Face - Occasionally during
episodes of the private detective drama THE NEW MIKE
HAMMER/CBS/1984-87, gumshoe Mike Hammer (Stacy Keach) would gaze
across a crowded room or a busy street and see a seductive brunette
female known only as "The Face" who popped into frame and just as
quickly popped out again, much to the chagrin of Mike Hammer who was
dying to meet her.
The general public was also kept in the dark as to
her identity until her credit line appeared on an episode of ABC's
PERFECT STRANGERS. It revealed that "The Face" was model actress
Donna Denton. Finally after three years of just glimpses Mike Hammer
got to meet the mysterious woman in the spring 1987 episode entitled
"A Face in the Dark."
It turned out that "The Face" was a writer
named Laura who penned a series of successful detective novels
published by Bartlett Publishers. Her primary character Nick Steele
was based on Mike Hammer. Each time she had eluded Mike Hammer, she
had been doing research on her character.
When Mike finally caught up
with this vision of loveliness, more than just words passed between
the two of them. But as quickly as Laura came into Mike's life, she
just as quickly disappeared through a pair of French doors, leaving
Mike to wander the streets and wonder if he'd ever see her again.
When MIKE HAMMER, PRIVATE EYE/SYN/1996-97 debuted, actress
Rebecca Chaney continued the role of "The Face".
TRIVIA NOTE: Anita Colby, the nation's first Supermodel was also
known as the "Face." She was the first model to make $100 an hour and
appeared on the cover of Time magazine and 14 other magazines in one month in
1945. She was the hostess of PEPSI-COLA PLAYHOUSE in 1954. Colby died
on March 27, 1992 of lung disease at her home in Oyster Bay, NY at
the age of 77.
"The Face" was also the name of a Edwardian criminal
(Peter Ducrow) now living in modern London (via suspended animation)
who battled his nemesis Adam Llewellyn de Vere Adamant (Gerald
Harper) on the British series ADAM ADAMANT LIVES!/BBC/1966-67.
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