Beth Broderick Cast as Rose Twitchell on Under the Dome
One fantastic actor on Under the Dome we have been neglecting to mention more is none other than the beautiful, multi-talented, and ageless performer, writer, director, and humanitarian Beth Broderick, who has been playing Rose Twitchell on the CBS summer Stephen King adaptation since the pilot. Like Samantha Mathis, we do not know yet how many episodes Beth Broderick will be in this season, but we have heard it will be less than all of them. Should we expect a tragic death sometime before the finale? This is Beth Broderick‘s first Stephen King -related project.
From the CBS.com site:
Character: Rose TwitchellActor: Beth Broderick
In a small town, few people are more visible than the owner of the local diner. Chester’s Mill has its formal Town Hall, and then there’s Sweetbriar Rose – the real town hall. Rose keeps the biscuits hot and the coffee fresh, and knows the comings and the goings of the town better than most anyone.
Who is Rose? Rose is a minor character in Stephen King‘s Under the Dome novel. Wikipedia says,
Owner of the Sweetbriar Rose, the local cafe. Sister of Dougie Twitchell and Andrea Grinell, and employer of Dale Barbara. One of the 26 survivors of the dome.
As readers of the book know, a lot has changed in the adaptation to television. Barbie does not work at the Sweetbriar Rose here. And Dougie is not on the show. Rose seems to be one of the few characters not changed much from the novel version, except she has a more involved role in the show.
So, who is Beth Broderick? Well, she is currently best known for her immortal portrayal of Aunt Zelda on the beloved kids show, Sabrina the Teenage Witch. But this is only the tip of the iceberg of her illustrious career.
According to her IMDB page by firstname.lastname@example.org,
Beth Alison Broderick was born on February 24, 1959 in Falmouth, Kentucky, USA but was raised in Huntington Beach, California. Beth was always very interested in theater as a child and she graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena, California at age 18. After that, she moved to New York and began her professional acting career. She stopped acting for a few years to dedicate herself to dealing with the AIDS crisis in the early eighties. When she was 27, she started acting again and she made herdebut in 1988 when she played the sexy neighbor who seduces a young, innocent Jonathan Silverman in Stealing Home (1988). In 1990, she appeared in The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990). She has also appeared in several theater productions like “Carnal Knowledge”, “Triplets in Uniform” and “Zastrozzi, the Master of Discipline” (which she also co-produced). In New York, she has starred in “The Mousetrap”, “The Lion in Winter” and many more. Beth is not only an actress, she is also a writer and she has written “A Cup of Joe”, “Wonderland” and “Literatti” with Dennis Bailey. Beth is also a director and she has directed an episode of “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch” (1996) called “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch: Making the Grade (#5.14)” (2001). She has been active in the battle against AIDS since 1984 and she is the founding director of “Momentum”, one of the first organizations in New York established to assist people with AIDS. Beth was also a founding member of the Celebrity Action Council of the City Light Women’s Rehabilitation Program at the Los Angeles Mission, which provides hands-on service to homeless women, helps them to overcome substance abuse and learn job skills to help them reclaim their lives and families.
And according to her Wikipedia page,
Billed as Beth Alison Broderick and later as Norris O’Neal, she made her debut in two films, In Love (1983) and Bordello: House of the Rising Sun (1985). Both roles portrayed her as a lesbian and were financially unsuccessful. Again as Norris O’Neal she appeared in the mainstream comedy Sex Appeal (1986). In 1986 she had small roles in If Looks Could Kill, Student Affairs, Young Nurses in Love, and Slammer Girls, a spoof of the women in prison film genre.
Her first significant role was in Stealing Home (1988) where she played the sexy neighbor who seduces a young, innocent Jonathan Silverman. In 1990, she had a small part in The Bonfire of the Vanities. Her movie credits include Man of the Year (1995), Maternal Instincts (1996), Breast Men (1997), Psycho Beach Party (2000) and The Inner Circle (2003). She also played a small role in the movie Fools Rush In (1997), with Matthew Perry and Salma Hayek, as a business woman. In the film Timber Falls, she played a crazy religious woman, who together with her husband and brother, torture couples who break the rules of chastity while camping.
Her television credits include Married With Children, The 5 Mrs. Buchanans, Hearts Afire, Supernatural and Glory Days. She has also guest starred on Northern Exposure in the 1992 episode “It Happened In Juneau“, playing a lusty doctor hunting for a one night stand with Dr. Joel Fleischman played by Rob Morrow. In 1997 she appeared in the racy Showtime series Women: Stories of Passion (“The Bitter and the Sweet” 2:17). She also had a minor, recurring role in the hit ABC series, Lost, as Kate Austen‘s mother, Diane and also played a minor role in CSI: Miami during a tsunami where she played a neighbor to CSI Ryan Wolfe’s uncle. More recently, she had guest starring roles on Leverage and Castle.
She has also appeared in several theater productions like Carnal Knowledge, Triplets in Uniform and Zastrozzi, the Master of Discipline (which she also co-produced). In New York she has starred in The Mousetrap, The Lion in Winter and many more. She was recently in the Chicago Northlight Theatre production of the one woman show titled Bad Dates. She has also played a role inWomen: Stories of Passion.
Broderick has written A Cup of Joe, Wonderland and Literatti with Dennis Bailey. She directed three episodes of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch: “Guilty!” (2002), “Cloud Ten” (2002), “Making the Grade” (2001).
Graduated high school early at age 16, and went on to study acting at the famed American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena, CA.
Her mother’s name is Nina.
At age 18, she moved to New York and began her professional acting career.
Optioned the novel “The Last Great Snake Show,” written by Tim McLaurin.
Her writing partner is Dennis Bailey.
Her interests are gourmet cooking, flower arranging, reading, and writing.
Presented the California Lottery Hero In Education Award to Edwin Galan.
She has two sisters and one brother.
Supports Governor Howard Dean (2004).
Cut, dyed and styled her own hair for her role of “Ida” in Timber Falls (2007).
Her recent feature film roles include an award-winning portrayal of a manipulative actress who may have murdered her husband to revive her acting career in the independent film, Bad Actress and the mother of an autistic daughter in the 2011 South by Southwest selection, Fly Away.
Though a bit more down to earth than most of her previous roles, her Under the Dome role is not that much of a surprise when you consider that she had a guest spot on producer Neil Baer‘s E.R. and a reoccurring role in eight episodes of producers Brian K Vaughan and Jack Bender‘s Lost.
About her personal life, Wikipedia had this to provide,
She has been active in the battle against AIDS since 1984 and she is the founding director of Momentum, one of the first organizations in New York established to assist people with AIDS. Broderick was also a founding member of the Celebrity Action Council of the City Light Women’s Rehabilitation Program at the Los Angeles Mission, which provides hands-on service to homeless women, helps them to overcome substance abuse and learn job skills to help them reclaim their lives and families. She appears in a promotional video for Camp Wellstone saying she attended the camp because she wants to run for office.
Her favorite authors are: Reynolds Price, Tim McLaurin, Jim Harrison, and Truman Capote. She optioned the novel “The Last Great Snake Show”, written by Tim McLaurin. Her writing partner is Dennis Bailey. Her interests are gourmet cooking, flower arranging, reading, and writing.
Beth currently resides in Austin, Texas.