Monday, November 21, 2005

‘Law & Order’ Star Cops To Friendly Police

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Thirteen years on a hit series would please almost any actor or actress but what S. Epatha Merkerson likes are the extra perks.

Merkerson has played Lieutenant Anita Van Buran on Law & Order for 13 seasons and cops to being really happy with the reaction she gets from real-life police officers.

This past week, she was at an event and fumbling to get the tickets from her purse until one of the guards looked at her, said “Hey Lou,” – for “Lieutenant” – and waved her inside.

But she hasn’t had a chance to see if her role could ever help her get out of a traffic ticket and doubts it will ever happen because, “I don’t drive that often and I’m a very good driver.”

Law & Order airs Wednesday on NBC.

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