AfterPartyPod: Claudia Lonow

AfterPartyPod: Claudia Lonow


Claudia LonowIf you don’t know Claudia Lonow’s name, you surely know her humor. The former teen star (she played Diana on Knots Landing, y’all) created the before-its-time show Rude Awakening about an actress struggling with sobriety for Showtime back in 1998. It starred Sherilyn Fenn, was based on Lonow’s life and was, randomly, a show that I had a meeting about back when I was a coke-addicted wanna-be writer who had one good TV spec script to her name. Long story short: my then-agent got that script to Lonow, she liked it and so we met. I thought she seemed incredibly inspiring and cool but she was also sober and these things just did not compute in my mind back then. Anywho, I did not get the job which I think we can all agree is a good thing, since I recall having cocaine dripping down the back of my throat during said meeting. In the interview, we get into all that, Lonow’s subsequent career [she went on to work on Less Than Perfect, The War at Home and Accidentally on Purpose before creating, writing and producing last year’s sitcom How to Live With Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life)]. Hear the whole thing by downloading the podcast here and follow Claudia on Twitter here.

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  1. Love the chat with Claudia Lonow . . . I was a big Knots fan (didn’t her character have an addiction or something?). Great to hear she’s been taking care of herself and keeps her head on straight in cruel Hollywood. She’s got a great, low-key sense of humor and seems very centered. She’s doing the work! Thanks for the easy, relaxed, interesting, inspiring visit. 🙂

  2. I really enjoyed this podcast and the discussion on specs! I remember watching the Rude Awakenings series on SHO and thinking how it was way ahead of its time, even for HBO.

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Anna David is the founder and former CEO/Editor-in-Chief of AfterPartyMagazine/ and hosts the (Re)cover Girl podcast, formerly known as the AfterParytyPod. She's also the New York Times-bestselling author of the novels Party Girl and Bought and the non-fiction books Reality Matters, Falling For Me, By Some Miracle I Made It Out of There and True Tales of Lust and Love. She's written for numerous magazines, including Playboy, Cosmo and Details, and appeared repeatedly on the TV shows Attack of the Show, The Today Show and The Talk, among many others.