Many thanks to Soap‘s Jennifer Salt for squeezing me into her busy schedule yesterday. Though we all, of course, remember her as Eunice Tate, Jennifer may ultimately be best remembered for her extensive television writing and production work.
Most recently she has co-executive produced the new FX series American Horror Story with Glee creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, the same team she worked with on the series that brought her to national attention behind the camera: Nip/Tuck. In addition to co-executive producing American Horror Story, she also wrote its third episode, “Murder House.”
Jennifer was one of the few Soap actors to successfully move from in front of the camera to behind it; Ted Wass, one of her closest friends from those days, has gone on to considerable success directing television, from Two and a Half Men to Spin City.
Before she went into television writing and producing, indeed before she ever set foot on the Soap stage, Jennifer had an interesting movie career as well. Though she had a role in the classic Midnight Cowboy (with a screenplay by her father, Waldo Salt), she also did her fair share of genre flicks. One of the most interesting is another classic, this one of the horror variety: Brian De Palma’s Sisters (from which this photo is taken).
Released in 1973, this is one of those movies that the less you know about the plot, the better your viewing experience will be. Suffice it to say that Jennifer co-stars with friend Margot Kidder, and the last 20 minutes or so make this a must-see for any horror fan. Netflix it or spring for the Criterion edition. (It was remade in 2006 starring Chloe Sevigny and Stephen Rea.)