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I and many other New Zealanders are putting you on
notice that your courting Deep Sea Oil Drillers is
totally unacceptable to us.
Petrobras [the Brazilian oil company that is
intending to drill for oil in up to 3100 metres of water
off the East Cape, is the part-owner of an oil field
northeast of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where a serious oil
leak has developed] already has an uncontrollable
leak off their own coast which is spewing filth into
their own marine environment.
Why are you giving offshore oil companies carte blanche
to risk OUR fisheries, OUR coastal way of life, OUR
clean green brand upon which all our premium exports
Newsflash - Lucy's Mug Shot Oakland Police Department!
Lucy sends in two mock mug shots of her alleged
These photos are a response to the calls Lucy's reps
have been getting about her purported arrest in
Oakland two nights ago based on tweets that have
Evidently, she crossed the line when she threw a
boot at a cop and got arrested. The crowd was
chanting, "Free Xena!" Lucy apologies to Nick
Nolte for pinching his style.
Over the last few days there has been a rumour going
round and round and round that Lucy was arrested at an
OccupyOakland rally. What a load of tosh. Lucy's
official rep has confirmed that this is utter nonsense
and Lucy was in Los Angeles and not in Oakland and
certainly not in any Occupy Protest
What started this? A rumour started on Twitter of someone claiming it
was Lucy who threw a boot at a cop. The facts shouldn't
get in the way of a good made up story so without a
shred of evidence to prove it was the real Lucy Lawless,
the rumour spread and since we have a plethora of celebs
behaving badly...well it was believed.
As you can see from the photo - that's not the case;
Lucy was NOT arrested. She does have a great sense of
humour and doesn't take herself seriously so she sent in
the photos and made a joke of it.
Her mug shots are fun and her alleged arrest is false.
17 October 2011
Lucy at the Rugby!
lookee who showed up at the Rugby game last
night between Australia and New Zealand. I will
not mention the score - it wasn't pretty for
Australia. Good luck to the kiwis - they need a
win after the horrendous year they have had.
Here's a message from Lucy along with a pic
she sent last night from the game.
I, of all people! I have been swept away
with the excitement in Auckland. Here to see the
mighty All Blacks play the Wallabies in
Game starts in 40 mins.
Go, All Blacks!!!
Congrats to the kiwis for winning the game.
The score was 20-6 to the mighty All Blacks.
Next week is the final between NZ and France.
Hey folks, many people have
been asking how they can help Andy's family.
Lucy has sent in the following note and way to
help the family out - trust fund has been set up
where you can donate to help out.
MESSAGE FROM LUCY LAWLESS
a trust fund has been set up for Andy's family.
we are all keen to let Vashti know that her
unwavering support of her husband's career was
very much appreciated. Without her, Andy would
never have left his career as a structural
engineer to fulfill his dreams. She put her own
career on hold to back him up. Filming schedules
often leave the partner holding the baby 60 +
hours a week for months on end. Andy's wife was
a tower of strength through thick and thin. We
want her to know how touched we were by his
portrayal of Spartacus and how grateful we are
for her part in it.
The most important thing for Andy is that
his family are supported in their future and so
a facility has been established for anyone who
wishes to contribute.
Bank details for accepting payment to Andy
Please note, this is an AUD currency account
based in Australia so any transfers will be
deemed foreign transfers on their end.
HSBC Bank Australia
Account Name: RGM Artist Group Pty Ltd Trust
Swift Code: HKBAAU2S
Branch Code: 343-001
Account No: 206 036 002
Reference: "Whitfield Donation"
31 August 2011
Message from Starship and Lucy about the
Spring Clean Auction starting tomorrow!
Just a last minute reminder that the Starship
Spring Clean goes live from 6pm NZ time tonight!
Pictured below are the amazing outfits we'll be
selling from the first season of her hit show
Spartacus: Blood and Sand, follow the directions
below on how you can bid. But don't just take
our word for it - here's what Lucy told us just
Get bidding (or register for bids) from 6pm
tonight (NZ time) at: www.trademe.co.nz/starship.
The New Zealand public can bid on the item
directly at www.trademe.co.nz/starship.
Overseas fans will need to place proxy bids.
Anyone interested in registering for proxy bids
should check out the auctions throughout
September (note: not all items will be listed
from the first day - so keep checking back
throughout the month).
If you would then like to place a proxy bid on
any item, please email email@example.com with
the following information:
The auction name and number you wish to bid
The amount you wish to bid
Please Note: (To avoid disappointment we
recommend you offer your highest proxy bid at
the outset, however, if you wish to monitor the
auction as it progresses and place your bids
accordingly, please note that the Starship
Foundation will use its best endeavours to place
your bid on your behalf but cannot guarantee
your bid will be placed or that you will be the
winning bidder of the item).
