By Venita Fritz
Tribune-Courier General Manager
Marshall County native Angie Gregory returned to Los Angeles to re-pursue an acting career in January of this year after a two-year hiatus. Gregory had worked in Hollywood for several years before falling ill and in need of surgery to repair a diseased heart valve. Following surgery in an Indianapolis Hospital, Gregory spent the next two years here recuperating with her mother in Draffenville.
Since her return to Los Angeles Gregory says she has worked more than she ever did during her first stint there and has been successful in landing some high-profile roles.
Gregory will appear in the upcoming season finale of CSI. The show will air on May 15 at 9 p.m. CST on CBS. Gregory said she can’t give too much information away about her role at this point, but did confirm her character, Chloe Rudolph, is “pivitol to the story line.”
Gregory will also appear in a new pilot set to air on The Biography Channel an April 24 at 7 a.m. and on A&E on April 27 at 9 p.m. Gregory described the show as a docudrama featuring re-enactments of tales of people whose pasts come back to haunt them.
Gregory said she will play the role of Lisa, an exorcist whose husband is a police officer. The name of the episode is “The Exorcist.”
Gregory said the reason for her new-found success in Hollywood this time around is one that caught her by surprise.
“I have a niche, being a plus-size country girl and I also have versatility as an actor. I’m on my way to getting healthier but I’ll always be a plus-size actress out here. I feel my best at a size eight and that is where plus-size begins out here,” said Gregory. “But at 38 years-old and a size 14, I’m not trying out for the leading lady roles so the competition goes way down. This town is full of super-skinny, pretty people with standard American accents. But when they need a fun, character role for a corn-fed country girl, I know I have a very good shot at booking it.”
Gregory said she gained weight during her illness when exercise was nearly impossible. She was confined to a wheel chair or a recliner for several months and picked up the extra weight during that period. Little did she know the weight gain would turn out to be a positive thing when she got back to Hollywood.
“Hopefully, that’ll keep me working at this job that I’ve always wanted to do. At Marshall County High School, my nickname was Hollywood, she said. “I’ve wanted to do this all of my life. Just over a year ago, I was in heart failure. Now, I’m up and living, really living.”
Gregory graduated from Marshall County High School in 1993 and studied theater and television production at Murray State University from 1999-2003. She is the daughter of Diane Gregory and the late Earl Gregory of Draffenville.