Hallmark’s ‘The Christmas Shepherd’ Star Teri Polo & ‘Cary Grant’ Author Nancy Nelson

Teri Polo is best known for her role as Robert De Niro’s daughter, Pam Byrnes, in the “Meet the Parents” feature films.

She recently starred in “The Little Fockers,” the third installment of the movie franchise and completed production on the feature “Beyond” opposite Jon Voight, to be released this year.

Polo has also recently filmed the Lifetime movie “Jayne’s Story” and had a recent recurring role on “Law & Order: Los Angeles.” She played the character of Casey Winters, wife of Detective Rex Winters, played by Skeet Ulrich. Polo is currently starring in the new ABC series “Man Up.” Polo’s other recent credits include the feature film “The Hole,” directed by Joe Dante, and the NBC miniseries “The Storm,” both released in 2010. Polo’s other film credits include “Beyond Borders” co-starring Angelina Jolie, the suspense thriller “The Unsaid” opposite Andy Garcia and “Domestic Disturbance” opposite John Travolta and Vince Vaughn.

She co-starred opposite De Niro and Stiller in “Meet the Parents,” for which she won a People’s Choice Award, and its sequel “Meet the Fockers.” Originally from Dover, Delaware, Polo began her performing career as a dancer. By age 13, she was attending New York’s School of Ballet. The summer before her senior year, she was signed to a modeling contract, which led to a role as Kristin on the daytime drama “Loving.” Polo made her primetime debut in the dramatic series “TV 101.” Television audiences may remember her as Michelle Capra, the doctor’s wife who was determined to master the strange surroundings (and even stranger characters) in “Northern Exposure.” She also starred in the comedy series “I’m with Her” as well as David E. Kelley’s “The Wedding Bells.”

Other television credits include the original film “Second String” opposite Jon Voight and the Hallmark Channel Original Movie’s “Straight from the Heart” and “Love Is a Four-Letter Word.” She was nominated for an Emmy® Award for her role opposite Jimmy Smits on “The West Wing.” Polo currently lives in Manhattan Beach, California with her family.

Nancy Nelson stops by to chat about her book Evenings With Cary Grant: Recollections in His Own Words and by Those Who Knew Him Best

Charming, witty, effortlessly debonair, and elegant, Cary Grant was the ultimate leading man, a silver screen icon who seemed to embody all that a movie star should be. But beneath the glamour was a real and complicated man surprisingly vulnerable, unabashedly romantic, often exacting perfectionist who rose above a traumatic childhood and failed marriages to become an incomparable Hollywood legend.

In this sublimely truthful and candid portrait, biographer Nancy Nelson draws on interviews with Grant, as well as material from his personal papers, along with loving, revelatory reminiscences from some of his closest friends and loved ones including Katharine Hepburn, Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren, Quincy Jones, James Stewart, and many more to reveal the vaudevillian, actor, lover, and father.

With a treasury of both well-loved and rarely seen photographs and a foreword by Grant’s wife, Barbara, and daughter, Jennifer, this is the definitive biography of one of the screen’s greatest stars.

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