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The Marilu Henner Show – Friday October 17th 2014

Grae Drake9:15AM (PST) – Grae Drake, Senior Editor of Rotten Tomatoes

In 6th grade, when Rotten Tomatoes Senior Editor Grae was arranging movie outings for all her friends, she picked the movie. Through the years studying film at the University of Texas at Austin, being honored by Sundance and the Director’s Guild of America, and working as a filmmaker in Los Angeles, she realized how terrible she was at keeping her opinions to herself. The Popcorn Mafia podcast was born, and led to her becoming CNN’s movie critic. She also has dished the dirt with stars on HLN’s Showbiz Tonight, Fox News,G4’s Attack of the Show, and is a regular at the TV Guide Network and the Reelz Channel. Her passionate thoughts can also be heard on terrestrial radio all over North America. And just to note, she still won’t let other people pick the movies.

Cristina Ferrare9:30AM (PST) – Cristina Ferrare, host of Hallmark’s Daytime Talk Show “Home and Family”
Home & Family

The woman you are about to meet is a model, a tv host, a writer, an entrepreneur, a blogger and has “done it all”!

At the early age of sixteen, Cristina Ferrare started a career in modeling with the Ford modeling agency in New York. Her career as a super model spanned over twenty-five years. Max Factor put her under contract as their spokesperson while still a teenager. During that time her career took off as she graced the covers and pages of every major fashion magazine including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Ladies Home Journal and traveled the world as a sought after international cover girl. During this time she soon became a trusted spokesperson and endorsed numerous commercial products.
In the early 80s, Ferrare co-hosted “AM Los Angeles,” which was the #1 rated morning television show during her five year tenure. Between many TV appearances, she has hosted her own shows: “Cristina and Friends” and a two hour live show from Universal Studios’ “Home and Family.” She was a substitute co-host on “Good Morning America” and co-hosted numerous times with Regis Philbin on “Live with Regis and Kathie Lee.” Her primetime series for CBS, “Shame on You,” was one of the first magazine format shows that featured consumer fraud and awareness. It set the stage for other prime time magazine formats that followed. For NBC, she co-hosted “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus” with Dr. Drew Pinsky. At one time, Ferrare had three shows on the air at the same time: the afore mentioned live morning talk show, “AM Los Angeles,” “The Home Show,” and the primetime series “Incredible Sunday” all for ABC. In feature films, she starred opposite David Niven in “The Impossible Years” and the critically acclaimed “J.W. Coop” with Oscar® winner, Cliff Robertson.

Ferrare is an accomplished author, with her New York Times bestseller, “Okay, So I Don’t Have a Headache,” and bestseller “Cristina Ferrare’s Family Entertainment,” “Cristina Ferrare Style” and “Realistically Ever After,” a humorous view of finding happiness when he’s not Prince Charming, you’re not Snow White and life is not a fairy tale.
Her fifth and most recent cookbook, A Big Bowl of Love was released on Mother’s Day 2011 and has been widely accepted and has received rave reviews from bloggers across the country. She is already hard at work on her next cookbook!
Ferrare completed 28 shows that air on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) that debuted on January 3rd, 2011. Her show, “A Big Bowl of Love” featured celebrity guests along with members of her family and friends serving up great ideas for all kinds of situations that happen in real life!
In 2006, Ferrare, along with her partners Brian Thorson and Tim Hosier, started a line of home accessories through their newly formed “Ferrare With Company.” It included picture frames, napkin rings, lamps, scented candles, candle sticks, accessories for the table, and show stopping, one of a kind mirrors and chandeliers using only the finest materials. Swarovski crystals and semi-precious stones, pearls, shells, and metals are placed by hand, piece by piece, onto each object and are true works of art. The pieces are sought after by top interior designers around the country and sells to over 60 stores including Bergdorf Goodman and Barneys on line. Cristina recently sold the company and is focusing her energy to writing. She is writing her sixth cookbook and recently signed on as food and style editor for Westlake Magazine.

Ferrare lives in Los Angeles with her husband, entertainment executive Tony Thomopoulos. They have a blended family of seven children and four grandchildren.

Eric Brotman10:30AM (PST) – Eric Brotman, certified financial planner and author of the book, “Retire Wealthy”

According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute, only 19 percent of workers are confident in their retirement savings. The man you are about to meet believes that financial literacy and a comfortable retirement are attainable goals for all Americans and is here to share with you how.

Eric D. Brotman, CFP®, AEP®, MSFS is President and Managing Principal of Brotman Financial Group, Inc., an independent firm assisting clients with wealth creation, preservation, and distribution. Mr. Brotman began his financial planning practice in Baltimore in 1994, and founded Brotman Financial Group in 2003. He provides investment, retirement, estate, insurance, and comprehensive financial planning services for families, professionals, executives, and business owners.
Mr. Brotman holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER TM (CFP®) certification in 1998, and completed his Master’s Degree in Financial Services (MSFS) at the American College in 2003. He is also a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), an Accredited Estate Planner (AEP®), and a Chartered Advisor in Senior Living (CASL). Mr. Brotman is a Registered Representative and Investment Advisor Representative with NFP Advisor Services, LLC.

Mr. Brotman’s 2nd book, “Retire Wealthy: The Tools You Need to Help Build Lasting Wealth – On Your Own or With Your Financial Advisor”, was published in 2014 by AuthorHouse as a follow-up to “Debt-Free for Life: The Tools You Need to Free Yourself from Debt”, published in 2009 by One Hour or Less Publishing, LLC.
Mr. Brotman appears regularly on television on 11 News Sunday Morning on WBAL in Baltimore, as well as in print in Wall Street Journal, The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore Business Journal, The Daily Record, Smart CEO, Investment Advisor, Fidelity Investor’s Weekly, Investment News, Journal of Financial Planning, Wealth Manager, National Underwriter, Registered Representative, Entrepreneur, Baby Years, Life Association News, and American Way, the American Airlines in- flight magazine. He also publishes articles periodically on the website, and has appeared on the Morningstar Advisor,, and websites. Mr. Brotman was recognized as one of the “Maryland Power Players” by The Gazette of Politics and Business in 2010 and was named one of the “Very Important Professionals” by The Daily Record in 2011.

Joe Vezzani11:30AM (PST) – Joe Vezzani, Vice President of Customer Intelligence. His firm, LifeLine Response, created a mobile safety app which protects individuals and allows them to feel safe in vulnerable situations

The man you are about to meet wants you to empower yourself with the first and only patent protected personal safety mobile app that utilizes human reaction to respond to emergency situations, and he’s here to show you how.

