SAMPLING OF WHAT YOU'LL DISCOVER IN THE BOOK, VIDEOS, INTERVIEW AND COMMENTARY
The embarrassing first sentence J. Michael Straczynski
ever spoke to Pat Tallman.
The quality Pat Tallman has that JMS said is nearly impossible to find
Details of the Murder, She Wrote script JMS penned specifically
for Pat...and the lies that prevented her from being in it.
The quality that makes Lyta, Lyta, according to JMS, and why he compares
her to a thermonuclear weapon.
How her Barbie dolls dramatically influenced her career in horror and
The two awards she won in one weekend in college: homecoming queen
How her mom and dad reacted to her first nude scene...and the embarassing
thing one of them did at a family dinner.
The "odd jobs" she held while supporting her acting career
in New York.
Why she didn't do drugs when the women around her "weren't so
The stage combat class that launched her stuntwoman career.
Why she eventually left New York for the "other coast."
Why playing Red Sonja in the in the "Conan" show at Universal
Studios was such a significant career choice.
How she got the role of Barbara in Night of the Living Dead.
Pat's first reaction to seeing the Babylon 5 audition script.
How a shocking moment during her audition influenced her scene where
Lyta is being interviewed by G'Kar.
Why Ed Wasser, who played Morden, was in the room when she auditioned.
How she and the rest of the actors found out they were the "chosen
cast," and why the arrival of a specific Warner Bros. executive turned
the meeting into a "catastrophe."
How she reacted the first time she read with Andreas.
The make-up kerfuffle started by an actress telling lies on the B5
set, and the person she turned to to make it right.
The reason why Richard Compton was so kind to actors.
The scene with Andreas/G'Kar where she felt like "a bunny about
to be eaten by a wolf."
Why Lyta stares at G'Kar when he asks her about her pleasure threshold.
The situation where J. Michael Straczynski fears an actor will "play
the end result" and how he avoids that.
Why, when Lyta scanned Kosh, she played it as though Kosh was the most
beautiful and terrible thing in the world.
How Pat came to understand that she and Lyta were very much alike,
and how J. Michael Straczynski made that happen.
Revealed: Why Lyta was not a gay character, as originally intended
by J. Michael Straczynski
What Michael O'Hare said to Pat when Lyta slammed Sinclair against
Why Pat threw the wrap party for The Gathering, and what ended
up in the baby pool.
The one thing that Pat didn't like when she saw The Gathering
on TV, and what it felt like to watch it with 20 other people.
Why J. Michael Straczynski took Pat and Michael O'Hare to conventions
after The Gathering aired.
The reason Pat approaches acting roles "like a detective."
Why Pat "learns" her lines, instead of "memorizing"
The audition process, beat-by-beat.
Why, even when the director wants you, you might not get the part.
How the business is set up to keep the power out of the actor's hands.
Why Pat loves actors, drug addicts and alcoholics.
Zingy-one liners other actresses have said to Pat to undermine her
confidence during auditions...and what Jerry Doyle said about Pat at a
The specific, never-before-revealed details of how Pat "lost"
the part of Lyta, how she got it back and how Ian the Psychic helped her
The first thing J. Michael Straczynski said to her when she called
him, heartbroken, about not getting the part.
How Pat's shift to stunt work (during Babylon 5's season 1)
lead to jobs on Jurassic Park, Forrest Gump and...Star
How the Executive Chef at Prego in Beverly Hills changed her life,
The costume she would wear all the time if she could.
Rare opporutnity: see a reprint of Pat's Babylon 5 deal memos,
including all payment information. Nothing redacted.
Why the B5 hair and makeup trailer was the place to be.
How talking to Andrea Thompson on set relieved Pat of some of the sadness
of missing her infant son.
Why Pat felt a little "like Spock" when playing Lyta.
The big disappointment her first day back on set shooting "Divided
Pat first impressions of the new cast when she returned...and which
cast member asked a ton of questions when they first met.
The quality Pat says Bruce, Claudia and Rick brought to their characters.
Why, some days on the set, she would have preferred to be hit by a
car or jump out a window.
Included: the original production call sheet from "Divided Loyalties.
What it means when someone calls Pat and says, "We need you on
The one person, other than J. Michael Straczynski, Pat calls a "loyal
Why the security folk at Paramont know Pat personally.
What Patrick Stewart would say to Pat every time they met on the set
of Star Trek...and why he has no idea what she really looks like.
