Udana Talks About Her TV and Movie Career, Pt. 6

NOTE: This interview with Udana was conducted Spring, 2015. In this installment, publicist Bill Murphy (BM) and multi-talented Udana Power (UP), discuss Udana’s career from Knot’s Landing (1979-1993) up to the present day.

Screen Shot 2015-05-25 at 9.22.56 PMBM: Let’s talk about Knots Landing, 1990. You played a servant in an episode called, “Side by Side.” What do you remember about Knots Landing?

UP: Wow! I can’t remember a whole lot, actually. It wasn’t a big deal, it wasn’t a big role. There was one day maybe two days, I can’t remember, I just remember that I did it.

BM: Let’s see, yeah, in that episode, Servant. I wouldn’t imagine would be a terribly important role in your career. [Both laugh.]

UP: No, not a big one, no. Two days pay. The interesting thing about this profession is that there are wonderful actors who got into acting because the LOVE to act. Not just love to act, they devote their lives to the profession. They don’t care about money. It’s a passion. A calling. And the wake-up call is that they have to also make a living. That doesn’t matter much when you’re young. When you are young, everything is possible and you’re willing to do anything it takes to be one of the chosen 3% who make a living as actors, sleep on the floor, eat a half an apple a day, whatever. Then life happens along the way and if you are not subsidized by wealthy parents or a rich spouse, you learn that you have to make money. That’s a very rude awakening. That’s why I encourage actors and filmmakers of all kinds to become financially solvent and responsible at the very beginning. Before you come to Hollywood, have a business in place that will give you the flexibility and financial freedom to go on auditions as a profession – because, let’s face it, going on auditions is the actors’ life here in Los Angeles. Just getting the auditions and going on the auditions is all that you can be proactive about. Getting the job and doing the job are just the icing on the cake. So I work with actors and filmmakers to show them how to create that residual income on the side so that they are freed up to actually concentrate on their work, rather than stress about how to pay the bills. It’s important. Because when you go into an audition when you’re broke…well, it shows. You need to have a stable foundation to play in the A-Game here.

Screen Shot 2015-05-25 at 9.24.48 PMBM: Well, let’s go to the next one then. In Life Goes On you played in two episodes as a character named Kathy Gutman.

UP: Yes, that was wonderful. We spent about two weeks on that. It was at least two weeks – lots of overtime. Patti LuPone was the star and we were out on the back lot at Warner Brothers in Burbank playing neighborhood football. We were just a bunch of husbands and wives out in the park playing. My husband was playing on the opposing team and he pretended to get a heart attack. When he fell down clutching the ball, everyone panicked and ran over to him and then he jumped up and ran across the goal. It was only a trick. So later in the game he had a real heart attack and Continue reading

The Law of Blooming – NEW SITE!

LawOfBloomingHello!

I’m pleased and proud to share with you another adventure I’m on. I call it The Law of Blooming, and you can be part of it by visiting my new web site.

From the home page:

I feel like I’ve been dancing down the Yellow Brick Road all my life and finally arrived at my destination… and I’m right where I started from – but different. Much different. And the strange thing is (laughable, actually) that I always was who I am but it took a while to become.

This is a website about the nature of life. It’s all blooming. Including you. Including me.  Including your dog and your cat and the tree outside your window. Everything that is alive and organic is an access point to another dimension that is propelling itself through us as inevitably as flowers appear in the springtime.

There’s lots more to come. So please visit my new site often!

We’ll bloom together.

Oh, by the way, my new site doesn’t mean this one will go away. Nope. That’s just going to be another side of me that will bless you (and me, too) as I share with you insights and suggestions about how you can tap into this infinite power to grow…and to love.

Udana Talks About Her TV and Movie Career, Pt. 5

NOTE: This interview with Udana was conducted January, 2015. In this installment, publicist Bill Murphy (BM) and multi-talented Udana Power (UP), discuss Udana’s career from 1981 up through 1989, stopping just short of her appearance on Knot’s Landing.

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BM: Let’s pick up where we left off last time. In our last interview we covered your stage work with Katharine Hepburn and your work with soaps, General Hospital and all of your commercial work.

UP: Yes, okay.

HighRiskBM: And that takes us up to – I know some of this stuff was going on at the same time, but as far as your movies and TV work go, 1981 was something called High Risk. Do you remember what that is? You are actually uncredited as Gail. How did you get uncredited for that?

UP: Oh, yes, that was a movie. What do you mean? How did I get uncredited?

BM: According to IMDB your name is Gail in it, but then in parenthesis it says uncredited right beside it.

UP: Hmmm…I have no idea.

BM: What is High Risk? I can see it’s four –

UP: High Risk is a movie. It’s on DVD. Bruce Davison was in it and James Brolin.

BM: James Brolin, Anthony Quinn, Lindsay Wagner, James Coburn. It’s a huge cast.