All personal details will be destroyed
immediately after the auctions have finished.
Lucy sent over the following info about an
upcoming event with her and Al Gore! Check out
Lucy's message and the details of the event -
Lucy will be a part of this event from September
14-15, 2011! Tune in!
Message From Lucy:
I have set sail for my life as an eco-Warrior.
Won't you all join me?
Former Vice President Al Gore and his team at
Climate Reality have a big new project. It's 24
Hours of Reality - and from September 14-15 a
new slideshow presentation created by Gore will
be given once every hour progressing across
every time zone around the world. The entire 24
hours will be broadcast live online and between
each "in country" segment, they will cut back to
a studio in NY where a talk-show-like program
will feature climate scientists, celebrities and
other public figures engaged in the climate
discussion talking about on the ground impacts,
solutions and sharing stories.
17 August 2011
New Lucy Message and Photos Rainbow Warrior III
Auction Posted by
MaryD: 17 August 2011
message from Lucy about her upcoming auction
items for raising money for the Raindow Warrior
III on 24 August 2011
I am having a wee cry about losing my two
friends, 'Tonto' and 'The Lone Ranger' which are
the first artworks I ever bought with my Xena
pay packet. They are magnificent photos by the
now world famous, Michael Parekowhai. He was the
big noise at the Venice Biennale this year. I
really love everything he does.
These photos are like childhood friends to me. I
love their humour and politics. They seem to
say, "I'm Big, I'm Camp and I'm here to stay!" I
admire this quality in others. I like people
that are fruity and comfortable in their skin
and ready for action.
am so committed to raising $$ and awareness of
Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior III that I am going
to let these go to auction next week in New
York. It is run by an outfit called
Please help spread the word especially to people
in the art world. These are landmark works of a
They are also auctioning off a dinner with me,
though frankly, I recommend you go for the
Received the following note from Lucy - she is
raising money for Greenpeace and the Rainbow Warrior
III - As many of you are aware the first Rainbow
Warrior was sunk by the French 25 years ago and now
Greenpeace want to launch another Rainbow Warrior.
Lucy is a Greenpeace ambassador. More details about
the auction as it comes to hand but here is Lucy's
I am auctioning a meet and greet as part of the
Greenpeace Int'l auction to raise money for the
Rainbow Warrior III. I am selling some artwork and
personal jewelry. After all, it's not worth @#$!
without a clean planet.
Auction is Aug 24 in NY.
I am on a mission to raise money so that the Rainbow
Warrior III can battle 'The Oncelers', as Dr Seuss
called them, that are raping our planet. A
sustainable future is within our grasp. Evolve now!
Message From Lucy About Her Birthday and the AUSXIP
Here's a new message from Lucy about
her birthday and the AUSXIP Charity Auction which is
held in March in time for Lucy's birthday! Thanks to
everyone we have raised $9600 for Starship this year!
thank-you everyone for your kindness and best
wishes on my birthday.
I never truly understood that the online auction was a
birthday present to me. I was extremely blown away when
I got it for the first time! I was quite mute.
Thank-you all (especially Mary D) who organised it. The
Starship people are going to be shocked and delighted. I
know that will buy some incredible piece of equipment
that will help heal a child or ease suffering. You are
very generous and I send warm blessings on you all from
afar. ( I just took a few minutes out to pray in your
I had a lovely, lovely birthday. When work was
unexpectedly postponed, I caught up with Madeleine Sami
and Ladyhawke for brunch at Alleluia Cafe on K Rd and
then went out to play tennis very badly with pals in Mt
Eden. The rest of the day was spent with my family. My
sister made the most gorgeous lemon cake I have ever
seen and which we devoured over two days. Thanks, Jos!
Now I have to get back to work. on Sparty. My
internet has been down so I have been trying to do
research on my little iPhone. Not very good. I am so
excited by the new direction for my character. Bizarre
stuff! Michael Hurst and I are psyched about what we're
about to do. Wish I could say what, but it would ruin
Up and at 'em!
13 March 2011
Lawless, Amanda Billing and Megan McNeil at Ellerslie
on 12 March 2011 for Diamond Day Races – the finale of
Auckland Cup Week. Lucy basically tells us the gauntlet
was thrown down and we the fans picked it up and
wouldn’t let the other teams win. HELL YES!
Xena/Lucy fans NEVER give up…it was a matter of pride
and a matter for doing it for Lucy and Starship.
