The star of Police Academy 5: Assignment—Miami Beach has asked me to jump-start her career. Her exact words: "Pick up my career."
In some ways this is like asking Shawn Bradley to pick up a 10,000-pound dumbbell. The star of Police Academy 5 has not acted in 10 years, save for two itty-bitty roles. She has no agent. She has read for parts but with little success. Too young. Too old. Too sexy. Too mainstream. Too unknown. Too motherly. Too this. Too that. It has gotten to the point where Police Academy 5 won't even get her in the door. "Maybe you shouldn't mention that movie," she says with a nervous laugh. "I don't think it helped me too much."
So which movies should I mention?
"Definitely The Flamingo Kid? And? "Being picked for [the movie version of] A Chorus Line made me very proud." And? "Well...." Her hesitation is understandable—her r�sum�, like a Huey Lewis 45, drips of funky '80s goo.
1979-82: Member of Motion, boogie dance group on Dance Fever
1982: "Witchwoman Number 3" in The Beastmaster
1982: Dancer in Annie (the movie)
1983: Dancer in Staying Alive
1984: Starred in The Flamingo Kid
1985: "Judy" in A Chorus Line