Tracey E. Bregman (played Ann Thomerson)
Q1: How did you get involved in HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME? Most of the cast were Canadian, but the film's notes say that you were German-born, London-reared and California-schooled.
It was great fun. Tom Burman who did the FX was amazing. He is now very well known. I'm still in contact with most of the cast members.
Q3: The film's press notes say that three endings were shot (and also boasts the cast wouldn't know which ending was used until they actually saw the film!), but I've also heard that was just to cover up the fact that the ending hadn't really been written. What was your understanding of the situation?
Q5: The delightfully convoluted crescendo to HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME is loved and loathed in equal measures. Naturally I love it! SCOOBY DOO'esque fun at its finest. However, did anyone think the mask ripping finale would be taken seriously, or was tongue very much in cheek throughout?
All is know is that it took my face and skin months to recover from the mask ripping. It took layers and layers of skin off.
Q6: Did the cast get together to watch the film when it was released in May 1981?
We didn't get together because I was in the US and they were all in Canada.
Q7: Have you seen the film recently? And if so, how do you think it holds up?
I've watched parts of it thanks to Youtube and my 13 year old son watched the whole film recently and said it made him laugh a lot because I swore so much in the film. LOL!
Thanks to Tracey for taking the time out to talk about her role in HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME. Tracey continues to have a very successful on-screen career, especially on major TV soaps such as THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS. Read more about her career here.
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