Nonstop go-getter, CAC lifetime member and honoree Jeanne Basone has constantly reinvented herself. As a wrestler on the original eighties syndicated weekly GLOW show, she was involved in all sorts of wacky soap opera-esque storylines. Now she's actually involved in soap directly. Literally!
Jeanne's been a friend since the first taping of GLOW, in 1986, at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas. The Riviera, incidentally, was also the first Las Vegas home of our annual CAC reunions. She wrestled on the first few seasons under the clever character work name of "Hollywood." Whether paired with her tag partner "Vine"(as in the famous Southern California intersection of Hollywood and Vine) or in her many singles matches during her seasons there; Basone became one of the breakout stars(like fellow CAC Honoree Tina/Lisa Moretti who went on to WWE stardom as Ivory). After leaving GLOW, she and another star there in Cheryl "Lightning/Lil Mo" Rusa, knew they wanted more thorough pro wrestling training than the intense but short one they were given in GLOW with Mando Guerrero and later CAC's Princess Jasmine. They kept their new-found grappling passion alive and had Sue Sexton and other CAC'ers continue training them further. Both have also attended Cauliflower Alley Club reunions regularly since 1993 plus have also been CAC honorees when our Baloney Blowout Tuesday Night event was turned into a total GLOW tribute evening several years back. Jeanne, Cheryl and many of their original GLOW com-padres have always had their annual CAC booth in our vendor room plus at many of the major Comic-Cons and related fanfests around North America. And most surprisingly, she's even worked with yet another CAC-regular in Billy Corgan's NWA(and hopefully soon as well, for his side project tentatively called Carnyland). Corgan of course is creator and lead singer for the long time, hugely-popular, alternative-music band Smashing Pumpkins who've set many records for attendance and album sales, etc around the world and still sell out venues around the world.
Since GLOW, both Jeannie and Cheryl have also worked regularly in tv and film besides being decorated stuntwork artist/athletes for both mediums. Now Jeannie has also taken another of her childhood artistic dreams and turned it into an actual business. Not long ago she launched her own hand-crafted soap line called Hollywood Botanika/Nashville Botanika. "It's named that because I still call Hollywood, California and Nashville, Tennessee home, bopping back and forth between both of these major cities." Buzz and acclaim quickly grew for her line of handmade soaps for both women and men. There's intricate designs like her Sea Goddess and Mermaid soaps, unique colors and clean ingredients(aloe, lemon grass, clover and tea tree) and also dedicated hypoallergenic and animal lines. Check out Jeannie's handcrafted, artisan natural soaps at hollywood-productions.myshopify.com. "Business really peaked since March as everyone needs to wash their hands much more now," she said.
Additionally, most at CAC know Jeanne's always given back, helping others in wrestling. So it was no surprise she recently set up plus donated time and money to a GoFundMe for former GLOW star Beckie Mullen, helping the family with her burial expenses. Just like her GLOW days taking on Susie Spirit, Dementia, Mt. Fiji and others, Jeanne remains a colorful, thoughtful character bigger than life.