Amanda’s fans pushed us alright and we nearly got
overrun on the penultimate day BUT we rallied like Lucy
fans do and won. It was a pretty good challenge by
Amanda’s fans and we give them mega kudos for scaring us
into another gear. Thanks guys!
Lawless and her lovely assistant Renee O’Connor in the
kitchen of her home. Renee makes a very special
appearance in Lucy’s kitchen to help her prepare some
yummy food!Special appearances by the Tapert clan at the
Lawless thanks the fans for helping her and Starship win
in the Resene Facebook Likes Campaign during February /
March 2011! Her painted horse Argo Starship Warrior
Princess won and in winning Starship gets $5000 extra
for the kids!
This is the second video blog by Lucy and it’s
the progress of her horse (with no name yet). You can
also catch the first video blog where she introduces us
to the tall horse. You can find out more about Lucy &
Resene Fastest Art Exhibition on the AUSXIP Lucy Lawless
Hi, Lucy Lawless here. Just got back to NZ and thought
I’d post this video blog. I’m looking forinspiration for
how to paint my horse for Starship – any suggestions?
You can offer Lucyyour suggestions on the Resene
Lucy sent me a message about the wonderful support
for the auction.
Holy cow! My god, that is a lot of money! You can be
sure that that will go right where it is vitally needed.
Thank-you Friends, from the bottom of my heart!I have
never worked on a show with a fanbase as giving as the
XWP gang. I guess it was the nature of the show and its
message that formed such a community.
I am a day wiser today. I had a wonderful birthday and I
just realised that that was truly a birthday present to
me! Gosh, now I feel all redfaced. I know you all work
so hard for every buck you make and I never want to
cajole money out of my beloved fans for any reason. I
appreciate all you have done for me in my life and
career and I truly ask for nothing more from you. But
you make these things happen anyway.
On behalf of all my collegues at the Starship
Foundation, our great love and thanks to you, dear
Friends, dear Nutballs, old Pals!
Thanks to Mary, Christa, Roger and team for making it
I am so touched.
Love always and everywhere,
I'm beyond stoked with the figures I was tallying last
night. Beyond stoked. Here are the prelim figures for
Starship & ROC Outreach Fund.
Starship Foundation $ 11,917.74 NZD (that figure will rise with
some late sales and some donations)
Lucy was recently been interviewed
for AUSXIP Interviews and this is what she had to say about
her fans and their support:
Are you surprised by the
support your fans give the Charities you choose?
I am so grateful to all my fans
for their support over the years of my charities and others.
i never ask the fans to give.
Instead I encourage them to enrich their own communities and
world in their own way. I am so completely humbled by 'Feel
the Love' Day. I think it is a powerful example of how
my fans do not so much celebrate the tv show 'Xena', so much
as practise the spirit of the show, which is all about
looking after the little guy, respect for self, others and
our planet. What's not to love about that?!
Thanks, friends and truckers for all the love/
support/ prurient interest in the MySpace world. I am
so glad you made it to the show in Hollywood. For those
of you who didn't, I still love your guts and say nice
things about you behind your back. (except that your
mother reeally does dress you funny.)
I am glad you liked the videos. I'm a little
disappointed that they show me in such a harsh light
but, bugger it! I am a busy little superstar and I
demand to be satisfied. I don't think it is too much to
expect my lovely assistant to anticipate my every whim.
That's what slaves are for...er, no, assistants! That's
what ASSISTANTS are for.
Oh, crap, just keep your eyes peeled. This is where the
not much to report today as i spent the day preparing
for my second and final full rehearsal with my musicians
and backup singers. I am so excited that i cannot even
begin to find the words to express what that feels
like. I will have more to talk about tomorrow so please
come back and check in.
Don't miss Lucy on KTLA in Los Angeles, channel 5,
9am, on Friday, Jan. 12
Today I visited with Alek Adorian to finalize what
I'm wearing for my shows this weekend. He designed my
outfits for Celebrity Duets and has done a fantastic job
on these as well.
Then I went to my voice lesson before heading out to
my first full rehearsal with band and back up singers.
It is all coming together absolutely fantastically. I
am beyond excited and cannot wait to share more with you
in the coming days, and to the actual shows this
I also have a couple of surprises for you. If you
look in my Videos section you will find two short clips
that show some of my preparations from the last few
days. They are fun and silly and I hope you enjoy them.
Today i had rehearsals with my backing vocals captain
Sharlotte Gibson and my piano playing buddy Jason. And
it's all coming together nicely. Tomorrow will be our
first full on rehearsal and i couldn't be more excited
and ready. I'm happy to finally be getting on with it
you could say.
And thanks to those of you who have sent good wishes
as they seemed to have worked. I am feeling quite a bit
better but am going off to rest more now.
