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SHADOWGRAM NEWS UPDATE # 363 August 5, 2015

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August 5, 2015


The Official "Dark Shadows" Published Newsletters by Postal Mail

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Each of these SG News Updates is initially posted through the ShadowGram Yahoo Group.  Joining the Group is free.


To receive a Yahoo Group invitation, or to learn more about the ShadowGram Official Dark Shadows Published Newsletters by postal-mail subscription, or if you have any questions, please directly contact Marcy Robin by email:


You also can join the SG Group directly at:




Update Number 363

August 5, 2015




Hello, Dark Shadows Fan,


ShadowGram (SG), The Official Newsletter & News Source for Dark Shadows (DS), announces the following key breaking news in this Official Dark Shadows News Online Update "Bulletin."










LELA SWIFT, who was with “Dark Shadows” from Episode 1 to the final Episode 1225, died of natural causes at age 96 at her home in Santa Monica, CA, on Aug. 4 (yesterday).


She was born Lela Siwoff  2-1-1919 in NYC. In the early 1940s, she worked in the secretarial pool at CBS. She was assigned as a researcher for CBS chief engineer Dr. Peter Goldfarb, who developed the initial technology for color broadcasting and explored the concept of video recording. In 1948. Lela became an assistant director on the network’s “Studio One.” As television and the CBS network became more popular and available, she emerged as a pioneering female TV director for other shows, such as “Suspense,” “The Dupont Show Of The Week,” “The House On High Street,” NBC’s  “The Purex Specials For Women,” and the farmland documentary “Years Without Harvest.”


Dan Curtis was an upstart TV producer when he created DS in 1966, with Lela on board as director from the start. In early 1968, Lela helped train Dan to become a director as he learned on the job with DS, ultimately directing several episodes starting with the 1795 storyline finale. Lela directed DS from the very first episode (6-27-66), a total of 588 episodes as she alternated with other directors. She was the only director to stay with DS for its nearly 5-year run. She also produced DS’ last year to the final episode (4-2-71).


Lela also assisted Dan on location when he directed his first theatrical movie “House of Dark Shadows” in 1970. She thus launched him on his extensive directing career, highlighted by his acclaimed, multiple award-winning miniseries “Winds of War” and “War & Remembrance,” plus TV anthologies, series, films, and theatrical movies as well.


Lela directed Dan’s 1969 TV pilot “Dead of Night" (with the episodic subtitle of "A Darkness at Blaisedon”) written by DS writer SAM HALL. Dan Curtis Productions '1974 “Nightmare at 43 Hillcrest,” part of ABC-TV's late-night “Wide World of Mystery” series, also was helmed by Lela.


In 1975 she began as director for ABC’s new soap “Ryan’s Hope,” ultimately directing 800+ episodes to 1989. On the show she was working again with DS’ Scenic Designer SY TOMASHOFF, who was the original Set Director for “Ryan’s Hope.”


Lela participated in an illustrious DS event and in a DS retrospective project more recently.


--- On 3-8-2003, she joined almost 20 DS cast and production personnel onstage in her only DS-related public appearance: The Museum of Television & Radio’s Paley Festival “Dark Shadows Tribute” at the MT&R Museum in Los Angeles. This special event also saw the only DS-related public appearances to date by DS actresses Alexandra Moltke and Kate Jackson.


This prestigious event was spotlighted in SG #99 (Aug. 2003) with photos and details. For info, contact SG Editor Marcy Robin at


--- Lela also was interviewed in 1991 for the MPI Video documentary “Dark Shadows: Behind the Scenes.” Additional footage from that session subsequently was included as bonus features on MPI's DVD releases of the original DS episodes.


She is survived by her brother, Seymour Siwoff; sons Russell Schwartz, SVP Business and Legal Affairs at Starz, and Stuart Schwartz, an Emmy-winning TV producer; their wives; and 5 grandchildren.





DONNA (Amanda Harris, Olivia Corey) is a renowned award-winning actress/dancer/singer who has performed in many live productions, tributes, salutes, retrospectives, and more on stages worldwide. She candidly reviews her life, career, and experiences in her one-woman shows, featuring songs, dance, and her own perceptive commentary and observations.


Her new CD “Same Place: Another Time” is released 8-7.


---- Donna presents her “Same Place, Another Time” show at “54 Below – Broadway’s Supper Club” in 2 performances: Thur., Aug. 6 (tomorrow) and Sun., Aug. 9.  She’s previously performed at the club.


The 54 Below Club is located at 254 W. 54th St., Cellar, NYC 10019. (646) 476-3551.


Doors open at 5:15pm both evenings. There is a $50-$60 cover charge and a food & drink minimum of $25. Premiums are $95.


54 Below publicity: “Tony Award winner Donna McKechnie graces the stage of 54 Below with a return engagement of Same Place: Another Time: a musical déjà vu celebrating the scintillating 70’s in New York City – the heyday of Studio 54. McKechnie, best known the world over for creating the role of Cassie in A Chorus Line, is also well-known for her Broadway appearances in State Fair; On the Town; Company; Promises, Promises; and How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. For these two very special performances, Donna will salute this remarkable era via the music of Jim Croce, Peter Allen, Marvin Hamlisch and Stephen Sondheim. The evening will also include a special tribute to Kander & Ebb, celebrating their last musical The Visit.”


SG previously announced that Donna is the stand-by for star Chita Rivera in this acclaimed new play “The Visit.”


---- ALSO:

Donna will perform and sign copies of the CD at a special “Author Event,” starting at 7:00pm on Mon., Aug. 10, at Barnes & Noble at 150 E. 86th St., NYC, NY 10028.


