I was first introduced to my next interview subject when I visited a Blockbuster video store during a visit to my uncle’s house in 1996. We rented several movies that weekend, and one of them was Amazon Women On The Moon. A wild compilation of sketches, one that stood out was a sketch called “Roast Your Loved One”, where wakes were turned into roasts. The widow of Archie Hahn’s Harvey Pitnik was named Bernice, and she was played by Belinda Balaski. She got some great lines in that sketch. 15 years later, I befriended Belinda Balaski on Facebook and acquired her autograph.
Marina Sirtis is best known for playing Counselor Deanna Troi on Star Trek: The Next Generation, but she’s also done work outside of that franchise, contributing small yet memorable roles to several Cannon films, including The Wicked Lady and Death Wish 3, and doing voice-over work for the classic 90s cartoon Gargoyles. Ms. Sirtis is a very busy woman, but she was gracious enough to answer some e-mail questions I had for her. Let’s do a quick Flashback with Marina Sirtis.
If you love cartoons, you’ll recognize Lori Alan’s voice. Over the course of the past 20 years, she’s done the voices of characters as diverse as Susan Storm on Fantastic Four, Diane Simmons on Family Guy and Pearl on SpongeBob SquarePants. Before she started a career in voice-over work, she was a live-action actress who made her debut on the original Law And Order, and has continued to be seen on camera to this day, with recent appearances on shows like Disney XD’s Mighty Med and Nickelodeon’s Nicky, Ricky, Dicky and Dawn.