Today I visited the doctors, he took a look at my
sinuses and vacuumed them out. He also gave me some
medicine and hopefully it will do the trick. With the
stress of being sick i forgot i had a interview/co-host
with IMRU radio with Rita Gonzales. So I just made
it. I also went out with my keyboardist to shop for
some special effect sounds for the show.
So anyway, now off to bed to rest up for tomorrow and
another busy day of getting ready for the show.
Today I ran thru the set list with my buddy Jason &
Kit Kat Crimins & my Motley crew. We worked out the
order of songs: i.e. which song segued into which most
We labored trying to make Kat's speech funny. It was
an uphill battle. She fought us all the way.
Now I'm off to Anaheim to watch ice hockey. It's
time to indoctrinate our kids into the religion that is
the world's greatest game. I will try not to throw
squid like a real Red Wings fan. And since I am sick as
a dog I will try not to boo the Ducks too loud. The
force runs strong in me but I'm bound to fail.
Today is exactly one week to the first of two Lucy
Lawless Live concerts at the famous Roxy nightclub in
Hollywood! Here is Lucy's first entry of her Countdown
To The Roxy blog! Let the fun begin!
I am freaking out because I can't start working with
the musicians till next week. I will have literally 2
days rehearsal; to test the keys, edit the shape and
endings of songs. The tone of each is very synergistic,
which means wanting to have all the elements jamming
I have sat for three weeks turning into a fricking
pudding. Now that the holidays are t-e-r-m-i-n-a-t-e-d
I am rearing to go but there's no one to play with.
Oh god, i have to get in shape (i.e. lose 10 lbs of
fat-bastardness), get cozzies sorted, work on publicity
campaign, trying to get single remastered & produced
And hell, mustn't forget about my acting career. Big
eps of Battlestar coming up. And press want to cover
it. I love the way my stint as D'Anna wrapped up.
Those guys are genius.
5 January 2007
I am starting 2007 with a bang! The Roxy gig is obsessing
me. How come i'm so attracted to things that scare me? Coz
"the payoff is AWESOME" right? My Auntie Judy always said
my eyes are bigger than my stomach.
I am so thrilled that so many of you are coming from so far
away. It's going to be a good evening no matter what
happens. Come one, come all!!
New Lucy Starship Letter & Ebay Auction for Lucy's
has sent out a new letter to all Starship Foundation
supporters. Big news is that Starship will be holding an
Ebay auction for one of Lucy's new drawings - the auction
will be held on 21 August 2006.
The Duets prep is coming along. We are all having a
great time. There was a heap of press the other day for
myriad outlets, even CNN, which i was particularly
excited about. I guess it's part of the
Indeed the other day, when I got another pleasant
surprise on the show, I had to ask myself whether I had
had a stroke. Was I simply imagining the whole
scenario? It's all beyond my wildest dreams.
Today I did something with Access Hollywood. They
followed me to a voice lesson at Eric's and recorded
twenty minutes of unusable banter, like . . .
"La-la-la-la . . ."
"Now, go up the scale, holding your tongue and gesture
with your free hand."
"How's this gesture, Bud?"
"Ooooh, what a lovely gesture! Ev'ry inch a lady."
"Well, enough about you, Eric . . ."
etc, etc, etc..
I have found out my two singing partners for the
two-hour opening night and which songs we will sing. I
am so excited, I can't tell ya! More tomorrow.
22 June 2006
I just did the voice of an animated cartoon for
Paramount, called Dragonlance. Obviously it's a fantasy
story, with gods and monsters – (no lesbian subtext). I
never felt I nailed animated performance before, so
wanted to get a handle on it.
I played a character called "Goldmoon,” a Native
American. We played around with accents awhile. I
didn't know she was Native A till I got there and so
didn't have time to research the accent (not many of
those where I come from). More staccato! More
comanding! More warm! Less disjointed! . . . Ummm, do
you just want me to do Xena? Ahh, yes! That's it, do
Xena! The voice is perfect! So warm, so commanding, so
. . . yeah, yeah, let's get on with it.
It was actually really fun. At last I have done
something my kids can actually watch. My son is
gratified that I am not playing a bad guy. He can't
stand me going to BSG every day to be mean to humans.
Oh well, it's a living!
27 May 2006
Hi Y'all, still loving
Vancouver. This is consistently rated one of the most
desirable places in Nth America to live and I can see
why. Lots of hiking trails that run steeply up the
sides of ski slopes. At first it's shocking how many
housefraus and geriatric Canucks are steaming past you
up the Grouse Grind, but you can't help being inspired
by their athleticism. Man, I wanna be like you when I
grow up! The only thing is that they can't help giving
you a little dig about stopping to gasp for air at the
quarter-way mark, where I'm sure the air is thinnest.
