Dark Shadows: Meet Kathryn Leigh Scott
On June 25, 1966 – a unique program hit the airwaves; a gothic daytime soap opera called Dark Shadows debuted on ABC in glorious black and white.
One of the first characters that we meet and we’ll get to know is Maggie Evans – portrayed with a great theatrical prowess by the then and now beautiful Kathryn Leigh Scott.
Just as we viewers got to know Maggie Evans, Josette duPres and Lady Kitty Hampshire – all the characters portrayed by Kathryn – I got to know Kathryn a little bit in a brief but pleasant conversation.
In the show’s five year run, many of the actors and actresses got the rare opportunity to play a variety of different characters as Dark Shadows shifted its story focus from one time era to another – going back as far as 1692 and forward as much as 1995, or even parallel universes – Kathryn has said it often and said it again during our chat, “It was like being in summer stock theater.”
Kathryn had done quite a bit of high school, community and college theater before deciding to head to the big apple to pursue her dream full-time. Upon arriving in New York City, with the burning desire to be an actress, Kathryn took part time work until she got her lucky break.
“When I came to New York, I worked at the Playboy Club as a way to pay for my room and board – just like a part-time job that most actors get while trying to find work.”
It wasn’t long after graduating from school that Kathryn started to see a lot of great work for a budding young actress – she did summer stock and an early restoration comedy at a theatrical festival – “It was while I was rehearsing for that, I got the opportunity to screen test for Dark Shadows and got the role.”Continued on the next page