In 1995, Morgan completed a one-year commitment starring in the ABC network daytime drama "The City" playing 'Sydney Chase', who ran one of the biggest communication conglomerates on the planet. Morgan joked, "I'm playing Rupert Murdoch in drag". Morgan completed an ABC-TV Special, "Teenage Confidential" that aired in December 1996 and starred in the NBC Movie-of-the Week, "Into the Arms of Danger" which was shot on location in Vancouver and aired during the 1996 February sweeps. During this time she also filmed a guest starring role in an independent feature film, "Shattered Illusions".
A native of Dallas, Morgan began acting as a child, when her mother enrolled her in drama lessons after she was too shy to give a book report in class. From the age of 10, she performed in children's and dinner theatre and stock productions in Dallas. This vigorous preparation readied her for the key role of the paranoid murderess, Jennifer Pace Phillips, in the CBS-TV daytime series, "Search for Tomorrow", a part which Morgan landed six weeks after moving to New York which was the beginning of her television career. Following her stint on "Search for Tomorrow", Morgan moved to Los Angeles, where she made numerous guest appearances on TV series. She had a recurring role on "Mork & Mindy", with Robin Williams, as well as a recurring role on "Roseanne".
Morgan originated the role of Jenna Wade on "Dallas", as well as appearing on such series as "Barnaby Jones", "Happy Days", "The Bob Newhart Show", "A Man Called Sloane", "Police Woman", "Switch", "Kojak", "Big Shamus", "Perry Mason", "Burke's Law", "Murder, She Wrote", "Lois & Clark", "Empty Nest", "Diagnosis Murder", "Robin's Hoods", "Friends", and "Cybill". Morgan also starred in the contemporary film noir mystery "Writers Block" for USA Network. Morgan starred in "Star Command" with Chad Everett for the United/Paramount Network as well as "Dead Man's Island" with William Shatner, Barbara Eden, Roddy McDowell and Christopher Atkins, a Movie-of-the-Week for CBS.
Additionally, Morgan co-starred with Natalie Wood in "The Memory of Eva Ryker" for CBS and also appeared in other TV movies including "The Initiation of Sarah" with Shelly Winters, "Music in Music City", "Concrete Cowboy" with Tom Selleck, and the primetime mini-series "The Dream Merchants" with Mark Harmon. In the latter, she won terrific notices for her portrayal of the tragic actress, Dulcie Warren. She also appeared in the David Wolper mini-series, "North & South" with Patrick Swayze and Elizabeth Taylor.
Morgan landed the key role of Constance Weldon Carlyle in "Flamingo Road"; the NBC-TV series ran for two seasons, and she was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress. Since that show propelled her to stardom, she starred as a TV newswoman in the feature film "The Seduction", co-starred with Erik Estrada in the NBC-TV movie "Honeyboy" and with Bette Davis in "Hotel" for ABC.
Morgan stretched her dramatic muscles with her acclaimed portrayal of Skye in the off-Broadway play "Geniuses", a comedy about the making of a film similar to "Apocalypse Now". It was one of the 'top ten plays' of the year noted Time magazine and The New York Times. Other recent stage appearances have included productions of "Goodbye Charlie" and "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes".
She also starred in the CBS-TV movie "The Zany Adventures of Robin Hood", a comic version of the famous tale co-starring George Segal and Roddy McDowell. She played the naughty Racine in the ABC-TV series "Paper Dolls" with Lloyd Bridges and later starred as lawyer Jordan Roberts in the CBS-TV series "Falcon Crest" with Jane Wyman. Morgan also made a cameo appearance in the feature film "Pee Wee's Big Adventure", as well as over a dozen appearances on NBC-TV specials with comedy legend Bob Hope.
Morgan starred in the feature film "The Red-Headed Stranger" opposite country music legend Willie Nelson, based on his concept album of the same name. She then starred in the Paramount feature "Campus Man" in which she played a magazine publisher. She also starred as the Queen in "Sleeping Beauty", part of the Cannon Films fairy tale series. She then starred in "Deadly Illusions", another feature opposite Ben Masters in the CBS movie "Street of Dreams", a film noir detective story, as well as "Midnight Cop", a motion picture shot in Berlin with Michael York and Armin Mueller-Stahl.
Morgan's career reached new heights with her co-starring role in "Gospa". In the film, which was shot on location in war torn Bosnia, Morgan played Sister Fabiana, opposite Martin Sheen. "Gospa" was executive produced by Academy Award winner Barry Morrow. The film was released worldwide in 1995.
Morgan has authored a beauty book, "Super Looks" (Simon and Schuster). It is a complete guide and includes make-up, hair, exercises and diet tips.
Morgan starred in an informational video, "Safe Sex for Men and Women", about AIDS education and prevention. Part of the proceeds went to the American Foundation for AIDS Research. She is a member of the Entertainment Industry's AIDS Task Force. Morgan has spearheaded numerous other fund-raising projects for the disease and she also testified before a special Congressional committee about AIDS education. She is on the Board of Governors of APLA and Board of Directors of Amfar. Former Surgeon-General C. Everett Koop, has asked her on occasion to substitute for him at AIDS events and she has hosted an AIDS Awareness Special with news anchorman Steve Bell. She has appeared twice on "Nightline" with Ted Koppell regarding AIDS. Morgan received an Emmy nomination for a special episode of "Murphy Brown" written for her by Diane English. In the spring she co-starred with Joan Rivers in ABC television's "Your Money or Your Wife". She then started the summer with "Murder At The PTA Luncheon", which was produced by Von Zerneck/Sertner and also starred Cindy Williams and Marla Gibbs. Her next project sent her to Luxembourg to star in Harmony Gold's production of "Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady", which also starred Christopher Lee and Patrick McNee. Morgan also starred in the psychological suspense thriller "The Haunting of Sarah Hardy", which was produced exclusively for the USA Network, garnering one of the most impressive ratings in the network's history.
