Bela ’68 and Christy “Irma” (Thomas) ’69 Krusac performed in the NBC Movie of the Week, Dolly Parton’s “Coat of Many Colors” in December. Never having been on a movie set, Irma drove Bela to the set the first morning just to see what he had gotten himself into. When the director called for all the actors to line up for inspection, Irma remained in her seat.
“You!” the assistant director shouted pointing a finger at her. “Are you part of this set?”
“Ah, no sir. I just drove my husband down here to see what was going on.”
“Good!” he shouted back with a smile. “We had a no show and you’re just about the right size. You’re in the movie now. Go to wardrobe and get fitted, then to hair and makeup and then get down to the set ASAP!”
And that’s how Irma became a “Movie Star”.
Bela has played numerous roles in movies, and TV as well. His favorites, outside of Coat of Many Colors, include Sleepless Night with Jamie Fox, and Sully directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks.