- Gary Sandy - Gary Sandy was born in Dayton, Ohio and attended Wilmington College of Ohio and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. His first professional role was a part created for him in the daytime drama As The World Turns. Over a seven year period, he continued playing villains in the afternoon on Another World, Somerset, and his favorite The Secret Storm.
He appeared in many off-Broadway productions, most notably, The Children's Mass, produced by Sal Mineo, and made his Broadway debut in Saturday, Sunday, Monday, directed by Franco Zeffirelli. He has starred in several interesting attempts to turn plays into musicals for Broadway: Sheba, the musical version of Come Back Little Sheba, Luv, from the play by the same name, and Windy City, the adaptation of The Front Page.
Feature films include: Hail to the Chief, Some of My Best Friends Are, Troll, and The Last of the Cowboys, playing opposite Henry Fonda. Gary is featured in the academy award nominated film The Insider.
He has made countless TV guest appearances, including Murder She Wrote, F.B.I. The Untold Story, The Young Riders, L.A. Law and Diagnosis Murder. Television films are: Melvin Purvis: The Kansas City Massacre, Shell Game, For Lovers Only, and Nashville Grab
Gary received critical acclaim for his role in Norman Lear's series All That Glitters. His most recognizable role was starring as Andy Travis in the classic, WKRP in Cincinnati.
He has performed in over 100 theatrical productions, but is proudest of the Pirate King in the Broadway production of The Pirates of Penzance, the title role in Barnum, Chance Wayne in Sweet Bird of Youth, Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire, Billy in Billy Bishop Goes to War, Buck Holden in Niteclub Confidential, Charlie Baker in The Foreigner, Starbuck in The Rainmaker, Milo Tindle in Sleuth, Mortimer in the Broadway revival of Arsenic and Old Lace, Billy Flynn in Chicago, Albert Peterson in Bye Bye Birdie, Terence O'Keefe in the national tour of Breaking Legs, Decker in Bleacher Bums, Elliot Garfield in The Goodbye Girl, Will in The Will Rodgers Follies, Him in I Do I Do, Erie Smith in Eugene O'Neills' Hughie, Gene Glimmer in SideMan, Mack Sennett in Mack & Mabel, Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd in the National Tour of Best Little Whorehouse in Texas opposite Ann Margret and the seven productions he has done as Harold Hill in The Music Man.
- Kathy Garver - Most fondly remembered for her starring role as "Cissy" in the long running CBS international television hit, "Family Affair", Kathy Garver has also
garnered critical acclaim in movies, stage, radio, voice-over animation, and audio book narration. Ms. Garver has used her wealth of experience and education to entertain and instruct thousands of people with her exciting and successful motivational and interactive speeches and presentations.
From Keynote speaker to host to workshop leader, Kathy Garver has enriched the lives of those who have been able to listen and learn from her inspirational communications. Kathy was in born in Long Beach, California to Hayes and Rosemary Garver joining her sister, Beverly, and brothers, Hayes, Jr. and Lance. Beverly entered UCLA at a precocious 15 years old at the time Kathy started working professionally. During Ms. Garver's teenage years, Kathy added radio and
stage to her burgeoning film and television career.
Ms. Garver was a freshman majoring in speech at UCLA when she was tested for a television series entitled Family Affair. Kathy, deemed "perfect" to star as "Cissy" with Brian Keith as "Uncle Bill" and Sebastian Cabot as "Mr.French" performed for five years in one of the warmest and most enduring series of the 1960's and 70's. With Anissa Jones as "Buffy" and Johnny Whitaker as "Jody" the show continues to be popular today pleasing old and new audiences world wide - a true classic.
Winning accolades such as Best Actress from the "Family Television Awards" Kathy continues her award winning presence by securing the Golden Halo Award and the Emerald Award for her lifetime achievement in the entertainment world as well as four Audie Awards (akin to the "Oscar" for the spoken word).