"What's the problem, lazy bones!?" I tell them my
angina's playing up. I admire them and I hate them at
Galactica is running smoothly. I have come to really
love the cast and crew. I am done here in August and
will move off on my next great adventure, whatever that
is. (stay posted).
I have been part of BSG photoshoots for TV Guide and
Maxim but don't remember when they are due out: June and
Hope all is great with you,
13 April 2006
Thank you so much for all your kind thoughts over the
last two months. My beloved Dad is finally on the
mend. Yikes, what a ride. I have been watching The
Sopranos go through the same thing only in three hours
I am now in Vancouver where we just started shooting BSG.
Everyone is fresh and excited. Daisy remarked that they
all seem to LOVE their job. They certainly are
deservedly proud of it. Peabody award, did you hear?
Thanks, everyone. Ummm, no I am not in Robert
Rodriguez' movie. Zoe Bell is the star of Quentin's
next movie and they are considering me to play one of
her buddies, which of course would be way too much
freakin' fun. Zoe took me out for my birthday in
Auckland with all the stunties and we had such a
wonderful time, I can't tell you. If they did want me
for the role, it would be up to BSG whether they could
let me go. I do have a couple of eps off so it could
conceivably happen. But heck, it's in the lap of the
i also went to Vegas for the Maxim event. The biggest
surprrise pairing was Rob and I with Anne Heche and her
husband Coley Laffoon. They are my new favourite people
ever! (Don't tell Eric and Marissa!) They are so
funny, and brave and charming and open. They told us
the story of their love affair, we told them ours. We
ate phenomenal food at Barlotta in the Wynn hotel and
danced like fiends at the Maxim party. It was the first
time in 7 years that we went on holiday without the
kids. It was just what the doctor ordered. And you
know I needed a doctor after that cussing spectacle in
NZ on the Holmes show. I think the pressure of
pretending in public that everything was just dandy,
when it was horrendous, got to me. I went a bit
doo-lally (nuts). I became totally dis-inhibited. You
guys know that I've never pretended I didn't swear like
a sailor, but I usually manage to keep it under wraps a
bit better than that. I actually had no recollection
that I said, "there's nothing to do but f**k" three
times. THREE TIMES! It was supposed to be a joke about
the fact that Kalgoorlie had two derelict drive-in
cinemas and thirty brothels, but my sick father was not
impressed, I can tell you.
On one hand, I think it is good to see how people really
are instead of a carefully manicured image. But, I
think it's not kind to subject people to foul language,
when they haven't signed up for it.
C'est la bleeding vie!
Or should I say, -- C'est la Guerre!
12 January 2006
I want you guys to
know that barring earthquakes, tsunamis and hurricanes,
I’m likely to be doing a 10-episode stint on Battlestar
Galactica later this year. I’m not lookiing to guest on
other people’s shows per se, but, in this instance, the
plot twists and character development proved to be
irresistible to me. It won’t get in the way of my
doing other projects, but we’ll keep you up to date as
things go along.
Lucy's Christmas Message on Starship Foundation Site
To all our very generous supporters, A very Merry Downunder Christmas to you wherever you
In the Northern Hemisphere we are gearing up for the
cold while I dream of Xmas ham sandwiches on the beach,
under a Pohutukawa tree, brushing sand off my boiled egg
and wasps from the homemade ginger beer. Ahhh,
We want to extend our thanks to all those doctors and
nurses who will be on the job this Xmas, making sure the
season's cheer and good health are liberally doled out
to our precious Starship kids, who by illness or
misfortune are not able to spend Christmas at home. The
staff at the Starship Children's Health are our greatest
asset and we are honoured to serve them.
I've seen some crazy stuff in the last year. I've been
from Bangladesh to New Orleans and seen how poverty and
neglect destroys the bonds between people. To me the
mark of a civilised society is the quality of care
between strangers. There will always be vulnerable
people in every society, and none more so than our
children. When you make a donation to the Starship
Foundation you strengthen the invisible bond between
strangers, and contribute in a very real way to the
health of a child, a family and a nation.
I, and all the board of the Foundation want to express
our sincere gratitude for your help in pursuing our goal
of first class care for first class children. Our
mission will not be accomplished until our Paediatric
professionals have the resources they need to provide
the kind of care available to children in other first
world nations. Thank you again from the bottom of our
hearts. We wish the most joyous Christmas and that the
coming year will be your happiest yet.
