Karen Austin

  1. Charles  Robinson, Night Court,TV, 1984.   Always difficult to get a comedy cast just right. The character’s name, sex and colour changed but the role remained the same – the clerk at a Manhattan tribunal dealing with the nightly haul of hookers, pimps, homeless and mental cases before Judge Harry Anderson. The only judge with a Jean Harlow photo on his wall.

  2. Kate Mulgrew, Star Trek: Voyager, TV, 1995-2001.      The LA Times said three actresses were up for Captain Kathryn Janeway, the first female skipper in Starfleet history, circa 2371. Oh no, many, many more were taking exams for the historic job… Austin Nicola Bryant, Lynda Carter, Joanna Cassidy, Lindsay Crouse, Patty Duke, Chelsea Field, Susan Gibney, Erin Gray, Linda Hamilton, Kate Jackson, Patsy Kensit, Carolyn McCormack, Tracy Scoggins, Lindsay Wagner, Mary Woronov. Plus three guys – Californian Gary Graham, posh Londoner Nigel Havers and intense San Antonian Rene Rivera – if Paramount suits turned too macho about having a dame messing with their space toys. Kate, the ex-Mrs Columbo, TV, 1979, ran a tight ship for six seasons.

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