“Jim,” she notes, “can tell people to go to hell and not think of the consequences. It later bombed in New York, but it got Lee there, and she hit big in 1962, appearing with Robert Morse in How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying.I’ve just started to allow myself the luxury of getting angry. That led to frequent TV and Vegas appearances, records (she had a hit in L. In Broadway’s Seesaw, she won awards and a 1974 Tony nomination.The New York Times critic raved that Farentino “played Kowalski with far more suavity than Brando.” Pre-Perón, his favorite TV role was Simon Peter in Franco Zeffirelli’s Jesus of Nazareth in 1977.
Meanwhile Michele’s CBS series, the steamy Dallas spin-off Knots Landing, is certain to be renewed for next season.
She had previously shot six series pilots that failed and was originally leery of the show’s soapy sensationalism, but now takes vicarious pleasure in playing Karen Fairgate.
A 1977 Chicago run of Odets’ downbeat drama about a suicidal actor, The Big Knife, confides Michele, “brought out so many negative aspects of our relationship.
By the end of the run, Jim and I nearly hated each other.” Venting anger has been a problem for Lee.
Michele and Farentino had met the year before, when she was dating an actor friend of his. “I offered him a shoulder to cry on,” she says coyly.
“He did—then he cried on other parts of my body.” Farentino adds that Lee’s stalking him “was pretty liberated stuff for a woman to do in those days.
I just loved it.” Lee, in retrospect, has some reservations about their courtship: “We needed each other for all the wrong reasons—he was hurt after a bad marriage, and I was lonely.
Our relationship should have lasted maybe a month.” Instead, in 1966 they married.
Suspension.” He appeared in Death of a Salesman on TV in 1966, and in 1972, after he had gone from co-star of the NBC anthology The Bold Ones to his own series on the network, Cool Million, Farentino ran into George C. “He told me I was going to get lost in Hollywood if I kept doing TV, and I had better get my ass back on the boards,” Jim remembers.