Filming Family Affair demanded much from Kathy: "Brian Keith only worked for about half the production schedule so the rest of us would have to film scenes from as many as six different episodes in one day", she recalls. "I actually had to do most of my close ups opposite the assistant director, a paunchy middle aged man glued to a cigar. I had to use a lot of imagination to see him as my six year old sister, Buffy!"
She continued her dramatic studies at London's prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where she portrayed Juliet in Romeo and Juliet. Dramatic and comedic productions in the states followed including starring roles in My Fair Lady, Sunday in New York, A Midsummer's Night Dream and the Trojan Women. Ms. Garver retuned to UCLA to earn a Master's Degree in Theater Arts.
With the famed impresario James Doolittle of the James Doolittle Theater in Los Angeles, nee the Huntington Hartford Theater, Kathy appeared in and produced with Mr. Doolittle many traveling stage productions, "Vanities",being just one of their immense successes.
Today Kathy Garver is an accomplished and versatile actress, appearing in such films as Sweet November, The Princess Diaries, MOW'S such as FBI Murders and Stay the Night with Guest Star roles on many TV shows. She is a sought after celebrity on Game shows, winning top money for charities as she did on "Street Smarts" and other reality programs.
Kathy is also very much in demand for her numerous vocal characterizations. She's a stand out in the very competitive field of voices overs for cartoons, commercials, toys and audio books. She voiced, "Pepper" an automotive whiz in the Chuck Norris Karate Kommandos series and "Firestar", a mutant super hero in the Spiderman and his Amazing Friends TV series. Ms.Garver produced, narrated and wrote lyrics and original music for eight audio Beatrix Potter tales and eight Mother Goose based audiotapes for Smarty Pants, Inc. Kathy's Beatrix Potter tapes have sold over two million copies and have won numerous awards. Kathy has recorded books for Brilliance Audio, Dove, Listen and Live and can be downloaded at the Audible.com. Her voice has been heard in Apollo 13 (which was awarded the Academy Award for sound), Ransom, Back Draft and Jingle all the Way, all directed by Ron Howard.
Kathy has electrified the talk show circuit entertaining audiences with tales of her life long career in show business. She's chatted with O'Reilly, Geraldo, Mary Hart, Maury Povich and many more. Some of the lively discussion centers on the modern woman juggling marriage, career, and family all handled with laughter and aplomb.
Kathy now has her own family affair. She met her husband of 28 years,business executive David Travis, on a tennis court in Palm Springs - truly a love match. Their son Reid Garver Travis, now 18, continues the tradition of show business by appearing in national commercials, TV, movies and by doing voice overs.
Having served on the board of the Young People's Committee of the Screen Actors Guild and as a volunteer for Book Pals, Kathy has used her experience to help guide new actors in the business. She is also in involved in such charities as Child Help (which aids abused children) Rose Resnick Light House for the Blind and Make a Wish Foundation.
Appearing with Tim Curry in the remake of Family Affair Kathy helped guide the production. She is hosted the bonus features for the release of all five seasons the classic Family Affair on DVD, soon to be released on Blu Ray.
Ms. Garver appears at gatherings, luncheons and conventions to give
motivational speeches about "The Power of Perseverance" and "Speak Clearly
to Communicate Richly". She is also in great demand for appearances,
autograph shows and promotions throughout the country.
Kathy also performs her own inter active one-woman show "Streaks and Tips"
on Cruises and at other venues.
Having majored in speech at UCLA, Kathy teaches speech, diction, narration,
ADR and how to voice audio books and toys in San Francisco at Voice One
Studios, Santa Rosa at American Eagle Studios, LA at MJ Lallo Studios, and
other cities throughout the USA.
Kathy recently added "author" to her long list of accomplishments with the
release of new volume, The Family Affair Cookbook, a tasty trip down memory
lane to retro recipes replete with amusing anecdotes and never before
released photos. It has received excellent reviews and sales!
