It’s Kathryn Leigh Scott’s birthday, and for that reason I decided to focus on what I admire in our beloved actress.
My initial thoughts brings me to the marvelous job she did on Star Trek: The Next Generation, “Who Watches The Watchers”, just to see her opposite Patrick Stewart’s Jean-Luc Picard, and even the Twin Peaks dude, in that episode is pretty spectacular, but she also played her role excellently. Her character, Nuria, was well fitted. Nuria being the matron of her tribe, the person looked up to for guidance. (I would move on to her characters on Dark Shadows, but I write and speak of them often in my own journey here .)
The main thing I keep thinking about is how impressed I’ve always been by her DS publications. With that there often feels like there is a sense of community and a gathering of the group who put together Dark Shadows. In those pages you find someone who likes to bring people together, showing that it’s a group effort rather than establishing any kind of singular limelight. My favourite parts are the behind-the-scene anecdotes that often represent the same atmosphere of friendship I also see in The Next Generation cast of Star Trek.
It’s obvious KLS has an admirable, fine appearance and keeps herself fit and healthy, but her charm to connect a sense of friendship in show business is second to none. I haven’t seen anyone else achieve that resonance of welcome and appreciation in entertainment. She emits a presence of splendour, talent and warm-hearted grace.
Of course reading her books years ago made me anticipate similar things in Dark Shadows fandom for which I was not prepared to find a great deal of the exact opposite, but on this day of days I am very grateful she was born and allowed us to marvel at how beautifully she managed the hardships of working on a daytime drama while still giving us so many characters to love.
When I perform her roles I find a tranquility and gentle cheer that is quite rewarding to capture. I have to follow Kathryn’s lead and it’s something I always look forward to, especially when a character she played is in a fun mood.
The selections in “Dark Shadows: Return To Collinwood” (2012) are a treat to read, with the fun they had reuniting on the movie set, the steps in time and memory taken, as well as the care and attention provided among old comrades. It is a wonderful look at deep bonds and loving friendships.
I salute her this day and pray that spirit lives and thrives with more understanding than these more recent troubling years have given.
Thank you, Kathryn Leigh Scott.