Ask Vance: Lara Parker

Our trivia expert on a Memphis actress and author.

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Actress/author Ms. Lara Parker

Trivia: The actress/author Ms. Parker had told fans that when she went to NY to explore an acting career and got an agent the her agent suggested that she change her name. The agent suggest the name of Lara as the name had become popular from the movie: "Dr. Zivago " sp? and from the movie's character theme song: "Lara's Theme".
Lara Parker's Dark Shadows has her very own theme song as well. On youtube if you type in "Ode to Angelique+ Dark Shadows" there's a beautiful thumbnail pic of Lara looking like a Goddess from the 1971 MGM movie Night of Dark Shadows. The song was written for her TV show character.
Her voice is still very very distinctive and sounds great on her three audio books companions for the DS fiction books she wrote and her voice on the Dark Shadows' audio dramas with other cast members put out by the Big Finish Production Company, the same company that makes the Doctor Who audio dramas.
Last, to honer the 50th anniversary of the TV show, the video company MPI Home Entertaiment has just put out a Retro style Dark Shadows' TV show lunchbox similar to all those lunchboxes of 60's TV shows that kids loved. Now, fifty years later the original fans who are now in their 50's and 60's, they can use this retro style lunchbox to put all their medication bottles :) The image of Lara's TV character Angelique the Witch is in the artwork on the front lid of the lunchbox
Hardcore DS fans also loved her appearance in the "Kolchak:The Nightstalker" TV episode of "The Trevi Collection" where the writers had her portray a beautiful model whom was a Witch.

David C. 60 days ago

Vance Lauderdale

Ask Vance is the blog of Vance Lauderdale, the award-winning columnist of Memphis magazine and Inside Memphis Business. Vance is the author of three books: Ask Vance: The Best Questions and Answers from Memphis Magazine’s History and Trivia Expert (2003), as well as Ask Vance: More Questions and Answers from Memphis Magazine’s History Expert (2011) and Vance Lauderdale’s Lost Memphis (2013). He is also the recipient of quite a few nice awards, the creator of several eye-catching wall calendars, and the only person we know with a vintage shock-treatment machine in his den.

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