roses & thorns, but mostly roses: great american women, 2/10

Texas-born model and TV actress Angie Harmon is #2.

As a teenager she won a couple of model-search contests, one of which landed her on the cover of Seventeen magazine, but it wasn’t until she was discovered by David Hasselhoff that her career took off. Oh, and he discovered her on a plane when she was 23.

David Hasselhoff is the original Charlie Sheen. The fact that anyone could have been brought into the entertainment industry by him and not ended up engaged to, then estranged from, Hugh Hefner is worth a round of applause.

Her first television gig was on Baywatch and somehow she transferred acting in a bikini to acting in a suit for Law & Order: SVU. One of her most admirable traits is that she demands to be taken seriously—something every female should do—and so she is.

I appreciate that video for a number of reasons. First, I love that she says “I’m an American before I’m a Republican”—this is something that I wish everyone, regardless of their political views, would take into account. One thing people forget when their preferred political party is not in power, is that our leaders are looking to do what’s best for America (not counting a few people and groups). Second, anyone that advocates unity is doing it right.

On a more personal note, her 2001 wedding to former NFL player Jason Sehorn was not televised but the engagement was:

She’s now starring in the TNT drama series (is it a drama? I know she’s a detective in it?) Rizzoli & Isles.

The title for this post comes from the fact that she’s mentioned that every night she and her family share a list of “Roses and Thorns” which is a variation of a game I like to play called “Peak and Pit” or, sometimes, “Good Shit, Bad Shit.” You share something great about your day, and something not so great about your day. It’s just a little daily reflection, and I’m all about reflection

that wonderful moment of suspense… Tip of the Hat!

When you wonder if Tyler Perry will actually come through the gym doors.

“The Kathy Griffin Award will be given each year to the person who is most likely to show up to receive their Kathy Griffin Award.”


Jaleel White is in that Judy Moody movie, which I’m happy to say I know nothing about, so Vanity Fair ran a profile on him this week.

Besides the fact that he’s 34 and has been working in TV for 31 years (wait…what?), I was most surprised that I still knew the theme song for Family Matters and least surprised by the fact that Tyler Perry makes four episodes a week of his television series House of Payne. Homeboy does not understand quality.

“I don’t want to sound like I’m dissing Tyler Perry, but making three or four episodes in one week is not the same in terms of production value of what we did, one a week. Technically, I guess he passed us. More power to him, but it might as well be YouTube videos.” – on being surpassed by Tyler Perry’s show as the second longest running African-American show in the history of television

Hat tips all around to Family Matters, Fresh Prince, Sanford and Son, Good Times and the Cosby’s for understanding quality.

ps, I was totally Bill Cosby for Halloween last year. Surprisingly, I’ve had the opportunity to casually recycle that costume as a regular outfit at least once. Second hat tip to hipsters!

photo via Dads are the Original Hipsters

Tip of the Hat: Teri Garr

I was always kind of in love with this movie. We didn’t own it, but I used to watch it every time it was on TV.

In retrospect, I think the allure lies less in Mr. Mom and more in the Mrs. who holds a prestigious job, parties on private planes (there can be no mistake that she is definitely drunk in that plane scene), gallivants around with her coworkers and is basically a boss (maybe not in title but in attitude) at home and work.

Teri Garr, the actress behind the Mrs. (whose name is Caroline in the film), started out as a go-go dancer then joined the cast of the The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour which set the stage for her professional career.

Born This Way *TM

Her biggest role came in the form of Sandy Lester in Tootsie–which earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

"What's the matter with you people? I've been in there for half an hour screaming. Doesn't anybody CARE?"

One year later she did Mr. Mom, which…okay I still think it’s a pretty fun movie, but it doesn’t really make sense for an Academy Award nominated actress (you have to say all the italicized words with an East Coast/Baba Wawa accent) to do that after doing this.

Regardless, tip of the hat to Teri Garr for looking great in the 80s and much bigger things than that.

To be honest, Nolan Miller outfitted Mrs. for Mr. Mom (and was head of the costume design department for Dynasty and The Love Boat. BE STILL MY HEART) so he gets a hat tip for the style.

When shoulders became an art form. Thank you, Nolan Miller