Monday, January 3, 2022


AnnaRose King (Co-creator, writer & director - 'American Viral')
Allan Burns (Creator, producer, writer - 'The Munsters', 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show', 'Rhoda', 'Phyllis', 'Lou Grant')
Norman Lloyd
actor - 'St. Elsewhere', 'Wiseguy', 'Seven Days', 'Home Fires', 'The Practice'
producer - 'Name of the Game', 'Journey into the Unknown', 'Tales of the Unexpected'
director - 'Omnibus', 'Chevron Theatre', 1 episode of 'Columbo' ("Lady In Waiting")
all three jobs - 'Alfred Hitchcock Presents', 'Alfred Hitchcock Hour')
Paul Mooney (WRITER - 'Chappelle's Show', 'Pryor's Place', 'In Living Color', 'Sanford and Son' ACTOR - 'Judge Mooney', 'Chappelle's Show', 'The Larry Sanders Show', 'The Richard Pryor Show', "Carter's Army")
Douglas Livingstone (WRITER - 'Cockles', 'Day Of The Triffids', 'Midsomer Murders', 'The Cazalets', 'Clayhanger', 'A Question Of Guilt' ACTOR - 'Z Cars', 'Emergency - Ward 10', 'The Indian Tales of Rudyard Kipling', 'A Man Of Our Times', 'The Saint', 'Coronation Street')
Mary Ahern (Editorial Department: 'Omnibus', 'Theater of Tomorrow', 'The Interviews: Oral Histories of Television'.  First Curator of Paley Center of Media)
Norman S. Powell (Producer - 'Saints & Sinners', 'Washington: Behind Closed Doors', 'Rafferty, '24' Production Manager - 'The Big Valley', 'Burke's Law', 'Honey West', 'The Law and Mr. Jones', 'Dante', 'The Rogues', 'Wanted: Dead or Alive')
Irma Kalish (PRODUCER - 'Too Close For Comfort', 'Valerie', '227', 'The Facts Of Life', 'Oh Madeline', WRITER - 'All In The Family', 'The Facts of Life', 'F Troop', 'Family Affair', 'Good Times', 'My Three Sons', 'Too Close For Comfort')

Richard Bates (Disney SVP)
Chris Cramer (Head of BBC News then CNN)
Barbara Rickles (Don's widow, target of his barbs)
Prince Philip (Consort of Queen Elizabeth II, portrayed on TV by Sir Christopher Lee, Matt Smith, Stewart Granger, Bill Hader, Tobias Menzies, Donald Douglas)
Anne Douglas (widow of Kirk Douglas)
Gustave M. Hauser (Started cable TV in Columbus, Ohio)
Nickolas Davatzes (Created A&E and The History Channel)
John J. Rigas (Built Adelphia Communications then robbed it blind)
General Colin Powell (Former Secretary of State.  Played an alternate version of himself in an episode of 'Madame Secretary'.  Portrayed by Tim Meadows, Dean Edwards, Finesse Mitchell, Kenan Thompson [all in SNL], and in the Cineverse by Jeffrey Wright in "W" and Tyler Perry in "Vice".)  
Margaret York (model for the characters in 'Cagney & Lacey')
Henry Orenstein (created Transformers and invented a way to show hole cards in televised poker)


Marc Wilmore ('In Living Color')
Betty Willingale ('Midsomer Murders' script editor')
Larry McMurtry ('Lonesome Dove', 'Streets Of Laredo', 'Buffalo Girls')
Anne Beatts ('Saturday Night Live', 'Square Pegs')
Maggie Perkins, script editor ('The Saint', 'The Avengers', 'The Professionals', 'Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased)')
Delia Fiallo ('Milagros', 'Morelia', 'Emelia', Cristal'. Check out her incredible output here.)
Bob Baker ('Doctor Who', Z Cars')
Suzette Winter (Hollywood star documentaries)

Michael Apted, ('Masters of Sex', 'Rome', 'ITV Playhouse')
Richard Donner ('The Twilight Zone', 'The Man From U.N.C.LE.', 'The Wild, Wild West', 'Perry Mason', 'The Rifleman', 'Get Smart', 'Cannon', Kojak', 'Gilligan's Island', 'The Banana Splits Adventure Hour')
Michael Gargiulo ('The Match Game', 'The $10,000/$25,000 Pyramid', 'Password', CBS Thanksgiving Parade', 'Tournament of Roses Parades', Moscow "Kitchen Debate")

David Richardson ('The Simpsons', 'Two And A Half Men', 'F Is For Family')
Mike Pearl (ESPN, "Halloween On Ice", 'Calgary 1988: XV Olympic Games')
Mamood Jamal ('Turning World', 'Hotel London', 'Rahm')
Roger Englander ('Young People's Concerts')
Karen Hudson-Samuels (WGPR news producer/director)
Francesca Kirby-Green (BBC current affairs programs in the 1970s)
John Sacret Young ('China Beach'), 'The West Wing', 'Firefly Lane')
John Langley ('COPS' creator, producer, writer)
Gareth Hughes (The Masters, The NFL, '60 Minutes Sports')
Amanda Bayard ('Last Week Tonight', 'Bunk', 'The Onion News Network')
Michael Ferguson ('Doctor Who', EastEnders', 'The Bill', 'Casualty')
David H. DePatie (Pink Panther cartoons, 'The ABC Afternoon Special', 'The Fantastic Four', 'Return To The Planet Of The Apes', 'Spiderman And His Friends', 'What's New, Magoo?')

