Lee Purcell, Julie Budd, and Kat Kramer: Next on TVC

Two-time Emmy nominated actress Lee Purcell, singer/actress Julie Budd, and actress and producer Kat Kramer will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

The recipient of two prime-time Emmy nominations—first for Long Road Home (opposite Mark Harmon), then for Secret Sins of the Fathers (opposite Beau Bridges)—Lee Purcell began her screen career in 1969 when she was personally selected and mentored by screen legend Steve McQueen to star in Adam at 6 A.M., the acclaimed feature motion picture that also introduced many audiences to Michael Douglas and Joe Don Baker. Lee’s performance in Adam launched a career in film and television that has seen her work with some of the most iconic stars of the 20th century, including Charles Bronson, Gary Busey, Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor, Warren Oates, Nicolas Cage, Cloris Leachman, Kirk Douglas, Andy Griffith, Jan-Michael Vincent, Bill Bixby, and James Garner.

Lee Purcell recently completed production of Carol of the Bells, a new independent film directed by Joey Travolta and his company, Inclusion Films, which teaches and employs people in the film industry who have developmental and physical disabilities. Carol of the Bells also features Donna Mills, Donna Pescow, and Geri Jewell, while the title role of “Carol” is played by Andrea F. Freeman, an actress who happens to have Down Syndrome.

Lee found working on Carol of the Bells to be among the most inspiring and rewarding experiences of her lifetime. She’ll tell us why, and more, when she joins us in our second hour.

Carol of the Bells will be among the spotlight films screened at this year’s Bentonville Film Festival, in Bentonville, Arkansas on Friday, May 10. Co-founded by Oscar winner Geena Davis and Inclusion Companies CEO Trevor Drinkwater, the Bentonville Film Festival Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that focuses on promoting underrepresented voices in the entertainment industry through research, education, mentoring and industry partnerships. (A holiday film, Carol of the Bells is also scheduled to receive a wider release later in 2019.)

Our first hour will include a conversation with Julie Budd, the legendary singer/actress whom Merv Griffin famously dubbed “the mini girl with the maxi voice.” Julie began her professional career at the age of twelve in a Catskill Mountains talent show. In just six months time, she not only made her national television debut on The Merv Griffin Show, but signed a major recording contract, and went on to perform alongside Frank Sinatra, Joan Rivers, George Burns, Bob Hope, Bill Cosby, Milton Berle, Marvin Hamlisch, Liberace, Carol Burnett, Jim Nabors, and other legendary performers in concert halls throughout the world, as well as on network television.

Julie Budd will be performing her new show, The Songs of My Life and The Composers Who Wrote Them, at the Birdland Theater in New York City from Wednesday, May 1 through Saturday, May 4. She also has a new CD, Remembering Mr. Sinatra, that is unlike any other Sinatra tribute you will ever hear. We’ll tell you why when Julie Budd joins us in our first hour.

Also this week: We will welcome back our friend Kat Kramer, daughter of actress Karen Kramer and Oscar-winning filmmaker Stanley Kramer, and an award-winning singer, actress, comedienne, producer, and activist in her own right. Kat is part of the ensemble cast of Turnover, an uplifting new independent film directed by Linda Palmer that also features Paul Guilfoyle, Donna Mills, Beverly Todd, Carlos Carrasco and other familiar faces. Kat is also one of the producers of Turnover. We’ll ask Kat what attracted her to the film, plus we’ll talk about some of her other projects, which include the pending release of another film, Mother’s Day Memories, plus the release of a new album, Gemstone, which features Kat’s duet with the late Billy Preston. Kat Kramer will join us in our first hour.

Turnover is scheduled to open the Palm Springs International Down Syndrome Film Festival, the first film festival dedicated to raising awareness about Down Syndrome. The Palm Springs International Down Syndrome Film Festival takes place Friday, May 3 through Sunday, May 5 at the Camelot Theaters in Palm Springs, California. Kat Kramer is scheduled to appear at the May 3 screening, along with fellow Turnover star Jamie Brewer.

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