Dusty and Jesse are OK

Dusty and Jesse are OK

The producers and director ended this painful moment in Dusty's life the right way. She decides to hang on to something she holds dear, her friendship with Jesse and she did it with strength.   https://youtu.be/yn82JfSyxsA

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Nichole Give Dusty Good Advice

Nichole Give Dusty Good Advice

Nicole and Dusty's relationship was a strong one. Much like the one I have with Nia. When I first joined FAME, Nia took me on as a big sister. Invited me to her home where we grilled burgers on her patio and sparked our life long friendship that remains to this day. Love you Nia.  ...

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Jesse Explains

Jesse Explains

In this scene, Jesse tries to explain how his feelings for Dusty are real, just different. Insider note: The stairs in this scene go nowhere. There is a small group of extras, huddled together on a ledge waiting to come down.   https://youtu.be/ZZGHZ3FLkIw

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Dusty Asks Jesse Out

Dusty Asks Jesse Out

Dusty wins the tickets to the U2 concert and wants Jesse to go with her. Question, is anyone else out there like me? You love songs but you don't know the name of the band or the artist who sings, it. (Embarrassing, I know) but I recall telling Jesse that he looks just like this guy that sings one...

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Dusty is Smitten

Dusty is Smitten

Dusty gets into the song she is singing for Jesse so much, that she takes his gratefulness, the wrong way. Jesse kissing on Loretta was great fun too. We didn't do enough takes for this episode-- lol https://youtu.be/RR0_LnVTaz4

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Dusty Sings for Jesse

Dusty Sings for Jesse

Jesse and Dusty in the practice rooms working on the song he wants her to sing. The producers and writers chose another great song for me to sing. "Don't Turn Around" was covered by Tina Turner. https://youtu.be/PUtJvLuq0m8

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Dusty’s Crush

Dusty’s Crush

My boyfriend, at the time and family were not crazy about this episode, but I commend the writers for touching on a topic that is not easy to address. I was both exhilarated and troubled by the task. As a method actor, I enjoyed finding new and exciting attributes about Jesse, that I really like....

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FAME Reunion 2022!

FAME Reunion 2022!

Loretta Chandler Fame U.K. Reunion Promo. Join Loretta (Dusty) and the rest of the Fame cast in Birmingham, September 8th to 11th for Fame U.K. Reunion 2022. 3 concerts and a convention. Buy Tickets https://www.fameukreunion.co.uk/tickets-22  Also available Live in Liverpool CD...

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We Have The Right To Be!

We Have The Right To Be!

The production number for this episode, like so many of the others, was filmed months earlier in New York.   https://youtu.be/LUXpoIk5yxU

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I’m Staying

I’m Staying

In this scene, Dusty stands up to her father. The hotel room was a box the tech crew built from scratch and in the first half of this scene I was asked to report to the dubbing studio to re-record what Dusting said when passing out invitations. The dubbing studio at MGM is a large sound stage. An...

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What Have We Got To Lose?

What Have We Got To Lose?

In this scene, I distinctly recall Carrie not feeling well, but she pushed through and we go the the shot. I also personally think this scene gave the writers the idea that Dusty REALLY likes Jesse, or maybe it was this Los Angeles news articles. Reporters loved asking cast members to kiss for the...

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Never Give Up On A Dream

Never Give Up On A Dream

I may be bias, but I believe the song writers on FAME were some of the best. They lyrics are so 'on point'! If you're a dreamer, you can't worry about what the future holds. You get out there and you break all the records set! https://youtu.be/RLJWZFPEVV4  

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Dad Want Dusty To Come Home

Dad Want Dusty To Come Home

This clip was one of my real father's favorites because I sang a little opera. It was his favorite style of singing. At Pueblo Central High, Ms McKeag, the head music teacher exposed us to it. Each year her top music class would perform 'Handel's Messiah". Thank you "FAME" for letting me share my...

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My Black History

My Black History

During the last part of Black History Month, I thought I'd share a bit of my families 'Black History'. We've been fortunate in that Charles Kuralt shared our beginnings with the world. In this clip, I'm about 13. Wonder if you can guess which one is me? https://youtu.be/tD8eOI1rRoo

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Not Like I Described It

Not Like I Described It

In this scene, Dusty is caught stretching the truth. I have to admit, I had a problem with the truth growing up. I never felt I was enough being me, until my favorite music teacher busted me on a lie I told and made me see, it wasn't necessary. I reminded me that was already special and gifted...

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Just like Colorado

Just like Colorado

Another shout out to my home town, Colorado and an insider movie making tip. -- During this scene, Reggie, played by Carrie Hamilton passed out fish sticks. The prop manager used frozen fish sticks so they would stay hard during each take.. except for the one that was handed to Dusty. Hers was...

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Do They All Dance Like That?

Do They All Dance Like That?

(Part 2) - That's when I found out, CalArts was a clothing-optional school. I froze and freaked out at the same time. I knew my father was going to make me pick up my bags and take them to the car because I was going right back home. Instead, he looked at me in a way I had never seen before and...

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Not What He Was Expecting

Not What He Was Expecting

In this episode, Dusty's father, the minister does not like what he sees at the school, but my personal experience was more shocking. When I chose to leave CSU and attend CalArts my father, who was the pastor of our church, helped me move into my dorm room. It faced an in-ground swimming pool. My...

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Daddy’s Coming

Daddy’s Coming

  Dusty's character was inspired by my real life, so when the writers, Christopher Gore and Hollis Rich introduced Dusty's dad, played by Albert Hall, he was minister, like my real dad, Rev. F. L. Chandler from Colorado. In this clip, Dusty is preparing for his arrival....

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FAME UK Reunion

FAME UK Reunion

You got big dreams....? Me too! Can't tell you how excited I am to celebrate our 40th anniversary of the FAME series. Three Fame U.K. Reunion concerts will take place from Thursday 8 to Saturday 10 September 2022 at Birmingham Town Hall. I heard tickets, including VIP packages area available now...

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Debbie and Dusty

Debbie and Dusty

In the previous video, I shared the production number scene for the episode, "Judgment Day". It was a dream sequence that reflected the report "Dusty" wrote after her trip with "Leroy". For those who may not have see the episode, "Leroy" is accused of discriminating against the white students when...

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At The Apollo

At The Apollo

Production number at the Apollo. Very special. Some of my classmates from Cal Arts are in the band... what a day!!! https://youtu.be/T0jaVlJRFfk

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He Kept His Promise

He Kept His Promise

Leroy keeps his promise and took Dusty to the Apollo. On the day we filmed in New York, we didn't get to go inside the actual building. I never did find out exactly why, but even outside, you could feel the power of the talent that came before us. https://youtu.be/lSO2zwb-KdQ

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