Michele Lee spent 14 years on “Knots Landing,” but now she’ll spend four weeks with sisters Nora and Delia Ephron. Lee opened last night in Ephron’s off Broadway hit, “Love, Loss, and What I Wore” with the play’s newest cast including Debra Monk, Tracey Ellis Ross, Casey Wilson, and Tony winner Katie Finneran. Michele plays the lead role of Gingie, the main character and sort of narrator in the Ephrons’ hilarious femlit recitation of shopping and living. This little staged reading at the WestSide Theater has become a mini hit, with famous actresses traipsing through it every month. This new group is pitch perfect, of course. Lee has just the right authority as Gingie, and keeps the four other ladies on track. Now, someone find Michele Lee ‘ former Tony nominee ‘ a musical already. But in the meantime, we can enjoy her here. P.S. Ross, a vet of sitcoms and the eldest daughter of Diana Ross, is a surprise hit here too.

…This is right out of believe it or not: Caroline Aaron, the great character actress who was featured in four Woody Allen classics, is toiling on a soap right now. (So is James Franco. Is this a trend, just as soaps are being cancelled?) Aaron was featured in Woody’s “Husbands and Wives,” “Alice,” “Crimes and Misdemeanors,” and “Deconstructing Henry.” She’s also one of the hardest working SAG members in town, appearing sort of everywhere all the time. Nevertheless, I just about did a spit take when I noticed she’s now playing a “Dog the Bounty Hunter” character on CBS’s “The Young and the Restless.” It’s totally out of character for her, but shows Aaron’s range. She’s great, and everyone in her scenes looks amused. Talk about inspired casting!…

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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