Purdy im­pres­sive in ABC ball­room

The Palm Beach Post - TV Post - - Saturday Evening -

Q: I’m fas­ci­nated by Amy Purdy on “Dancing With the Stars” this sea­son. What were the cir­cum­stances that caused her need for pros­thetic legs? – Su­san Pond, Buf­falo, N.Y. A: As she ex­plained in the sea­son pre­miere of the ABC con­test, the snow­boarder con­tracted a form of bac­te­rial menin­gi­tis when she was 19. That led to both of her legs be­ing am­pu­tated be­low the knee and also to the re­moval of her spleen. Her fa­ther do­nated a kid­ney to her, and her spirit speaks for it­self – not only through her “Dancing” stint but also through her par­tic­i­pa­tion in Sea­son 21 of CBS’ “The Amaz­ing Race” (though she and her part­ner were elim­i­nated early on). Purdy also is the co-founder of the non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion Adap­tive Ac­tion Sports, and her first on-air “Dancing” ap­pear­ance came right af­ter she re­turned from Sochi, Rus­sia, hav­ing won a bronze medal at the 2014 Par­a­lympics. Q: Didn’t Dakota John­son, who will be in the movie ver­sion of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” have a TV se­ries? – Brad James, An­ti­och, Calif. A: In­deed, she did. She was the “Kate” of Fox’s “Ben and Kate” dur­ing the 2012-13 sea­son, and though the sit­com was highly touted at the start of that tele­vi­sion year, it drifted away about mid­way through. The daugh­ter of Me­lanie Grif­fith and Don John­son, the ac­tress – per­haps best known in movie terms up to now for her scant­ily clad scene with Justin Tim­ber­lake in “The So­cial Net­work” – also was in the se­ries fi­nale of NBC’s “The Of­fice.”

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