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Hickland, author of 'The 30-Day Heartbreak Cure'
Hickland is an actress, singer, entrepreneur, humanitarian
-- 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"
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
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
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
During her decade on Llanview,
Lindsay has romantic ties with several men from both sides of the law
like the ones below:
(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."
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
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
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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