TV CONFIDENTIAL Show No. 405 with guests Neil Sandilands, Georgiana Noopy Rodrigues and William J. Jankowski
First hour: Ed welcomes William J. Jankowski, co-author of In the Presence of Greatness: My Sixty-Year Journey as an Actress, the final book by actress/activist Patty Duke, and her final gift to her fans. The book not only shares many stories about Duke’s show business career, but gives you a honest glimpse of the Anna Pearce that Bill got to know over the last two decades of her life. The story of Bill’s friendship with Anna is amazing in and of itself. Second hour: Ed welcomes Georgiana Noopy Rodrigues, daughter of legendary singer, actress and comedienne Rose Marie. The topic of this hour is identity theft, an issue that affects thousands of families across the United States—including the family of Rose Marie. According to law enforcement officials, obituaries are a top source of information for identity thieves. Perpetrators know that when families lose a loved one, they can be so overwhelmed with grief, and attending to the details of the funeral and burial, that they may not pay as close attention to their checking account or credit card usage in the days immediately following the death as they normally would. That is what happened to Noopy: Ten days after Rose Marie’s death, she discovered that her mother’s identity had been stolen—and though she and her family have recouped their loss, the perpetrator remains at large. By sharing her story, and discussing what she has learned, Noopy hopes to raise awareness of this important issue for other families. Wait For Your Laugh, the acclaimed documentary about the life and career of Rose Marie will air Sunday, May 27 on MeTV. Also in this hour: Part 2 of our conversation with actor Neil Sandilands (The Flash, The 100, Hap and Leonard, Frank and Ava).