Dead Woman Laughing

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Born into a family of actors and directors in San Diego, California, it was only natural that Daphne Ashbrook should discover her love of acting while still a young child. Throughout her lively career, Daphne has become known for both her comic timing and deep emotional portrayals.

Perhaps her most memorable roles are Dr. Grace Holloway in the 1996 Doctor Who movie and the titular character in "Melora" Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Sci Fi fans are quick to point out that Daphne is the only woman to have a starring role in both the Star Trek and Doctor Who franchises.

She has starred in many TV movies and Mini-Series, including; Rock, about Rock Hudson's life. Daphne played Phyllis Gates, Rock's wife, who had written the book the Mini-Series was based on. Also, Daphne starred in the Mini-Series Intruders, with Mare Winningham and Richard Crenna, and The Love Letter, starring opposite Campbell Scott.

Other TV and film work includes recurring roles on The O.C., JAG, Falcon Crest and Hooperman as well as guest appearances on NCIS, Law and Order, Cold Case, CSI, Crossing Jordan, Without a Trace, The Lodger, Murder She Wrote, Judging Amy, The Guardian, Ghost Whisperer and Knight Rider, and she won best supporting actress at the Method Fest Indie Film Festival for her performance in Dumbarton Bridge. She has just completed filming Hollywood Heights for Nickelodeon.

Also a talented singer, Daphne recently released her first CD, Grace Notes, to rave reviews and a selection for the 2012 Grammy nomination ballot.

Dead Woman Laughing

An Actor's 'Take' From Both Sides of the Camera

Authored by Daphne Ashbrook

Witty, self-effacing and painfully honest; the themes of life, death and laughter come together as Daphne Ashbrook recounts her many on-and off-screen scrapes with mortality.

Packed with rich anecdotes from her career in TV, stage and film, this refreshingly candid and conversational memoir spans a childhood in a theatrical family to pulling back the curtain of Hollywood, revealing the glamour and ridiculousness of a business mired in a struggle between art and profit.

Known for both her comic timing and deep emotional portrayals, Daphne has appeared in many TV and film roles including the 1996 Doctor Who movie, in which she played the role of Dr. Grace Holloway and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as the titular character in Melora.

Reflecting on her life and her career, Daphne discovers the surprising patterns and hilarious absurdities that accompany being a modern-day professional actor. The result is an amusing, informative and intimate memoir, enhanced with over 50 photos from Daphne's personal and working lives.

So pull up a barstool, grab a beer and lose yourself in Dead Woman Laughing. This is the revised second edition. Enjoy!

Publication Date:
1480049980 / 9781480049987
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5" x 8"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Biography & Autobiography / Entertainment & Performing Arts / General

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