Tess Harper made a big impression in her very first feature film role as Robert Duvall's much younger wife in Tender Mercies. She earned an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her work as Chickie, the cousin and nosy neighbor, in Crimes of the Heart.
Harper performed in children's theatre and dinner theatre, as well as in TV commercials, in Texas before being cast in Tender Mercies. After Crimes of the Heart, Harper was Warren Beatty's ignored sweetheart in the now legendary Ishtar and re-teamed with Crimes co-star Jessica Lange as the blustery, screaming Rita in Sam Shepard's directorial debut, Far North. More recently, Harper played the mother of a son trying to keep his parents together in The Turning and Jay Thomas' straying wife in Dirty Laundry.
As with many actresses, TV has offered a more textured range of parts. Harper was the wife of Wayne Rogers, the first of several sheriffs, in the 1983 CBS miniseries Chiefs and the wife of homosexual movie star Joseph Bottoms in NBC miniseries Celebrity. Harper has often appeared in TV-movies, beginning with Starflight: The Plane That Couldn't Land (ABC) and had her first lead in Reckless Disregard (Showtime). Other memorable roles include as the mother of a young man (Dermot Mulroney) deeply affected by his father's political demise during the Civil Rights era in Unconquered (CBS), a mother at risk because of her daughter's cheerleader rival in Willing to Kill: The Texas Cheerleader Story (ABC) and the confused wife of amnesia victim Beau Bridges in Journey Home (CBS). While Harper made her TV episodic debut in the revived The Twilight Zone (CBS) and also appeared in a memorable episode of Murder, She Wrote as a maid suspected of murdering a famous artist, she has generally stayed clear of weekly work. The exception, of course, was her regular role mountain woman Fairlight Spencer in the CBS series Christy.
LINDA HAMILTON (Karen)
Linda Hamilton was born on September 26, 1956 in Salisbury, Maryland and is best known for her performances as Sarah Connor in the first two films of The Terminator franchise, and her starring role is the TV series Beauty and the Beast.
She trained intensely before her return as Sarah Connor in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, appearing lithe and muscular to match her character’s cultivated ferocity. Twin sister Leslie, a nurse, helped with a cameo in T2.
Hamilton has been married and divorced twice. Her first marriage was to Bruce Abbott from 1982 to 1989. They had a son, Dalton Abbott. Her second marriage was to film director James Cameron from 1997 to 1999. They had a daughter, Josephine Archer. Hamilton stated in an interview with Larry King that, contrary to internet rumors, she was never married to Peter Horton.
Hamilton suffers from bipolar disorder which she says was a driving factor in undermining her relationships. She has spoken publicly about the disorder in order to raise awareness and to encourage others to seek treatment.
JAKE BUSEY (Vince)
Jake Busey is a talented, multi-faceted young actor with numerous stand-out performances from the murderous religious fanatic opposite Jodie Foster in Contact to the smart-mouthed soldier in Paul Verhoeven’s Starship Troopers along side Denise Richards, whom he is currently filming the television show, Sex, Love & Secrets.
After completing a semester of college, Busey decided to pursue acting. For three years, he took part in an intensive acting program, after which he went to Florida for a three-month workshop with acclaimed acting coach, James Best, who had taught Busey’s father in the 1960’s. Soon after, parts in films like Jim Brooks’ I’ll Do Anything and SFW led to stand-out roles in such high profile films as Contact, Starship Troopers, Peter Jackson’s The Frighteners and most recently Tony Scott’s Enemy of the State opposite Will Smith and Home Fries opposite Drew Barrymore and Luke Wilson. Busey’s other film credits include Twister, Held Up and Tail Lights Fade.
Busey just finished shooting two independent films: Broken, about a waitress who confronts all the wrong turns she's made in her short life, featuring Heather Graham and Jeremy Sisto and Wristcutters, a comic tale about a journey through the hereafter, by Goran Dukic.