Joe Vezzani, Vice President of Customer Intelligence. Joe is in charge of analyzing data and intelligence in public safety, and using it to actually stop the bad guys before they can commit their crime. His firm, LifeLine Response is a mobile safety app which protects individuals and allows them to feel safe in vulnerable situations.

The Marilu Henner Show – Thursday October 16th 2014

Desi Bartlett9:30AM (PST) – Desi Bartlett is Pre and Post Natal Yoga Expert and the creator of Milf Fitness

The word MILF often has a different connotation that makes us giggle, but the woman you are about to meet’s vision is to reclaim the word and let it be a source of empowerment for women.

Desi Bartlettis the creator of MILF FItness. She teaches at Exhale in Santa Monica, and stars in several Yoga and Fitness DVD’s. Desi has a new Prenatal Yoga Workout DVD that will debut in Spring of 2015, as well as a book on the Prenatal Yoga & Fitness. She is passionate about Yoga and motherhood and lives with her husband and 2 sons in Los Angeles CA.

Ariel Garten10:30AM (PST) – Ariel Garten, Founder and CEO of InteraXon, creators of Muse: the brain sensing headband that helps teach people how to alleviate stress and can be helpful with meditation

Can you imagine if you could wear a simple headband that would help you manage stress and settle your mind? Well, now you can, and the creator of this phenomenal headband is here to share with you how it works.

Ariel is the co-founder and CEO of InteraXon, creators of Muse: the brain sensing headband. Ariel studied at the University of Toronto and did research into hippocampal neurogenesis at Toronto’s esteemed Krembil Neuroscience Centre. No mere neuroscience nerd, however, Ariel also is a psychotherapist, a fashion designer whose clothing opened Toronto Fashion Week in 2003, and has had her work displayed at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Ariel’s uncommon combination of science and art is integral to the design of every aspect of Muse and to InteraXon’s unique approach to brain sensing technology, making it a vital part of everyday life.

David Quamman11:30AM (PST) – David Quamman, author of “Ebola: The Natural and Human History of a Deadly Virus”

The 2014 epidemic of Ebola virus disease in West Africa is unlike any Ebola event ever seen before. In fact, it’s already ten times larger in terms of case fatalities—ten times more punishing to Africans, ten times more scary and befuddling to people around the world—than any single outbreak of an ebola virus (there are five kinds) during the previous known history of the disease. And, now the ebola virus is here in the United States.

David Quammen is an award-winning journalist and author who has made eighteen trips to Africa since 1999. He has long been on the trail of Ebola virus disease. In October 2007, he wrote an article for National Geographic titled “Deadly Contact,” about an outbreak of Ebola in a remote African village. His research into Ebola eventually led to the books Spillover (2012) and now Ebola: The Natural and Human History of a Deadly Virus (Norton, October 2014), which is drawn from Spillover but adds new material on the 2014 West Africa epidemic.
Quammen first came near the Ebola virus during an expedition across the jungles of Gabon in July 2000. He spent ten days hiking with American explorer and ecologist Mike Fay through an area of Ebola habitat where the people of one village had suffered a devastating outbreak. In the depth of the forest, he and Fay found that all the gorillas and chimpanzees (also susceptible to Ebola) had died. The virus was still there, within the host animal (identity unknown) from which it had spilled over into chimps, gorillas, and people, but Fay and Quammen couldn’t see it. Campfire conversations with two men who had survived the outbreak, but lost loved ones, fueled his curiosity about the human as well as scientific aspects of the disease and led him to years of research and writing, during which time he has interviewed many of the world’s foremost Ebola experts.

David Quammen covers exploration, field biology, and human survival in remote landscapes, often on assignment for National Geographic Magazine. He has been honored with three National Magazine Awards and an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

The Marilu Henner Show – Wednesday October 15th 2014

Karen Page9:30AM (PST) – Karen Page, Two-time James Beard award-winning author, and author of her latest book, “The Vegetarian Flavor Bible”

For the first time in history, per-capita consumption of meat in America has fallen for five consecutive years, with predictions of continuing declines. Vegetarianism and veganism are emerging from the margins and into the mainstream, as 54 percent of Americans now wish to decrease or eliminate meat from their diets. While people have chosen to adopt meatless diets throughout history for a variety of reasons—the woman you are about to meet suggests a new reason for doing so: maximizing flavor, which is too often masked by meat-based stocks or butter and cream.

Karen Page is a graduate of Northwestern and Harvard who also earned a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell in conjunction with the T. Colin Campbell Foundation. She is a two-time James Beard Award–winning author whose books include The Flavor Bible. The former Washington Post wine columnist is also the coauthor of What to Drink with What You Eat, which was named the IACP Cookbook of the Year and the Georges Duboeuf Wine Book of the Year and won a Gourmand World Cookbook Award, and the IACP and James Beard Book Award Finalist The Food Lover’s Guide to Wine. She lives with her husband, author and photographer Andrew Dornenburg, in New York City. She is an enthusiastic convert to almond milk, which she has found enhances the flavor of her morning granola or oatmeal.

Edward Meyer10:30AM (PST) – Edward Meyer, Ripley’s Believe it Or Not historian, raconteur, and the man with the world’s best job!

Prepare for a dose of shock and “awwww” as Ripley Publishing’s new book Reality Shock! is now on sale. With all new content Reality Shock! is a mix of “can’t bear to look, but can’t look
away” stories, people, facts and photos. Reality Shock! delivers strange stories, bizarre bits and twisted tales like only Ripley’s Believe It or Not! can. The content ranges from cute to creepy; what’s “great!” to one reader is just plain “gross!” to another – that’s part of the fun of Reality Shock! And the man who has traveled around the world collecting these unusual stories is here to share them with you.

For over 35 years Edward Meyer has traveled around the world collecting unusual stories and unbelievable artifacts to fill Believe It or Not! books and museums. He is a walking encyclopedia of information, some strange, some gross – but all true! He has acquired over 20,000 different museum artifacts, everything from a pin valued at $1 million dollars, to a two-trunked elephant, to Marilyn Monroe’s lingerie, to Lee Harvey Oswald’s mortuary toe tag, to a meteorite from Mars. The list is endless. Editor of the famous Ripley’s Believe It or Not! newspaper syndicated cartoon, producer of countless Ripley museum films, and a researcher for over 200 hundred Ripley television shows, Meyer has appeared on radio and television programs around the world as the Ripley historian and raconteur, the man with the world’s best job!

