Going Green With the Begleys

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Ed Begley Jr. has acted in more than 300 films and TV shows over his 40-plus-year career in Hollywood, but he’s equally well known for his environmental advocacy. He walks the walk and then some: The early adopter of electric cars has ridden his bicycle and the subway to the Oscars, promoted a line of natural-cleaning products called Begley’s Best, authored two books on sustainable living and lived for 26 years in a modest 1936 Studio City home retrofitted with solar panels and other eco-friendly improvements (as shown in the 2007–2010 HGTV/Planet Green reality series Living With Ed). He might be living there still were it not for his wife of 18 years, Rachelle Carson-Begley, who grew frustrated with the two-bedroom house’s limitations.

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Rachelle Carson-Begley: The Queen of Green OM Times Magazine | July 1, 2012 |

Actress Rachelle Carson-Begley is one of the most-recognized names and faces in Hollywood’s green movement. As one of the stars of the highly successful reality series “Living With Ed”, Rachelle was the self-described “reluctant environmentalist.”

Of course, that was in comparison with her co-star and husband, noted actor and environmentalist Ed Begley Jr. “Living With Ed” showed viewers that a happy medium is possible between “eco-obsessed” (Ed) and “reasonably green” (Rachelle) — although it may require a lot of work and compromise on both parts and she’s about to do it again with On Begley Street.

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Life With Hollywood’s Jolly Green Giant | VivMag March-April 2010 By Anne M. Russell Photograph by Alexx Henry

Rachelle Carson-Begley dishes about her eco-maniac husband, her show-biz career and her complex relationship with food


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Positively Green Magazine, August, 2010. By Kelli Magill

The TV show “Living with Ed” reminds me of the saying everything is relative”. As I watched my first episode, I found myself thinking that Ed seemed to be the environmental hero while Rachelle was the eco-villain impeding his green progress. And then I realized that I didn’t know anyone who wouldn’t…