Watching movie credits can be a fascinating thing. Sometimes hidden gems of wonder can emerge from them. I still get a laugh out of remembering the "waterfowl handler" from The Notebook or confused as to why James Franco, hardly unafraid to appear in bad movies, decided to go uncredited for his large-ish role in Nights on Rodanthe. As I sat down the other night to watch Chuck Russell's 1988 remake of The Blob - I had seen it back when I was a wee tike and thought I would revisit - and was puzzled as to the following shot in the opening credits.
Just who is this Candy Clark person - I assumed they were a woman, turns out I was correct - and why does she get a special "with" credit like she's on a David E Kelley TV production or something. Turns out Ms Clark plays "Fran Hewitt", a lovely waitress in a diner who sees her cook get devoured by the garbage disposal (thanks to our good ol' friend the blob) before herself being trapped inside a phone booth by the pink gelatinous science experiment.
The role is hardly anything special - it's not a sort of Vincent Price in Edward Scissorhands moment - she's just there and then she isn't. I was intrigued as to why, of all people, Candy Clark was deemed special enough to get a special credit. Turns out she is actually an Academy Award nominee. I have not seen American Graffiti, but she's apparently good enough in it to be nominated for only her second film (after Fat City on year earlier). A quick glance at the rest of the resume and one gets the distinct impression that that film was a fluke.
Candy Clark would go on to spend the majority of her career in horror and thriller productions. Whether it be getting eaten by a Government experiment in The Blob or being burnt alive in Amityville 3D, playing Buffy's mother in the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie, Stephen King productions like Cat's Eye and slasher flicks such as Cherry Falls. She even played "Grace" in Cool As Ice! Most recently she showed up in David Fincher's Zodiac and Steven Soderbergh's The Informant! so there ya go!
That's Candy Clark, apparently.