Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Bare Essence, based on a novel by Meredith Rich, began as a two-part TV movie, premiering October 4 and 5, 1982. General Hospital alumnus Genie Francis stars as Tyger Hayes, the daughter of a powerful movie mogul. When Tyger's father dies, her much-married mother Lady Bobbi Rowan (Linda Evans) invites the girl to come to work for the perfume company that had financed her dad's last movies. Learning to play the dog-eat-dog survival game in a hurry, Tyger rises to the top of a sweet-smelling compost heap. Bare Essence was subsequent spun off into a short-lived series. Telecast April 29, 1983, the "final chapter" leaves the fates of Tyger, her mother, her business, and hit-and-run victim Niko Theophilus (an Onassis clone played by Ian McShane) up in the air.
business, empire, finances, lady, television, upward-mobility