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Krista Anne Errickson (born May 8, 1964) is an American actress, journalist, and documentary writer/producer who appeared in films and television productions in the 1980s and 1990s. As a teen actress, she is most recognized for her role as teen antagonist Cinder in the 1980 movie Little Darlings and the TV series Hello Larry. As an adult, she is best known for her work as an Italian news journalist with RAI (RadioTelevisioneItaliana).
Early life and education
Krista Errickson was born in Abington, Pennsylvania. She is the granddaughter of Broadway set designer, Jo Mielziner, considered one of the most influential theatre designers of the 20th century, designing the scenery and often the lighting for more than 200 productions, many of which became American classics. Errickson is also a goddaughter of director, writer, and producer Elia Kazan, who is also co-founder of the Actors Studio in New York City.
She began acting in 1978 and is a lifetime member of the Actors Studio. As a teenager, Errickson began appearing in television and film projects. She replaced Donna Wilkes in the role of Diane Alder on the TV series Diff'rent Strokes (guest appearances) and its spin-off series, Hello, Larry.
Errickson’s journalism career began at RAI's Channel 1 in Rome before becoming host for the first Italian private radio station, followed by the first private Italian television, RAI International and RAISAT. She became senior producer and journalist reporting on current events and international politics, with a focus on Middle East relations. Some her more well-known programs were The Yellowcake Uranium Scandal, RAWA’s Meena: The Story of a Revolutionary, and In the Name of God, about Iran’s Islamic fundamentalism. She was the first female journalist to interview Sheikh Nasrallah (for her documentary, Inside the Hezbollah, which later became the subject of a book she co-authored). For CBS and Discovery Channel, she was co-executive producer for The Mysterious Man of The Shroud; The Genetic Revolution, a four-part series which in part exposed secret genetic experiments that were conduced by Monsanto Corporation; The Science of Human Cloning, and the controversial program, Inside The Vatican.
Errickson was a contributing development director for GRB Productions, GA & A Productions, Capmar Productions, and DocLab Productions, creating numerous nonfiction programs for major American cable channels. She was a segment/field producer for Sundance Channel, The Learning Channel, Discovery Channel, and the CBC.
In 2007, she was part of a team sent to Pakistan and Afghanistan, successfully negotiating the release of a kidnapped Italian journalist from the Taliban. In 2008, she successfully aided a political prisoner, 86-year-old Yaghoub Khezri, escape a Teheran jail and certain death to return to the United States. and is currently in development on the subject.
Errickson is the president of Free Verse Productions which develops and produces documentaries and news programs, specializing in political, human interest and human rights issues. She is a contributing writer to Italy’s La Repubblica.
- Diff'rent Strokes (TV series; 1979; 4 episodes) as Diane Alder
- Hello, Larry (TV series; 1979–80) as Diane Alder
- Little Darlings (1980) as Cinder
- Best of Times (TV series; 1981)
- Jekyll and Hyde... Together Again (1982)
- The Powers of Matthew Star (TV series; 1982; 1 episode)
- The First Time (1983)
- Tour Of Duty (1989)
- Mortal Passions (1989 or 1990)
- 21 Jump Street (TV series; 1 episode)
- Killer Image (1992)
- Beverly Hills, 90210 (TV series; 1992; 3 episodes) as Maggie
- Martial Outlaw (1993) as Lori White
- Mr. Belvedere (TV series; 1988; 1 episode)
- The Paperboy (1994) as Diana
- MLK: A Life (RAI; 1996) - executive producer, writer
- The Genetic Revolution (RAI; 1996) - executive producer, writer
- In The Name of God (RAI; 1997) - executive producer, co-producer, writer
- Mysterious Man of the Shroud (CBS; 1998)
- You2: The Science of Human Cloning (RAI; 2000) - executive producer, writer
- Inside The Hezbollah (RAI; 2000) - executive producer, writer
- Inside The Vatican (RAI; 2001) - executive producer, writer
- RAWA’s Meena: The Story of a Revolutionary (RAI; 2002) - executive producer, writer
- The Yellowcake Uranium Scandal (RAI; 2005) - executive producer, writer
- I Am Iran (RAI; 2009) - executive producer, writer
- Filippo Mazzei Award – The Bridge Iran-It, American University of Rome
- Roccaraso Award – Best Book of the Year: Hezbollah
- Boccaccio Award – Program of the Year (twice)
- Pasolini Award – Best Emerging Young Journalist (Giovane Personalità)
- Film Advisory Board Award – Los Angeles, Best Documentary
- Taormina Award – Best Actress of the Year
- Deauville Film Festival Award – Best Actress of the Year
- ↑ Mr. Skin (2004). Mr. Skin's Skincyclopedia. St. Martin's Griffin. p. 168. ISBN 0-312-33144-4. http://books.google.com/books?id=dMMP94fw3mgC&pg=PA168&dq=%22Krista+Errickson%22&lr=&ei=M03oTJrnK6GyNKnw1doO&cd=1#v=onepage&q=%22Krista%20Errickson%22&f=false.
- ↑ Santora, Marc (August 11, 2008). "After Four Years in Iranian Custody, a Queens Man Is Almost Home". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/11/nyregion/11iran.html. Retrieved May 7, 2010.
- ↑ Van Gelder, Lawrence. "Krista Errickson: Filmography". The New York Times. http://movies.nytimes.com/person/208278/Krista-Errickson/filmography. Retrieved May 7, 2010.
- ↑ Profile at TV Guide's website
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