Café: How did you get the part of Betsy Garth in The Virginian?
|Roberta Shore at the 2016|
Williamsburg Film Festival.
Café: Did you know it was going to be a regular part?
RS: I did. But I wasn't very good with horses. I had one lesson on a horse before we started the series. They had to get me a double because I was not a good horsewoman.
Café: Were there unique challenges to filming a 90-minute weekly series consisting of 30 episodes a year?
RS: Sometimes, we would be doing two or three shows at a time because we were only allowed five or six days to shoot them and that didn't include the weekends. There were times when I would run onto one set and say "Hello, Daddy" and then go to the next stage, change shirts, and do another scene. It was very challenging. We put in a lot of long, long hours.
|Roberta with Lee J. Cobb.|
RS: I loved him. He was my favorite. He was professional, kind, and witty. He could just look at me and make me laugh. I really loved him as a father image.
Café: How well did the cast get along off screen?
RS: Everybody got along just fine. I was the youngest. I was 18 or 19. So, they teased me a lot because they thought I was very naive. I wasn't as naive as they thought I was (laughs). But I played along that I was.
Café: Do you have a favorite episode?
RS: Probably the Robert Redford episode that I did ("The Evil That Men Do"). He was right out of Broadway and I think it was one of the first TV shows he had done. He was just really nice. Betsy had a crush on his character, but he was an ex-con. He was a bad boy, so it didn't work out.
|Roberta and Annette.|
RS: It was kind of fun, but I really got a lot of nasty fan mail for a couple of years following the series. I was really known as a snob.
Café: You also appeared with Annette in The Shaggy Dog. How well did the two of you get along?
RS: We got along fine. Everybody did.
Café: In addition to The Virginian, you also appeared in TV series such as Wagon Train, Maverick, and The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet. Which of those was the most rewarding experience for a young actress?
|Ricky Nelson and Roberta Shore.|
Café: Why did you decide to retire from acting after you left The Virginian?
RS: I decided to get married. I moved from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City and never wanted to come back. I had a couple of children and I have five grandchildren. Having grandchildren and children is the best part of my life.
Café: Do you have any upcoming projects you'd like to share with our readers?
RS: On the 22nd of April, we're doing Cowboy Up for Vets in Swanton, Ohio. The whole Virginian cast is going to be there. There's Jim (Drury), Gary (Clarke), Randy (Boone), Clu Gulager, Sara (Lane), Diane (Roter), Don Quine, and L.Q. Jones. It will be a really fun festival. From what I understand, I believe it will be Jim Drury's last festival. We're all getting old (laughs).
Café: Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me.
RS: You're welcome.