WASHINGTON (October 8, 1999) -- Actors Edward Hermann and Elaine Stritch, writer Celia Straus and former baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn will be featured on Personally Speaking, the weekly talk show produced by the United States Catholic Conference's Catholic Communication Campaign in October.
The program features guests from the worlds of entertainment, religion, sports, journalism and literature who discuss the impact of faith on their personal and professional lives. It is hosted by Msgr. Jim Lisante, a priest from the Diocese of Rockville Center, New York, and airs Fridays from 10:00-10:30 a.m. on the Odyssey cable network (www.odysseychannel.com).
The program also airs on diocesan and other local broadcast and cable stations nationwide. The October schedule follows.
Edward Herrmann, Award-winning actor
While his face and voice are most familiar as the spokesperson for Dodge cars and trucks, Edward Herrmann is a distinguished veteran of the stage and screen. His role as Attorney Anderson Pearson on ABC-TV's The Practice earned him the 1999 Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series. Born in Washington, DC, the son of Unitarian parents, he converted to Catholicism in the early 1990's. Find out how this actor is influenced on screen and off by his faith
Celia Straus, author "Prayers on My Pillow"
An award-winning print, film and video writer, Celia Straus began composing prayers to ease her daughter Julia's turbulent teen years. A collection of those prayers titled Prayers on My Pillow: Inspiration for Girls on the Threshold of Change has become a bestseller and has led to a web site (www.girlprayers.com) where the author responds to prayer requests.
Elaine Stritch, award-winning actress
Born and raised a cradle Catholic in Detroit, Elaine Stritch's long career in show business began on Broadway in 1946. Her breakthrough role was that of newspaper columnist Melba Snyder in the original 1952 Broadway production of Pal Joey, and she was nominated for Tony Awards for her work in Company and A Delicate Balance. Most recently, she was honored with an Emmy for her work as a guest star on NBC-TV's Law & Order. Her road to success has not been without difficulties, however, and Ms. Stritch discusses how her faith has sustained her through battles with alcoholism and diabetes.
Bowie Kuhn, former commissioner, Major League Baseball
Bowie Kuhn is remembered as one of the greatest ever to serve as the gatekeeper of America's Pastime, Major League Baseball. During his tenure as MLB Commissioner between 1969-1984, Kuhn saw the advent of free agency and designated hitters, and weathered a 57-day players' strike. He now leads a Florida-based consulting group and travels the country speaking to others about his Catholic faith and his love for Christ.
See Personally Speaking Fridays from 10:00 - 10:30 a.m. on the Odyssey Cable Network or check with your diocesan communications office for local air dates and times.