Very Truly Yours
05 October 2005
The last two days I
have been visiting t-shirt wholesalers to find garments
I'd be proud to put my name on. My best friend,
Marissa, and daughter, Daisy, came along and gave
invaluable advice about what they look for in a tee,
given our differing and glorious body types. Some of
the colours I wanted were not available. Some of the
sizes I wanted were not available. Some samples were
just downright nasty and would fall apart en route to
your house. As we're tip-toeing into this, you'll have
to forgive the obvious teething troubles of our
fledgling fanclub. I've tried to keep it simple this
first time out. I am creating a logo, which, while it
doesn't scream 'Lucy Lawless', nevertheless lets the
initiated know -- you're in the club. At first, only
the people who know will know. By and by, you will see
that logo on all sorts of products and projects that are
little secrets at the mo. But when they happen, you
will be the first to know and I'll post it here. These
first shirts will be a little primitive but very limited
Everytime Sam Raimi
hassles my husband, Rob Tapert, about loving making
television so much I say, "Aww gee, Sam, is there a
planet named Superman? I DON'T THINK SO!!!!"
I rang the Mike Brown
at Cal Tech today to thank him for this senseless act of
beauty. Fancy naming a planet and her moon after your
characters?! That is just craazy! Renee was at my
house yesterday and Sam too and we were all just in
disbelief. I had heard 'Xena' was the unofficial name,
but didn't dare hope it would stick.
Hi Gang, yes this is
me after all these years. Wanted to keep you abreast of
developments, because we all love being abreast, right?
After a long time in hibernation, this spy has come in
from the cold. I am waking up again. Finally. I've been
through many changes in the past 4 years, even through a
recent blue-period, post Katrina, where I questioned
whether what I do is of any merit at all. I don't know
the answer to that but can only conclude that i don't
know how to do anything else.
Letter from Starship
Foundation / Lucy Lawless July 2005
Thank you for your previous
support of Starship, as a much-valued donor to
I am personally writing to you in the hope you
can help us again. Many of our patients struggle
to do what most of us take for granted - simply
to breathe. Starship urgently needs "VPAP"
machines to provide ventilation for children
with respiratory disorders. New Zealand
unfortunately has the one of highest rates of
breathing disorders in the world, so we're
trying to do our best to combat this.
VPAP machines provide air through a face mask -
a much nicer alternative to tubes inserted down
the throat - and can be used both in the ward or
at home to support children with chronic
breathing problems. Evidence suggests that these
wonderful machines actually cut the need for
hospital admission or at least lead to fewer
days spent in intensive care. The machines cost
$US2,900 each - so anything you could give will
assist our many patients in need.
By way of an update, after filming Xena I took a
few years to have another child and focus on my
family. This year I've thrown myself into acting
again and loving it. You'll be pleased to know
that I'm no longer running from Warlords or
Amazons. I'm now running from human-eating bugs,
which you may have seen recently in the
television movie, Locusts. Most recently, I've
been having the time of my life doing musical
theatre in the States. I'm happy anywhere I can
make people laugh or forget about life for a
As for my artistic skills, I hope you like the
drawing on this letter. You can further assist
Starship by bidding for my original sketch -
penned for Starship by yours truly - on ebay
from 25 July. Visit www.ebay.com and it's under
the Entertainment Memorabilia section - or you
can type in a general search using the key words
"Lucy Lawless locusts".
Your valued funds will help us address
Starship's many priorities. You can donate
online at www.starship.org.nz or use the form
below and return envelope provided (stamp
required). Let's work together in helping these
precious children smile again! Thank you so much
for being there for us.
Lucy Lawless Appeal 2005
Starship Children’s Health Private Bag 92024 Auckland New Zealand
15 June 2005
The following note is from Lucy (via Sharon Delaney) about her appearance on Battlestar Galactica
"This was a chance to work with old friend,
David Eick, who was mentored by Rob on Hercules. They actually came to me to be on BG in the beginning, but with two tiny kids, I was not interested in the one-hour lifestyle. Looking forward to playing with the
wonderful BG cast, though and visiting my old Vancouver haunts from drama school days."
11 June 2005
Lucy spoke to her fans at the 2005 Gay Pride Festival and thanked them for being with her and supporting her:
“Babies, I love you and I’ve waited ten years since Xena Warrior Princess to say that if you hadn’t come to me then I just wouldn’t be here, so I love you.”
Read the full
2 February 2005
Lucy's Locusts! Update - A note from Lucy about Locusts! (via Sharon Delaney)
Message from Lucy:
"I chose it because it was surprisingly well written and looked like a lot of fun. The unexpected pleasure was meeting the producers in person. Not only do I feel they know how to turn out a good show, but they
will set up the kind of atmosphere where I, and all the crew can do our best work. Also this is the kind of classic family fare that I grew up on. I remember the appointments my family made with 'Fantastic Voyage' and
'The Birds' and 'Triffids', and I'd love to be part of that."