The store is on the Upper East Side at 86th St, and Lexington Ave.


Publicity: “Tony Award-winning performer Donna McKechnie and music director Steve Marzullo perform songs from and sign copies of her new CD, ‘Same Place: Another Time.’ This event will be wristbanded. Priority seating with CD purchase.”


SG invites and welcomes all fans attending Donna’s events to please share with SG their reports, photos, video footage, event handouts, local publicity, media articles, interviews, reviews, etc.  Each experience and perspective is unique and helps let SG readers who can’t attend “be there with you.”





These breaking-news Official DS Online News Update "bulletins" are initially posted through the ShadowGram Yahoo Group. These brief email Updates are * NOT * the actual Official Published DS Newsletters.


--- Each complete SG print newsletter provides full reports in depth, with details, photos, DS personnel quotes, publicity and media coverage, exclusive materials, official advance information, and more.


To subscribe / renew to the complete ShadowGram Official Dark Shadows Newsletters:


--- US & Canadian First Class subscriptions: $12.00 for 4 issues, $24.00 for 8 issues.

 ---Overseas Air Mail subscriptions: US $20.00 for 4 issues, US $40.00 for 8 issues.


Please send subscription / renewal payment by check or money order, payable to:


Marcy Robin

P.O. Box 1766

Temple City, CA 91780-7766




Subscription/renewal payments also can be made via PayPal to:


When your subscription/renewal order is received, the current – and first-ever – Triple SG #124-#125-#126 published newsletter will be sent to you via postal-mail.




These SG Update news bulletins are posted via the free ShadowGram Yahoo Group. These bring you immediate brief, time-sensitive key news relating to all things DS.


There is no cost and it’s easy to sign up for the SG Group.


To directly receive each SG Online Update post sent to you as an email, please join the free SG Yahoo Group. You do not need to be a SG postal-mail subscriber to join and become a member of the Group.


To join the ShadowGram Yahoo Group:


--- If you’re already a Yahoo member, go to the website. Find the “Groups” tab on the main page. Click there and type “Shadowgram” in the Search box. It will take you to the Group. Continue from there.


To become a member of the ShadowGram YahooGroup, please go to


To receive an invitation – which makes it even easier to join the Group – please directly email your invitation request to Marcy Robin at


Once you sign up for the Group or accept the invitation, you are a Group member. You then will receive the breaking-news Updates via email as they are posted. You also can follow past news developments as they happened by reading recent Updates.


--- If you’re not already a Yahoo member, go to and click on the home page "sign up" link and follow the directions. Then enter the URL below and join the group ShadowGram.


You can read recent and all past SG Updates once you're a member of the SG Yahoo Group by clicking on the “Messages” tab.


If you'd like more information or have questions, please e-mail Marcy Robin at


If you’d like an email invitation to join the Group – which makes it easier to become a member – please send your invitation request directly to Marcy Robin at


**** This Update is posted to the ShadowGram Yahoo Group and is then dispersed by interested people to various lists, boards, websites, groups, blogs, pages, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, in individual personal emails, and other online / print communications.


PLEASE always include ShadowGram's complete e- and postal- mail addresses and subscription information in all of your online sharing. Thank you.


Each SG Published Newsletter features confirmed news and information direct from the DS cast / crew about their projects and activities, Dan Curtis Productions, the DS Festival, Big Finish Productions, MPI, and others involved in DS today. The print newsletters feature exclusive and behind-the-scenes photos, premiere announcements, messages to the fans from the DS personnel, detailed reports, publicity materials, media coverage, updates for DS guest/fan gatherings, plus all the definite DS news and plans.


---- SG invites all fans to please share any DS-related materials you find at any time.


These can be on-air, in print, and online, international, nationwide, or local, including media publicity and mentions, articles, reviews, interviews, commentaries, etc. Fans attending any personal appearances by the DS actors always are encouraged to please share with SG their reports, photos, video footage, program books, local publicity, media articles, interviews, reviews, etc.  Each experience and perspective is unique and helps let SG readers who can’t attend “be there with you.”


All such items can be hard copies (photographs, newspapers, magazines, program books, flyers). You can email photos and articles at high resolution or send materials via postal-mail. Please always include your full name and the complete name and date of the source.


Please send all items to ShadowGram’s postal- and e- mail addresses above / below.


You will be named as a Contributor in the published SG newsletter. You also may receive a complementary Contributor's Copy for major donations of photos, information, funds, postage stamps, supplies, publicity, assistance, etc. Thank you in advance for your support and sharing.


All information is important to ShadowGram, The Official DS Published Newsletter and The Official DS News Source. Subscribers of all ages are across the US and worldwide. I directly send complimentary copies of every issue to many of the DS cast and crew. They share their news with me for SG’s readers. They enjoy learning about their DS colleagues in SG's pages.


SHADOWGRAM (SG) is the recognized * Official * "Dark Shadows" Newsletter. Much of its news is provided directtly to me by the show's cast, crew, and those involved in the 1966-71 TV series and the 1991 TV series. Established 36 years ago in April, 1979, SG always works directly with the DS cast/crew and related individuals, companies, and others involved in DS' creation, distribution, promotion, merchandise, etc. The complete, detailed SG print issues usually are published 2-3 times during a year.


Please see complete subscription information and contact addresses above.


For more newsletter information or if you have any questions, please email or send a SAFSE (Self-Addressed, Forever- Stamped Envelope) to this postal-mail address:


Thank you.

Marcy Robin

ShadowGram Editor / Publisher

P.O. Box 1766

Temple City, CA 91780-7766

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