True Story: I started my professional TV career at WISN, the ABC affiliate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I got plucked out of BeerTown by WPIX TV in New York City, making my bow on that local NY station in April 1985. WPIX/Channel 11 had a public affairs show called Best Talk in Town. I did celebrity interviews on that show. What a time in NYC to have a gig like that it was! I got to interview famous entertainment industry folks like Rosemary Clooney, Alice Faye, Geraldine Page, Tony Randall and photographer Francesco Scavullo. I also talked to the (then) new faces like Kathleen Turner and Kevin Costner. I was the first TV person to interview a new actress named Annabeth Gish as she promoted her movie debut in Desert Bloom.
Starting in 1990, five years after Once Bitten, young viewers loved his silliness and physical contortions when he was an original cast member of Fox TV's hit sketch comedy show, In Living Color, with the Wayans Brothers and future Best Actor Oscar winner, Jamie Foxx. Remember Carrey as psychotic Fire Marshall Bill?
Jim Carrey is 50 today. Every time I see his name on a big screen, I think of what my former boss said: "He'll never get anyplace. He's silly." I wonder what ever happened to her. By the way, she didn't think Oprah would get anyplace either. Happy Birthday, Jim Carrey. Thanks for the laughs. And drama. And the hard work it takes to do both.