Continue to Shine at Shakespeare Sedona
With an ear-to-ear
smile, like his face was going to burst from happiness, Shakespeare
Sedona’s producing director Jared Sakren floated up to the
is delighted to have secured the talents of a nationally-recognized
award-winning actress to play the lead in All's
Well that Ends Well: Michael Learned,” blurted Sakren.
With that, Sakren floated around the room. He has scored a
actresses have achieved the varied successes of Michael Learned.
Classically trained in England, theater accomplished, Learned
has gone on to win four Emmy Awards for Best Actress, star
in numerous critically acclaimed projects for PBS, movies
for television and feature films.
She has had extraordinary
performances in the theater, including the lead role of Sara
Goode in the Wendy Wasserstein smash Broadway play, The
Sisters Rosensweig, produced
by Lincoln Center at the Barrymore Theatre, as well as highly
reviewed performances of the award-winning Edward Albee play
Three Tall Women .
Learned recently completed an enormously successful run of
Gor Vidal's The Best
Man on Broadway for which she received rave reviews and
a nomination for Best Actress by the New York Outer Critics
achieved national recognition as Olivia Walton in the long
running hit television series The Waltons (three Emmys – Best Actress),
and later as the lead in the CBS series Nurse (one Emmy – Best Actress). She (and "The Waltons")
still appear to be among America's favorites as depicted in
the recent T.V. Guide 40th Anniversary issue, setting forth
the all-time best television programs and stars. Learned was
selected second as the all time favorite in the Dramatic Actress
category (in a tie with Tyne Daly) beating an impressive list
of talented actresses, and The
Waltons scored as the second Most Favorite Television
Family Show, beating The Cosby Show and other landmark shows.
In November 1993,
Learned reunited with her TV family in A
Walton Thanksgiving, which was the second highest rated
movie-for-television on CBS during that broadcast season.
The ratings success necessitated two additional reunion movies,
A Walton Wedding, which
aired on February 12, 1995, and A Walton Easter, which aired March 30, 1997, both to very high ratings.
America is still very much attached to Learned and "The
Prior to Learned's
television success, she was well known within theater circles
as a result of her leading roles in Under
Milkwood, Tartuffe, The Misanthrope, The Importance of Being
Earnest and Private Lives, and off-Broadway in The Three Sisters and A God
Learned served an
apprenticeship with the Stratford, Connecticut Shakespeare
Festival early in her career and has been an active member
of the American Conservatory Theater for many years. Her involvement
in both organizations gave rise to her acclaimed performances
recently in the West coast debut of Woman
in Mind, Hapgood as well as Cyrano
de Bergerac last year. Other engagements at ACT included
The Three Sisters, A God Slept Here, Anthony and Cleopatra, The Tavern and The Merchant of Venice
successful engagements opposite Marsha Mason's Mary
Stuart and in Picnic,
respectively at The Ahmanson Theatre; A
Month in the Country at The Mark Taper Forum; and in Loves
of Anatol at Circle-in-the Square and as Leona in The Time of the Cuckoo, both in New York. She has also toured the
country in numerous engagements of A.R. Gurney's Love Letters.
completed a "bravo" engagement of Lettice
and Lovage at Montclair State College, receiving outstanding
reviews form the New York Times and other, regional publications.
Among her portrayals
in the television movie arena was Learned's strong performance
alongside Robert Young in Mercy
or Murder and Alan Arkin in Deadly Business, and starring roles in
Widow, Little Mo, Off Minnesota Strip, Christmas
Without Snow, All My Sons, and Roots: The Gift.
Her motion picture
credits include Power (directed by Sidney Lumet) and Touched by Love, and in 1993, the highly
acclaimed and successful Dragon
(directed by Rob Cohen) for Universal Pictures. Recently
Learned completed a cameo role in an independent film entitled
Life During Wartime,
which was honored at the Sundance Film Festival.
In recent years.
Learned starred in two short0ordered series for ABC: Clinic
a one hour dramatic series centered in a psychiatric hospital
(created, written and produced by Jay Presson Allen) and Living
Dolls, a one-half hour sitcom for Columbia Pictures Television.
Learned lives with
her husband in Los Angeles when not on production location.