Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Morgan Fairchild

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Morgan Fairchild

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Texas-born actress Morgan Fairchild took her career from daytime soap operas to prime time with breakout roles on "Dallas" and "Falcon Crest" in the late 1970s and '80s. The former Patsy Ann McClenny went on to guest star on many other series and went back to her soap roots with a role on "General Hospital." At 64, she stars in the Hallmark Channel original movie "Perfect on Paper," which airs Saturday at 9 p.m.

You play a romance writer in "Perfect on Paper," and it occurred to me that you have never written a memoir. Do you think you might do that?

I might. People have approached me about it over the years. The problem is I am not really keen on dishing dirt. I would rather write about people I have known and a lot of the funny stories and stars I have worked with. Of course, they don't want to hear that. They want to hear dirt, at least, publishers.

You once told me you were a science nerd at heart. Any regrets about the career path you chose?

It is always interesting to look back. I have thought about it over the years. What if I had gone ahead and gotten a medical degree or [one in] paleontology or researching viruses, which is one of my big passions? You never know. The circumstances of my life at the time - being married very young and having to support a husband and his mother - I didn't really have that choice. I could have chosen not to get married. That would have done it.

I look at a lot of friends in my business, where it is very difficult especially for women over 40, and then I look at a lot of my science friends who are having a lot of trouble getting grants and doing the kind of research they want to do. So I don't know that I would have been the one to find a breakthrough although it always interested me.

With Baby Boomers, who are older now, still being the portion of the population with money and influence, why is there an obsession with youth, especially in Hollywood?

I do think a lot of the Baby Boomers think aging is cool. Unfortunately, the people who control a lot of the studios and networks are not Baby Boomers. They are the young ones who I think are missing a huge audience demographic. The older people are the ones who actually watch TV. Young people watch it on computers or their watches [laughs].

They wonder why they are losing market share. They have the disposable income and a lot of them are still working. Our generation has refused to grow up. We have refused to conform. There are women in their 70s, 80s wearing jeans. It's a demographic out there to be mined for entertainment, travel, and some businesses are catching on.

When you would shop for a wardrobe for a character, particularly in the "Falcon Crest" days, did you find you liked the character's taste so much it became your own?

[Laughing] Sometimes because I was trying to make it cutting edge. …

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