Overcoming Adversity


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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Interviewees discuss difficult moments in their lives and careers.

Highlights
Yeardley Smith on the challenges of show business: "It made me care about things that don't matter"
Geri Jewell on how she does not see herself as being "courageous" for doing stand-up comedy, but instead attributes it to "the theory of the bumblebee"
Edie Falco on being diagnosed with breast cancer during the run of The Sopranos
Nanette Fabray on her difficulty with her hearing, and on her participation in issues involving the deaf community
Julia Louis-Dreyfus on Gary David Goldberg helping her with a contract dispute with Warner Bros. and the valuable lesson she learned from him
J. Michael Straczynski on being a big believer in failure
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Kevin Bright

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Kevin Bright on Bright/Kauffman/Crane developing shows for Warner Bros., and the challenge of networks wanting Dream On for network (which was impossible)

Michael Chiklis

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Michael Chiklis on playing John Belushi in the film "Wired" and getting blackballed

Nanette Fabray

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Nanette Fabray on her difficulty with her hearing, and on her participation in issues involving the deaf community

Edie Falco

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Edie Falco on being diagnosed with breast cancer during the run of The Sopranos

Felicity Huffman

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Felicity Huffman on two stories of being fired: one, in a Neil Simon play (by Simon himself) and again on a TV show which was recast after they had shot the pilot

Geri Jewell

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Geri Jewell on how she does not see herself as being "courageous" for doing stand-up comedy, but instead attributes it to "the theory of the bumblebee"
Geri Jewell on having to perform a dance number on the first The Facts of Life episode on which she appeared ("Cousin Geri")
Geri Jewell on being made a recurring character on The Facts of Life, then her role being downsized, and her challenges navigating the entertainment industry and her own sexuality and identity
Geri Jewell on the difficulty she faced while filming a scene with Peter DeLuise on 21 Jump Street
Geri Jewell on filming a particularly challenging scene on Deadwood where she had to dance

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus on Gary David Goldberg helping her with a contract dispute with Warner Bros. and the valuable lesson she learned from him

David Milch

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David Milch on "leading a double life" while writing for Hill Street Blues  and his duties as Story Editor

Yeardley Smith

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Yeardley Smith on the challenges of show business: "It made me care about things that don't matter"
Yeardley Smith on creating balance in her life, starting her shoe line, and creating her development company

J. Michael Straczynski

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J. Michael Straczynski on being a big believer in failure

Malcolm-Jamal Warner

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Malcolm-Jamal Warner on being cast as "Theo Huxtable" on The Cosby Show

Jeff Zucker

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Jeff Zucker on being diagnosed with colon cancer

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