The Classic TV Preservation Society is proud to announce that Kathy Garver, one of our Board of Directors - and best known for portraying Cissy, on the TV classic, Family Affair, has been signed to co-star in the Christmas film, Santa's Dog, set for production this fall in San Francisco.
According to TalkMoviesWorld.com, Garver will play Sister Augustus, a nun at an orphanage where a boy named Max is about to face the loneliest Christmas of his life. That is, until he meets a talking dog and embarks on a magical, comical adventure to show he's worthy of being removed from Santa's "naughty" list and placed on the "nice" list instead.
Garver has appeared in TV series and movies, narrated audio books and provided character voices for children's animated programs. Until now, she has never played a nun, something she said she has always dreamed of doing.
"I attended Catholic schools as a girl, and I looked up to most of the nuns," Garver relayed to TalkMoviesWorld. "At the audition, I imagined myself as one of my teachers, Sister Virginia Mary Anne. She once made me write on the blackboard 'I will not disobey' 50 times."
Inspirational and family-themed projects are not new to Garver. She began her acting career playing a slave girl in the 1956 classic The Ten Commandments, in which she had two memorable scenes with Charlton Heston. As a teenager, she became a household name after being cast in Family Affair, which ran on CBS from 1966-1971.
In 2009, she received a prestigious Audie Award for her work on an audio book version of the Old Testament, with actors Richard Dreyfuss, Marisa Tomei and Michael York. Recently, she was selected to read the female stories in the audio version of the soon-to-be released book Chicken Soup for the Soul: A Book of Miracles, edited by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and LeAnn Thieman.
Like so many other characters she has played, Garver describes Sister Augustus in Santa's Dog as wise and uplifting, with a never-give-up attitude.
"Sister Augustus always encourages the orphan, Max, even though he has been rejected five times," Garver said. "It's the power of perseverance that I believe in strongly. You always have to believe that something good will happen."
Garver, who was born and raised in Southern California, moved to the Bay Area several years ago, where she currently resides with her husband and son.
Santa's Dog is being produced by Zemrak / Pirkle Productions, LLC, a Bay Area company owned by writer/producer Derek Zemrak and Leonard Pirkle, an attorney, writer and producer. The film is slated for release in time for Christmas, 2011.