The Infiltrator11:30AM (PST) – Robert Mazur, DEA undercover agent, Author of “The Infiltrator: My Secret Life Inside the Dirty Banks Behind Pablo Escobar’s Medellin Cartel”. Internationally released movie based on this book, staring Bryan Cranston, soon to begin production

Our next guest knows what it’s like to go deep undercover, to gain the confidence of some of the world’s worst criminals. For years, he posed as a money launderer for organized crime leaders. His clients, some of the most famous and deadly drug cartel bosses, offered a half-million dollar price tag for his head when arrests were made around the world, and he was revealed to be a U.S. federal undercover agent. His incredible story is detailed in his memoir, “The Infiltrator,” which is being made into a Hollywood film starring Bryan Cranston.

Robert Mazur has earned global acclaim as one of the world’s leading experts on the financial escapades of the underworld. There is no one with more first-hand knowledge about how international banks and businesses cater to those who own the nearly $2 trillion in criminal proceeds laundered annually. For years, in the eyes of organized crime leaders he was a highly successful mob connected money launderer that helped manage their illicit fortunes. His clients, some of the most famous and deadly drug cartel bosses, offered a $1/2 million price tag for his head when arrests were made around the world and he was revealed to be a highly trained U.S. federal undercover agent.

Robert is the author of “The Infiltrator”, a memoir about his undercover life, much of which was spent acting as a conduit between ruthless drug barons and corrupt legitimate appearing senior executives that cleaned billions in blood stained money through otherwise respectable international banks and businesses. Robert has transformed his underworld experience and current day involvement in the money laundering field into a remarkable lesson for today’s business sector. He shares with them how they can identify and manage the type of risk that has inflicted extraordinarily costly reputation loss for HSBC, Wachovia, UBS, Credit Suisse, ING, Standard Charter Bank, Barclays and many other institutions that have admitted criminal offenses in connection with their movement of tainted funds.

After completing a highly decorated 27 year career as a federal agent in 3 U.S. agencies, Robert is now the President of Chase & Associates, a forensic investigative agency and consultancy that assists law firms and public companies throughout the U.S. and several foreign countries. From all corners of the globe, his agency provides enhanced due diligence, investigative services, and commercial intelligence.
Mr. Mazur is certified in both U.S. and Canadian courts as an expert in money laundering. His articles have been published by many journals and media outlets, including the NY Times. He is a contributor to money laundering related programming that has aired on PBS, ABC, CNN, Univision, BBC, and other networks. He has been a guest on more than 500 radio shows during the past 3 years.
His unique expertise has led to his technical consulting on major motion pictures, including the movie based on his book, which is scheduled to go into production during 2014.

The Marilu Henner Show – Tuesday October 14th 2014

Kat Perkins9:10AM (PST) – Kat Perkins, “The Voice” Season 6 (“The Voice” airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8/7c on NBC)

Our next guest recently found herself in the national spotlight on NBC’s THE VOICE as a Top 5 contestant coached by Adam Levine. Her new EP “Fearless” is available now at all digital retailers.

Kat is a daughter of a music teacher. She is originally from the tiny town of Scranton, North Dakota. She has been singing, dancing, and performing for as long as she can remember. At 15 years old, she moved to the Twin Cities and her professional career began as she became a success in the Minneapolis-St. Paul theatre scene. Kat and her ex-husband had a band together, but when they divorced six months later, Kat took a break from music. The Voice was the first chance she’d had to go solo. Her single, “Fearless” was produced by John Fields (Pink, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez) and independently hit #5 upon release on the iTunescharts. When not on stage, you can usually find Perkins nannying, writing, recording and managing other bands in the business.

Mark Whitaker9:30AM (PST) – Mark Whitaker, author of the book, “Cosby: His Life and Times”

The man you are about to meet is here to take us behind the scenes for an inside look into the life of one of America’s favorite comedians and actor.

Whitaker is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir My Long Trip Home (2011). The former managing editor of CNN, he was previously Washington bureau chief for NBC News and a reporter and editor at Newsweek, where he rose to become the first African American leader of a national newsweekly. Now, with meticulous reporting and impressive detail, he provides the most comprehensive portrait of Bill Cosby to date and makes a persuasive case for Cosby as a groundbreaking comic and a quiet but far-ranging pioneer of black advancement. (Publishers Weekly)
Whitaker shares how Cosby pulled himself together after an aimless adolescence by joining the Navy, talking his way into college, and seizing his first breaks as a stand-up comedian. Through lively detail and anecdotes from Cosby and those who knew him best, we follow Cosby‘s journey from a Philadelphia housing project to The Tonight Show, where he first performed on television.

Published on the thirtieth anniversary of The Cosby Show, the book reveals the behind-the-scenes story of that groundbreaking sitcom as well as Cosby‘s bestselling albums, breakout role on I Spy, and pioneering place in children‘s television. But it also deals with professional setbacks and personal dramas, from an affair that sparked public scandal to the murder of his only son, and the private influence of his wife of fifty years, Camille Cosby. Whitaker explores the roots of Cosby‘s controversial views about race, as well as the Cosby effect that helped pave the way for a black president.

The Secret Power of Middle Children10:30AM (PST) – Dr. Catherine Salmon and Katrin Schumann, authors of the book, “The Secret Power of Middle Children”

We all know the stereotype: middle children are wallflowers, overshadowed by their siblings and neglected by their parents, and they turn into resentful, bitter adults. But if that is true, why are so many middle children throughout history—from Abraham Lincoln to Donald Trump and Madonna—wildly successful? With constructive advice on how to maximize the benefits and avoid the pitfalls of being a middle, the women you are about to meet help middleborns, their parents and partners see how birth order can be used as a strategy for success.

Dr. Catherine SalmonCatherine Salmon is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Redlands. Her research interests cover everything from birth order and family dynamics to eating disorders, reproductive suppression, and sexuality. She holds a PhD in psychology and a BSc in biology from McMaster University. Salmon has been featured on Oxygen and the Science Channel, and co-authored (with Don Symons) Warrior Lovers: erotic fiction, evolution, and female sexuality. In addition, she has co-edited a variety of books, including the recent Oxford Handbook of Evolutionary Family Psychology and writes a blog on birth order for Psychology Today, called Ape Girl. Born in Canada, she lives in southern California and is involved in animal rescue and rehabilitation.
Catherine’s University of Redlands Page

Katrin SchumannFor the past ten years, Katrin Schumann has been specializing in collaborative writing, editing and teaching (most recently at a women’s prison). Schumann’s first book, Mothers Need Time-Outs, Too, is for stressed out modern mothers. She has been featured on TODAY, and her work has appeared in newspapers, magazines, and radio nationally and internationally. Granted scholarships to Oxford University and Stanford, Schumann is the recipient of the Kogan Media Award. Before going freelance, she worked behind-the-scenes in television and at NPR stations throughout the U.S. Schumann was born in Germany, grew up in New York and London, and now lives in Massachusetts with her husband and three children.
Katrin’s Website

Natasha Case11:30 AM (PST) – Natasha Case, CEO & co-founder of Coolhaus

The young woman you’re about to meet has found a way to combine her degree in Architecture and her love of food to create one of the fastest-growing businesses in the country. She was named one of Forbes magazine’s 30 Under 30, and once you try one of her ice cream sandwiches, you’ll be hooked.

