Sunday, January 24, 2010


Actress Jean Simmons has passed away at the age of 80. She is being remembered chiefly for her movie roles - twice nominated for an Oscar, she appeared in "Hamlet", "Elmer Gantry", "Spartacus", "Great Expectations" and "Guys And Dolls". On television, she won an Emmy for the mini-series "The Thorn Birds" and played Miss Havisham in a production of "Great Expectations", which marked her second time in an adaptation of that Dickens novel. (She played Miss Havisham's companion Estella in the 1940s movie version.)

But for all of me here at Toobworld Central, Ms. Simmons will always be fondly remembered as Princess Lydia of Lichtenburg in an episode of 'The Odd Couple'. And this would be so even if her fictional country didn't serve as a link to the TV series 'Saved By The Bell'.....

As Red Skelton would say, good night, Ms. Simmons, and may God bless......



Tom said...

How about that! I never saw that episode.

Toby O'B said...

Hopefully you'll get the chance - Netflix maybe? It's a really sweet episode from a great season (which also had the one where they were at the monastery under a vow of silence)....

Tom said...

That sounds funny; I'll look for it.

I don't get the connection with "Saved by the Bell"? I used to watch that show.

Toby O'B said...

Here's the plot synopsis....

11.12: "Palm Springs Weekend" (Part 1)
(11.12)Mr. David Spano -George McDaniel
(11.12)Leslie -Barbara Brighton
(11.12)Princess Christina
Von Hoffman -Eva Loseth
(11.12)The King of
Lichtenberg -unbilled
Part 1: The gang travels to Palm Springs for the wedding of Jessie's Dad, David Spano, to aerobics instructor, Leslie; Slater meets a princess; Zack and Kelly get closer.

11.13: "Palm Springs Weekend" (Part 2)
(11.13)Mr. David Spano -George McDaniel
(11.13)Leslie -Barbara Brighton
(11.13)Princess Christina
Von Hoffman -Eva Loseth
(11.13)The King of
Lichtenberg -unbilled

Part 2: Jessie tries to break up the wedding; Slater is intimidated by royalty; Zack and Kelly decide not to get back together.