Sizzle (1981 film)

Last updated
Written by Richard Carr
Clyde Ware
Directed by Don Medford
Starring Loni Anderson
Leslie Uggams
Roy Thinnes
Theme music composer Artie Butler
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producers Aaron Spelling
Douglas S. Cramer
Producers Cindy Dunne
Lynn Loring
Chip Hayes (associate producer)
E. Duke Vincent (supervising producer)
Cinematography Archie R. Dalzell
Editor George W. Brooks
Running time104 minutes
Production company Aaron Spelling Productions
Original networkABC
Picture formatColor
Audio format Mono
Original releaseNovember 29, 1981 (1981-11-29)

Sizzle is a 1981 American made-for-television drama film starring Loni Anderson, Leslie Uggams and Roy Thinnes. [1]



During Prohibition, a woman avenges her boyfriend's murder.



Loni Anderson says she based her performance on her grandmother. She says producer Aaron Spelling had the script for a while but was unable to find a star; he cast Anderson after seeing her play a dual role on The Love Boat . [2]


The Los Angeles Times called it "turgid". [3]

Related Research Articles

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Melissa Sue Anderson</span> American-Canadian actress (b. 1962)

Melissa Sue Anderson is an American-Canadian actress. She began her career as a child actress after appearing in several commercials in Los Angeles. Anderson is known for her role as Mary Ingalls in the NBC drama series Little House on the Prairie (1974–1983), for which she received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Linda Hamilton</span> American actress (born 1956)

Linda Carroll Hamilton is an American actress. She played Sarah Connor in the Terminator film series and Catherine Chandler in the television series Beauty and the Beast (1987–1990), for which she was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards and an Emmy Award. She also starred as Vicky Baxter in the horror film Children of the Corn (1984), Doctor Amy Franklin in the monster film King Kong Lives (1986), and Mayor Rachel Wando in the disaster thriller film Dante's Peak (1997). She had a recurring role as Mary Elizabeth Bartowski in NBC's Chuck.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Jacqueline Bisset</span> British actress

Winifred Jacqueline Fraser BissetLdH is a British actress. She began her film career in 1965 and first came to prominence in 1968 with roles in The Detective, Bullitt, and The Sweet Ride, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination as Most Promising Newcomer. In the 1970s, she starred in Airport (1970), The Mephisto Waltz (1971), Day for Night (1973), which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Le Magnifique (1973), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), St. Ives (1976), The Deep (1977), The Greek Tycoon (1978) and Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (1978), which earned her a Golden Globe nomination as Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Angie Dickinson</span> American actress (born 1931)

Angeline Dickinson is an American retired actress. She began her career on television, appearing in many anthology series during the 1950s, before gaining her breakthrough role in Gun the Man Down (1956) with James Arness and the Western film Rio Bravo (1959) with John Wayne and Dean Martin, for which she received the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Kelly Curtis</span> American actress

Kelly Lee Curtis is an American actress. She is known for her roles in Magic Sticks (1987), and The Devil's Daughter (1991).

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Loni Anderson</span> American actress

Loni Kaye Anderson is an American actress. She played receptionist Jennifer Marlowe on the CBS sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati (1978–1982), which earned her three Golden Globe Awards and two Emmy Award nominations.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Roy Thinnes</span> American actor

Roy Thinnes is an American television and film actor best known for his portrayal of lonely hero David Vincent in the ABC 1967–68 television series The Invaders.

<i>Doppelgänger</i> (1969 film) 1969 film directed by Robert Parrish

Doppelgänger is a 1969 British science fiction film written by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson and Donald James, produced by the Andersons, and directed by Robert Parrish. Filmed by the Andersons' production company Century 21, it stars Roy Thinnes, Ian Hendry, Lynn Loring, Loni von Friedl and Patrick Wymark. Outside Europe, it was released as Journey to the Far Side of the Sun, the title by which it is now more commonly known. Set in the year 2069, the film concerns a joint European-NASA mission to investigate a newly discovered planet which lies directly opposite Earth on the far side of the Sun. The mission ends in disaster and the death of one of the astronauts, following which his colleague realises that the planet is a mirror image of Earth in every detail, with a parallel and duplicate timeline.

