What a Tangled Web...
We know that thirtysomething had a reputation as a show on which
everyone was married to everyone else, or at least involved in some way.
So it's not quite as complicated as trying to sort out the history of Fleetwood
Mac, but here's an attempt.
Show co-creator Edward Zwick is married to scripwriter and guest star (Madison
Arnold in "advanced beginners") Liberty Godshall.
Show co-creator and guest star (Dr. Nicholson in "therapy") Marshall Herskovitz
is married to story editor, scriptwriter, and producer Susan Shilliday.
Actor Ken Olin is married to actress Patricia Wettig.
The kids of Edward Zwick and Liberty Godshall went to preschool with the
kids of Ken Olin and Patricia Wettig, which is how they all met originally.
(Thanks to Chris "or maybe it was Marshall Herskovitz and Susan Shilliday's
kids" Ryerson for this.)
From Alicia (?) regarding Ken Olin and Patricia Wettig appearing
on the Rosie O'Donnell show in the winter of 1999:
Patricia was explaining how her son, who is now 16, was 3 at the time
and he was going into preschool for the first time and she was with him
and looking around for other kids for him to connect with, and there was
one little girl there, who spoke really proper, so Pat was thinking that
was the girl for her son to be playing with!
And Cyndie, on the same topic:
AND....this is the best part.....the little girl was Shiladay (sp?)
and Hersk.'s daughter. Patty and Ken; and Susan and Ed became friends
through their kids and while out to dinner one night heard about the new
show Ed was working on. Patty and Ken decided to read for parts.
No one on the set knew they were married (other than Ed) and it wasn't
brought up until they had gotten their parts. I understood Patty
to say she read for the part of Hope but apparently others didn't see any
chemistry between them. Apparently she didn't fit the Hope-type.
Writer/producer/director Winnie Holzman (who also created My So-Called
Life and had a cameo as Ms. Sherry Eisen, one of Melissa's flotilla
of therapists in a dream sequence from "photo opportunity") is married
to guest star Paul Dooley who played Bob Spano in the "towers of zenith"
Writer Jerry Stahl was married to art director/production designer Brandy
Alexander. (Thanks to Sylvia for this tip!)
Melanie Mayron's sister Gail Mayron showed up to play Melissa's sister
Jill in the episode "photo opportunity." (Thanks to Chris Ryerson for this,
and also noting that Gail was a set assistant for "going limp.")
The most prolific director (9 episodes!) Scott Winant is married to scriptwriter
("mr. right" and "our wedding") Jill Gordon. (Thanks to Lynn Wilhite for
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