Host: Chris Evert
Chris Evert is poised and confident in preem of her celebrity interview show, which features relaxed and candid chats with Gloria Estefan, Eddie Murphy and Jane Seymour.
Segment on Estefan reveals much, at least to those who are not intimately familiar with the Cuban-American singer’s background. Estefan’s father was captured in the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion and put in a Cuban prison, was later released and fought in Vietnam, and finally died of multiple sclerosis. Estefan credits her family’s struggles during her childhood with giving her the strength to face both the good and bad in her career and personal life.
Murphy is interviewed in the music studio of his home, where he pursues his latest interest, music recording. Murphy describes the peace of mind he has found through his marriage and children, and his more philosophical attitude toward his career and critics. With interviewer Evert, Murphy is charming and personable, cracking the spontaneous, self-deprecating jokes that made him so likable in his early days in TV.
Finally, Seymour talks to Evert on the set of her TV series, “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.” She describes the role of women in the Old West, and relates the personal connection she has made with her character. Most interesting is Seymour’s saga of her journey from aspiring ballerina to James Bond girl and finally to a successful American TV series. In addition, Seymour tells how her own background helped with her role in “War and Remembrance” (Seymour’s father is Jewish).
Evert is quite effective in her new role as celebrity interviewer, although she has conducted interviews in the past as a tennis commentator for NBC. Throughout her playing career, Evert has always displayed an off-court warmth and humanity, even vulnerability, that made her a target for media jibes.
It is clearly her experience in the public eye that gives her a special take on the celebrity interview. Instead of poking and prying for information, Evert gently prods her subjects, even sharing her own personal experiences as a way of drawing them out. Not surprisingly, these celebrities warm up to her and share experiences that the hounding media might not be able to dredge up, or perhaps rarely bother to ask about. The result is an engaging, low-key and even rewarding interview hour.