Remember Audra Levi & Kids Beat?The other day, Jesse at NotWorthMentioning.com asked me if I remembered Kids Beat and Audra Levi. At first I was slightly confused, but a search on YouTube brought it all right back to me.
In 1983 (one of my most favorite years) TBS began airing teen and tween-produced short news bits during their morning TV show lineup. The news topics were kid-friendly which was important as it held our interest. The one thing that sorta got on my nerves though was the super peppy, kinda Jappy Audra Levi. Some wonder if she went by the name "Audra Lee" although maybe because of her hyper intonation "Levi" sounded like "Lee"? Whatever. She was a tad annoying.
I don't think it was Audra's fault. Hey, if I was a kid doing a weekly TV news broadcast, I'd be hyper and excited as well. I too was a child journalist, only I was behind the scenes doing kids reporting for New York Newsday? I would have killed to be on TV like Audra. So yeah, I think she was just too "into" it or something, you be the judge.
Audra "Lee" Levi TodayThe once Kids Beat anchor has since graduated from college (1997), is married (her new name is Audra Levi Priluck) and is apparently very involved in her sorority Alpha Chi Omega. You'd think someone involved in showbiz would easily make friends--sorry I'm so anti-sororities. The idea of forced friendships makes me sick.
Audra went on to do production work on TV shows including Mad About You, JAG and King of Queens, So... stalker that I am... I found Audra on Facebook but don't worry I won't try to add her. I just thought it was cool and it kinda reminded me of this blog post I did a while back about celebs becoming regular people.