Co-host of World Travel Awards With Michael Imperioli, Richard Belzer, Cheryl Hines.
With Deborah Van Valkenburgh, Co-star of Venus Conspiracy & Too Close for Comfort.
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"Actress Lydia Cornell is not just a flashback to the '80s.
Best-known for her role as the sweetly alluring daughter of Ted Knight in the highly popular ABC sitcom Too Close for Comfort, Cornell continues to pursue a path of comedic gold, doing stand-up and writing often pointedly hilarious political barbs on her acclaimed and sometimes controversial blog." More >>>
Listen to Lydia Cornell talk about manifesting Miracles on DARE TO DREAM Freedom from Fear, triumph over tragedy, achieving your dreams, success, miracles. "Every bad thing that has happened to me somehow becomes funny!"
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Too Close for Comfort Actress Lydia Cornell Interviews World Leaders, Presidential Candidates, And Pulitzer Prize Winners for New Radio Show Page 1Page 2page 3
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In June, Lydia and Destiny did 14 shows at the RIVIERA in Vegas,
the legendary comedy club.
In October, LYDIA AND DESTINY OPENED FOR PAUL RODRIGUEZ
IN THE BEAUTIFUL 1300 SEAT PECHANGA THEATER.
click to enlarge photo.
In November the girls performed at the SAHARA.
DESTINY & LYDIA DOING THEIR HILARIOUS STANDUP COMEDY "RAISING ALIENS"
and "DEPRIVED WIVES" OPENING FOR THE AMAZING JOHNATHAN AT THE SAHARA
HOTEL LAS VEGAS! NOV. 3, 4, 5
"Too Close For Comfort's" Lydia Cornell Is Back in Primetime on HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" Click here to read the entire article.
Lydia's new book 'HOW TO TALK TO ANN COULTER, IF YOU MUST" will be released soon. And look for her this month on HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm.
the newly released “TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT - Season One”
or Season Two 3-DVD set (Rhino) personally
autographed by Lydia Cornell at a specially reduced
“Relationshop” – one-woman
show written by and starring Lydia filmed live.
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LOS ANGELES Lydia Cornell, a *Best Actress nominee at Method
Fest for the indie film “Miss Supreme Queen”, is also
an accomplished political writer, novelist and comedienne. She recently
guest-starred with Larry David on HBO’s “Curb your Enthusiasm”;
wrote and produced her own film Venus Conspiracy, and had leads
in the feature films “Nooner” Erik Attias’ PBS
play, and “Dean and Nancy”, along with Steven Tyler
and Jon Bon Jovi. She also hosted the World Travel Awards in
Barbados with The Sopranos’ Michael Imperioli, Curb’s
Cheryl Hines, and Law & Order’s Richard Belzer.
In addition to her new book of political essay,"HOW TO TALK
TO ANN COULTER, IF YOU MUST", Lydia’s new book Falling
Up, is based on her humiliating adventures in Hollywood and spiritual
growth. It is being developed for the stage.
Winning the People's Choice Award, Lydia starred as "Sara Rush”,
Ted Knight's daughter and Audrey Meadows’ granddaughter, in
the hit 80’s show Too Close For Comfort — a top rated
ABC series that has been in worldwide syndication for years. Just
released on Rhino DVD, the show has attained cult status, with fans
all over the world exchanging her trading cards. Lydia is fluent
in Spanish and comes from a family dedicated to the arts. Her great-great
grandmother was Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s
children’s advocate, Ms. Cornell is passionate about helping
orphans and underprivileged children. Her other passion is fighting
drug and alcohol abuse. Profits from her ventures go to various
children’s charities, including Give Kids a Break, Girls Inc.
and Feed the Children. Lydia is also an inspirational public speaker.
With a humorous and spiritual point of view, she talks about how
she overcame a life-threatening tragedy that brought her to the
depths of despair — and found the key to bliss. Now married
with two sons (Jack, 11 and Kevin, 9) she describes her Hollywood
experience as a crash-and-burn, then a “catastrophic”
spiritual awakening. “It was supernatural,” says Lydia,
“I now have tangible evidence of a force beyond anything in
the material world. I believe that the purpose of suffering is to
bring us closer to our spirit. Getting rid of the ego is a big part
of it, and in Hollywood, which is run by massive egos, this is not
easy — we reflect each other. Alcohol & drugs are just
a cover for extreme insecurity.”
Cornell spent years as a single mother going through the horrors
of the Hollywood dating scene. After getting dumped by a series
of schmucks, she completely gave up on men. Through what can only
be described as “a prayer miracle”, she met her future
husband the next day — and subsequently inherited a stepson,
Kevin, who was born with osteogenesis or “brittle-bone”
disease. Fortunately, he is now in remission. “This family
is the biggest gift of my life.
