Stefanie had always dreamed of starring on Broadway, and finally, at age 37 she was realizing her goal when Wagner called and offered her the role. The series was initially called “Double Twist.”
Unbeknownst to Stefanie, although Wagner and writer-director Tom Mankiewicz were high on her talents, ABC wasn't interested in hiring her. Suzanne Pleshette and Lindsay Wagner were two of the actresses being considered for the role.
“The network was very cool on her,” Mankiewicz said. “She was more, to their way of thinking, a guest star for an episode than the star of the series.”
Wagner fought hard for her, demanding that Stefanie play Jennifer Hart, until ABC acquiesced.
“Little did I know what had gone on in the background,” Stefanie said. “If RJ had not made a stand, I would have never played the part. RJ really went to bat for me.”