'Pioneers of Television' Share Their Stories

"No, these aren't the stars of CBS's fall rookie dramas. These are five Pioneers of Television--Martin Landau (best known for Mission: Impossible), Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhura on Star Trek), Mike Connors (Mannix), Robert Conrad (The Wild, Wild West) and Linda Evans (Dynasty)," writes Bill Brioux. "Linda Evans, 67, was the kid of this crop. She was on stage mainly to take a bow from her TV debut on The Big Valley. That western starred film legend Barbara Stanwyck and Evans was lavish in praise of the actress. The former Dynasty star was modest about her own talents but seems pretty savvy as a business woman. She says Mattel is coming out with a Barbie Krystle Dynasty doll and she gets a cut. There's also a brand new Big Valley feature film in the works, with Jessica Lange in the Stanwick role. Nichelle Nichols, 77, told a long story about meeting Dr. Martin Luther King, who introduced himself as her biggest fan. Who knew Dr. King was a Trekkie? Nichols was set to ditch Star Trek after one season when King turned her around, telling her she was a role model and an inspiration." READ MORE


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