Monday, May 13, 2013

05/13 Bree Walker and Mimi Kennedy fill in for Chuck Wilder

Bree Walker and Mimi Kennedy fill in for Chuck Wilder...

Bree Walker is a progressive talk show host, legendary television news anchor, investigative reporter, producer, actress, disability rights activist and warrior of progressive causes.

A Californian for most of her life but raised in Austin, Minnesota, she has spent more then thirty years in the anti-war movement and other social justice movements, including media reform and single-payer healthcare for all.

As owner of Camp Casey, the five-and-a-half acres of central Texas property neighboring the Bush ranch, Bree carries on the legacy of a 21st-Century boots-on-the-ground peace movement that came together to protest the illegal invasion, occupation, and continued funding of the Iraq war.

Kennedy was born Mary Claire Kennedy in Rochester, New York, the daughter of Nancy Helen (née Colgan) and Daniel Gerald Kennedy. She got her start in theater with the Rochester Community Players, appearing in Agatha Christie's Spider Web in October 1960 when she was 12 years old. Mimi was raised in the Browncroft neighborhood of Rochester,. She was a 1966 graduate of Our Lady of Mercy High School. In the 1970s she was in a musical production called Rhinegold, featuring songs by her friend Jim Steinman.


Kennedy made her television debut in March 1977 in the short-lived television variety series 3 Girls 3, with Debbie Allen and Ellen Foley as the other two "girls". Her most notable television roles, however, were as Dharma's mother, Abby O'Neil, on the series Dharma & Greg and as Ruth Sloan on Homefront.

She appeared in the Broadway and road companies of the show Grease. In 2009, she was seen at Pasadena Playhouse and the Cleveland Play House as the newspaper advice columnist Ann Landers in David Rambo's play The Lady with All the Answers.

Activism and political involvement

Kennedy is involved in several progressive activist causes, including Progressive Democrats of America for which she serves as Chairperson of the Board. Her mid-life memoir, Taken To The Stage: The Education of an Actress, was published by Smith&Kraus in 1996 with praise from advice columnist Abigail "Dear Abby" Van Buren (Ann Landers' sister) and playwright Wendy Wasserstein, who called it "one of the great theatrical memoirs."

Kennedy is a signatory to the 9/11 Truth Statement. She was a charter member of Artists United to Win Without War and a leading supporter of Dennis Kucinich’s anti-war presidential campaign in 2004. Kennedy has worked on human rights, environmental and labour issues.

Personal life

Kennedy and her husband, Larry Dilg, met while attending college. Mimi went to the sister college of Larry's, where they were both matched up in a computer dating service. They have two children, Cisco and Molly.

She is friends with Lynn Marie Latham and Bernard Lechowick, and has worked with them on three different series.

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