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Monday, 4 May, 2009 8:34 PM

Profile: Catherine Hickland, author of 'The 30-Day Heartbreak Cure'

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Catherine Hickland is an actress, singer, entrepreneur, humanitarian and author.

by Garrett Godwin
ggodwin82@yahoo.com

 

DETROIT -- Catherine Hickland has had many lives: as an actress, singer, entrepreneur of Cat Cosmetics, humanitarian, and author of The 30-Day Heartbreak Cure. Throughout her 30-year career, she's been the bad girl that makes it so good, and we loved every minute of it -- most notably Lindsay Rappaport on ABC's One Life to Live from 1998-2008. The stunning 53-year-old doesn't mind playing these kind of roles because she enjoys the luxuries of coming to work daily rather than go shoot a movie for 2-3 months. But if the opportunity presents itself, Catherine will take the opportunity. "All I really wanted to do is to act and work everyday. It was my goal to be a working actress, and I've really enjoyed my career" she said.

But in real life, Catherine Hickland is a good girl, as she's in the process of developing her hypnosis show for Las Vegas. Profoundly influenced by Pat Collins, the "Hip Hypnotist" after watching one of her shows as an teenager, she studied hypnosis while still on OLTL in 2005, then later enrolled in full-time status during her hiatus. Catherine's first show was last year on a college campus, and her show in Vegas will launch by the end of the year.

Catherine Hickland was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on February 11, 1956, which was a very small town back then. She knew she wanted an performing career yet didn't have the money to take acting courses, so Catherine took a job as a flight stewardess, and though she was first afraid to fly, that didn't stop the young woman. "My desire to succeed [as an actress] was stronger than my fear," she reveals. That desire led Catherine in the world of daytime: Dr. Courtney Marshall on Texas (1980-81), the dual roles of Julie Clegg McClandless (1983-87) and Jenny Diamond (1985-86) on Capitol.

Catherine then went into primetime: in the recurring role of Stevie Mason in three episodes of Knight Rider with her real-life husband at the time, David Hasselhoff, whom she married in 1984. Fans still remembered her from the trilogy ("White Bird", "Let it Be Me", and "The Scent of Roses", which is stated as the series finale to fans), and Catherine was amazed that the show continues to make an impact. She recently attended the Knight Rider Festival several weeks ago on Fremont Street in Vegas. "It was fantastic, and I was surprised," she stated. "It was really awesome. I really had no idea how big that show was all over the world until after the show went off. It's just awesome, so it's a pretty special memory."

Catherine then flew over to guest-star in Airwolf as Angelica, the alluring daughter of tycoon nemesis John Bradford Horn who ends up falling in love with Stringfellow Hawke, played by Jan-Michael Vincent. Though "incredibly sad" about his troubled, volatile, off-screen behavior, Catherine had nothing but kind words about him. "I was very fond of Jan-Michael. He'd been a working actor since I was a little girl. He was very present for the episode I was in with him. He was lovely to me" she remembered. She was offered to be a regular on Airwolf has CBS renewed the show for a fourth season but Catherine was still under contract for Capitol.

It seemed that Catherine Hickland had everything but all came to an end when in 1989, she and David Hasselhoff divorced after five years of marriage. She then retreated to Italy for two years of rest and renewal. "You don't feel like you can go on after a divorce. A lot of people wish they'd be somewhere else, someone else. I saw how laid-back the Italians were. I lost myself in America, and found myself in Rome. I came back a very different, very strong, very empowered person. I got my superpowers back," she ends with a joke.

By the early 1990s, Catherine returned to the States and rebounded professionally and personally. After taking singing and acting lessons, she came back to daytime as amorous Tess Wilder on both Loving (1992-95) and spinoff The City (1995-97). One of her onscreen love interests was Michael Weatherly -- aka Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo on CBS' NCIS. "He's great. His success did not surprise me at all. He was a young and extremely talented guy," Catherine compliments. In 1992, she married an actor with a bizarre connection to the Hoff: Michael E. Knight (Tad Martin, All My Children). "I believe that God had an tremendous sense of humor," she continued, who still calls Michael her "best friend in the world" despite being separated since 2006 after 14 years of marriage. Still, she remains fearless. "I'm never afraid of things not working out," Catherine responds. "Life is risky business, I accept that and do my best."

Catherine then moved from The City to Llanview in 1998 as troubled art gallery owner/temptress Lindsay Rappaport on One Life to Live. "She's an underdog, she's wicked, she has an sense of humor, she's crazy, and she has a heart somewhere. I think the real reason people can relate to her is that she's just a person looking for someone to love her."

During her decade on Llanview, Lindsay has romantic ties with several men from both sides of the law like the ones below:

  • Bo Buchanan (Robert S. Woods): "The love of a good man could straighten her out; opposites attract". In real life, Catherine and Robert have been friends for 25 years. "He's a wonderful and fantastic person."
  • Dr. Troy McIver (Ty Treadway): "Dysfunctional yet interesting to watch. It's almost like kissing your brother, but we did have a lot of chemistry because there's a lot of trust. That allows an actress to relax; there's no agenda. [He is my] most favorite leading man -- a good, solid human being."
However, Lindsay shared an long-standing feud with crusading D.A. Nora Hanen, and fans loved the snappy banter between them, as they tried to one-up one each other over the years. Onscreen, these two are enemies with "magical chemistry" but in reality Catherine and co-star Hillary B. Smith ("the best actress in the world" Catherine praises) are BFFs.

Originally Lindsay was supposed to appeared in only one episode, but Catherine impressed the producers of One Life that she became a regular. The role honored her two Soap Opera Digest Award nominations -- including "Outstanding Female Scene Stealer" in 1999. In 2007, many thought Catherine was in a shoo-in for an Daytime Emmy nomination when her character "breaks down" on the stand when she confessed killing Spencer Truman; she only made in the pre-nod stages, but Catherine isn't bitter about it. "You know, I didn't get into the business to win awards. The truth is that the Emmys is a very political game. I got the pre-nomination from my peers. I'm only in this to do the good work. It never really mattered to me."

Besides her upcoming hypnosis show later this year, Catherine has been on a book tour promoting The 30-Day Heartbreak Cure, her first book, in which she offers women -- and men -- compassionate wisdom on how to get the pain of a broken heart following a rough breakup, rebuilding oneself both emotionally and spiritually, learning to let go, and finding the strength to move on, and you can find out more about it at her official website (www.catherinehickland.com) or www.amazon.com. Though Lindsay Rappaport is behind bars (for now), Catherine Hickland does share one thing with her naughty, complex, anti-heroine character: they are both survivors.

 

 

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