We were quite surprised
at Michelle’s reaction when we first asked her to play the part of Dr.
Zira for John Chambers’
75th Birthday Bash back in ‘97. We thought a pretty girl like
her is not going to let us put all that junk on her face, but she jumped
at the chance! We tried to tell her about the very un-glamourous
prosthetic make-up and removal processes, all the while trying to describe
it in a realistic yet truthful way, but (thankfully) Michelle still had
no objections to the “glue and goop treatment”.
Michelle says that
she is thrilled to be one of the apes and to be working with this unruly
bunch “of nuts”. Michelle’s contributions to APEMANIA definitely
help to complete the entire re-creation, besides her presence also keeps
the guys in check.
When asked what her
most memorable moment as
Zira has been, Michelle states, “That’s a tuff one to single out ,
but I think I would have to say that aside from John’s (Chambers) party,
my most memorable moment was meeting and escorting Kim Hunter into the
Motion Picture Academy for thePlanet
of the Apes 30th Anniversary Cast & Crew Party last year.
That was a thrill!”
A Texas native, this
classically trained thespian has played such parts as Ophella, Juliet,
Hero, and Hedda Gabler. She also has done her fair share of modeling
and movie work, being the (to use John Chambers words) “looker” that she
When not “aping it
up” with the boys, Michelle works with another acting troupes, "The Great
American Lounge Act", “Dial M For Murder” Mysteries, and “Frankie &
Mia Tie the Knot”.
She has traveled extensively
through Europe with the U.S.O. tour and continues to travel with her other
Michelle and other
APEMANIA cast members did voice overs for the Fox Interactive Planet
of the Apes CD-Rom game (due out in 2001).
She also has taken
up the pen once more, this time writing a 3 person show that will open
soon. We’ll keep you posted with info on dates and times.
(To get a gander at
Michelle’s 1998 Texas Swimsuit Calendar pictures,click
to the Cast Page