television icon, Carol Burnett along with her daughter Carrie
Hamilton, guest starred with us in "The Comeback". More recently, Carol was cast to play Eleanor Mason, the stepmother of Bree Van De Kamp on the hit television show Desperate Housewives that aired on April 9th.
TBAA Episode: The Comeback
Two time guest star on Touched By An Angel, four-time Emmy winner and motion picture star, Valerie Harper, is best known for her innovative comedic work as Rhoda Morgenstern on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rhoda. Most recently she starred in and received rave reviews for the smash Broadway production, Golda's Balcony: The triumphant story of one of the century's greatest women… Golda Meir. In this riveting performance, Valerie took us through the rise of Golda Meir from Russian schoolgirl to Israeli's Prime Minister.
GREGORY HARRISON Getting his first big break on the popular show "M*A*S*H" and gaining fame playing Dr. Gonzo Gates on "Trapper John, MD", Gregory joined our Touched family in three different episodes. Not only did he share his acting skills, we were also fortunate enough to have him direct the episode "Jagged Edges." Recently he has returned to the stage and will be with the touring production of " CHICAGO" playing the debonair defense attorney Billy Flynn. He has also just completed a taping of "Law & Order-SVU" which will air when the new season begins in October 2006.
TBAA Episodes: There, But for the Grace of God, Forever Young, Flights of Angels
Kathy Ireland started out her amazing career as a model and was able to reach "supermodel" fame. She has numerous acting credits under her belt and joined us in the episode, The Last Day of the Rest of Your Life. Currently, Kathy is the Chief Designer and CEO of her own company, Kathy Ireland Worldwide. Her mission statement for the company "...finding solutions for families, especially busy moms" stemmed from her inspiration to design high quality merchandise with family friendly pricing. "As a busy mom, finding time to shop is a challenging task." Kathy's home products, apparel and jewelry are designed for women who value time and are wise with their money.
TBAA Episode: The Last Day of the Rest of Your life
World renowned entertainer and five time Grammy Award winning superstar, Wynonna Judd, made her acting debut with us in our memorable 100th episode, Psalm 151. Her character, Audrey, later returned in two additional episodes: Mother’s Day and At the end of the Aisle.
Wynonna is now sharing her vocal talents and the musical journey of her life on DVD and double live CD, Her Story: Scenes from a Lifetime, which spans twenty years of hits and poignant stories from the storied singer’s life. She is also giving us a glance into her life’s triumphs and struggles through her inspiring, New York Times Best Selling memoir, Coming Home to Myself. Her memoir takes us through her emotional journey and story of survival, strength, hope and forgiveness, and leaves us with the empowering message of having the courage to find oneself.
In 2006, along with touring cross-country with some of the most esteemed symphony companies in the United States, she will also release her first-ever solo christmas CD entitled, A Classic Christmas, in October. Wynonna is currently the US Ambassador for YouthAIDS and was recently presented with the USO Merit Award for outstanding contributions to the United States Armed Forces in 2005. She helped raise over $90 million for Habitat for Humanity in 2005 by recording the song, “Heart of America,” for victims of natural disasters along the Golf Coast.
TBAA episodes: Psalm 151, At The End of the Aisle, Mother’s Day
The first female country artist to score three multiple-week #1 songs from the same album, JoDee Messina joined us along with a large guest cast in the musical taffy factory episode, Then Sings My Soul. And she carried the show in the memorable episode The Last Day of the Rest of Your Life. Continuing to pour her heart and soul into what she loves best, her music, she has recently released her 4th studio album, Delicious Surprise. This album is that rare recording that captures the true essence of an artist's soul. In it, JoDee chooses to sing about her life by compiling a group of songs that come from her heart, all with the purpose of conveying her message of optimism, strength and hope. "To me, the 'delicious surprise' in life is the dreaming, getting there, without limits, without putting up boundaries, just having faith and working hard. Dreams are meant to be followed and if your heart speaks it, then it doesn't matter how far-fetched it seems. You have to believe."
2006 tour dates: Now through Novemeber 17th
TBAA Episodes: The Last day of the Rest of your Life, Then Sings My Soul,
KEB'MO A frequent visitor to the Touched By An Angel set and 47th Best Contemporary Blues Album Grammy winner, Keb'Mo', released his 8th studio album, Suitcase, on June 13th. The songs communicate volumes about universal experiences including ruminations on the baggage we carry, and how it burdens the ties that bind, to the conviction about love's power to elevate the common man above the ills of society. He will be on tour through September 9th. He has multiple film and television projects in the works with a cameo appearance in, All The King's Men, has contributed music to the Robin Williams film comedy, RV, along with providing music for the television comedy, Freddie.
TBAA Episodes: Shallow Water (2), Inherit the Wind,
Then Sings my Soul
For more details, please visit his official website: www.kebmo.com
Award-winning star of numerous motion pictures, we were honored to have the legendary Debbie Reynolds guest star in the episode, Manhunt. Storming into Hollywood at the tender age of 16, Debbie is most well known for her 1964 Academy Award nominated performance in TheUnsinkable Molly Brown and for the classic Singin’ in the Rain. Since that time there is little Debbie hasn't taken on. Besides film and
television, Debbie was seen on stage and in nightclubs, and for the past 30 years, has continued to amass a huge collection of movie memorabilia for the Hollywood Motion Picture Collection.
TBAA Episodes: Manhunt
Debbie makes frequent appearances in Las Vegas and around the country.
For more information, visit her official website: www.debbiereynolds.com RANDY TRAVIS
The most requested and frequent guest star, Randy Travis, blessed us with his gifts in six episodes playing the roles of Wayne and J.D. Winslow. He was with us until the end as we closed out our 9 year run with the season finale, I Will Walk With You, which featured his beautiful song, "When Mama Prayed."
Recently Randy has recorded a follow up album to his 2003 multi award winning Worship and Faith, with his fifth inspirational/worship collection, Glory Train. It is a compilation of beloved classic hymns and familiar worship songs. Along with his touring schedule now through November 25th, his new film, The Visitation, is now available on DVD. The thriller is based on the New York Times-bestselling novel by Frank Peretti.
TBAA Episodes: Fear Not, I Will Walk With You 1&2, It came Upon a Midnight Clear, The Feather, Shallow Water 1&2.