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different people eating several different
dishes depending on their dietary needs.
The times I had to choose between my
son's hockey game and my fighter's
weigh-in. Not an easy choice.
"Tommy Hearns even accompanied
the family on a vacation," says Jackie,
"and James Toney attended the bar mitz-
of our sons Bryan and Brad, and
he not only plays the
boys stood up at his wedding."
part of the former
Jackie and Michael lived on
unusual for a woman to
Detroit-area gal ... but
Wellesley in West Bloomfield for 25
also takes her full name.
years ... and in 1997, they were
The 1990s found Jackie
Meg Ryan has the lead in
divorced after 30 years of marriage.
managing four world cham-
the soon-to-be-shown major
"I think he was very tolerant, when
film, Against the Ropes ...
back on it," she says. "I proba-
depicting the life of ex-
him through a real whirlwind.
localite Jackie Kallen.
My poor husband coming home tired
International Female Boxing
Rather than being cast as
from working hard and there's rap
someone with a fictitious
music blasting in our West Bloomfield
"Being a woman in the
name, Ryan is also known in
house, the thump-thump of the bass,
the film as Jackie Kallen.
there're guys outside shooting hoops,
Against the Ropes, formerly slated to
big pugilist types lying on the couch."
open on March 14 but pushed ahead
After they were married in 1966,
Most people assumed it was a 'front'
to April 25, is a somewhat loose por-
Mike and Jackie went to Los Angeles
for some man or else it was my hus-
trayal of Jackie, known in most
on their honeymoon ... Jackie told
band or father who got me into the
fisticuff circles as the "First Lady of
him that someday they would live
there ... She was half-right.
How did Jackie become a fight man-
Following their divorce, Jackie
ager ... or even interested in the
to California ... and today
squared-circle game that so
lives in a two-bedroom apartment
many people once considered a
in Beverly Hills.
sport just for rowdies?
There was a time when a
" Her interest might have had its
and healthy competition
beginning when mother and dad,
Jackie and Mike
the late Marge and Phil Kaplan,
her fights ...
were in the play Kid Broadway
and she went out to the race
Detroit's Academy Playhouse
tracks to watch his horses run.
back in the early 1960s ... Marge,
When James Toney, one of four
who also did shows for B'nai
Jackie managed at the .
B'rith and Hadassah here, had the
lead ... and Phil played the gang-
ster role of "Rocky" Napoleon.
"My mother would go to the
... He and Max Ernst owned
gym to research the part and
seven harness race horses at their
bring me along," says Jackie.
M & M Stables.
"That's how I got to know the
While writing for the Oakland
boxing world. It's ironic and
working in the residential
strange that 30 years later, I actu-
ally became what I'd seen my
mother portray on stage when I
and Tommy Hearns, Jackie also
got the horse bug ... buying one
As a reporter for the Oakland
of her own ... a foal named ...
Press early in 1970, Jackie landed
else but Boxing Jackie.
her first ringside assignment ...
is also an author ... with
covering a Tommy Hearns fight
Hit Me With Your Best
in Las Vegas.
The jabs, body blows and
and is kept busy making and sell-
uppercuts sort of excited Jackie
ing ceramic pieces ... Jackie has had at
Jackie's former husband Michael prob-
... and she was hooked ... signing up
least a dozen fighters in her stable at
ably wished she'd never thought of it.
to do public relations for Hearns ...
the same time ... and along with man-
and "punching" her way up the ladder
her boxers, she does a lot of
work with a shelter for abused
During the 1980s, Jackie was busy
women in Los Angeles.
band and two sons happy and content
writing her columns, raising her two
In the picture, Against the Ropes,
while being a surrogate mother to sever-
sons, Bryan and Bryce, operating her
Jackie plays a reporter in a press con-
al fighters from various backgrounds
public relations company and getting
ference scene ... and asks a question of
who at times lived in our home. Several
deeper into the boxing world ... In
Boxing king-maker Jackie Kallen Detroit exploits
to be portrayed by Meg Ryan in feature film.
ELVIS TO THE MAX
25 Years ago Elvis left the building. Now he returns,
or so you will think, to play for you at Andiamo. It's
Elvis to the Max with Max Pellicano, his Las Vegas
Dancers and special guest comedian Paul Lo6richio.
Come sing along with all of your favorite Elvis hits.
A star everywhere you look: television, film
and the stage, comedian Howie Mandel has
been entertaining audiences for years. Come
laugh the night away with Howie, one of today's
most successful comedians.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, living
Motown legend Gladys Knight performs all her
Grammy winning hits including -1141d1710 Train
to Georgia - and "Neither One of Us (Wants to
be the Fist to Say Goodbye) .. . Come see Gladys
Knight in a rare Detroit appearance.
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