'Cut & Paste' Podcast: Nancy Bell Slips Easily Between Soaps And Shakespeare
Nancy Bell has enjoyed a thriving soap-opera career and nabbed top TV gigs including “Law and Order" and “Star Trek."So what's she doing in St. Louis, reworking the words of none other than Shakespeare?
It all started five years ago, whenSaint Louis University lured Bell away from the big time, with a teaching job.Now, she's a regular player in the local theater scene.
In this latest episode of our "Cut & Paste” podcast, Bell tells us how she began embellishing The Bard with a St. Louis twist. She also takes us to the beginning of her career — which required not only fancy footwork but also sturdy shoes.
Here’s a little more of what Bell revealed about herself:
- Bell once worked as a telemarketer, selling death and dismemberment insurance: “It’s really hard to sell anything with the word ‘dismemberment’ in it ... Southern accents, I discovered, were always more effective.” Tweet #cutpastestl
- Channeling Shakespeare’s Macbeth: “I have a murderer in me. I have violence in me. But I’m going to embrace those parts of me and show them to you so that we can all understand ourselves better.”Tweet #cutpastestl
- On her role in "The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?": "Being able to take a pristine white set, every single night, and completely trash it by the end of the play, I just loved every minute of it." Tweet #cutpastestl
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Watch Nancy Bell in a 1995 episode of "The Guiding Light," in which she plays a woman diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.
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