UP: Yes. They flew us down to Mexico. I was playing Bruce Davison’s wife. We shot in Mexico City. I had a day off and went to the pyramids of Teotihuacan and ran up to the top. I still have a little, marble frog I bought at a concession stand there. I am blown away that the production company flew me down there because all I had was one or two scenes. Bruce Davison was my husband and I was giving him a birthday party in our back yard. I didn’t go into the jungle and do all the adventure stuff with them.

It was a small role and, as you know, in the film business the slogan is “Hurry up and wait.” At one point I was stir crazy. Bruce is an amazing guy with a wonderful sense of humor. I knew him in Los Angeles. I think he’s Continue reading

“Ode to Valentine’s Day: Love First. Love Well. Love Often.”

NOTE: This is an article I wrote for Our Voices Magazine that I thought I’d share with you.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

“Ode to Valentine’s Day: Love First. Love Well. Love Often.”
By Udana Power

Men don’t like Valentine’s Day. Did you know that?

And many times Valentine’s Day turns out traumatic for women… kind of because men hate it, get really confused and feel guilty because they are not sure how to do it right. So then they don’t do Valentine’s Day at all – or if they get grumpy – which annoys the woman, it can add enough strain to make the whole thing go south, even if you are both pretending to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a proper dinner. Arg!

I took a whole series of seminars from an amazing woman who teaches women and men how to understand and be happy with each other. It was one of the first things I treated myself to when I started making some money. I had to figure this guy-thing out.

Amongst the series of weekend lectures that I was ultimately happy to spend a ton of money for, I was SHOCKED to learn two things. Literally knock-me-over-with-a-feather shocked. Actually, the whole room of women I was with gasped when the trainer told us what I’m about to tell you.

At the time she made her statement, there was a group of men standing on the stage in front of us sharing their points of view with the room. (I thought I was listening to a foreign language being explained.) When the trainer spoke this pressing truth, the audience of women gasped with incredulity and the men stared in surprise. The statement was so obvious to them that they were baffled why we were so shocked.

What does all this have to do with Valentine’s Day? Everything. You’ll see.

Here is an approximation of what she said: Girls, put down your pen and paper. Sit there because I want you to get this. I have interviewed men for Continue reading

“Late For the Date”

Discovered this short (10-minute) movie in my archives not long ago and decided to share it with you.

It’s called “Late For the Date.”

I wrote it in 1988. It was directed by John Callas. It features Yours Truly as an increasingly agitated gal getting ready for an important date…and the guy is late arriving.

Sure, it’s a little silly. And it’s a teensy bit R-rated. But it was a lot of fun to do, and I’m proud of it to this day.

Hope you enjoy it.

My Kindle Book Is Now Available!

HBBCoverI just wanted to let you know that my Kindle book The Home-Based Business Revolution is now available on Amazon!

Many of us who are highly trained and have accomplished a lot in our lives have suddenly found ourselves in financial chaos. The world economy has changed dramatically. As we all search for answers to creating new revenue streams, we are being bombarded with home-based business offers from friends, family and strangers. It can be very confusing.

That’s why I’ve written this book—to help you see clearly the profound opportunity in front of you and how to avoid all the mistakes I made when I first learned about this industry and started my own home-based business.

I had been an actress and screenwriter all my professional career. I starred on Broadway opposite Katharine Hepburn, had my own series, got way-layed with an illness during my thirties and came back to get great reviews in a one woman show in my forties. I was successful artistically, but absolutely illiterate about money. I almost got married twice to fabulous men, but our lifestyles were very different. I had to figure this money thing out for myself. Darn!

I was down to my last 46 cents in the bank, odd-jobbing it from month to month and wondering how long my health could hold out under the stress, when I discovered network marketing. After a few false starts I stumbled into an amazing company that helped me to lose weight and regain my health. I got so passionate about the product and the business that I went on to create a six figure income in just over a year and then doubled that a year later.

I know what it’s like to sit at my desk alone till four in the morning, sobbing while jug- gling credit cards in order to pay the bills. I know what it’s like to go bankrupt. I know what it’s like to work very, very hard and not get paid. And I’ve learned what it’s like to work, get paid a lot and enjoy life. The last one is the best.

That’s what this book is about.

And you can buy the Kindle version of it here.

The Passing of Edward Herrmann

EdwardHerrmannI just found out that a dear friend passed away today from brain cancer. He was 71.

Ed Herrmann and I worked together in a movie called Portrait of a Stripper, which starred another dear friend, Lesley Ann Warren.

Ed was a dear, sweet man. A wonderful actor. I adored him.

In this blog entry I reminisced with my publicist Bill Murphy about Ed and my experience with him and other actors on the set of Portrait of Stripper:

UP: …Edward Herrmann was fabulous. What an actor. And so was Lesley. She was just fabulous. I watched the movie several times since we’ve been talking about this. And one of the things that shocked me was when we were getting ready we would go into the strip clubs. I’d never been to a strip club. We went into a strip club up on Sunset Boulevard for research. We wanted to know what this world was like for strippers. It was really interesting.

