Nestled in Southwest Florida, Naples is famous for its luxurious homes and charming coastline. It’s no surprise that so many people enjoy calling Naples home, including some pretty impressive individuals. Whether you enjoy putting on a television show or grabbing an enticing novel to read, why not read a book or watch a movie showcasing the talent of Naples natives and residents? From actors and actresses to authors, Naples is overflowing with talent. From Judge Judy to sci-fi novels, here are a few shows, movies, and books featuring the immense talent of those who call Naples home.
Judge Judy, a half-hour daily segment, is an American reality court show. Presided by Judy Sheindlin, the show focuses on real-life small claims disputes. The program first aired in 1996 and has been going on strong ever since. Before the court proceedings officially begin, all of the involved parties are required to sign arbitration contracts. This gives their agreement to Sheindlin’s ruling, as well as other aspects involved. Since its origin, the program has won three Emmy Awards and continuously receives the highest ratings when it comes to televised courtroom shows within the United States. In September 2019, season 24 aired and the contract was extended for another year to ensure a 25th season would be coming, although it has been recently confirmed that the show is coming to an end after 25 seasons. When she is not busy proceeding in the courtroom, Judy Sheindlin enjoys her luxurious home in Pelican Beach.
Credit: Universal Pictures
Robert Ludlum has authored 27 thrillers but he is most well-known for his work in creating the original The Bourne Trilogy. His books have been printed between a staggering 300 to 500 million times and have been published in multiple languages in over 40 countries. His books were the inspiration for the Bourne movies starring Matt Damon, although the films differ significantly from the storyline in the books and have received mixed reviews. Ludlum enjoyed living and writing at his stunning home in Naples before he passed away in 2001.
If you’re a fan of spy films, then you’ve certainly watched the classic James Bond series. The eighth film, Live and Let Die, was released in 1973 and showcased the talent of Jane Seymour, a renowned Naples resident. The story centers on a Harlem drug lord known as Mr. Big, who has plans to illegally distribute a massive amount of heroin for free to put rival drug barons out of business in order to become the key supplier. It was during her time playing Bond girl Solitaire as a young 20-year-old that Jane Seymour achieved international fame.
In addition to achieving success through acting in Live and Let Die, Seymour was also in the Battlestar Galactica film released in 1978. She played the role of Serina, a famous news reporter in the Twelve Colonies. Battlestar Galactica follows the story of the survival of humanity as humans flee Earth in search of a new home while being pursued by the Cylons. Seymour also acted in the first five episodes of the television series.
If you want an American Western drama to binge, you’ll love this television series starring Jane Seymour—again! The series, Doctor Quinn Medicine Woman, ran on CBS for six seasons, where 149 episodes were produced as well as two television movies that were released upon the show’s cancellation. The show also aired worldwide in more than 100 countries, including numerous countries in Europe as well as Canada. Doctor Quinn Medicine Woman focuses on the journey and life of Michaela Quinn, a wealthy female doctor played by Jane Seymour. Set in 1867, the series follows Quinn as she sets out for a small Wild West town in Colorado following the death of her father. Life in rural America as a pioneer proves to have its fair share of difficulties for Quinn, a city girl from the East Coast. In addition to adjusting to a new attitude and lifestyle, Quinn must also prove that she has what it takes to be a successful female doctor. This heartwarming and enthralling drama is sure to have you on the edge of your seat as you quickly become immersed in Doctor Quinn’s journey building a new life for herself.
A long-time Naples resident, Janet Evanovich is most notably known for her work writing the Stephanie Plum Series. This series of contemporary mysteries showcase the life of Stephanie Plum, who decides to become a bounty hunter upon losing her job. There are currently 25 books in the series, each telling the exciting adventures that Stephanie Plum embarks on. Stephanie Plum’s spunky attitude and relatable personality make it easy for readers to be engaged. The first book in the series, One for the Money, was adapted into a film starring Katherine Heigl as Stephanie and released in 2012. The novels have been on The New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Amazon bestseller list. Evanovich’s past 17 novels have also made it onto The New York Times Best Sellers list. With an inviting writing style, it won’t be long before you, too, are wrapped up in the life of Stephanie Plum.
Mary Carillo is another Naples resident who has made her way into television. Carillo played tennis professionally from 1977 to 1980. From January to March 1980, she was ranked as the World Number 33 in the Women’s Tennis Association Rankings before retiring shortly thereafter due to knee injuries. After retiring, Carillo wasn’t ready to quit sports altogether. She then transitioned to becoming a U.S. sportscaster and reporter for NBC Sports and NBC Olympics. Carillo has covered a wide assortment of Olympic Games, including the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics and the 2004 Athens Olympics. If you’re interested in learning more about Carillo’s fascinating life and integral part in the sports world, she has written three books all related to tennis: Tennis My Way, Rick Elstein's Tennis Kinetics, and Tennis Confidential 2: More of Today’s Greatest Plays, Matches, and Controversies. Although originally born in New York, Carillo currently resides in Naples.
There’s little that beats curling up with a book on a rainy day, so if you enjoy thrillers, we’ve got some recommendations for you. Robin Cook is a Naples resident who has achieved success for his thrilling medical fiction books. Cook has landed on The New York Times Best Sellers list multiple times and many of his books have been featured in Reader’s Digest. It’s no surprise that his books have sold nearly 400 million copies across the globe. His writing style is descriptive and engaging and is sure to have you turning the pages as fast as you can. Released in 1977, Coma is Cook’s second book. The book centers on the story of Susan, a third-year medical student working at a hospital in Boston. When two patients mysteriously fall into comas due to complications from anesthesia, Susan starts an investigation to figure out what—or who—is the cause.
Published in 1987, Outbreak is another fiction novel written by Robin Cook. Also a medical thriller, this book focuses on an outbreak of Ebola within the United States. In 1995, the book was adapted into a movie and released under the title Robin Cook’s Virus, which was later renamed Formula for Death. This book—and movie—is great for anyone who loves thrillers or mysteries.
Earth is the latest piece of science fiction written by Hugo Award winner Ben Bova. As a Naples resident, Bova is passionate about science and technology, channeling them into writing more than 130 novels. His latest book, Earth (The Grand Tour), was released last year and is just one example of Bova’s immense talent and creativity. The novel tells the story of deadly gamma radiation originating from the core of the Milky Way Galaxy that is killing everything in its path. It’s only a matter of time until this lethal wave hits Earth and obliterate life as we know it.
If you are interested in exploring Naples real estate, contact Armand Alikaj today. As one of the most sought-after real estate agents in Naples, Armand prioritizes excellence and unbeatable client loyalty and service. He serves a wide range of neighborhoods, from Mediterra to Pelican Bay. With his expertise in real estate and his dedication to clients, Armand can guide you through the home buying process and help you find your dream home.