CBS ANNOUNCES FOUR NEW ORIGINAL TELEVISION MOVIES FOR BROADCAST AS
"THE CBS SUNDAY MOVIE" IN MARCH, APRIL AND MAY including:
From the producers of "Category 6: Day of Destruction" -- CBS's most watched scripted movie event since May 2000 -- LOCUSTS!, now in pre-production in New Orleans with production to start in mid-February.
LOCUSTS! will air Sunday, April 24 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT), starring Lucy Lawless ("Xena: Warrior Princess," "Tarzan") in a thriller about a deadly breed of bioengineered locusts that form multiple swarms, covering
thousands of square miles, creating a new and unimaginable threat to the United States. Frank von Zerneck, Robert M. Sertner and Jill Tanner ("They Shoot Divas, Don't They?") are the executive producers for von
Lucy's message to the fans of their support for at the 20th Annual Stage Fund Raiser.
"Thanks so much for all your warm thoughts and encouragement.
Everybody needs a little help to get up and perform under pressure so I am going to go out there and channel Xena, the way other people do. Never tried that before -- not since the end of the show! It'll be lovely to
have in the audience those of you who can make it. But I'll be receiving all good vibes sent my way. God Bless,
Lucy is on the front page of the new
and she also did another little drawing and put a note on the donation appeal page urging people to donate to Starship.
been wanting to thank all those nice people who care about Kevin
and gave money at the convention. I wanted to say that I'm sorry
that a place for their money to go wasn't arranged sooner. It was
simply that the people who were arranging it were so close to Kevin
and needed time to support his wife and family. I want the fans
to know they weren't being ignored. I don't want them to feel disrespected.
Tell them I'm sorry I haven't sent word. Every day I say I've got
to write a letter and I'm just out of words. I know that his wife
and children will take a great deal of heart of how much Kevin meant
to people out there that they don't even know. It's going to help
them through this tough time. Please thank everyone so much for
me." -- Lucy Lawless
The Kevin Smith Trust Fund has now been set up at the Auckland Theatre
Company to help Kevin's family.
My thanks to all of you who have responded so kindly to the issue
of child abuse in my country. You are proof positive that love knows
no boundaries. We have been heartened by your support. We in New
Zealand are in this for the long-haul. Sadly, whatever we manage
to achieve with the Safe and Sound Appeal, our efforts come too
late for several of our beautiful children whose lives were so brutally
cut short in recent months. All we can do to honour them is to prevent
further violence against children in our communities. I believe
in an individual's, and a nation's, capacity to change; to break
cycles and alter what seems like a dire future. What, after all,
is the alternative?
and again you guys have given generously to charities in our names,
this time on behalf of Julius. Once again, you find us "gobsmacked"
(Kiwi for speechless). I don't know how to thank you. I really don't.
I guess I always feel so abundantly blessed in this life that I
don't like to receive gifts, particularly as I know that every cent
you all spend is money hard earned.
The fact that you have stood by us through thick and thin and tuned
in every week for 5 years is greater fidelity than many marriages
enjoy. I cannot convey to you how deeply touched Rob and I are by
your kindness in raising over $20,000 for charities around the world
in the name of our son. Whenever I feel myself on the horns of a
moral dilemma, I try to remind myself of a maxim I wish to live
by: "spread more Joy."
It helps me choose the right direction even if, in the short term,
it seems the least profitable option. This is what you have done.
At the risk of seeming repetitious, you inspire me.
God Bless HCNBs*, Yours truly Lucy Lawless
reference to HCNB in Lucy's letter to the fans stands for Hard Core
Nut Ball. Lucy coined this phrase back in 1996.
Yep, we're having a baby. Which means, just between you and me,
that at some stage Xena will have one coz you just can't hide these
things forever -- and, no, we don't know the sex in either case.
Bless you all for your best wishes, generosity and support of late.
Both Rob and I were greatly touched by the Sword & Staff web
page's efforts which raised $5,085 for the International Society
for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect -- that's $5,085 they
could sure use.
Frankly, just the fact that someone got off their bums and did something
to help another human being, unasked, is incredibly inspiring to
me. Your support on many matters is greatly appreciated. The collective
wisdom is not lost on us. You encourage me greatly.
Thank you. Lots of love,
from Lucy Lawless & Robert Tapert (aka Mr & Mrs Tapert)
all our fans on the Internet
Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for
the goodness many of you have shown us over the past few months.