<i>Karen Sisco</i> American crime drama television series

Karen Sisco is an American crime drama television series starring Carla Gugino in the title role. The series was created by novelist Elmore Leonard, based on a character who had appeared in several of his written works, as well as one film adaptation, 1998's Out of Sight. The series debuted on October 1, 2003 on ABC, and was canceled after ten episodes.

Backstairs at the White House is a 1979 NBC television miniseries based on the 1961 book My Thirty Years Backstairs at the White House by Lillian Rogers Parks. The series, produced by Ed Friendly Productions, is the story of behind-the-scenes workings of the White House and the relationship between the staff and the First Families.

Barbara Carrera is an American actress, model and artist. She starred in the films The Master Gunfighter (1975), Embryo (1976), The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977), Condorman (1981), I, the Jury (1982) and Lone Wolf McQuade (1983), and is perhaps best remembered for her performance as SPECTRE assassin Fatima Blush in Never Say Never Again (1983); for the first and last of those movies, Carrera was nominated for a Golden Globe Award. Carrera is also known for playing Clay Basket in the big-budget miniseries Centennial (1978–79), and as Angelica Nero on the ninth season of CBS prime time soap opera Dallas (1985–86).

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Susan Strasberg</span> American actress and author (1938–1999)

Susan Elizabeth Strasberg was an American stage, film, and television actress. Thought to be the next Hepburn-type ingenue, she was nominated for a Tony Award at age 18, playing the title role in The Diary of Anne Frank. She appeared on the covers of LIFE and Newsweek in 1955. A close friend of Marilyn Monroe and Richard Burton, she wrote two best-selling tell-all books. Her later career primarily consisted of slasher and horror films, followed by TV roles, by the 1980s.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Leslie Uggams</span> American actress and singer (born 1943)

Leslie Marian Uggams is an American actress and singer. Beginning her career as a child in the early 1950s, Uggams is recognized for portraying Kizzy Reynolds in the television miniseries Roots (1977), earning Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominations for her performance. She had earlier been highly acclaimed for the Broadway musical Hallelujah, Baby!, winning a Theatre World Award in 1967 and the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical in 1968. Later in her career, Uggams received renewed notice with appearances alongside Ryan Reynolds as Blind Al in Deadpool (2016), Deadpool 2 (2018) & Deadpool 3 (2024) and in a recurring role on Empire.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Julia Duffy</span> American actress (born 1951)

Julia Margaret Duffy is an American actress. She began her career in television, appearing in minor guest roles before being cast in the role of Penny Davis in the series The Doctors from 1973 until 1977. She starred in the acclaimed Broadway revival of Once in a Lifetime in 1978.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Lynn Loring</span> American actress and producer

Lynn Loring is an American actress and television and film producer.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Deborah Raffin</span> American actress (1953–2012)

Deborah Iona Raffin was an American actress, model and audiobook publisher.

<i>Hallelujah, Baby!</i> Musical

Hallelujah, Baby! is a musical with music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Adolph Green and Betty Comden, and a book by Arthur Laurents. The show is "a chronicle of the African American struggle for equality during the [first half of the] 20th century."

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Ketti Frings</span> American dramatist and screenwriter

Ketti Frings was an American writer, playwright, and screenwriter who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1958.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Loni Love</span> American actress, comedian, and television personality

Loni Love is an American comedian, television host, actress, author, and former electrical engineer. While working as an electrical engineer in the early 2000s, she switched to music engineering, until later launching a career in stand-up comedy. She was the runner-up on Star Search 2003 and was named among the "Top 10 Comics to Watch" in both Variety and Comedy Central in 2009. She was one of the co-hosts of the syndicated daytime talk show The Real, which ran from July 15, 2013 and ended on June 3, 2022.

Ron Eckstine is a former actor and music manager, and stepson of singer Billy Eckstine by way of Billy's marriage to Ronnie's mother, Carolle Drake.


  1. Cameras Are Rolling Again in Old County Courthouse Los Angeles Times 5 May 1981: oc_a1.
  2. Loni Anderson sinks teeth into meaty 'Sizzle' role Buck, Jerry. Chicago Tribune 28 Nov 1981: 13.
  3. 'Sizzle' Fizzles on ABC Brown, James. Los Angeles Times 28 Nov 1981: c11.