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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-05-09

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aspects of his career. Although
he has drifted some from his
Jewish upbringing, he did take
his children to what he calls a
"light seder."
"I remember working at the
Cherry County Playhouse and
enjoying the beautiful Michigan
territory around Traverse City,"
Kopell says. "I was in a roman-
tic comedy there and stayed in
the area for a month."
Kopell, whose career has
spanned films and stage, has
two upcoming projects. He
plays an unsavory role in the
movie Bloodhead with Shirley
Jones and co-stars in the play
Marvin and Mel being pro-
duced in California.
Clockwise from top left:
"Marvin and Mel are two
Former 'Mad" magazine editor Al Feldstein
writers who can't get work
Detroit lunchtime favorite Soupy Sales
because they are on the 'gray
Ellen Sandweiss of "The Evil Dead"
list,' which means they are aging
Bernie Kopell of "The Love Boat"
and avoided," Kopell explains
about the comedy. "The writers
find a way to earn a living by
Jewish. He recalls enjoying the jazz
asking a young.woman to pretend she
scene in Detroit and bringing those
wrote their material."
artists to his nighttime talk show,
which originated in Michigan, as did
Raimi Lady
his lunchtime broadcasts.
After taking his program to other
It's been 22 years since the cult horror
cities and branching out into club work film The Evil Dead launched the career
and TV quiz shows, Soupy often
of former Detroiter Sam Raimi, now a
returned to Detroit to do his standup
Hollywood producer, writer, director
act. Some of his work is being sold on
and actor known for the TV series
video to recall the essence of his humor.
Hercules and the film Spider-Man.
"Fans always remember my Detroit
Ellen Sandweiss, a Raimi friend since
show," says Soupy, nearing 80 and
high school, acted in The Evil Dead and
now a viewer especially enjoying the
now is gaining attention as it becomes a
comic antics of Chris Rock, George
cult classic. Joined by the two other
Carlin and Robert Klein. "I'm always
women appearing in Raimi's early work,
glad to talk about my time in Detroit
Betsy Baker and Theresa Tilly, Sandweiss
at these conventions."
goes to pop culture venues around the
country to sell photos and T-shirts.
"We've had so much attention that
Float His Boat
we've created our own Web site,
Bernie Kopell will not be traveling alone
[www.ladiesoftheevildead.com ],
when he comes to Comic Con. Jill
explains Sandweiss, who lives in
Whelan, who played Vicki on the The
Huntington Woods and works with
Love Boat as he played Dr. Adam
her husband in their business.
Bricker, will join him to sign pictures
Sandweiss, who studied theater and
from that show and answer fan ques-
theater management at the University
tions.
of Michigan, essentially put show busi-
Kopell, who also played Conrad
ness out of her life to raise her children.
Siegfried on Get Smart, says he meets lots
She occasionally has appeared before
of fans devoted to that show as well when Jewish groups with a musical program
he attends these pop culture events.
she developed and in local theater.
"People tell me they liked those series
"When we first started going to
because they could identify with the
these conventions, we were shocked at
characters, get away from their day-to-
the large fan base that exists," says
day problems and find nothing skuzzy in Sandweiss, in her 40s and sometimes
the dialogue," says the actor, almost 70.
active with Workmen's Circle. "We
Kopell, married and the father of
sell a lot of stills from the movie, and
two very young children, feels blessed
people bring mementoes for us to
with family and the continuing
autograph." ❑

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