How Pat broke a Star Trek set with her head (and the actor
Why Pat got a lot of overtime earnings on Star Trek, and why
this never happened on Babylon 5.
The really, really big difference between Star Trek and Babylon
5 (aside from the paycheck)
The truth about Patricia Tallman and peanut M&Ms.
Why she continued to do stunts on Star Trek while a series
regular on Babylon 5.
The best question someone could ask Pat about her career in stunts
that has never been asked (answer included).
The kind thing Nana Visitor would do for Pat while filming Deep
Why, after accidently getting punched in the face full-on by another
actor, Pat yelled, "Don't cut. Keep going."
The J. Michael Straczynski request Pat said yes to only because he
said it was "one time."
Exposed: see the "doodle" Pat drew around J. Michael Straczynski's
name on her script for "Walkabout."
Details on stunt-doubling Geena Davis on Long Kiss Goodnight
and why they were some of the most dangerous stunts of her career.
Nothing held back: what it's really like to be an actor at a con...what
makes her laugh, what makes her cry, what it really costs and the despicable
thing promoters sometimes do to fans.
Find out Pat's favorite hobby when traveling...and how she applied
it to David Anders at a recent con.
See a picture of one of the oddest items Pat has ever been asked to
The Star Trek character Rick Biggs could impersonate perfectly
and what motivated him to perform it.
Read classic stories of attending conventions with Michael O'Hare,
Rick Biggs and the rest of the cast.
Why Pat was "really concerned" after Kosh died.
The unprecedented event that occurred the day Kosh was blown-up that
happened not once, but twice.
Why Pat will never trust a television or movie producer again...and
who she believes were the real culprits that "threw her overboard"
after the pilot.
How Lyta's social life mirrored her own.
What happened to Pat when Robin Atkin Downes was cast as Byron.
What Tracy Scoggins would do with the crew during lunch.
Which scenes Pat considers the "most honest and true work on Babylon
The real reasons (there's more than one) Pat agreed to the love scene
in "Secrets of the Soul."
What Robin said when she took off her jacket for the her nude scene.
Why Pat had to be escorted to the showers immediately after the love
scene with Byron.
How being in a Vorlon tube was the most relaxing part of an ardous
What the producers did NOT say after her filming the nude scene...and
how one of the them almost sabotoged it.
Why J. Michael Straczynski kept telling Pat to "trust me."
What lie a former B5 cast member told to 3,000 fans at a convention.
How J. Michael Straczynski acted like a Vorlon.
How Lyta's cleavage ended up in Bester's face.
The practical joke Walter Keonig played on Pat.
What is was like to be part of the Fab Four.
The sci-fi show that was an even bigger deal to Pat growing up than
The true story of how Stephen Furst got the part of Vir.
The one and only line Pat ever flubbed time after time, and how Bruce
The one Babylon 5 actor Pat sometimes felt uncomfortable around,
and the body part he would look at whenever they had lines together.
Details of how Bruce was the leader, on and off the set.
What her son Julian did at age 8 that was "the sweetest moment
of my life."
Why, as a toddler, Julian would call G'Kar "Daddy" on the
set and while watching the show on TV.
Behind the scenes of the TV Guide cover shoot: why the cast resented
it, what the photographer did to alienate the cast and the one photo taken
that made it all worthwhile...and scared Pat to death.
What happened when Thirdspace was three minutes short and
J. Michael Straczynski had to write an extra scene...that would live on
as a fan favorite.
How Jeff Conaway would get "fresh" with Lyta.
The real story (and photos) behind "Lyta's Lingerie." You've
heard J. Michael Straczynski's version (reprinted for easy reference),
now hear Pat's. You'll find out why she HAD to do it and why she rejoiced
when the producers panicked.
How Rick Biggs can "out-diva" anyone.
The little scene in Thirdspace that turned out to be the toughest
Chairgate: why and how Pat stole Rick's chair on the set, over and
How Andreas related to the cast while he was dying.
Her last days on the set of Babylon 5. What is was like and
the one thing she was confident about when it ended.
Read about Pat's recent outburst after reading the Crusade
script "The Path of Sorrows," which would have featured her
with Lt. Matheson in flashbacks.
No detail spared -- Mira Furlan's post-Babylon 5 Baby Shower
complete with candid photos of the cast. Ditto for The Be Fives. How it
came to be and ten photos of the recording session.
we say "and much, much more."