|Laurette Spang (Cassiopeia)|
Actress Name: Laurette Spang
Character Name: Cassiopeia
Episode Appearances: Main Cast
Character Bio: Apollo and Starbuck first meet Cassiopeia (or "Cassie" to most) as they survey the freighter Gemini for wounded passengers. Cassiopeia's arm is broken, so she is taken aboard the Galactica and treated there. She forges what might be at first an opportunistic relationship with Starbuck, engaging him in a bit of a love triangle (since he is already seeing Athena at the time). As time progresses, Starbuck and Cassie become more exclusive. Cassiopeia's designation is that of a socialator (a call girl, perhaps an escort or a prostitute) and is morally condemned by many of her fellow Gemonese. However, in the Fleet, Cassiopeia leaves the trade and becomes a skilled medical corpsman.
Once the Pegasus has discovered the Colonial Fleet, it is learned that Cassie is the former lover of the legendary Cmdr. Cain. Because of this relationship, there is much tension, even some animosity, between Cassiopeia and Cain's daughter Sheba. However, during a mission over Gamoray, Sheba has the chance to see Cassiopeia's newfound changes in career and in priorities, and her respect for Cassie increases hundredfold. Among these changes that we see in Cassiopeia is her steady and faithful commitment to her relationship with Starbuck. Even Starbuck admitted off the record that he once thought of getting sealed (i.e. married) to her.
Actress Bio: Laurette Spang was born on May 16, 1951 in Buffalo, New York. Her father was a chemist. Laurette Spang was raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the second of three children. Among Spang's earliest of hobbies was to write letters to actors, most notably of the British gothic soap opera Dark Shadows and the western series Bonanza (which starred, as we all know, Lorne Greene, her eventual Commander on the original Battlestar Galactica series). Laurette Spang credits meeting one of her early heroes, actress Kathryn Leigh Scott from Dark Shadows with inspiring Spang at a face to face meeting they had when Spang was a child. Laurette Spang was spotted by a talent scout in 1972, and soon was appearing in popular shows of the day such as Emergency, Adam-12 (which starred Kent McCord, better known as Capt. Troy in Galactica 1980), Happy Days, Charlie's Angels and others. Laurette Spang also filmed four TV movies during this time period. Soon after Laurette Spang left the contract system, she landed the role of "Cassiopeia" in the original Battlestar Galactica. In 1980, she married John McCook, better known for his part as "Eric Forrester" in The Bold and the Beautiful.
Laurette Spang-McCook would appear in one episode of Magnum, P.I., and after that, disappear from acting to raise her family. Laurette Spang did surface once to host a 2002 episode of the Sciography documentary (the episode was about the original Battlestar Galactica).
IMDb Link: Laurette Spang
Official Website: Laurette Spang Official Website
What she's doing now: Laurette Spang does occasional small acting bits with (and in support of) her son Jake (see her website for info).
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