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Gil Kessler actor set to come out for Golden-Con: Thank You For Being A Fan April 22-24, 2022 in Chicago!
Golden-Con: Thank You For Being A Fan producers are proud to present Golden Guest John Schuck, who portrayed Gil Kessler in the 1987 “Strange Bedfellows” episode of “The Golden Girls.”
Golden-Con: Thank You For Being A Fan, the first ever convention just for fans of “The Golden Girls,” makes its debut April 22-24, 2022 in Chicago.
In the episode, Schuck’s Kessler comes out as a trans man after fanning the flames of a false sex scandal involving Blanche.
Kessler’s transgender identity was played for laughs on the show. Nevertheless, it was a groundbreaking moment that was a rare portrayal of a trans person on 1980s primetime TV.
John Schuck is a journeyman actor who’s worked his way through to a 52 years and counting career in TV and film.
Along the way, he played the pivotal role of Captain “Painless” Waldowski in the 1970 “MASH” movie and became a mainstay in Robert Altman films of the era.. He’s appeared in numerous iterations of the “Star Trek” and “Law & Order” franchises. He even breathed new life into the Herman Munster character in the late ‘ 80s “The Munsters Today” reboot.
John Schuck will reminisce about playing Gil Kessler and his interactions with our favorite girls during Golden-Con: Thank You For Being A Fan April 22-24, 2022.
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Beloved Yvonne actress to energize Golden-Con: Thank You For Being A Fan April 22-24, 2022
Golden-Con producers are proud to welcome versatile actress Hilary Shepard to Golden-Con: Thank You For Being a Fan. Shepard is scheduled to appear at Golden-Con April 22-24, 2022 in Chicago, IL.
Over a near 40 year showbiz tenure, Shepard has managed to make her mark on a handful of huge entertainment franchises including “The Addams Family,” “Star-Trek,” and the “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,” where she played wicked pirate queen Divatox.
Fond Golden memories
It is, of course, as energetic workout instructor Yvonne from the 1989 “Rites of Spring” episode that “The Golden Girls” fans know Shepard best. She’ll be bringing that energy and very warm memories of her time on the show with her to Golden-Con: Thank You For Being A Fan April 22-24, 2022 in Chicago.
“When I played Yvonne, I was going to Jane Fonda’s aerobics classes given by the actual Jane Fonda. I based my character on her,” Shepard reminisced.
Of our favorite girls, Shepard has only good things to say:
“I loved filming with them and they were all very sweet to me — especially Betty White. I had never seen the show, but they treated me like a beloved granddaughter and fawned over how funny and pretty I was.”
Shepard is a pop culture trivia lover’s dream topic.
She played a ritzy sales clerk and wrote the “Cookie Time” song for the much beloved to 80s kids “Troop Beverly Hills.” She had three runs as Divatox with the Power Rangers including the feature length “Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie.” She created two different characters on “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.”
Golden-Con fans, friends, and confidants can fawn over and get to know Hilary Shepard at Golden-Con: Thank You For Being A Fan April 22-24, 2022 in Chicago. Shepard says she’s “excited” to share her memories of the beloved cast and her time on set.
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First ever convention for fans of “The Golden Girls” adds show writer and producer Stan Zimmerman to April 22-24, 2022 Golden-Con: Thank You For Being A Fan
Golden-Con: Thank You For Being A Fan is proud to present writer, producer, director Stan Zimmerman at Golden-Con April 22-24, 2022
Golden-Con: Thank You For Being A Fan is the first ever (on land) convention for fans of the best TV sitcom yet broadcast. Golden-Con takes place April 22-24, 2022 in Chicago. Tickets on sale soon.
The line that Stan Zimmerman wrote for “The Golden Girls” that reverberates the most for him still today isn’t even a punchline.
“Stopping me from living isn’t going to stop me from dying,” as Rose’s mother, Alma, points out to a too fussy and overprotective Rose in season one. Incidentally, in that same episode, titled “Blanche and the Younger Man,” Zimmerman also crafted this immortal exchange between Blanche and Dorothy:
Blanche: “This is strictly off the record, but Dirk’s nearly five years younger than I am.”
Dorothy: “In what Blanche? Dog years?”
Stan has taken his own poignant words to heart. He spent a full season as a staff writer for “The Golden Girls” inaugural season. Since then, he’s fit a lifetime of work as a producer, TV and film writer, author, teacher, and now playwright onto his IMDB credit sheet.
All that work took him around the world and back to Hollywood again on a miles long list of projects as beloved and diverse as “The Golden Girls,” “Rita Rocks” for LifetimeTV, and both 90s wickedly funny big screen “The Brady Bunch” movies.
Not impressed yet?
How many people do you know who can say they’ve worked with all four Golden Girls, Gene Wilder, RuPaul, and Leslie Jordan?
And don’t get us started on “Roseanne.” Because as if he hadn’t already cemented his spot in TV history, Stan and his writing partner, James Berg, also wrote the groundbreaking and hugely controversial — at the time — “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” episode of “Roseanne” where Mariel Hemingway’s Sharon character plants a hot kiss on Roseanne.
These days Stan crisscrosses North America as a busy theatrical producer and playwright. That’s when he’s not mentoring and teaching the craft of sitcom writing to eager writers.
And he’s signed with publisher Indigo River to tell his own stories of working with “The Girls: From Golden to Gilmore.” That’s due out soon.
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