Natasha is the CEO & co-founder of Coolhaus, the architecturally-inspired gourmet ice cream company. She uses her Masters Degree in Architecture & love for food to teach the masses about famous architects & design movements. Natasha is a Forbes 30 Under 30 (she’ll be a guest speaker at the Forbes summit later this month), Zagat 30 Under 30 & spokesperson for the CA Milk Advisory Board.

The Marilu Henner Show – Monday October 13th 2014

Dr. Donna Dannenfelser9:30AM (PST) – Dr. Donna Dannenfelser, former NFL psychotherapist

Our next guest helps everyone from the guy next door to high-profile personalities overcome the obstacles in their lives. She may be best known for her work as a mental health clinician for the New York Jets, which inspired the USA Network television show, “Necessary Roughness.”

Dr. Donna Dannenfelser has been a psychotherapist, certified hypnotist, and dream analyst for the past 25 years. In the beginning, she specialized in women’s issues, touring the New York area giving motivational workshops on surviving divorce and separation, parenting issues, substance abuse, physical and verbal abuse, the “coming out” for people who choose to live alternate lifestyles, and coping strategies for survivors of tragic experiences.
After a short time, Donna found herself as the mental health clinician for the New York Jets and began specializing in men’s issues pertaining to high-profiled professional athletes, including their wives and families. Her clientele extended to professional athletes from other arenas, such as baseball, basketball, hockey, boxing, and golf, along with women’s sports such as bodybuilding, skating, and wrestling.

Dr. Donna is the founder and CEO of Heart Cockles, Inc. Her website, provides visualization tools that help people find their center and focus on their goals through the Law Of Attraction.
Donna was the Co-Executive Producer on this series which premiered June 29, 2011 and aired for three years. The series won the “Voice Award” for mental health awareness in 2012.
Dr. Donna has appeared on the Dr. Oz Show, Crowd Goes Wild on FS1 network, and Flipping Out with Jeff Lewis on BRAVO.

Laraine Newman11:30AM (PST) – Laraine Newman, Actress & Comedienne, Founding member of The Groundlings, original cast member of Saturday Night Live

Our next guest is comedy royalty. She was both a founding member of The Groundlings, and an original cast member of Saturday Night Live. You can hear her incredible work as a voice actress in films such as Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Up, WALL-E and so many others.

Laraine Newman is founding member of The Groundlings. She was original cast member of Saturday Night Live. She raised in the Los Angeles area, attended Beverly Hills High School. Laraine began studying improvisational comedy at age 15. In the late 1960s she was a member of the Richmond Shepard Mime Troupe. She studied mime in Paris with Marceau in the early 1970s. Laraine was spotted at The Groundlings and hired to appear in one of Lily Tomlin’s TV specials.

In 1975, Newman was asked to be regular sketch performer in the CBS summer variety series The Manhattan Transfer, featuring the singing quartet. Soon afterwards, while Lorne Michaels was gathering performers for the inception of Saturday Night Live, Newman was chosen as one of the original members of the cast alongside Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin and Garret Morris. From 1975 through 1980, Newman was a regular on SNL. Best known for Sheri the Valley Girl, and Connie Conehead, the hip and rebellious alien daughter in the Coneheads. SNL celebrity impressions included First Lady Rosalyn Carter, Barbra Streisand and Indira Gandhi. She says her favorite character that she created at Saturday Night Live was Lena Wertmuller. After leaving SNL, had co-starring and supporting roles in films such as Woody Allen’s Stardust Memories, Wholly Moses, Invaders from Mars, and Perfect with John Travolta and Jamie Lee Curtis. Her TV appearances include: According to Jim, St. Elsewhere, Amazing Stories, The Tick, 3rd Rock from the Sun, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. She also guest starred in Friends as Phoebe’s stepmother. Laraine got into VO work after she had her first child. Auditioned for two years before she got any work.

The Marilu Henner Show – Friday October 10th 2014

Micah Stock9:39AM (PST) – Micah Stock, actor currently appearing in “It’s Only A Play”

Micah Stock was born in Dayton, OH. He currently acts a scene-stealing Broadway debut as Gus, an “actor-slash-singer-slash-dancer-slash-comedian-slash-performance-artist-slash-mime” working the coat check in the star-packed revival of Terrence McNally’s It’s Only a Play. Stock appeared in the off-Broadway world premiere of McNally’s And Away We Go; his screen credits include Pan Am, Law & Order: SVU and King Kelly.

Neither of his parents were artists. They were both economists, but reading was essential. If you go back to his childhood home, there’s books stacked on chairs and on top of the oven. Reading as a way of comprehending the world is paramount in his family. Stock went to dance and gymnastics classes when he was a kid. He used to do all the classic things to make money, he waited tables, babysat. Ironically, he’s also been a coat check guy.

Carla Ruben10:00AM (PST) – Carla Ruben, founder of Creative Edge Parties, New York’s leading event and catering company

The woman you are about to meet founded a leading event and catering company in her studio apartment, and she’s here to let you know all about her visionary design, and what it takes to throw your own creative party just in time for the holidays.

Carla Ruben founded Creative Edge Parties in her studio apartment. She has learned how best to bring the finest food along with visionary design to the plates of New York’s most discriminating clientele, securing Creative Edge Parties as one of New York’s leading caterers. In March 2011, Ruben launched the Creative Edge Culinary Council (CECC) with Chef Pete Evans from Australia.

Chef Pete Evans and his staff worked with the Creative Edge kitchen to present incredible new flavors and foods that wowed clients and friends, and are now part of the CECC repertoire. The CECC has become a true collaboration between Creative Edge chefs and visiting chefs to present new foods and designs. Recently, Creative Edge has worked with Bravo’s Top Chef Finalists, Richard Blais and Michael Isabella to prepare and serve the final menus to all the guests at Bravo’s upfront party. The company has also worked closely with Gwyneth Paltrow to host an intimate dinner for 60 of her friends to celebrate her new cookbook, “My Father’s Daughter“, and hosted Jamie Oliver as he launched the “Jamie Oliver Food Foundation”. Creative Edge has been tapped by the top corporate and social event planners in New York City to cater the MOMA Film Gala, The Whitney Fall Benefit, The Keep a Child Alive Gala and Joyful Heart Foundation Event in 2010. On any given night, Ruben can be found exceeding the expectations of clients such as: Beyonce, Jay Z, Alicia Keys, and Calvin Klein.

