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39—The Daily Collegian Wednesday, Aug.'27, 1986
Couple stars as ambitious attorneys
By JERRY BUCK
AP Television Writer
LOS ANGELES It was an old college connec
tion that lured Jill Eikenberry and husband
Michael Tucker away from New York for star
ring roles in a new NBC series.
That connection was Steven Bochco, who
helped create Hill Street Blues. He and Tucker
were classmates at Carnegie Tech.
The new series is L.A. Law, created by Bochco
and Terry Louise Fisher, whose credits include
Cagney & Lacey.
"We didn't want to come to Los Angeles and do
a series," Miss EikenbeiTy says. "We liked
working in the theater in New York and we'd had
some success in films. This is a big move for us."
Miss Eikenberry plays Ann Kelsey, a young
lawyer who actually believes that lawyers should
dispense justice rather than make money. Tuck
er plays Stuart Maykowitz, a sympathetic attor
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L.A. Law, a fast-paced dramatic series that
focuses on the professional and private lives of a
firm of ambitious attorneys, also stars Harry
Hamlin, Corbinßerensen, Richard Dysart, Alan
Rachins, Michele Green, Susan Dey, Susan Rut
tan and Jimmy, Smits.
Miss Eikenberry says Bochco offered her a
role in aTV movie few years ago but she turned
Later Bochco asked the couple, "If I write a
part for the two of you will you commit to it?"
Miss Eikenberry says they replied, "Can We
commit to it without committing to it?"
Bochco wrote the script.
"It was a good offer and once we read the
script we couldn't say no," Miss Eikenberry
says. "The parts were too wonderful."
Miss Eikenberry was born in New Haven,
Conn., where her father was attending Yale Law
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School, but she grew up in Missouri and Wiscon
sin. Her father went into insurance and was
moved around a lot as he moved up the executive
While living in Madison, Wis., she joined the
Madison Theatre Guild and had a role in Bye Bye
Birdie, her first time in front of a large audience.
After that she became involved in high school
productions and in summer stock. She wrote and
directed the high school play.
She studied for two years at, Barnard, where
she worked with the Columbia University Play
ers. Next came Yale Drama School.
' "My mother was a little disturbed because she
wanted me to get my degree from Barnard," she
says. "My classmates were Henry Winkler and
James Naughton. Ken Howard was a year ahead.
Meryl Streep was there about that time. Sigour
ney Weaver came later."
From college Miss Eikenberry went to the
Arena Stage in Washington.
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Julia avoids stereotypic-roles
By SOLL SUSSMAN
Associated Press Writer
SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE,
Mexico Actor Raul Julia is all for
reading the scripts that Hollywood
studios won't do.
"They're usually the most interest
ing scripts," he said. "I'm all for the
independent film and all for the low
budget film and reading the Holly
The 93-year-old actor won critical
acclaim for his role as an imprisoned
political activist in The Kiss of the
Spider Womati, with his homosexual
cellmate, William Hurt.
• He was in San Miguel de Allende
filming The Penitent, written and
directed by veteran character actor
Cliff Osmond. The story concerns a
love triangle set amid the Lenten
rituals of Hispanic communities in
the Sangre de Cristo mountains of
northern New Mexico.
There was a 17-year. lag between
writing and filming The Penitent,.
now being done as a $1.5 million
"We did (Spider Woman) because
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. . . taking the chance it would not
make any money," Julia said, sitting
down, for an intervew after a tennis
game one recent hot day in this
colonial Mexican town.
In between Spider Woman and Pen
itent, Julia has worked on The Morn
ing After, as the husband of an
alcoholic actress played by Jane,
Fonda, and Florida Straits, about a
Bay of Pigs veteran who decides to go
back to Cuba to find an old love and
take her to the United States.
Julia said breaking down stereo
types for Hispanic actors can be
difficult. He was born in San Juan,
Puerto Rico and came to New York in
1964 after studying at Ate University
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