The acting career of Sherry Bain spanned from the late 60's
to the late 80's. She was a dramatic as well as comedic actress
who enjoyed excellent reviews of her work.
to her job as a grocery checker, she was discovered by famous acting
coach and personal manager, John Cestare, who leapt from his running
vehicle at a stop light to give Sherry his business card and history
was in the making.
She started acting classes at the renowned Horseshoe Theatre
in Hollywood under the trained and watchful eye of her teacher,
Cestare. In an excerpt from the autobiography Miss Bain is currently
writing, she says...."He said he had an acting school in Hollywood
and that I was very pretty and he could make a movie star out of
me." The odds of becoming a star are millions to one but she believed
and he did.
Cestare, being aggressive and having faith in Bain, took her
to 20th Century Fox to see writer/producer Paul Monash who was looking
for an actress for an upcoming lead in his popular series, Peyton
After Cestare and Bain did a scene from Country Girl, Mr Monash
told Miss Bain she was perfect for the part and it was hers. He
also told her the part wouldn't be written in for a couple of months
so he would disguise her with wigs and dark glasses and give her
some smaller roles until that character was introduced.
It was all done but the signing of the contracts when Mr Monash
leaned back in his chair and said, "Now tell me all about yourself,
Sherry. How long have you been acting?" Her candid reply of two
weeks blew the lid off the pot.
She says she remembers hitting Cestare with her purse in the
studio parking lot because he kept telling her she had blown it.
He had instructed her to say she had been training and acting for
two years. She said she just couldn't lie about it.
a real two year timeline, she was read for and cast in a lead part
in the Crown International production of Wild Riders, opposite Alex
Rocco. Cestare, keeping his star client abreast of opportunities,
told Sherry that independent producer Burt Topper was going to be
casting an upcoming film.
A few days later, on the set of Wild Riders, someone introduced
her to Topper who was visiting, and Bain's bells rang. She asked
him if he had cast the female lead in his picture yet. He said no
and she said..."What about me?" After seeing rushes of the film
she was just completing and reading her, Topper cast her in The
Hard Ride opposite Robert Fuller.
The film's reviews were good but Bain's were sensational.
"'THE HARD RIDE' really belongs to MISS BAIN, who is convincingly
tough yet sweet in her vivid characterization of a complex
woman."....Kevin Thomas, L.A. Times
"....from a professional standpoint, the most interesting
facet of the film is MISS BAIN. Neither a fluffy nor hard-boiled
doll type that usually crops up in such pix, she has a very
striking screen presence, an obvious dramatic range, and the
evident ability to handle a variety of screen roles."....Murf,
" The pictures biggest asset is MISS BAIN....Her potential
to play young romantic leads in contemporary films is on a
par with such a welcome newcomer as Karen Black."....James
Meade, S.D. Union
Cestare ran full page ads in the Hollywood Reporter and the
Daily Variety singing her praises and offers started pouring in.
NBC cast her in Wild and Wooly with Vic Morrow, ABC cast her
in A Very Missing Person with Eve Arden and she guest starred in
a two part Marcus Welby. With those plus Starsky And Hutch, Barnaby
Jones, Emergency, Toma, Bearcats, The Bob Hope Show and The Johnny
Carson Show all gracing her resume she snagged the TV
Guide. They did a two page feature article on her, complete
with color photo, in the June 24, 1972 issue.
was featured in the 1984 Academy nominated film El Norte, John Casavette's
Opening Night, and Your Three Minutes Are Up with Beau Bridges.
She co-starred in The Ballad of Billie Blue with Eric Estrada, in
Pipe Dreams with Gladys Knight, and in Poco with Chill Wills.
With all that momentum going everyone was supprised she
gave up acting and left Hollywood. Her fans were reduced to
watching her on videos or TV reruns and wondering what ever
happened to Sherry Bain. You will find the exciting
answer to that question in Miss Bain's own words by clicking
on the testimony button.
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