A couple months back, I wrote a feature about the shows of Sid & Marty Krofft, which aired on Saturday mornings in the 1970s before going into syndication. I reminisced about watching shows like Lidsville, H.R. Pufnstuf, and Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, revealing the excitement and horror they elicited, and declaring them uniquely bizarre in the pantheon TV shows produced for children. Of course, in the world of the Krofft Brothers, nothing excited and terrified me more than Land of the Lost!
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From the first notes of that frenetic banjo riff in the show’s theme song (below), my stomach dropped and my heart went aflutter. Terror, I was certain, would ensue. But part of what gave me the bravery to face dinosaurs, Neanderthals, and reptilians, was the character Holly (played by Kathy Coleman): If she, at age 10, could face Grumpy, Big Alice, and an army of Sleestaks, maybe I could too. In many ways, Land of the Lost was a gateway to horror fandom, and Coleman was an integral component in that equation. Of course, it helped that she was every red-blooded 7-year-old’s dream girl!
Coleman never returned to TV or film acting after 3 seasons on Land of the Lost (save for a cameo in 2009’s abysmal, comic film adaptation staring Will Ferrell—an appearance that didn’t even make the final cut), but she’s releasing a book this May that will shed light on what she’s been up to for the last 3 decades. Check out the synopsis for Run, Holly, Run!
Official Synopsis: Run, Holly, Run is the funny, but harrowing true story of former child actress Kathy Coleman–who starred in the hit 1970s show “Land of the Lost.” Kathy grew up fatherless in Southern California in the 1960s as the last child in a family of ten children. Her bright smile and blonde curls got her into television commercials at a very young age, and by the time she was 10 she was touring the country and recording as the youngest member of a popular musical group.
Kathy landed the role of “Holly” on the 1974-1977 NBC Saturday morning series, “Land of the Lost” produced by H.R. Pufnstuf creators Sid and Marty Krofft, featuring state-of-the-art special effects and written by some of the biggest names in literary science fiction. “Land of the Lost” was known for its intelligent scripts and original concepts–from an alternate universe inhabited by dinosaurs, to primate-like Pakuni and lizard creature Sleestaks to dimension-hopping Pylons. It became the most successful Saturday morning program of the decade. When it finished its network run, the show went directly into syndicated reruns that continue to this day. It is this show for which Kathy is most remembered. The book’s title–Run, Holly, Run –is taken from the oft-repeated instructions of her TV brother, Will, played by Wesley Eure.
Run, Holly, Run details the making of “Land of the Lost” and how the series gave Kathy fame, lifelong friendships, and a positive father figure, while also causing a few heartaches, troubles and trauma.
Learn what happened after the series ended.
This isn’t Coleman’s first book; she released Lost Girl: The Truth And Nothing But The Truth, So Help Me Kathleen in 2015. While online retailers don’t include much of a synopsis, her IMDB and Wikipedia pages mention 2 failed marriages and a history of abuse. I can only hope that Run Holly, Run! will reveal more triumphs than pitfalls. I can’t wait to read it!