05-16 Happy birthday to Laurette Spang, Born: May 16, 1951.
Laurette Spang-McCook is an American television actress. She is most well known for playing the character Cassiopeia in the original Battlestar Galactica.
Spang was cast as Cassiopeia in the Battlestar Galactica pilot movie, “Saga of a Star World”. An initial draft of the script had her killed off in the pilot film, in which the reptiloid Ovions consumed her, almost cannibal-style. However, the character survived and the network kept her on in a regular role in the subsequent weekly series, but “Standards And Practices” (network censors) forced a change of profession upon her. (The censors would no longer allow her to be a socialator, so Glen Larson and Donald P. Bellisario had her character become a medtech in the series, beginning with “Lost Planet Of The Gods, Parts One And Two”)
After a Universal Studios talent agent spotted her in 1972, Spang signed a 7-year contract with the studio. She then had a succession of guest-starring roles in television shows including Emergency!, Adam-12 (Episode: Venice Division), The Streets of San Francisco, The Six Million Dollar Man, Happy Days, Chase, Isis, Charlie’s Angels, and Lou Grant. Spang also appeared in the TV movies Short Walk to Daylight, Runaway!, and Sarah T. – Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic. She co-starred in a production of Winesburg, Ohio on KCET’s Hollywood Television Theatre.
Spang’s later acting performances were in The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, The Dukes of Hazzard, and Magnum, P.I.. She took a de facto retirement from acting in 1984, though she made a brief appearance in the 2007 horror film Plot 7, which also featured her by-then husband John McCook. In 2002, Spang appeared in the Battlestar Galactica episode of Sciography documentary series on the Sci-Fi Channel in 2002. In 2003, she appeared in another Battlestar Galactica documentary included as an extra feature in the DVD boxset of the series released for the show’s 25th anniversary
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