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Published:March 12th, 2008 06:11 EST
Judyth Piazza's Sisterhood of Radio Flying High With Dawn Wells and Yolanda King

Judyth Piazza's Sisterhood of Radio Flying High With Dawn Wells and Yolanda King

By Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)

 

The American Perspective is a cutting edge radio program that is full of inspiration and information. It`s intended to help people succeed in life. Each week the American Perspective features celebrity guests from around the nation such as Zig Ziglar, Yolanda King, Billy D. Williams, Tony Little, Mark Victor Hansen, Dave Ramsey and many many more.

"It`s the next generation of Inter-tainment"

If you would like to be a guest on The American Perspective, email me at judy@thesop.org.

Dawn Wells Bio

Dawn Wells was born in Reno, Nevada on October 18, 1938. Her father was a real estate owner and developer and her mother was a home maker. Wells` childhood was a happy and healthy one. Dawn Wells and her mother grew their own fruits and vegetables in their gardens and Dawn rode horses. In her high school years she was the class treasurer, President of the debate team and an honor rolls student. She was Miss Nevada in 1959 and went on to the Miss America Pageant. Dawn originally wanted to be a doctor, so she enrolled in the elite Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri to study medicine, but then she discovered the Drama Club. Dawn Wells then transferred to the University of Washington, which was known for their Theatre Department, and she graduated with a Degree in Theatre. Dawn Wells moved to Hollywood and got the role of Mary Ann Summers on CBS`s "Gilligan`s Island" 1964. The rest is history. However, there was much more to Dawn Wells than her simple Mary Ann character. Wells refused to be an unemployed actor after the show ended and has never been out of work since the show aired 40 years ago. She has performed in over 66 theatrical productions, including the National Touring Company of "They`re Playing Our Song!" She has done countless voice overs, commercials and talk shows. Dawn Wells worked for the Australian news show "Midday" and interviewed such talents as Julia Robert, Eddie Murphy and Tom Hanks to name a few. Dawn has also had great success as a producer and has a number of TV movies to her credit. She currently has a new project in the works for release in 2005.

After years of touring and performing in dramas, comedies, and musical theatre Dawn Wells finally slowed down a bit. In 1998 she founded the Dawn Wells` Film Actors Boot Camp in Driggs, Idaho. The camp is for the already trained actor looking to make the transition from the amateur to the professional actor. Wells still runs the camp to this day. In 2003, Dawn Wells did tours of the plays "Love Letters" with Adam West and Eve Ensler`s Award Winning "The Vagina Monologues". In early 2004 Dawn established and founded The Spud Film Institute in Idaho and Wyoming and will hold the first ever Spud Drive in Film and Music Festival in the summer of 2004. Dawn Wells is also the artistic director of the festival. If that is not enough, Ms. Wells also has her own clothing line for the physically challenged called "Wishing Wells Collections" and she recently launched her own skin care line, Classic Beauty.

Dawn Wells continues to contribute to the business she loves so much and constantly gives back to the acting community. She mentors young actors and travels to colleges all across the U.S. to teach Master Classes. Dawn Wells has served as Artist in Residence at several Universities. Dawn Wells is in constant demand for personal appearances and speaking engagements, yet she never forgets to give back to the Artistic community. She will surely be remembered for all her good work.
Yolanda King Bio
Yolanda King, founder and CEO of Higher Ground Productions is the first-born daughter of Coretta Scott King and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is Yolanda King`s mission to encourage personal growth and positive social change through her work as an actor, speaker and producer and led to her founding Higher Ground Productions.

Yolanda King`s innovative lecture-performances have been experienced throughout the United States as well as in Europe, Africa and Asia. She is co-creator of a book entitled Open My Eyes, Open My Soul, demonstrating her commitment to raise awareness and enhance understanding about the importance of diversity. Her commitment to personal empowerment is evidenced in the Higher Ground Productions publishing of Embracing Your Power in 30 Days, a step by step, daily tool for personal growth based on her very personal experiences, co-authored by Ms. King and Wanda Marie.

After receiving a B.A. degree with honors from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, King moved to New York to earn her Masters degree in Theatre at New York University. During this time, she directed and performed in productions in New York and the Tri-State area. She honed her teaching skills while working with young people at the King Center for Non-Violent Social Change. Ms. King premiered her theatrical production "Achieving the Dream" where she portrays several characters in the movement for civil rights during the Olympics in Atlanta. As a seasoned and respected actor, many of King`s stage, television and film credits reflect her commitment to social change and include portrayals of Rosa Parks in the NBC-TV movie "King," Dr. Betty Shabazz in the film "Death of a Prophet" with Morgan Freeman, and Medgar Ever`s daughter, Reena, in "Ghosts of Mississippi" directed by Rob Reiner.

King`s speaking accomplishments include presentations at Fortune 500 corporations; religious and civic events; educational and professional conferences, and universities. Sharing her message on the importance of embracing diversity and our common humanity, she has sounded the call from the halls of the United Nations to venues in Moscow and Munich. King has been acclaimed for her ability to inspire people from all walks of life to reach higher ground; to motivate people to move forward, and to empower people to make a difference.

King has been honored with numerous presentations, awards and citations by organizations around the country and was named one of the Outstanding Young Women of America. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Inc. (the official national memorial to Dr. King) and was founding Director of the King Center`s Cultural Affairs Program. She serves on the Partnership Council of Habitat for Humanity, is a member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, a sponsor of the Women`s International League for Peace and Freedom and holds a lifetime membership in the N.A.A.C.P. She is the recipient of two Honorary Doctorial degrees.