Anne Rice was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, and the French Quarter provided the setting for the author’s first novel, Interview with the Vampire, published in 1976. The book was followed by a large number of widely popular sequels, collectively known as The Vampire Chronicles. A film adaptation was released in 1994, starring Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise. Books from The Vampire Chronicles were also the subject of two film adaptations, Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles in 1994 and The Queen of the Damned in 2002.
Laurie Metcalf is best known as Jackie Harris on the hit ABC sitcom Roseanne. Other television appearances include The Big Bang Theory (Mary Cooper), Desperate Housewives, King of the Hill, Dharma & Greg, Malcolm in the Middle and Frasier and films Desperately Seeking Susan, JFK, Mistress, Leaving Las Vegas, Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3, Scream 2, Meet the Robinsons and Georgia Rule.