by Greg Akers
The New York Times has a story up on Cybill Shepherd, a hometowner who's earned favored-celebrity status from Memphians after four decades in the public eye.
Margy Rochlin's story starts, "The first time Cybill Shepherd appeared on a talk show was on The Tonight Show back in 1968. At the time she was a radiant 18-year-old from Memphis with a confrontational gaze who owned the title Model of the Year. 'I could barely say a word,' she said. 'All I could do was say ‘Yes’ and look terrified.'”
Look for more Cybill in the future; as soon as this weekend, in fact, with Mrs. Washington Goes to Smith, which airs on the Hallmark Channel Saturday at 8 p.m.
And the story has proof you can take the XX out of TN but not the TN out of the XX:
“At unpredictable moments she would slip into a honey-dipped Southern drawl. This, according to Jane Lynch, Ms. Shepherd’s good friend and her L Word co-star, was a sign that she was relaxed. The more comfortable she is, the more her Tennessee comes out,” explained Ms. [Jane] Lynch, who portrayed Ms. Shepherd’s lawyer girlfriend on the series and recalled that the biggest hurdle when they filmed their love scene — Ms. Shepherd’s first with a woman — was Ms. Shepherd’s surplus of enthusiasm. “She was very ‘I can do this! I can do this!’ She’d kiss me in the middle of a sentence,” Ms. Lynch said with a laugh. “I had to say to her, ‘Um, I kind of got to get the line out first.’ She kind of went into overkill.”