PALM SPRINGS WALK OF STARS TO HONOR JOYCE BULIFANT & ROGER PERRY WITH 376th STAR
(November 21, 2014 – Palm Springs, Ca.) The Palm Springs Walk of Stars will honor noted Actors, Humanitarians and Coachella Valley residents, Joyce Bulifant and Roger Perry, with the 376th Golden Palm Star on The Palm Springs Walk of Stars during a star dedication ceremony on Saturday November 29, 2014 at 3pm at 110 N. Palm Canyon Drive. The public and media are invited to attend the star dedication ceremony.
Joyce Bulifant’s extensive credits on stage, television and film, have made her a familiar face and popular personality. Her early days in summer stock and at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City led to regional and Broadway roles in Tall Story , Glad Tidings with Diana Barrymore, Auntie Mame with Gypsy Rose Lee, Gentlemen, The Queens with Helen Hayes (Joyce’s former mother-in-law), The Paisley Convertible with Sam Waterston and Bill Bixby, and Whisper to Me, for which she received the Daniel Blum “Theater World Award.”
Joyce had early television appearances on Boris Karloff’s Thriller, Ronald Reagan’s General Electric Theater, Play of the Week: Therese Raquin with Eva Le Galliene, Too Young to Go Steady with Tuesday Weld and Don Ameche, and Alcoa Presents: Mr. Lucifer with Elizabeth Montgomery and Fred Astaire, which led to over 100 guest starring roles on TV, including: Bonanza, Gunsmoke, Wagon Train, The Virginian, Destry Rides Again, The Real McCoys, McHale’s Navy, Perry Mason, Dr. Kildare, Naked City, Police Woman, My Three Sons, Love American Style, The Facts of Life, Harper Valley P.T.A., The Bad News Bears, Alice, Three’s Company, The Joey Bishop Show, The Donald 0 ‘Connor Show and most recently, Just Shoot Me, as David Spade’s mother. Joyce was also a popular celebrity guest on the game shows Name That Tune, Password, Matchgame, Crosswits, Tattletales, To Tell The Truth, $25,000 Pyramid, and Decisions, Decisions hosted by David Letterman. It is from her starring roles on television, however, that audiences most recognize her: The Mary Tyler Moore Show (as Gavin MacLeod’s wife and Helen Hunt’s mother), The Bill Cosby Show, Love Thy Neighbor, Tom, Dick and Mary, Big John, Little John, and Weird Science (as her real life son’s mother.) Her television movies include Hanging by a Thread with Patty Duke, Darn You, Harry Landers with Tyne Daly, Little Women with Meredith Baxter and William Shatner, Charley’s Aunt with Charles Grodin and Victor Garber, The Shining with Rebecca DeMomay and Elliot Gould. She starred in a short film honored at the Canne film festival,The Haircut opposite John Cassavettes. Film credits include Disney’s classic The Happiest Millionaire, Airplane! and Diamonds with Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall and Dan Aykroyd, directed by her son, John Asher. Also, directed by son John Asher, and soon to be released, a spoof of the film “Taken” called “Tooken”.
Roger Perry was discovered by Lucille Ball, who put the young actor under contract at her Desilu Studios in Hollywood. After apprenticing in the Desilu workshop, he was signed to co-star with Pat O’Brien in the television series Harrigan and Son. He later moved to Universal Studios where he co-starred with Chuck Connors and Ben Gazarra in Arrest and Trial, one of television’s first 90-minute series. Since that time, he has guest-starred in over 200 TV shows, including Star Trek, Love American Style, Ironsides, The FBI, Hawaii 5-0, Barnaby Jones, Bob Newhart, Quincy, Chips, and The Fall Guy. Roger also had recurring roles on The Facts of Life and Falcon Crest. Movie credits include Follow the Boys with Connie Francis, Roller Boogie, The Thing with Two Heads with Ray Milland and Rosie Greer, and the Count Yorga films. Roger’s theater credits include Gypsy, They’re Playing Our Song, Annie, Mr. Roberts, Once Upon A Mattress, Anything Goes, The Royal Hunt Of The Sun, Goodbye Charlie, Lovers And Other Strangers, And Love Letters. Roger composed the music for Make A Promise, Keep A Promise, at the Doolittle Theatre in Hollywood, and for an adaptation of George Bernand Shaw’s You Never Can Tell, starring Roger and Joyce. Barbra Streisand sang one of Roger’s original songs, A Kid Again, in My Name Is Barbra, Barbara’s very first TV special. Roger also directed and wrote the music for the film Asphalt And Concrete, starring his son, Chris. He is currently working on the music for a tone-poem called Galapagos.
Joyce and Roger live in Rancho Mirage where they’ve been performing for numerous charities in the Coachella Valley. They are working on an original musical, “The Grand Ole Dame” and hope to have it staged in the desert sometime next year. They produced the same show to great reviews in Glenwood Springs, Colorado that helped finance a new advocacy center called, The River Bridge which Joyce and Roger co- founded with the Carbondale Rotary club. They have also been active in the Palm Springs after-school program called Tools For Tomorrow. Joyce served on the board of directors for the local chapter of Women In Film. Roger and Joyce also keep busy performing on the Seabourn Cruise Line and have traveled the world. When they are not performing on the ships they are busy doing performing and lecturing to raise funds for a national organizations for abused children, and also for The Dyslexia foundation as well as many other charities.
“We are very proud to honor Joyce Bulifant & Roger Perry with a star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars” said Bob Alexander, President of the Palm Springs Walk of Stars.
The Palm Springs Walk of Stars, founded in 1992, has honored 375 individuals with a Golden Palm Star placed on the sidewalks of Palm Springs. Show business Honorees must have made an impact worldwide in the area of show business. All other star honorees must have contributed to the charm, worldwide prominence and name recognition of Greater Palm Springs. More information available at www.palmspringswalkofstars.com