Betty White

When I was a young actor, I had the pleasure of working with amazing individuals who indelibly imprinted their character on my soul. One was Betty White. I loved Betty White. Not only did she look like my mom, she was on every game show I liked, and starred in my favorite sitcom of all time – The Mary Tyler Moore Show. The show that helped me through my family’s darkest times. The show that made me want to be a television actor.

I’d never seen a role like Sue Ann Nivens. She was as sweet as tupelo honey with the bite of a viper. I watched in awe as I rolled on the floor laughing. I’m not sure how many times I’ve done my version of Betty’s “Sue Ann” to get a job.

In 1990 I got to work with Betty, my queen of comedy, on The Golden Girls. I played the TV daughter to the great Harold Gould’s “Miles.” Miles wanted to marry Rose and I did not approve. I had to be mean to Rose. I had to be mean to Betty White. I have never had that much fun. Betty was kind, funny and ribald. Everything you would expect.

Betty was a huge philanthropist. She not only gave to animal charities but she participated in and donated to local events & causes. Rancho Los Amigos & TreePeople were two of the many. I would see her at events and reintroduce myself to her. How could she possibly remember me after the hundreds of thousands of people she had met over her lifetime?

The last time was at TreePeople. It must have been at least ten years since I had worked with her and I went up to her and began my spiel, “Hello Betty, I’m…” – She turned to her friend and said, “Now watch as Molly reintroduces herself to me for the 100th time.” In one swift moment she made me laugh at myself and made me feel like a million bucks. Betty White remembered me. Me!

Well Betty, I and the rest of the world, will always remember you. May you rest in peace. For all the joy and laughter you have brought, you deserve it.

The Italian

I am not immune nor am I turning a blind eye to all the turmoil and pain the people in our country are suffering. But sometimes you need a break from it. Going out in nature can be incredible therapeutic (if you are near beauty and it is not on fire, smoldering or in ashes). AND… there is entertainment. A way to escape if you need and want.

Here is an escape. Enjoy.

Short Film 'The Italian' – Producer / Editor from Lana Von Haught on Vimeo.

Written & Directed by Evans Forde
Produced by Lana Von Haught
Alessia Franchin
Brice Williams
Kristin Walker



INTO THE DARK: A Nasty Piece of Work Is a delightfully nasty piece of work.  It is not for those who want to watch a Christmas show full of good cheer.  This is biting, darkly funny and one hopes dreadfully disturbing.  Paul Soter’s script is wild, sharp and funny.   Charles Hood wonderful sense of comedy and tension never let us flounder as actors.  The cast all came ready, willing and more than able and we had a BLAST!  Kyle Howard, Angela Sarafyan, Dustin Milligan, Natalie Hall, Nico Greetham and Julian Sands are the best playmates.

Here are some reviews to whet your appetite: Film Threat, Rogert Ebert, Nightmarish Conjurings

Or just tune in now to Blumhouses INTO THE DARK: A Nasty Piece of Work on Hulu.

Just a P.S.  I don’t think I have ever had the privilege to play a character this big, this flawed, this outrageous in film or television before.  I loved the ride.