The new Countess of Devon, with her husband and in-laws.
Hugh Rupert Courtenay, the 18th Earl of Devon, died last week, making his son, Charles Peregrine Courtenay, the 19th Earl of Devon.
And that made Charles Peregrine Courtenay’s wife, Allison Joy Courtenay, the Countess of Devon.
The Countess may be better known as the former actress A. J. Langer, who played “Rayanne Graff” in the 1990s TV show, My So-Called Life.
Rayanne Graff, in her element
My So-Called Life, which ran for a single, 19-episode series in 1994 – 95, is still my favourite pre-Golden Age TV show. I was fanatical about it at the time. Fortunately, in those early days of the Internet, there were these new things called “listservs,” which let you connect with other people who were as obsessed as you were.
MSCL was screened on Thursday nights. Between episode re-caps and endless discussions of every tiny detail of what we’d seen the night before—well, let’s just say that I got v little work done on Fridays that season, even though I must have been busy, because my office door was closed most of the day.
Claire Danes, who starred in the show, has gone on to win several Emmies. Her some-times love interest was played by Jared Leto, who won an Oscar last year, and has apparently found a way to stop aging past 22. He also leans really well.
But I’m intrigued by two of the other key actors from the show. The Countess of Devon’s cast-mates on MSCL included both Devon Gummersall and Devon Odessa.
Is that foreshadowing, or what?