In his memoir “Palimpsest,” Gore Vidal recalls beginning his career in television in 1954, with his play Dark Possession, written for CBS. At that time, plays were broadcast live.
For actors on live television, normal stage fright was exaggerated by the knowledge that 20m people would be watching them and that should they forget their lines, learned in less than a week, there would be no more television work. There were many terrible stories… I watched one ethereal blonde girl, in the course of a tender love scene, soundlessly vomit on her swain.
Dark Possession went smoothly until the…
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