You may know five-time Golden Globe nominated actress, Marilu Henner, for the diverse and memorable characters she has played on stage, television, and in film over the past four decades.
Whether she is starring as Elaine O’Connor Nardo in Taxi, appearing as Aida Teagarden from Hallmark Movies & Mysteries’ Aurora Teagarden Mystery series, or performing live on stage in her recent return to Broadway as Mitch’s Mom in Gettin’ the Band Back Together, Henner always injects vibrant passion and energy into the roles she plays. But perhaps the most personally important role she has ever played in her lifetime was that of caregiver to her husband during his battle with cancer.
Like sun and moon, Henner and her husband, Michael Brown, orbited around each other for many years before finally coming together. This trend of almost connecting began when Brown was her freshman roommate’s boyfriend as the two first became acquainted at the University of Chicago.
She remembers being drawn to him early on, “Although I felt a jump the moment I saw him, since my roommate met him first, I would never break the ‘girlfriend code’ and I didn’t dare twinkle in his direction.” But they all eventually became really good friends and often would even go on double dates during that time. [Read more…]