Sunday, June 12, 2011

80'S FOCUS : PAPER DOLLS .. 1982 ..

ABC PRODUCTIONS
Presents
AN AARON SPELLING/ LEONARD GOLDBERG PRODUCTION
PAPER DOLLS
Starring
JOAN COLLINS as Racine
JOAN HACKETT as Julia Blake
ANTONIO FARGAS as Oliver
DARYL HANNAH as Taryn Blake
CRAIG.T.NELSON as Michael Caswell
ALEXANDRA PAUL as Laurie Caswell
BARRY PRIMUS as Alan
MARC SINGER as Wesley Miles
ERIC STOLTZ as Steve
JENNIFER WARREN as Dinah Caswell

RACINE SEE'S THE POTENTIAL IN LAURIE
Director Of Photography - Thomas Del Ruth
   Music by Mark Snow
     Edited by Jack Harnish
        Based on the Novel- 'Paper Dolls' by Susan Beth Pfeffer
             Costumes by Nolan Miller
                 Associate Producer - Scott Winant
                    Executive Producer - Leonard Goldberg
                        Produced by Michele Rappaport
                            Directed by Edward Zwick
                                         ~~~~~~~~~
The world of high fashion and top modeling looks glamorous from the outside, but for fifteen year old Laurie Caswell, the glamour, the fame and the wealth is not all that it appears.. After Laurie meets Taryn Blake, a friendship ensues and soon Laurie is riding the crest of the high fashion wave! But can a teenager survive the cutthroat world that eats the weak.. Where only the strong survive? All alone, with no one to turn to..the creases are beginning to show on the Paper Dolls!!
 (c) 1982 .. ABC .. 100 Mins .. Color ..

This 1982 tv movie was the first in a series of movie's of the week, Joan starred in as part on her 'Dynasty' contract, which also included an episode of 'The Love Boat' around this time. Set in the world of teenage modeling, the film proved to be popular plus a ratings winner. It later resurfaced a couple of years later as a proposed night time drama, but the series was shortlived. The role of Racine in the series was played by another 80's prime time vixen, the eternally glamorous Morgan Fairchild, with Jennifer Warren, the only star returning from the original movie. Joan's character of Racine, the tough modeling agency boss, is not far removed from her Alexis character on 'Dynasty', complete with a Nolan Miller wardrobe! Among the cast were early roles for up and coming stars Daryl Hannah and Alexandra Paul.


Hollywood makeup artist/stylist David Frank Ray recalls....
" Paper Dolls was inspired by the life of Brooke Shields and the lives of other fourteen year olds making it big in the modelling biz. I was brought on board as a 'fashion consultant', and to design the makeup looks for the photo's, ads and magazine covers, that would appear on screen. I even managed to get Priscilla Presley's then boyfriend, Mike Edwards a role as one of the top models! It was fun to do, but I never hit it off with Alexandra Paul, however I fell in love with Daryl Hannah, she was a great gal. I attended a private screening of the movie and I told Aaron Spelling, who was producing that I thought Daryl had a great future ahead of her. Aaron seemed more excited about Alexandra. But both ladies went on to have good careers!"


Joan would go on to make three more tv movies, two for Aaron Spelling, (Chastity Gulch and Males Model) and 'The Cartier Affair', followed by her two mini series in the latter part of the 'Dynasty' years. Although rarely seen today, except on cable, this is one tv movie that is worthy of a dvd release...
(c) 2011 Mark Mc Morrow....

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