartley & Jerry Sroka, Co-Stars “Our (Almost Completely True) Love Story”

November 06, 2023 Harvey Brownstone Season 3 Episode 79
Harvey Brownstone Interviews...
Harvey Brownstone with Mariette Hartley & Jerry Sroka, Co-Stars “Our (Almost Completely True) Love Story”
Show Notes

Harvey Brownstone conducts an in-depth interview with Mariette Hartley and Jerry Sroka, Co-Stars “Our (Almost Completely True) Love Story” 

About Harvey's guest: 

Today’s special guests, Mariette Hartley and Jerry Sroka, are 2 beloved entertainers who happen to be husband and wife - or as they call themselves, the “icon” and the “leprechaun”.   

Starting with the “icon” first, she’s been dazzling us with great performances for over 6 decades, in classic movies like “Ride the High Country”, “Marnie”, “Marooned”, “Skyjacked”, “1969”, “Improper Channels”, and of course, her many highly acclaimed TV movies including “MADD: Mothers Against Drunk Drivers” and “Silence of the Heart”.   

On television, she’s been in everything from “The Twilight Zone”, “Daniel Boone”, “Bonanza”, “Gunsmoke” and “The Bob Newhart Show”, to “Little House on the Prairie”, “M.A.S.H.”, “Murder She Wrote”, “NCIS”, “Grey’s Anatomy”, and dozens more.   She created the unforgettable characters of “Dr. Claire Morton” on “Peyton Place”, “Sister Mary Daniel” on “One Life to Live”, “Liz McVey” on “W-I-O-U”, “Lorna Scarry” in “Law and Order: SVU”, “Patricia Clark” in “9-1-1” – and let’s not forget that classic episode of “Star Trek”, where our guest, who played “Zarabeth”, fulfilled every woman’s dream of having her wicked way with “Mr. Spock”.   

And for a while in the 80’s, she co-hosted NBC's “The Today Show”, and she also co-hosted “The Morning Program” on CBS.   And we all loved her wonderful, long-running TV documentary series, “Wild About Animals”.  She’s been nominated for 5 Emmy Awards and WON an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her work in “The Incredible Hulk”.  And she has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  She also wrote an incredibly impactful and emotionally powerful book entitled, “Breaking the Silence”, which is one of the most compelling, insightful and inspirational celebrity memoirs I’ve ever read.    

And at the risk of making her blush even more, I can’t resist mentioning this remarkable woman’s extraordinary devotion to community service.  She’s been the national spokesperson for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, which honored her with a Humanitarian Award.  She’s also worked tirelessly as an advocate for mental health, and with a number of vitally important organizations, including the Center to Prevent Handgun Violence, SOJOURN, and Mothers Against Drunk Drivers.  And get this:  she was named Outstanding Mother of the Year by the National Mother's Day Committee in Washington, D.C.  It doesn’t get much better than that.    

And now, moving on to her loving husband, the “leprechaun”, he’s an actor and producer, well known for his work in the movie “Godspell”, the mini-series “Murder One: Diary of a Serial Killer”, and dozens of TV shows including “Murphy Brown”, “Seinfeld”, “Ally McBeal”, “Star Trek Voyager”, “The Brothers Flub”, “The West Wing”, “Shameless”, “The Comeback Kids” and many, many more.     

And now, these 2 great talents have joined together in a terrific and very charming movie which they wrote, called “Our (Almost Completely True) Love Story”, in which they play themselves, telling the story of how this initially very unlikely couple met and grew to love each other.  The movie, which also features veteran stars Tess Harper, Bernie Kopell, Morgan Fairchild and John Rubenstein, has been conquering film festivals everywhere, and it’s won 9 prestigious awards.  After seeing this humorous, poignant and heartwarming movie, I just had to invite our guests on our show.  

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