And though marriage in a blended
family isn’t easy, I think you’re supposed to be married
to the person who annoys you the most. The most spiritual growth
happens with your enemies!” she says jokingly. (“The
Arabs and Israelis are next door to each other for a reason, they
just don’t get it yet.”)
also wrote a novel, The Sylvia Plan, an international thriller based
on the true story of one of Stalin’s most complex assassins:
the man who killed Trotsky. It takes place in Paris, Barcelona and
Mexico and is a reverse Mata Hari tale with an Oedipal twist —
focusing on the assassin, his mother and the innocent woman he seduces.
Mercader was a chameleon that could change identities at will. In
Cuba, he trained Lee Harvey Oswald in spy tactics and guerrilla
warfare. Lydia also went to Beirut, Lebanon during the war and US
Magazine published her “Beirut Diary”. Like Spalding
Gray, Lydia also does a form of monologue comedy, based on tragic
experiences in her dating life. Her one-woman show Relationshop
played to sold-out audiences in Los Angeles.
frustration with the media compelled her to write the film Venus
Conspiracy, about a plot to keep women thin and insecure. The lead
character, a “recovering blonde”, in withdrawal from
being a cleavage-wearing bimbo, laments, “All human suffering
is caused by Victoria’s Secret!” Lydia teamed up with
her former co-star Deborah Van Valkenburgh for the film. Ironically
both actresses portray sisters in “Venus” as they did
some twenty years prior. “Working with Deborah again was the
most fun I've had ever,” explains Lydia, “We laughed
until we cried.” This zany, poignant comedy-thriller in the
vein of “Dr. Strangelove” and “Mr. Smith Goes
to Washington” clearly sends a message to all women, “Women
have never achieved as much as men because they spend too much time
putting on makeup!” Through Venus Conspiracy Lydia is hoping
to raise awareness among young women and girls – that the
beauty industry exploits them and deliberately makes them obsolete
when they reach 30 years old. “I actually know nine-year old
girls who are obsessed with their wrinkles! And weight!” Ms.
Cornell herself suffered years of unemployment and lack of faith
in herself once she hit 30 — and had many experiences being
rejected as an actress and worrying about body image and weight.
“A lot of it was in my head — but I actually fainted
from fear at an audition once. Of course my jeans were so tight
I hyperventilated, but being critiqued for every flaw on your body
often had to dress like a hooker for movie roles (Hollywood loves
to glorify them in films like “Pretty Woman”) and once,
on her way to an audition, she was actually mistaken for a hooker!
“Maybe it was the dog collar and leash I was wearing.”
In retrospect, these incidents are hilarious, but at the time, not
so funny. “They objectify women, paint us into a corner. And
only by gaining faith in ourselves and enriching our interior lives
can we combat this social programming. But still, there really may
be a plot – a very sexist plot to dumb women down. I mean,
why is Paris Hilton famous? It’s possible that we are all
being brainwashed and kept in fear so they can make money off our
insecurities.” Women shouldn’t be made to feel defective
if they don’t look like a Playmate or a supermodel. As one
of her characters in Venus states: “Why do we perpetuate the
myth that the only valuable women in society are teenage, wombless
buttless mutants?” Incredibly, Lydia has developed 40 episodes
from “Venus” as a comedy series about spiritual growth.
has been a recurring celebrity guest on PBS’ think-tank Di
Palma Forum and speaker on drug and alcohol abuse. She supports
research on behalf of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, Children
Affected by AIDS, Habitat for Humanity, and Missions at Bel Air
Church. She was recently profiled on Inside TV, A&E Biography,
ET, E-Channel; People;Femmes Fatales, Women on Top and Asbury Park
Press. She has had extensive theater, film and television experience.
Credits include Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Drew Carey Show; the lead
in indie films Nooner; Story of Dean & Nancy; Physical therapy;
Happy Holidaze; *Miss Supreme Queen, Damage Done, Final Act, Black
Scorpion and soon her own film Venus Conspiracy. Other credits include:
The Red Tide (w/ James Earl Jones & José Ferrer) Quantum
Leap Pilot, Hunter, Hotel, Hardball, Twilight Zone, Simon &
Simon, Full House, Knight Rider, Love Boat (5), Hexed, T.J. Hooker,
A-Team, Fantasy Island, Charlie’s Angels, Dukes, Monsters,
Dick Clark’s Rockin’ Eve (co-host). She co-hosted the
Victor Awards, the BRAVO Awards with Garry Marshall, JAKS Awards
with Bill Cosby. On stage, she appeared in Colorado Shakespeare
Festival’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello and As You
Like It; Ibsen's Enemy of the People; Of Mice and Men, The Seagull,
Uncle Vanya, Bus Stop, Butterflies Are Free, Night of January 16
and Los Arboles Mueren de Pie in Spanish. She studied with Stella
Adler, Jeff Corey, John Lehne and Nina Foch.
For bookings and paid personal appearances.
Contact David Mirisch