November 9, 2011
Kanter’s passing is the end of a very important era.
Early on, he recognized the cultural changes that
television needed to address in order to remain a viable
representation both in the industry and to the viewing
audience. Our relationship became important to our
family & friends as they observed our dedication to
learning from each other about racial prejudice in both
the white and black communities. His wife Doris was
always supportive as we struggled over many
disagreements with the networks over the subject.
was responsible for transforming my career from the
Broadway stage and film, to television, by creating the
role of “Julia”. He will always be cherished for
entrusting her character to me. I will never forget
my first meeting with him. When he saw me across the
room, he said to my agent, “That’s the kind of girl we
need - an average housewife.” Upon hearing this, I said
to him, “Yes, an average housewife in couture Givenchy.”
was such a wonderful, sweet man. I will miss him deeply
and always hold him dear.