How 'Roseanne' Actress Wound Up Managing a TV Station

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Wesley Mann

THR_Anne_Faulkner - H 2015

Anne Faulkner — who appears in The Hollywood Reporter magazine's feature about the history and the future of beloved industry retirement community the MPTF Country House — is known for roles on the hit sitcom and the drama 'Knots Landing.' She talks to THR about what she's doing now.

This story first appeared in the May 1 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Anne Faulkner, 84, has been the manager at the Wasserman Campus' in-house television station, Channel 22, for four years. It's a return to format: She worked for broadcasting group MetroMedia in Ohio for two decades, eventually becoming its TV division's first female vice president before quitting at age 50 to take up acting (she had recurring roles on Knots Landing and Roseanne). "I didn't want to go out of this world wishing I'd done something," she says of the leap — most recently she appeared on HBO's dark comedy Getting On (set in a geriatric hospital ward).

With Roseanne Barr on 'Roseanne'

At Channel 22, one of her key initiatives is "Behind the Silver Screen": She selects films and TV programs that residents have worked on and then has them tape introductory segments. "You'd be surprised how they perk up when they do -- just coming alive, that sparkle in their eye," she says. "Particularly the men!"