We talked to a couple of the strippers at the club on Sunset Strip. I remember that it was [gasp], you know, kinda scary, actually. That’s one of the things I love about Continue reading

Awaken Your Full Potential On Saturday, November 8th!

Hi Everyone,

If you like meditation you are going to love discovering Osho’s dynamic
meditations and spending a day in the Buddhafield. He called his ashram
a Buddhafield: A Community in which to provoke God.

Many of you are familiar with Osho through his inspiring quotes that are
being shared all over Facebook as well as the Internet.

I’ll be sharing about my journey with Osho as well as Detoxing the body
with Isagenix to facilitate total aliveness. Osho urged us to be as alive and
vibrant in our physical bodies as we are meditative — hence, he coined
the name “Zorba the Buddha.” He wanted us all to be Zorba the Buddhas -
fully alive, aware and loving.

Saturday, November 8th, is about awakening our full potential to celebrate
life and live healthy. Osho Niranjana Meditation Center is 40 miles north of
San Diego. All are welcome. We will include active meditations, some
transformative processes that changed my life completely when I went to
visit Osho in Poona and in Rajneeshpuram as well as enjoying the healthiest
food on the planet.

Come spend a remarkable day with us. If you don’t live nearby but have
friends who do, you are welcome to forward this flyer to them.

See you there!

- Udana

Udana Talks About Her TV and Movie Career, Pt. 4

In this interview (which was conducted late Summer/early Fall, 2014), Bill Murphy (BM) focuses on Udana Power’s (UP) career in commercials (print and television), as well as her appearances on stage. Thank you, Udana, for your time – and for providing all of the photos.

BM: Tell me about General Hospital. What was it like getting that gig? What were your impressions of being in it? What did you like about it? What did you not like about it?

Udana-1980sUP: I loved it because it was a steady job. And I got to be acting for a living. At that time, daytime TV was not as hip as it is now. Even so, that was about the time that some stars were springing out of daytime TV to go further in their careers, to become major careers. We were heading into a strike, and to have a semi-recurring in anything was wonderful. I got to work regularly. I would show up a couple of times a week for General Hospital. I played a character named Fran Woods…and in every script they had her breaking down sobbing. I looked at the scripts and said, “Oh my God! I have to do that every day I’m there!”

BM: [laughs]

UP: [laughs] Jeez, you can’t fake that. I have to prime myself so that I really break down sobbing.

BM: Your character looked like she was constantly emotionally on edge. What was going on at the time? What was that plot about?

GeneralHospitalUP: My husband or my lover, the man I was living with had disappeared, and we figured the Mob had killed him. They found his watch and one of his shoes in the river. And I was like a really nice ’50s housewife who never asked any questions, and I’d never met any of his friends. It was kind of like an alcoholic marriage, the very strange, dysfunctional marriage where I just stayed home and raised the kids. I didn’t know where the money came from, I didn’t know anything about his friends. He was a traveling salesman and did something with restaurant supplies. So all of a sudden he didn’t show up, and then I go to Anna to start investigating it and find out where could he be. Anna says, “Oh my gosh, they found this. Do you recognize this watch?” It was a watch I’d given him for Christmas. So I break down in tears and sob, “Oh my God, he’s dead, he’s dead.” Then they find his shoe. And then somebody’s sending me money, and then they’re starting to cut down sending me money, so there’s all this trauma going on. And I have children to support.

Screen Shot 2014-09-22 at 8.35.54 PMI actually don’t remember much more of it. What I do remember is having to break down and sob almost every show, because it said in the script, “She breaks down and sobs.” So I was kind of on edge. And you can’t make that stuff up – you have to really go there. It was…I think the word could be “turgid.” [laughs]

I would come in early to prepare, learn all my lines, make sure I knew where to stand and didn’t bump into the furniture. I would record everyone else’s lines on a tape recorder while leaving room for my own lines and go over it again, and again, and again, and again, because that way I could have the cue in my ear – I could hear it, I could feel it, and bounce back with the line. It would start becoming automatic. It wasn’t just reading it on the page and then hoping I’d hit the cue when the actor threw it at me. I didn’t have someone to rehearse my lines with, so I had this little cassette tape recorder… Do you believe it? Today I’d be using my iPhone. I would just put everybody else’s lines on it, with room enough for mine, and stay in character as I practiced. That’s how I learned my lines for daily shows. So when I got on the set with these really emotional scenes, Continue reading

My Appearances On General Hospital

Back in 1988, I guest starred on the long-running TV series General Hospital. The character I played was named Fran Woods. Finola Hughes played Anna Devane.

I didn’t know these episodes were available until a friend e-mailed them to me. I haven’t seen them in years.

Enjoy!

Anna and Fran Woods (1988 Duke and the Mob pt. 44):

Anna Meets Fran Woods in the Library (1988 Duke and the Mob pt. 63):

Anna Asks Fran Woods For Help (1988 Duke and the Mob pt. 139):

Anna and Fran Go Snooping (1988 Duke and the Mob pt. 165):