Before My Time is about the ancestry and extended family of my four grandparents: John Samuel Krentz (Indiana/North Dakota), Margreta Tjode Hedwig (Gertie) Buss (North Dakota), Rosmer Pettis Kerr (Pennsylvania/Michigan), and Evelyn Elvina Hauer (Michigan), and other topics in genealogy and family history.

Archives, Labels (tags), and other links appear at the bottom of the page.

Content at Before My Time is protected by copyright and may not be copied for publication elsewhere without permission. © T. K. Sand.

To follow by email, scroll to the bottom of the page.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

From Movie Extra to Female Lead: My Meteoric Rise to Stardom

(click to enlarge)

Just a week or two after I moved to Portland in 1986, I happened to hear about a casting call for extras to appear in an HBO movie being filmed here. I went to the audition, and was soon called to spend a day on the set.

I participated in two scenes shot in the courthouse lobby. My first appearance, as someone waiting for an elevator, either ended up on the cutting room floor or else I did a fine job of acting like someone who was hiding behind a pillar while waiting for an elevator. In the second, I was "a member of the defense team" and walked into the courthouse behind the stars of the film, Ed Harris and Roxanne Hart, who were joined by David Suchet upon entering the building.

And now, after only... gosh, it seems like only 21 years!... the famous and prolific producer/director Janice Brown of Cow Hampshire awarded me the female lead in the remake of that great old holiday classic, It's A Wonderful Life. My costars are David Lambert of NEHGS and the David Lambert Blog, Blaine Bettinger of The Genetic Genealogist, Thomas MacEntee of Destination: Austin Family, and Christina G. of Shaking the Family Tree, and a surprise guest (who plays the chauffeur). Now showing at a blog post near you! Very, very near!

Don't miss Janice's holiday movie marathon starring other famous or infamous genea-bloggers!


Juliane's granddaughter said...

Oscar material if there ever was. This was hilarious and I am proud to say that I "knew you when".

Amishlaw said...

Thanks for stopping over and leaving a comment on my blog. I eagerly clicked on your movie remake, hoping to catch a glimpse of you in your red union suit, only to be disappointed. Merry Christmas.

Janice said...

How fleeting is our 15 minutes of fame!! Hope you had wonderful holidays.


Blog Archive


Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

Followers, Friends, Family, and Fellow GeneaBloggers:

Follow by Email

Where are you?