Kevin O’Dwyer10:39AM (PST) – sculptor, Kevin O’Dwyer

The man you are about to meet helped make 6 large scale sculptures during three weeks as well as delivering an education programme for 350 elementary school students in the Blackfoot Valley (Montana) catchment area.

Kevin O’Dwyer was artistic director as well as one of the participating sculptors. He has been working on this for the past 18 months with Rick Dunkerley (project director). He selected the artists from Denmark, Finland, Ireland and USA. They responded to the industrial and environmental history/heritage of the Blackfoot Valley. The community of Lincoln, Montana came together to work with the sculptors. It was an incredible experience as community members dropped tools on their own projects to work with us. Have a look at the video from KPax to get an idea of what I was working on – we moved a 70 foot/15 ton TeePee Burner used by the Delaney saw mills in the 50’s to 70’s over 7 miles to create a light installation about community memory of the vibrant logging and saw mill industry in the Valley until the 80’s.
O’Dwyer’s artwork reflects his strong interest in ancient landscapes, industrial archaeology and architecture. His symposia installations respond to the industrial and environmental heritage of the landscape. Industrial artefacts, historical references, folklore and archival interviews are the building blocks in the development of his installations.
In 2002 O’Dwyer initiated and directed the Lough Boora International Sculpture Symposium in a disused peat harvesting site in Ireland. The sculpture symposium led to the development of Sculpture in the Parklands, a 50 acre sculpture park that has commissioned over 25 site-specific installations. O’Dwyer, as artistic director and curator from 2002 until 2011, directed the development of the arts and education programmes that won four national awards and received critical acclaim in Ireland, England, USA, China, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands.

O’Dwyer has had numerous solo exhibitions of his studio based work and has represented Ireland in over 40 international exhibitions. As artist-in-residence at the World Archaeology Conference (2010) he created a site-specific sculpture for University College Dublin. His work is in public and private collections including High Museum (USA), Victoria and Albert Museum (UK), National Museum of Ireland, Espace Paul Ricard (France) and Racine Museum of Art (USA).

Anika Larsen11:39AM (PST) – Tony Award-nominated actress Anika Larsen

The woman you are about to meet stars in the inspiring true story of Carol King’s life in the fabulous play on Broadway….”Beautiful”.

Anika Larsen (Cynthia Weil) has performed on Broadway in Avenue Q; Xanadu; All Shook Up; and Rent. Off-Broadway, she’s been in Zanna, Don’t!; Myths and Hymns; and Closer Than Ever. Anika wrote and performed in a musical called Shafrika, The White Girl about her childhood growing up in Cambridge, Massachusetts with 9 brothers and sisters from different races and countries. She majored in theater at Yale University and is a proud member of Actor’s Equity.

The Marilu Henner Show – Thursday October 9th 2014

Diane Dimond9:10AM (PST) – Diane Dimond is a veteran TV journalist, author and syndicated columnist whose expertise is Crime & Justice. She’s interviewed some of America’s most notorious convicted killers and covered some of the most compelling criminal cases of our time

If you have a fascination with serial killers, the woman you are about to meet is an “expert” in them, having covered some of the most compelling criminal cases of our time.

Diane Dimond is a modern day journalist who defies a category. She’s been called “A renaissance broadcaster” for her versatility on-air and “A reporter’s reporter” for her consistently high-quality investigative storytelling. Dimond’s greatest talent may be her ability to communicate complicated stories in an understandable, common-sense way.
Diane is a Special Correspondent for Newsweek/ where she has reported on some of the day’s most headline grabbing crime related stories.
If there is a breaking crime story you can often see Dimond’s thoughtful commentary on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, Court TV (TruTV) and other cable outlets. She’s been a substitute anchor on cable as well. Dimond is also an accomplished narrator and voice over artist and is the voice of the long running “Disorder in the Court” on TruTV.
Shw may be best known for first exposing then explaining to the world the child molestation charges against Michael Jackson. Dimond’s coverage of Jackson’s criminal trial was seen by millions on Court TV, NBC’s Today Show, MSNBC, Larry King Live and news outlets worldwide. Her book on Jackson, Be Careful Who You Love: Inside the Michael Jackson Case, published by Simon and Schuster/Atria Books and released in November 2005, is an explosive tome detailing Dimond’s exclusive revelations from 1993 when she first broke the story – to the case 10 years later when, once again, Dimond was the first to report the charges against Jackson.
Diane’s latest book Cirque Du Salahi – Be Careful Who You Trust published by CreateSpace and available at, delves into the shoddy journalism that catapulted the erroneous “White House Gate Crashers” into the public square. The book provides an exclusive look at the couple at the center of the scandal, Michaele and Tareq Salahi, and dissects where the truth and the lies intersect in the saga. It’s also a scathing indictment of the Washington D.C. social/political scene as well as Reality Television – both those who appear in it and those who produce it.

Diane began her broadcasting career in Albuquerque, New Mexico. At the fifty thousand watt KOB Radio she wrote and anchored the morning newscasts and her investigative series on corruption within the local sheriff’s department earned her the prestigious Silver Gavel Award from the American Bar Association.
After the September 11th 2001 terror attack in New York City Diane anchored live programs on the Fox News Channel where she specialized in the network’s continuing coverage of the war on terrorism. Her live interviews with military and policy news makers were often quoted by other news organizations.
Diane Dimond lives in Rockland County, New York with her husband, fellow broadcast journalist and voiceover artist Michael Schoen.

Andrea Martin10:39AM (PST) – actress and comedian, Andrea Martin, and author of the new book, “Lady Parts”

Whether stealing scenes on the big screen in My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Hedwig and the Angry Inch, or starring on the stage in her recent Tony award winning role as Berthe in Pippin, the woman you are about to meet has long entertained audiences with her hilarious characterizations and heartwarming performances. She has worked stages, sets and even trapezes across North America, playing to houses packed with adoring fans, all of whom instantly recognize the star who has entertained us for nearly forty years. She’s also author of a new book, “Lady Parts”…

Andrea Martin was cast in the 1970 American touring company production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, in which she played Lucy. During the tour, she visited Toronto, fell in love with the city and moved there. Soon after, she was cast in the legendary Toronto production of Godspell, with fellow performers Victor Garber, Martin Short, Eugene Levy, Dave Thomas, Gilda Radner, Jayne Eastwood and Paul Shaffer, the musical director. Martin has appeared in numerous theater and television productions around the world, including Toronto’s Second City stage show, which led to the critically acclaimed television show SCTV which was created by John Candy, Catherine O’Hara, Joe Flaherty, Harold Ramis, Eugene Levy, Dave Thomas, and Andrea, in 1976.

