Well, on the bright side, it’s official: The Green Girl will be at the Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas, July 30 – August 3 of 2014. This will be the first time ever that the DVD will be available (and we’re working very hard to see to it that the Video On Demand version comes out concurrently). We will have a booth at the convention, which will be a particularly special event because it marks the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, all of which was kicked off in late 1964 with Susan Oliver’s original pilot. They’re going to show this pilot episode and make a big event around it (and Susan’s unforgettable role as the first ever Star Trek guest star), so this just seems like the most obvious place to release the DVD.
On a sadder note, Biff Manard, one of Susan’s close friends in the 1970’s (and a key contributor to The Green Girl with his very heartfelt interview) has passed away at the age of 70. Trek fans may remember Biff as the holographic 19th Century English Ruffian who accosts Data in the Star Trek Next Generation 2nd season episode “Elementary, Dear Data.” Biff worked on many, many shows over the years (going all the way back to Bonanza and Mission Impossible), and he was a fixture at the Comedy Store in the 1970’s and ’80’s. Rumor has it he was even in line to be the next Marlboro Man when cigarette advertising was finally banned from TV in 1973. In any event, he and Susan were very fond of each other (he rented her guest house for a number of years in the 1970’s) and she even put him in her 1978 short film Cowboysan alongside Ted Cassidy, Woody Strode and Will Sampson.
We were very lucky to have Biff in The Green Girl and he will be dearly missed.
Biff Manard: 1943 – 2014