Posted on Apr 5, 2016 in Alumni News and News
Award-winning actor Mandy Patinkin, ’74, has been known to mention Kansas on various TV talk shows through the years, including a February 2014 appearance on “Live with Kelly and Michael.” The show’s producers called on the Alumni Association to conspire in surprising Patinkin during the show. The Association helped locate his KU girlfriend, Leonore “Norie” Haines Hicks, d’73, who now lives in McKinney, Texas. The producers flew Hicks to New York for the show.
Kelly and Michael first surprised Patinkin by introducing the woman who had shared a first kiss with him in junior high school. When he had recovered from that shock, they began to ask him about his college sweetheart. Patinkin lamented that he had not been able to find his long-lost love, Norie Haines, joking that he had even asked the FBI and CIA for help (perhaps through his “Homeland” connections?). The audience erupted in cheers and applause as Norie walked out from backstage, and the two reminisced about KU’s “Fiddler on the Roof” and their time in Lawrence.
Their hilarious conversation is worth viewing if you missed it two years ago. KU reunions are memorable, especially those captured for a national TV audience. Patinkin and Hicks still have chemistry after all these years, and her son is an amiable good sport.