She has also been recognized with many awards, especially prized among them her two Emmys, two Tonys and from Canada, her two Geminis and four ACTRAs. After winning the 2013 Tony for creating the role of Berthe in the revival of Pippin, she returned to the stage in April of this year in Act One, for which she won the Outer Critics Circle award. This fall finds her once again on Broadway for 24 special performances of Pippin before packing her trapeze and taking the show to San Francisco and Los Angeles. Her next film, Night at the Museum 3, opens December 19.

Tim Phillips11:39AM (PST) – Tim Phillips, Vice-President and co-founder of Animal Defenders International

Our next guest has spent decades fighting for the fair treatment of animals worldwide. He is the Vice-President and co-founder of Animal Defenders International (ADI), a highly respected organization that campaigns across the globe investigating animal issues, creating public awareness, securing animal protection legislation, and rescuing animals in distress. ADI is currently undertaking a huge animal rescue operation in Peru known as Operation Spirit of Freedom, which we’re going to hear all about.

Tim Phillips’ passion for saving animals grew from a documentary he saw in 1981 titled “The Animals’ Film.” At the time, there was little support for modern animal rights, but the film’s exposure of cruel animal treatment compelled Phillips to make a change. Within two weeks, he became a vegetarian, left his banking job, purchased a camera, and began capturing evidence of animal abuse. Phillips’ video and photographic images have revealed shocking practices in entertainment, farms, and laboratories. He has received numerous awards for his animal protection documentaries, advertisements, and training videos.
In 1990, Phillips co-founded ADI with his wife Jan Creamer, a fellow animal rights activist. With Phillips serving as Vice-President and Creamer as President, the tenacious duo built a worldwide reputation with committed teams stationed in major cities. Last year, Phillips and Creamer, following a series of dramatic ADI exposés leading to laws prohibiting animals in circuses in South America, embarked on enforcing these laws. In Bolivia, almost every circus defies the law, so Creamer and Phillips and their team set about tracking down the illegal circuses. In a series of surprise raids called Operation Lion Ark, they closed every circus and saved every animal, the climax was a huge airlift of 25 former circus lions to Colorado (four other lions were flown to California). Now, ADI’s upcoming documentary “Lion Ark” will astonish audiences with a behind-the-scenes experience of this breathtaking story of courage and compassion.

The two leaders have endured death threats and violent attacks in their mission to take hurt animals away from people who do not want to give them up. The couple publishes technical reports, educates communities, and drafts legislation documents for animals worldwide. They’ve secured bans on animal circuses in 27 countries and 44 in the US as well as a ban on cosmetic testing on animals in Europe. They are currently hard at work on the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act (TEAPA), a bill that aims to end the use of exotic and wild animals in traveling circuses in the US.
Phillips describes ADI’s approach as “holistic,” gathering both physical and scientific evidence to stop animal mistreatment. He uses hidden cameras to capture footage of the suffering and relies on animal experts to analyze the behaviors. The covert surveillance and research provide the necessary evidence to prosecute abusers in court. Phillips and Creamer must often dodge angry mobs and handle dangerous animals in order to pursue their cause, but they persevere in their campaigns to end animal suffering.

The Marilu Henner Show – Wednesday October 8th 2014

Clinton Sparks9:10AM (PST) – Clinton Sparks is a multi platinum, Grammy nominated producer/songwriter for Lady Gaga, Pitbull, and Beyonce, just to name a few. Clinton has written a powerful new song aimed at lifting up teens and talking about bullying in this country. The song is part of a new program called, Band Together to Banish Bullying (BTBB), encouraging teens and young adults to use their voices online to spread positivity and sing out – literally—against bullying

If you were ever bullied you know all too well the awful pain one experiences from it….or if you just know someone who is being bullied, you are going to want to meet our next guest.

Clinton produced and co-wrote Pitbull’s song “Shut It Down” featuring Akon, Lady Gaga’s “Bloody Mary,” and Akon’s “Sorry, Blame It On Me.” In 2010, he wrote and produced “Inevitably” for Beyoncé, which was later changed to “Forever to Bleed.” The song was to be on the I am… Sasha Fierce album, but was pulled due to being leaked onto the internet.
He has produced music for Ludacris, Plies, Soulja Boy, Jordan Knight, T-Pain, Rick Ross, Colby O’Donis, Leighton Meester, Fabolous, Jim Jones, Jermaine Dupri, Diddy,Bun B, Game, Common, Lloyd, Slim Thug, Warren G, DPG, Snoop Dogg, Beyoncé, Far East Movement, Busta Rhymes, Talib Kweli, Clipse, Trey Songz, Ne-Yo, and Mike Posner. In 2011, Clinton signed a record deal with Interscope as a recording artist and released his first single and video titled “Favorite DJ” featuring Jermaine Dupri and DJ Class. Several remixes were done by Benny Benassi, Green Lantern, and Supa Dups, which featured Sean Paul, Game, Jim Jones, Ricky Blaze, and Bun B. This song was the first song introducing Sparks’ as a singer & It was also featured on the DJ Hero 2 video game for Xbox 360.

As an artist, Clinton gained popularity with several of his songs including “Sucks to Be You” featuring JoJo and LMFAO and “Ambiguous” featuring Big Sean and Mike Posner. In September 2012 Clinton released a single through Strictly rhythm records titled “Watch You” featuring Pitbull and the Disco Fries (with additional writing by Benny Benassi). Feb 2013 Clinton produced & released a record accompanied with a self-directed video titled “Boston Bass” representing his Irish heritage & using a sample from fellow Irish band, Dropkick Murphys. In the video, Clinton plays an Irish underground bare knuckle brawler & ends the video with a stand off with professional fighter, Shawn Baker. In 2013, Clinton signed a record deal with Photo Finish/ Island Def Jam records and began working on his next project, an extended play (EP) titled ICONoclast. Its lead single “Gold Rush” Features Superstars 2 Chainz, Macklemore & D.A. Wallach of Chester French & made its radio debut on Tues May 21 on Jamn 94.5 in his hometown of Boston. The same day it made its online debut accompanied with the cover artwork on The viral video features actor comedian, Nick Swardson & actor Simon Rex. He also sang on and directed the video for the Disco Fries’ single “Killer,” which garnered success on international dance charts.Recently, Clinton recorded in the studio with Riff Raff, producing one record for Riff and one for himself featuring Riff Raff titled “Stay With You Tonight” which is available on iTunes & they shot & released an intense video for it written by Clinton & features a cameo from Lil Debbie & actor Jay Giannone.
On July 2014 saw the release of his mixtape entitled Digital Detox, with not just DJ remix’s but unreleased original solo material as well as exclusive music from his upcoming EP ICONoclast, which is due for release September 9 2014.

