Donna Lyons Interviews Award-Winning Actress Michael Learned
The cast of the Waltons recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of the hit series that ran for a decade, making Michael the quintessential TV Mom as Olivia Walton, beating Shirley Partridge by six years, Carol Brady by four years and even Caroline Ingalls by one year. Audiences could and still can relate to families living in the depression era. Though times were tough, much like today, Love and Sharing are abundant in this family.
As a result of the show, which she had been told wouldn’t survive its first season, Michael Learned has gone on to become a four-time Emmy award-winning actress (three for “The Waltons” and one for “Nurse”). She has received a People’s Choice Award and has been a three-time Golden Globe nominee. On stage, she starred in “Steel Magnolias” at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, in the national tour of “On Golden Pond” and in Lewis Black’s “One Slight Hitch.” Other theatre credits include “Elizabeth the Queen” at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Edward Albee’s “All Over” at the Gramercy and McCarter Theatres. She starred in the West Coast premieres of “Woman in Mind” and “Hapgood,” both for the American Conservatory Theatre Co, for whom she was the leading lady for three years. Her Broadway appearances include Gore Vidal’s “The Best Man” and Wendy Wasserstein’s “The Sisters Rosenweig” and recently completed a Broadway production of “The Out Going Tide.” Michael recently completed production of “The Outgoing Tide” in New York and a tour with “Driving Miss Dazy.”
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About Donna Lyons
Donna Lyons is a Military News Journalist, Author, Talk Show Host and Managing Editor based in Washington, D.C and California. She has been featured on national news and local news along with national and local radio shows. Her columns have concentrated on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, highlighting the positive aspects of individuals, projects and programs that benefit our military, veterans, wounded warriors and their families. Donna does her best to offer a nonpartisan and inspiring journalistic view, working in tandem with numerous veterans and military organizations.