Morgan's other public service efforts have included leading pro-choice marches and rallies, and participating in several events to save the California deserts (including an appearance before the U.S. Senate). She is a frequent speaker on environmental issues of all kinds, and helped found the Environmental Communications Office, which encourages entertainment industry professionals to become better educated and more active on environmental issues.
Morgan is one of the original members and is on the Board of Directors of the Hollywood Women's Political Committee, a political action committee that has raised millions for liberal candidates for state and federal office. They were co-organizers of the pro-choice rally in Washington in 1989 that drew 500,000 people and Los Angeles co-producers of the Nelson Mandala dinner that raised almost $1 million on his recent U.S. tour. Whether it's appearing on "Nightline" on AIDS or CBS's "Sixty Minutes" on women's issues or testifying before the Senate on environmental causes, the public has come to respect Morgan as more than just a glamorous star.
Out of the limelight, Morgan is a collector of movie memorabilia (particularly Marilyn Monroe) and antique clothing. She is a ballet fan and is also interested in anthropology and paleontology.
THEN OUR PAL CHEF RICK STOPS BY WITH SOME AMAZING RECIPES
Rick then returned to school and received his Masters of Science degree from Johnson & Wales University, the world leading hotel and culinary school. Wanting to give back he began teaching at the school. That lead to an opportunity to develop an alumni and development office for the Chancellor, so when his father retired, they sold the hotel company and Rick began his next career as an educator, author and fundraiser. During the ten year period at Johnson & Wales, Rick met Justin Miller a young inspiring 6 year old who loved to cook. Rick trained Justin to become the Guinness Book of Records Worlds Youngest Chef and the two travelled the world cooking and inspiring others. This launched Rick in to the Television and Media industry.
The pair appeared on almost every national television show venue from Good Morning America, David Letterman, Disney, to the Food Network. Rick also became a research chef for many national brands like Westinghouse, Rival's Crock -Pot, Cattlemen's, BBQ sauce, Kraft Foods, and VacuWare to just name a few. In addition he now appears regularly on HSN ( Home Shopping Channel ) and The Shopping Channel Canada as well as National Infomercials and Tradeshows.
Chef Rick has experience in many media outlets, live appearances, press tours, news shows, morning shows, radio, infomercials, cook books, and currently co-hosts a cable cooking show called You Won't Even Miss it. He worked with Celebrities like the late Julia Child, Emeril Lagasse, Jarred Fogle from Subway and Martin Yen. He is sought after for recipe development by food companies and supermarkets. He develops many of the free recipes you pick up at the grocery store and tours supermarkets regularly teaching customers recipes and how to enhance their meals to get out of the "Food RUT". You can see him at Hannaford's, ACME, Lowes, Sweet Bay and Shaw's. He also endorsees his own line of products called Chef Rick Spices, Chef Rick Seafood , Proware Professional Kitchen Products and Bold Chef. He does product development for companies like All-Clad , Williams Sonoma and Westinghouse.
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RECIPES OF THE WEEK
Watermelon Caprese Salad
4 cups Watermelon Balls (about 1 inch diameter)
2 Cups Small or Mini Buffalo Mozzarella
1 Cup Shredded or Julienne Cucumber Skin On
½ Cup Raspberry Infused White Balsamic Reduction (Recipe below)
2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 Basil Leaves
In a 4 quart bowl combine watermelon and buffalo mozzarella. Wash and roll Basil leaves, slice on a bias to Chiffonade into ribbons, sprinkle into watermelon and mozzarella bowl and toss. Place 2 tablespoons of julienne cucumber onto center of plate. On top of that spoon out 4 to 6 tablespoons of the watermelon mixture. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of EVO and White Raspberry Vinaigrette reduction.
Raspberry Infused White Balsamic Reduction
1 cup white balsamic vinegar
1 cup raspberries
Place vinegar and raspberries into a non-reactive sauce pan. Heat on medium heat until a boil then turn down to low and reduce to a simmer. Stir occasionally and allow simmering until the vinegar has reduced by at least half (for a thinner reduction) or more (for a more syrupy consistency). You’re your time, don't try to increase the heat, it will burn and become a stiff, hardened mess!
Once reduced, place in a strainer and remove raspberries. Let cook and set aside for you. This can be stored in your refrigerator covered for up to two weeks.
Chef Rick Tip: When making a balsamic reduction try use white balsamic vinegar for red berries like raspberries and strawberries, and Dark Balsamic Vinegar for dark berries like blueberries and blackberries.
Fall Seafood Boil
4 (12 ounce bottles) Pumpkin Ale
1 Vidalia onions, cut into 8 sections
2 lemons cut into 8 sections
6 cloves of fresh Garlic
2 tablespoons Old Bay seasoning
1 dozen live blue or Dungeness crabs, rinsed off
2 lbs. of Live Mussels
2 lbs. of Hard Shell Clams
4 (6 oz.) lobster tails
1 lb. Shrimp
4 Bay leaves
Fill a large (4-gallon) stockpot with Pumpkin Ale, add the 2 cups water, onions, garlic, lemons, garlic, bay leaves and 2 tbsp. old bay; bring to a boil.
Add the seafood using tongs or silicone gloves carefully add the crabs clams, mussels, lobster and shrimp. Boil for 12-15 minutes until clams open. Remove from pot using strainer or tongs, place into a large family style platter, garnish with lemons and enjoy
Chef Rick Tip: add 1 kielbasa sausage link (about 2 lbs.), cut into slices (about 1 1/2 inches thick)or Andouille Sausage.