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The Girl In The Video: ‘We Didn’t Start The Fire’ by Marc Tyler Nobleman

Author Marc Tyler Nobleman has published a series of interviews with actresses who've appeared in famous music videos, and his latest edition covers Billy Joel's “We Didn't Start The Fire.” Nobleman interviewed actresses Melody Knighton, Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin, Lupe McDonald, Susan McNabb, Barbara Paolella and Frankie Thorn, who all appeared in the music video, and all had stories to share on how they became involved in the project, and what it was like to work on the set. Here is an excerpt:

Do you remember what your reaction was when you were cast?

Melody: I was thrilled to get a part, try out this character, and meet Billy Joel.
Lupe: I think at that point, being a struggling artist, I was ecstatic to be cast in anything. But this being a paying gig and being such a cool job, I was quite thrilled, to say the least.
Frankie: I was, as usual, surprised. Getting booked for any job in Hollywood is close to a miracle. There are so many beautiful and talented people here! And it was also my first acting gig in Hollywood. So I was especially delighted!
Marlee: I was over the moon. Me? In a Billy Joel video? I had never heard the song before, but didn’t care. I said “I’m in!”
Susan: I was always very happy to hear I had a booking, and this was no exception.
Barbara: This was my first job so I was really excited!

Read the complete interview at Noblemania.

Melody Knighton


Marlee Matlin


Lupe McDonald


Susan McNabb


Barbara Paolella


Frankie Thorn