Allen wasn’t as fortunate as a series regular. Palmerstown, created by Alex Haley, was canceled after only a few months on CBS during two different seasons. Berrenger’s lasted only three months on NBC and ABC’s After Midnight, directed by Tony Richardson and featuring John Goodman and Gary Cole along with Allen, survived just its pilot episode.
Perched in a tiny dollhouse of a house in the hills above Laguana Beach for the last decade, Allen is the mistress to two cats and two dogs.
Allen works out three hours a day, seven days a week on a half dozen machines at one of the four gyms that she is a member of. (Jonelle Allen a longtime resident of Laguna Beach had the fright of her life recently when the area was hit by a landslide that literally sent homes crashing down the cliff)
Jonelle has just finished writing her first cookbook, based on her grandmother’s recipes. In development are two movies-of-the-week and a weekly talk show. She most recently appeared at The Edinburg Festival in Scotland where she performed her one woman show, which she wrote, about Florence Mills (the first African-American musical comedy star of the 20th century).