BY LEE ANN SANDWEISS
Honey Michelle Gregory turns the stereotype of the blonde bimbo on its peroxided head. In the early- to mid-1990s, B-movie fans knew her as the babelicious sidekick of Joe Bob Briggs (John Bloom), host of cult movie shows Joe Bob’s Drive-In Theater on The Movie Channel and MonsterVisionon TNT. Today, Gregory is an attorney living in Bloomington, where she has been practicing family law for the past nine years.
There were many twists and turns on the road from her native Texas to Bloomington, where she moved in 1999 to attend law school at Indiana University.
“Ever since I was a little girl I dreamt of being an actor. I wanted to grow up and be in movies with Elvis,” says Gregory, 48, who decided to pursue her dream of acting while attending junior college in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
“I found a good agent who got me an audition with J.B. [John Bloom]. I did a few guest spots on his show and got quite a bit of fan mail. J.B. went to bat for me and said that he could use a female sidekick, so I landed a steady role as the first MonsterVision Mail Girl. I did that for a couple of years, and then I went to Southern Methodist University on a full scholarship,” she says in her still-detectable Texas drawl.
Gregory earned a degree in business administration and then went on to receive a master’s in international relations and diplomacy from Schiller International University in London, England, before she applied to law school.
“It would have been cheaper to stay in Houston instead of paying out-of-state tuition, but I didn’t want to be in a big city with high crime. My fiancé at the time got a job at IU, so coming here was a good option,” says Gregory, who is a single mother and has a daughter in elementary school.
Gregory loves the casual, family-friendly lifestyle of Bloomington. She says when she is not practicing law or doing “typical mom stuff” like carpooling and laundry, she is writing a screenplay with a strong female main character.