You might have first spotted the beautiful Signy Coleman in the 1980s Huey Lewis and the News videos "Heart and Soul" or "I Want a New Drug." Or you might have caught her as one of the new Valentine Girl prospects Sue Ellen Ewing was checking out on primetime soap "Dallas" in 1987. Or you might have first seen her as Celeste DiNapoli on NBC's "Santa Barbara." Heck, you might have even first
spotted her as Hope on CBS' "The Young and the Restless," a longtime character that was killed off only earlier this year.
Well, I was on the phone with Ms. Coleman a week or two back for my reference book "Send Me to Santa Barbara
," and she filled me in on a whole lot of great stuff she's got going on in her life.
Primary on Coleman's agenda at the moment is "Snaggin' the Stag: A Culinary Agenda
," a cookbook she and her sister Bethany have been collaborating on. Wrapped up in that particular project, it's evident when you talk to Signy, are great recipes, some fab continental adventuring, and a whole lot of love. The extended title is "Luring the Hart from Forest to Table, A Book of Cookery," and the writing is rich in imagery and emotional as well as culinary connection. Coleman and her sister traveled to exotic locales like Morocco to secure the inspiration and the research in great taste.
"It's sort of memoirs of food and love and the chase that's involved," she says. "We tested all the recipes. We dressed, we photographed, everything is ours. We researched. There's a lot of historical information, as well. It's just really sexy and interesting and funny. My sister is as passionate about food as I am. There are so many good stories about food and love. ... Everybody's got a good story about food."
It's a subject matter for which Coleman truly has a passion.
"I pore through cookbooks and Bon Appetit magazines," she says. "I read cookbooks like people read novels. When you write something and step back from it objectively and think, omigosh, I would want to read this, you get very excited about it."
Also on Coleman's agenda right now is the completion of the official Signy Coleman website, which she and her sister have been working on. Coleman says she found a need for it after reading some less-than-true stuff about herself around the Internet.
"No, I am not married," she laughs. "And I haven't been for years! And yes, I am actively pursuing George Clooney!" (OK, that was a joke! Read: Joke!)
But besides that great stuff, Coleman also does volunteering work and cares for her daughter Isabella, who's still at home (her older daughter Siena, whose dad is Coleman's "SB" costar Vincent Irizarry, is at college).
That's a pretty full **plate**, so to speak! I'll have another excerpt of our interview next week, when we'll talk a little about her time on "Dallas" and "SB."
Photo by Lesley Bohm; used by permission.