Obviously, Kathy doesn't suffer from the sometimes-exaggerated maladies
common to former child actors. "The hardest thing is being accepted as some
one who has depth," she says. "Fortunately my parents stressed education and
normalcy all through my childhood and during my Family Affair days. In
learning to think and work independently, I firmly believe in hoisting ones
For all her accomplishments and future plans, it seems Kathy's sails will be
billowing in some very favorable waters for quite some time
Recent Festival Guests
- Lee Goldberg Co-Chair came to the IMWF in 2008 when his screenplay Mapes for Hire was a finalist. Lee Goldberg is a two-time Edgar Award nominee whose many TV writing and producing credits include Martial Law, Diagnosis Murder, The Cosby Mysteries, Hunter, Spenser: For Hire, Nero Wolfe, Missing and Monk. He’s also the author of My Gun Has Bullets, Beyond the Beyond, Successful Television Writing, The Man With The Iron-On Badge and the Diagnosis Murder and Monk series of original mystery novels. As a TV development consultant, he's worked for production companies and broadcasters in Germany, Spain, Sweden, and the Netherlands. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Mystery Writers of America and is the co-founder of the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers.
- Sue Grafton, Louisville's great, best selling author. A Kentucky native and a prolific writer of chronological series of mystery novels known as the "Alphabet Series." Grafton has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Private Eye Writers of Americal She is published in more than 15 languages and 20 countries.
- David Breckman joins the Mystery Festival fun through our mutual friend Lee Goldberg. David is a producer, writer and director currently working with the hit television series MONK. He also wrote more than 20 episodes of Saturday Night Live and worked with stars like John Goodman, Rob Lowe, and Mike Myers. David will write and direct avid mystery fans and theatre students in a mini-mystery movie to be screened during the Sunday night Angie Award Ceremony and Dinner.
- Samuel "Biff" Liff, who has directed and worked on many hits, including "My Fair Lady," "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," "The Matchmaker" and "Call Me Mister." He has worked with stars such as Shirley Booth, Thornton Wilder, David Niven, Carol Channing, Gloria Swanson and Tyrone Guthrie. For the last 25 years, he has been heading the Theatre Division of the William Morris Agency, the world's largest and oldest entertainment agency. Liff represents a variety of clients in the theatrical field, including Julie Andrews, Julie Harris, Angela Lansbury, Jane Alexander and Chita Rivera.
- Robert S. Levinson – His novel "The Elvis and Marilyn Affair" received "Best Novel About Hollywood" recognition from the Hollywood Press Club. A winner of the Ellery Queen Readers Award for 3 consecutive years, his most recent novels "Ask a Dead Man" and "Where the Lies Begin" both were selected for The Los Angeles Times Best seller list. Robert served on the Board of Directors for Mystery Writers of America, the Writers Guild of America and the Country Music Association. He recently wrote and produced The Edgar Awards Gala in New York City, as well as the new International Thriller Writers Awards Gala. He graciously offered to assist us in our New Festival's Gala this coming June.
- William Link – An astonishing creator of numerous Television series classics: Peter Falk's "Columbo", Angela Lansbury's "Murder She Wrote", The Bill Cosby Mysteries, Mannix, Ellery Queen and others. Winner of 2 Emmy Awards, the Edgar Award. The Golden Globe Award, the Peabody award, the Christopher Award, The Hall of fame of Television Arts and Sciences and a past president of the Mystery Writers of America.
Mary Higgins Clark, known in the genre as the Queen of Suspense, her success is seen both on and off the page. A worldwide best selling author, Mary Higgins Clark has written twenty-five suspense novels, selling more than 80 million copies just in the United States. Ms. Clark's writing career spans forty years and has brought industry top honors including a Mystery Writers of America annual award given in her name. Now, she will add an honorary Angie Award and the 2008 First Lady of Mystery title bestowed upon her during this summer's International Mystery Writers' Festival.
Legendary actor Gene Hackman is switching from the silver screen to the silver pen this summer as he made a special appearance during the 2008 International Mystery Writers' Festival in Owensboro, KY.
Hackman and his co-author Daniel Lenihan are promoting their new novel, Escape from Andersonville: A Novel of the Civil War. These two accomplished artists are receiving an honorary Angie Award on Saturday, June 21st – the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Award.