Not only were you supremely protective of our privacy in the lead-up
to our wedding, and since, but have given thousands of dollars to
the Marine Conservation and Rainforest Protection appeals on our
behalf. Talk about the gift that keeps on giving!
Privately we were a little torn between Rainforest and Aids/Cancer
charities etc but aside from loving trees we feel that our planet's
rainforest, will provide not only panaceas for many diseases but
ecologically, is the hope for all mankind. Truly the greatest good
for the greatest number.
Thank you so much for your many kindnesses. God Bless.
Lucy Lawless and Rob Tapert
PS. There was no quarrel about marine conservation. Rob loves the
sea. Rob wants you to know how particularly grateful he is for your
help in keeping our wedding private. We are left in no doubt that
you guys helped prevent it from becoming a circus. It was the happiest
day of our lives.
22 September 1997
With regard to Donations in Lieu of Flowers, Lucy asked Sharon Delaney
to pass this on:
"God bless you all. I’m so thankful to have great fans who
care so much for others. I received plenty of flowers the first
week, but more than those, I am cheered by all the bouquets I *didn’t*
get. I’m having a great time and learning a lot. But never fear,
Xena is where my heart is. So I’ll spot you on the box – a great,
challenging season ahead and not just for me. Thanks again.
Message from Lucy Lawless to her fans:
Lucy called Renee from backstage at the theatre at around
1:11 PM EST, just before heading into her final rehearsal before
the actual show, and asked if I would post a thank you to all the
fans for their massive amount of support.
you for helping make a dream come true. Your support is very much
appreciated. So, wish me luck, I'm off into the big beyond. Thanks,
and I'll be giving it all I've got.
Love from Lucy."
21 October 1996 -
After Her Accident on
The Tonight Show
"I can't thank you enough
for all your cards, wishes and good vibes which, I
swear, helped me make this a speedy convalescence. I'm
up and about in a rolly-chair [wheelchair] and crashing
about the house with my zimmer frame [walker] taking
plaster off the scotia [wookwork] (Unco returns!). Now
I'm raring to get back to work. Since watching the last
couple of eps on the telly for the first time, I know I
can improve a lot this year. It's really got me fired...
..."Anyway, I'm trying to
wade through the cards and letters. PLEEEASE DON'T SPEND
MONEY ON ME (buying CD's, CD players, etc.). I make a
healthy living, though not, as some tee-rag [tabloid]
suggested, more than I know what to do with. But I beg
you to keep your hard earned cash for yourselves and
your families. Thank you, though, for wanting to share
so much with me. If anyone's wondering if the show's
going soft, you'd better fasten your seatbelts...it's
going to be a bumpy night.
"All love, L"
31 July 1996
"To the Hardcore, Diehard
"Thanks so much for your
kind sentiments. Providentially, your letters reached me
on a very tough day when I needed them. Donna's poem
actually brought a wee tear to my eye. I thank Lillian
for looking at your letters and obviously weeding out
any idiots (I find it hard to believe there weren't
any—mind you, there seems to be some tacit code of honor
amongst our internetties)...I do not often go out on the
net unless my partner forces me to sit down for 2
seconds, but I am often charmed when I do. I have passed
a copy of your letters on to Renee, who got a great kick
out of them and sends her love.
"I am busy filming these
days—currently we're shooting the 2nd Callisto ep which
is a blast and then we begin the 3rd Callisto involving
mind transfer. In one month, I come to the States for
one week's publicity, then off to Europe for a holiday.
"Love, Lucy Lawless /
Xena Warrior Princess / New Zealand / July '96
March 31, 1996:
"Thanks very much you
guys for your letters and best wishes, especially all
you hard core nutballs who've been around since the dawn
of time. I'm afraid I can't write back personally to
anyone, but I do get your notes eventually and I am
personally going to demand my own furking Pez dispenser
when I'm a star and my own Winnebago (which is kind of a
joke where I come from - like "I'm ready for my close-up
Mr. DeMille"). I am especially fond of our internet
troll who, despite being an egomaniacal misogynist,
serves to keep my feet firmly on the ground. So don't
get your knickers in a twist over negative comments,
"I've just finished the
single most intensive and fulfilling week's filming of
my career. The episode is "Is There a Doctor?" and I
dedicate my efforts in it to all you regular
Xenites—with special thanks to Renee O'Connor, my
brilliant acting mate and a truly amazing woman, as well
as T.J. Scott, our marvelous director whose star is
going to go supernova in feature films before too long.
"P.S. —I am having a
terrific birthday, thank you all, and I can honestly say
I have never been happier in my life."