Review: Pleasure Thresholds by Patricia Tallman



FINAL_Pat_Cover_-_Front_OnlyReview: Pleasure Thresholds by Patricia Tallman


I’m a movie and television nut.

And I eat up ‘behind the scenes’ books like there is no tomorrow.

I’m also a crazy Sci-Fi fan—yes, I’m one of those.

So when the lovely and talented Patricia Tallman released her memoir from Babylon 5, I just had to have a copy. Called Pleasure Thresholds (from one of her character, Lyta Alexander’s most famous quotes from the show), the book is full of behind–the-scenes goodness of one of my favorite shows of all time.

But there is so much more.

There are hundreds of candid photographs (seeing the late Richard Biggs, Andreas Katsulas and Jeff Conaway brought tears to my eyes), an enclosed DVD with photos, videos, audio commentary and an interview with Pat conducted by series creator J. Michael Straczynski (Both Pat and Joe sign each copy of the book, by the way).

Beyond all the extras, there is Pat’s story. Written as if you joined her for a few pints in a pub, the conversational tone she takes with the reader is comfortable, witty and heart-felt. The business of Hollywood is daunting, tiring and certainly has its seedier side and Pat pulls no punches. You get her story, warts and all.


Some of my favorite highlights: 

  • Pat’s son is truly her pride and joy.
  • You understand how good a man JMS is despite the powers-that-be.
  • Her account of the reaction by Pat’s family to her first nude scene.
  • All about her Night of the Living Dead role and how she became Barbara.
  • The camaraderie and tensions on the set.

I could go on for hours. This 362 page book is chock full of all things Hollywood. And all things about one of my favorite redheads.

I highly recommend the read…I’ve gone through Pleasure Thresholds four times now. This is a wonderful tome for fans, Hollywood historians and industry followers alike.

I just wish all stars were this honest.

Thanks for sharing it all with us, Pat. Next time you’re in Boston, there is a dinner and drinks waiting.





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“You mentioned wondering what my pleasure threshold is. I recently found out…I don’t have one.” –Lyta Alexander