Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Catherine Hicks: Back in Swing of Hollywood

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Catherine Hicks: Back in Swing of Hollywood

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CATHERINE HICKS has movie-star looks and a curvaceous body, an appearance that made her a complete look-alike when she played Marilyn Monroe in "Marilyn: The Untold Story."

But there's a lot more than surface appearance to this devoutly Catholic new mother, and viewers who tune to the new NBC series "Winnetka Road" (9 p.m. Saturdays on Channel 5), will catch some glimpses.

Instead of a young ingenue or a gorgeous actress, Hicks plays the jilted wife of Ed Begley Jr., a woman who makes ends meet by taking a job in a video store.

"I like my character," she says cheerily in a restaurant just down the hill from her Benedict Canyon home on the edge of Beverly Hills. "She's funny and I don't have to work at playing her. It fits, it's easy, and that's different."

For Catherine Hicks, with degrees from Notre Dame and Cornell University's drama school, acting has often been hard work, sometimes even distasteful.

"Most of the time you just don't want to say your lines, except in a good play where you can sort of get aboard for the ride," she says. "Here, I felt my scenes were not a struggle."

The lines came from writer-creator John Byrum, who teams with Aaron Spelling in producing the new show.

Byrum directed Hicks in "Razor's Edge," her first feature film, and there's been a chemistry between them ever since, she says.

"The truth is that Byrum and Spelling is a very curious marriage," she observes. "Byrum still has some sort of 1960s energy about him. Ed Begley and Meg Tilly and I all find that interesting and that's why we got aboard this show."

It's also a way for Hicks to get back into the swing of Hollywood. She spent much of the last five years falling madly in love and marrying special effects expert Kevin Yagher, who created Freddie Krueger and Chuckie in "Child's Play," the movie on which the couple met.

"I've mostly done cable movies and a couple of sitcom pilots," she says. "And I had a baby. And there was falling in love. I still remember what caught my eye about Kevin was the tender way he'd fix Chuckie's collar before every scene. …

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