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Anne Jeffreys GALACTICA.TV interview
Written by Mike Egnor   
Monday, 19 February 2007

Some time ago Mike Egnor caught up with Anne Jeffreys, who played the charming Siress Blassie in the episode "The Man with Nine Lives" in the Battlestar Galactica 1978 series. She was kind enough to quickly answer some questions about her part on the series and also about her starring next to Fred Astaire.

 

Anne Jeffreys as Siress Blassie on Battlestar Galactica 1978

Anne Jeffreys as Siress Blassie on Battlestar Galactica 1978

 

I asked Anne Jeffreys if her first television/film role was as Sally Crane in Billy the Kid Trapped. She said that it was, but since she had worked in the opera and other musical theatre before then, she wasn't nervous about her first television role. She told me that she had heard of Battlestar Galactica before, and that she didn't have to audition for the role of Siress Blassie. She said that she had heard that the role of Blassie would be opposite of Fred Astaire, which led to her to take the job.

She said she didn't work with any of the main or guest actors before, hasn't kept in touch with any of them afterwards, and hasn't seen the episode for several years. But she did remember how much she enjoyed working with director Rod Holcomb. 

Ms. Jeffreys said her dress was designed by Jean-Pierre Dorleac, and that it was custom made and fitted especially for her. She said that that dress won Jean-Pierre an Emmy Award for costume design. 

I told her that I loved her role as an aristocratic charming lady, and she said that she didn't have to create the accent for the part, that is was hers.

 

Anne Jeffreys as Siress Blassie and Fred Astaire as Chameleon on Battlestar Galactica 1978 

Anne Jeffreys as Siress Blassie and Fred Astaire as Chameleon on Battlestar Galactica 1978

 

She said that she was directed to play Blassie as being charmed by Chameleon even before she found out he was supposedly a powerful network producer. I told her that she was the last person to dance with Fred Astaire onscreen, and she said it was a huge honor.

When watching the bonus footage from the DVD set, I noticed that there wasn't any actual music being played. When I asked her how they kept time, she said it was cued by the director. She said her only regret was that she didn't have a larger part on the show.

Ms. Jeffreys thanked me for the interest in her career and wanted me to express her thanks for all of her fans. 

 
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