In 2004, Clinton co-founded the world’s largest urban ecommerce store, which specialized in mixtapes and introducing the world to artists and DJs. This has helped to catapult the careers of artists ranging from DJ Khaled to Dipset. Since 2009, he has been in partnership with Karmaloop, a Boston-based streetwear clothing company. He is also a brand ambassador for Cîroc vodka and coined the phrase “Cîroc Star” subsequently collaborating with Chester French, Diddy, and Jadakiss on a song & video with the same name and (from 2007-2010) Pepsi Cola.

Patrice Bendig9:39AM (PST) – Patrice Bendig

When Patrice is not working or trying to find a new hobby she enjoys playing and singing along to her radio at loud volumes, annoying people with her camera, and drinking massive amounts of iced coffee. She hopes to be able to connect with people through her writing, so that other people can feel a little less alone when they’re going through issue. One day, she hopes to become best friends with Taylor Swift, marry a hockey player, and have enough money to gaze into the distance as she fills her gas tank..

During the day, Patrice manages digital media platforms for a non-profit in Philadelphia. She blames being born and raised in Northeast Philadelphia for her ever-present Philly accent. Patrice went to St. John’s University in Queens, NY, where she earned a BS in Advertising and interned at MTV, Madison Square Garden, Ladies Home Journal, and Cosmopolitan. Over the past four years, Patrice’s writings have appeared on XOJane, Huffington Post, USA Today College, Literally Darling and Drink Phill.

Andrea Nelson-Royes10:39AM (PST) – Andrea Nelson-Royes is an educational researcher, writer, parent and author of the book, “Transforming Early Learners Into Superb Readers: Promotion Literacy at School, at Home, and within the Community”

Preparing students for college has become a higher priority in many schools as parents, business leaders, and politicians emphasize the importance of a highly educated workforce and citizenry. But what steps do schools need to take to ensure that more students are ready? The woman you are about to meet says we need to start in the very early years and is here to share with you why it’s so important.

Andrea Nelson-Royes, Ed.D, is an educational researcher, author, and parent who has a passionate interest in how children learn to read and how to keep them reading. She holds a doctoral degree in educational and organizational leadership from Nova Southeastern University in Florida.
She is the author of Transforming Early Learners into Superb Readers: Promoting Literacy at School, at Home, and within the Community.. This book aids elementary educators, reading specialists, school administrators, private and public educators, parents, and caregivers who want to help early learners become proficient readers. This book is also a timely resource for those needing support to address the expectations of the common core state standards.

She is also the author of Success in School and Career: Common Core Standards in Language Arts K-5.. This book provides kindergarten through grade- five educators and school and district administrators with historical perspectives that shaped the Common Core State Standards. In addition, the book provides a rich resource that explains the core components of Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts for kindergarten through grade five, clarifies the base of research and delivers handy resources to all such participants.

11:39AM (PST) – Hosts and Creators of Mind Body Go, Sonia Baghdady, Alyson Charles and Jaycee Gossett

If you want to know about everything hot in health and wellness, you are going to want to meet three ladies that are here and passionate to share with you about living life well and committing to broadcasting love, with their Mind, Body, Go!

Sonia BaghdadySonia Baghdady is an Emmy Award, Associated Press & Telly Award-winning lifestyle host, television news anchor and reporter. She currently hosts daytime talk show The Juice on the national health & wellness network Z Living. The Juice is a live lifestyle audience talk show squeezing in a fast-paced mix of celebrity guests, pop culture headlines, food, fitness, fashion, beauty, health, and more. Sonia also hosts Mind, Body, Go, sharing the very latest in health & wellness trends along with co-hosts Alyson Charles & Jaycee Gossett. In 2010, Sonia launched Style Confessions, a style blog offering women throughout the nation money-saving secrets on fashion, fitness, home decor and beauty.
Sonia has been nominated for 5 Emmy awards and earned an Emmy for her consumer series, Is It Worth Your Money? She has also won 3 Telly Awards for her online series Face 2 Face and Look of Love, produced for GUESS Watches. Sonia has been awarded by the Associated Press, voted best local TV reporter by the readers of Connecticut Magazine and named the top local TV personality by the New Haven Advocate. She was honored by the Fair Media Council with a Folio Award, was listed as one of “20 Noteworthy Women” by the New Haven Business Times, and profiled by New Haven Magazine. While a news anchor Sonia became host of the local ABC lifestyle program, Connecticut Style.

Jaycee GossettJaycee Gossett is an international Yoga Teacher,Dance and Fitness Instructor, and Life Empowerment Trainer. Her teachings include a fusion of World Dance, Ballroom, Partner Dance, S-Factor, Yoga, Fitness, and Gabrielle Roth’s 5 Rhythms, bringing spirituality, fun and full-on self-expression into her classes, workshops and retreats. Jaycee has completed Yoga Teacher Trainings with Shiva Rea and Alison Sinatra. Jaycee is Co-Founder of The Jungle Alchemy Institute, a yoga school passionately created to lead Life Empowerment Retreats and Yoga Teacher Trainings.
Jaycee is one of only three teachers in the worldleading the cutting edge training workout, The Class.Founded by fitness guru, Taryn Toomey, The Class is a 75-minute mind-body experience, working every muscle from the ground up. There are no weights and no props, it is just you and your body. This modern fitness system has been featured in Vogue, Well & Good, New York, Self, and Cosmopolitan Magazines.

As part of her ongoing Seva Programs, Jaycee is a Dancing Classroom Teaching Artist in the Newark, New Jersey public school system and The New Jersey Performing Arts Center. She spearheaded the launch of the Dancing Classroom program in USVI St.John and St. Thomas school systems. Dancing Classrooms is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization,which was founded in 1994 by legendary dancer andchoreographer, Pierre Dulaine. The Dancing Classrooms Program is a 10 week, 20 session social development program for 5th and 8th grade children that utilizes ballroom dancing as a vehicle to change the lives of not only the children who participate in the program but also the lives of the teachers and parents who support these children. The dance is a tool for getting the children to break down social barriers, learn about honor and respect, treat others carefully, improve self-confidence, communicate and cooperate, and accept others even if they are different.
Jaycee is Co-Founder of Connection Art Project where they bridge cultural divides through Cultural Immersion and Art Exhibitions. She was a National Finalist and World Semi-Finalist in the International Latin Pro/Am Dance Competition. Jaycee was Executive Producer and Host of her own television pilot show, “Dance The World; Brazil” which aired on The Travel Channel in 2011.

