Stefanie Powers still gets around like ‘The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.'
BY GENE TRIPLETT
Stefanie Powers never really was a globe-trotting spy, she just played one on TV.
But if she ever decided to become a secret agent for real, she certainly has a lot of the right qualifications. The actress lives in three different countries, speaks eight languages, is a cultural scholar, world traveler, expert horsewoman and talented singer and dancer — all of which add up to a promising resume for any aspiring undercover sleuth. She could blend in almost anywhere.
And some of those attributes were actually incorporated into storylines for “The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.,” the 1966-67 television series on which she played intelligence operative April Dancer, the sexy and resourceful nemesis of THRUSH, an international organization of criminals bent on world domination.
This spinoff of the popular ’60s spy series “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” is available in its entirety for the first time on two four-disc sets manufactured on demand by Warner Archive, wbshop.com.
Time to reminisce
Powers — perhaps best known for her role opposite Robert Wagner on TV’s popular “Hart to Hart” (1979-84) — had not yet had a chance to revisit the “U.N.C.L.E.” episodes when she talked to The Oklahoman.
“I live in Africa as well, East Africa, and I’ve just returned from there, and I’m looking forward to seeing and reminiscing about these shows,” she said in a recent phone interview from her California home.
Powers’ Dancer masqueraded as a high-fashion model while co-star Noel Harrison — son of Rex — posed as her Carnaby Street styling partner Mark Slate in a show that was more of a campy spoof of the then-popular spy genre than its parent program, which starred Robert Vaughn as Napoleon Solo and David McCallum as Illya Kuryakin.
“We were almost polar opposites,” Powers recalled of the two series. “We were sending up all this espionage in a humorous way, hopefully, or a satirical way. And of course they were very serious about it, and NBC was concerned about that. I remember the remark was that they thought that it looked as if we were having too much fun. We were.”
Her most vivid memories of doing the series were of the people she got to work with on “The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.”
Despite the differences in tone between the “Man” and the “Girl” series, there were several crossover episodes.
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