No wonder Tarzan does all that yodeling. The syndicated TV show, Tarzan: The Epic Adventures, starring Joe Lara, has been airing for a year without a mate for the Ape-Man.

So the producers put out an open casting call for "over 21 and athletic" actresses to swing by the Planet Hollywood restaurant in Beverly Hills this morning to read for the part of Jane. A second audition is scheduled for New York.

In a scene reminiscent of the old days in the movie colony, about 100 answered the call. A few dressed the part--including one woman who went for the full Wilma Flintstone, with animal-skin dress and a bone choker.

"I've been an athlete all my life," said Christie Hayes, who took time off from her studies at the Chapman School of Law to make the audition. She also went for the leopard look, but only on her croptop. "I used to swing from trees when I was a kid. I was the rope girl in the circus for a while."

Unfortunately for her, the producers hadn't hung any vines from the ceiling. Like everyone else, she only had to read a few lines:

TARZAN
You shouldn't be taking a walk alone in the jungle.

JANE
I'm not "taking a walk," Tarzan. I was just looking around the mission grounds. Somehow I got turned around and, next thing I knew, I was lost. (irritated)Now, if you'll point me in the direction of the mission, I won't bother you anymore.

"We're looking for someone spunky, yet feminine," said Micheline Keller, one of the executive producers of the show.

She said the Tarzan franchise still has a strong appeal, even though Lara is the 18th actor to wear the loin cloth. "Tarzan represents freedom, independence and a stress-free environment," she said. "But the response from our worldwide audience was that they missed Jane."

(Photo by Trixie Textor, E! Online)

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