the Scenes at Ryan's Hope
MARY AND JACK'S WEDDING
Mary Ryan’s (Kate Mulgrew) wedding
to Jack Fenelli (Michael Levin) was traditional in every outward respect,
but that was only superficial ritual. Under the surface brewed an unconventional
marriage of spirit between two people who will never conform! The formal
mid-June church ceremony fulfilled all the rules custom required. The bride
wore white, to symbolize purity, but, of course, Mary and Jack had become
lovers months before. The taping of the Fenelli wedding was as offbeat
as the characters involved.
The sizzling weather matched the heat put
on Jack to go through with the marriage. Doors were opened wide at Manhattan’s
St. Benedict Church, to relieve the stifling temperature inside. Despite
construction drilling outside, hours of takes and retakes, endless delays
(even a fuse blew!) the actors tried to keep their cool. Cosmeticians constantly
retouched melting makeup—but when it came to saying, “I do,” Jack’s heart
melted for Mary—and the wedding went smoothly to all outward appearance
|Sitting down on the job!
Kate Mulgrew and Michael Levin nearly kneeled at the alter but changed
their minds and instead faced another endlesss delay. Father McShane (John
Perkins) conducted the service.
|It's unorthodox to eat
in church, unless it's a Eucharest wafer - or a cast lunch break! Earl
Hindeman (rear) sat behind the wedding guests and enjoyed a private toast!
|All the way to Manhattan's St. Benedict Church,
Kate Mulgrew was singing "Get Me to the Church On Time." Passersby thought
they were watching a Rhoda retake!
|Those "last minute touches" went on all day
long as cast did takes and retakes. The stifling mid-June heat caused unexpected
problems - like Ilene Kristen and other actor's melting makeup!
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