Russel Harvey interviews Frances Sternhagen, Two Time Tony Winning Actress and Member of the Theatre Hall of Fame, 1994. 30 min.
Russel Harvey says: "I first met Frances Sternhagen, backstage, at the John Houseman Theatre, where she was starring in Driving Miss Daisy with my good friend and acting teacher, Arthur French. A few years later, I asked Frances to be a guest on my local cable television talk show, Russel Harvey Almost Live, and she accepted my invitation. Frances is as kind, gracious and giving as she is smart, talented and accomplished. As I said during the taping, I was in the presence of Theatre Royalty. Frances is one of those rare actors who always seems to be working. She has appeared in more than two dozen Broadway shows and has scores of television and movie credits. To a generation, she is beloved as Cliff Clavin's Mom on Cheers. Frances and I remain friends, and I treasure her friendship. When I lived in Los Angeles, I biked across town, from my apartment in Brentwood to the Ahmanson, because I had to see her in the Heiress (for which she won her second Tony Award). The image of me at the stage door, drenched in sweat and wearing my bicycle helmet and shorts, brings a smile to her face to this day."