Gless, Who Came To Dinner

By David Mason

“Where’s the Money? Show Me the Money!” was the wonderful title of the 2009 gala benefit celebrating the Ojai Playwrights Conference. As the Matilija Auditorium filled to capacity, there was an air of excitement everywhere. I had the extreme pleasure of having Sharon Gless as my guest for the evening, so with the wonderful actress, Tyne Daly, performing on the stage, I guess you could say that “Cagney and Lacey” were back together again. Listening to the loud applause, I believe Ms. Daly realized that her trip from New York to Ojai was well worthwhile. I certainly enjoyed her performances on the television series, “Judging Amy,” each week after “Cagney and Lacey” had stopped running. Having fun on the Matilija stage, was the young actor, David Burtka. He has been on many stages throughout America, but surely none had welcomed him as much as the Ojai audience did. David’s films included “Hollywood Ending” and “24 Nights.” His television credits include “The

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