Alyson CharlesAlyson Charles is a Television Host, Wellness Expert & Explorer. Her Experiences as a National Champion Runner, History-Making Athlete and Team Captain for the University of Alabama, Division I College Coach, Personal Trainer and Life-Long Devotee to Various Eastern, Holistic & Alternative Medicine Practices Inspired Her to Share All She’s Learned With the World!
Alyson has also been a #1-rated radio host, voice-over artist and producer for various top national television networks such as Discovery. Aly is also a regular contributor and featured expert for The Huffington Post, Gaiam, Fab Fit Fun, She Knows, Lady LUX, OM Times Magazine, National Geographic Channel, Lifetime Television and is the creator of, a site dedicated to creating a life that’s meaningful, fun and filled with love.

Some of Alyson’s super favs include: nature’s healing power and beauty, world travel and exploration of culture, kindness, tapping into our infinite love and light and cultivating empowering, uplifting and fun relationships.
You can catch Alyson hosting, diving into exciting & new wellness/lifestyle practices, interviewing the most inspiring celebrities, masters, authors and chefs and connecting live with viewers on “The Juice” on Veria Living Television and traveling on-location to reveal what’s hottest in the world of health and wellness on “Mind Body Go.”

The Marilu Henner Show – Tuesday October 7th 2014

Kat Perkins9:10AM (PST) – Kat Perkins, “The Voice” Season 6 (“The Voice” airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8/7c on NBC)

Our next guest recently found herself in the national spotlight on NBC’s THE VOICE as a Top 5 contestant coached by Adam Levine. Her new EP “Fearless” is available now at all digital retailers.

Kat is a daughter of a music teacher. She is originally from the tiny town of Scranton, North Dakota. She has been singing, dancing, and performing for as long as she can remember. At 15 years old, she moved to the Twin Cities and her professional career began as she became a success in the Minneapolis-St. Paul theatre scene. Kat and her ex-husband had a band together, but when they divorced six months later, Kat took a break from music. The Voice was the first chance she’d had to go solo. Her single, “Fearless” was produced by John Fields (Pink, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez) and independently hit #5 upon release on the iTunescharts. When not on stage, you can usually find Perkins nannying, writing, recording and managing other bands in the business.

Jane Velez-Mitchell10:39AM (PST) – Jane Velez-Mitchell, Television Journalist, best selling author, and host of her own show on HLN

EXPOSED: The Secret Life of Jodi Arias by Jane Velez-Mitchell

Our next guest is is an award-winning television journalist, a bestselling author, and the host of her own show on HLN. She is an expert commentator on high-profile court cases, and the author of the book, “EXPOSED: The Secret Life of Jodi Arias,” which goes behind the scenes of the trial and into the mind of a killer.

Jane Velez-Mitchell is an award-winning television journalist, a bestselling author, and the host of her own show on HLN, Jane Velez-Mitchell, which airs weeknights at 7 P.M. EST. She is frequently in the media as an expert commentator on high-profile court cases, appearing on CNN, HLN, omg! Insider, TRU TV, E!, and other national television programs. She has also served as a guest host for Nancy Grace on her HLN show. In 2010, her HLN show garnered a Genesis Award from the Humane Society of the United States, her third. Velez-Mitchell has won two others for Celebrity Justice, as well as a Los Angeles Emmy Award and a New York Emmy Award.

Vanessa Williams11:39AM (PST) – Vanessa Williams, Actress, singer, dancer, author & mother of 4 fierce kids

Vanessa Williams is one of the most respected and multi-faceted performers in the entertainment industry today. Having sold over 25 million records worldwide, Vanessa is one of just a few artists to score #1 and Top 10 hits on Billboard’s Album and Singles charts in the combined areas of Pop, Dance, R&B, Adult Contemporary, Holiday, Latin, Gospel and Jazz – the latter is where her latest release, “The Real Thing“, debuted at #1 in June of 2009. Her critically acclaimed work in film, television, recordings and the Broadway stage has been recognized by every major industry award affiliation including 4 Emmy nominations, 17 Grammy nominations (of which 11 were for her individually), a Tony nomination, 3 SAG award nominations, 7 NAACP Image Awards, 3 Satellite Awards and ultimately a Golden Globe, Grammy and an Oscar for Best Original Song for her platinum single “Colors of the Wind“, from the Disney film Pocahontas.

A strong advocate for equal rights, especially concerning the gay community and minorities, Vanessa was honored with the Human Rights Campaign “Ally for Equality” Award for her humanitarian contributions. She also achieved a career pinnacle with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2007.
Her autobiography, “You Have No Idea”, co-written with her mother Helen Williams, was a New York Times Best Seller in 2012. Vanessa returned to Broadway in the spring of 2014 for a special limited engagement in the musical “After Midnight”. She also co-starred with Cicely Tyson and Cuba Gooding, Jr in “Trip To Bountiful”, which was the #1 play of the 2013 Broadway season.

Vanessa is the mother of four – Melanie, Jillian, Devin and Sasha and divides her time between homes in Los Angeles and New York. Her charitable endeavors are many and varied, embracing and supporting such organizations as Special Olympics and several others.

The Marilu Henner Show – Monday October 6th 2014

Tiffany Ward9:39AM (PST) – Tiffany Ward, President of Bullwinkle Studios, and Jay Ward Productions

Tiffany Ward is a true entertainment insider. Her father, Jay Ward, created and produced some of the most iconic cartoons ever known, including Rocky & Bullwinkle, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, and George of the Jungle. As President of Bullwinkle Studios, she proudly cares for and carries on her father’s legacy.

Tiffany earned a bachelor’s degree in history from UCLA, graduating magna cum laude, and received a teaching credential from Chapman University. Today she oversees Jay Ward Productions, and is currently celebrating the opening of the Jay Ward Legacy Exhibit at The Paley Center for Media.

Tiffany’s Executive Producer credits include: Fractured Fairy Tales: The Phox, the Box, & the Lox (1999); The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle (film – 2000); George of the Jungle (TV series – 2007); Mr. Peabody & Sherman (film – 2014); Rocky and Bullwinkle (Short – 2014).