Elliott Lawrence ('The Edge Of Night', 'Search for Tomorrow', "The Tony Awards")
David Frishberg (Composer for 'Schoolhouse Rock')

Dave Creek,('Bob's Burgers')
Charles Boyer (Disney Legend, Master Illustrator)

Tony Mendez (cue card guy for 'The Late Show with David Letterman')
William G. Clotworthy (Censor for 'Saturday Night Live')
Izzie Blechman (Cameraman for 'On The Road', 'CBS Sunday Morning')
Roy Neher ('CBS Sunday Morning' Cameras)
Ryan Davis (Recording mixer: 'Bull', 'Claws', 'The 100', 'The Fosters', 'The Chi', 'SEAL Team')


Mark Eden ('Coronation Street', 'The Newcomers', 'Crime Buster", 'Doctor Who')
Tanya Roberts ('Charlie's Angels', 'That 70s Show', 'Hot Line')
Barbara Shelley ('Oil Strike North', 'People Like Us', 'The Borgias', 'Doctor Who')
Gregory Sierra ('Barney Miller', 'A.E.S. Hudson Street', 'Sanford and Son', 'The Flying Nun', 'Soap', 'Something is Out There', 'Murder She Wrote', 'Miami Vice')
Marion Ramsey ('Cos', 'The Addams Family', 'MacGyver', 'Johnny Bago') 
Alan Igbon ('Coronation Street', 'G.B.H.', 'The Front Line')
James Greene ('William & Mary', 'Mapp & Lucia', 'The Moon Stallion', 'Downton Abbey', 'Doctor Who')
Ronald Pickup ('Jennie: Lady Randolph Churchill', 'The Jury', 'Holby City', 
Deezer D ('ER', 'Hope & Gloria')
Ed Bruce ('Bret Maverick')
John Reilly ('General Hospital', 'Passions', 'Sunset Beach')
George Gerdes ('Bosch', 'Nowhere Man', 'ER')
Peter Mark Richman ("Cain's Hundred', 'Santa Barbara', 'Dynasty')
Mira Furlan ('Babylon 5', 'Lost'. 'Najbolje Godine')
Charlotte Cornwell ('Rock Follies', 'Rock Follies of  '77', 'No Excuses', 'Bognor')
Bruce Kirby ('Columbo', 'Holmes & Yoyo', 'Car 54, Where Are You', 'The Sopranos')
Jessica Campbell ('Freaks and Greeks', 
Gunnar Lindblom ('Kaspar i Nudadalen', 'Trapatronerna')
Cloris Leachman ('The Mary Tyler Moore Show'. 'Phyllis', 'Lassie', 'Raising Hope', 'Thanks', 'Mad About You', 'Walter & Emily', 'The Facts of Life', 'Charlie Wild, Private Eye', 'Doctor Kildare', 'Malcolm In The Middle')
Cicely Tyson ('East Side/West Side', "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pitman", 'Roots')
Dustin Diamond ('Saved By The Bell')
Hal Holbrook ('Evening Shade', 'Designing Women', 'Brighter Day', "That Certain Summer", "Attack On The Pueblo", "Mark Twain Tonight")
Christopher Plummer ('The Thorn Birds', 'Departure', 'Madeline', 'The Moneychangers')
Zito Kazann ('Hell Town', 'Days Of Our Lives', 'Melrose Place')
Mike Henry ('General Hospital', 'Six Million Dollar Man', '77 Sunset Strip')
Trisha Noble ('Executive Suite', 'Testimony Of  Two Men', 'How The West Was Won')
Yaphet Kotto ('Homicide: Life On The Street', 'For Love And Honor')
Christopher Pennock ('Dark Shadows', 'Days Of Our Lives', 'General Hospital')
Kim Tyler ('Please Don't Eat The Daisies', 'The Adventures Of Ozzie and Harriet')
Johnny Briggs ('Coronation Street', 'Thick As Thieves',  'Crossroads', 'No Hiding Place')
Jahmil French ('DeGrassi: The Next Generation')
Trevor Peacock ('The Vicar of Dibley')
Nicola Pagett ('Upstairs, Downstairs')
Cliff Simon ('Stargate SG-1)
Henry Darrow ('High Chaparral', 'Harry O', 'Zorro')
George Segal ('The Goldbergs', 'Just Shoot Me', 'Murphy's Law', 'Retired At 35', 'The Real Adventures Of Jonny Quest')
Jessica Walter ('Arrested Development', 'Amy Prentiss' 'Dinosaurs!', 'Archer', 'For The People', 'Retired At 35', 'Three's A Crowd')
Isela Vega ('Italian Bride', 'Nina de mi corazon', 'Gente bien')
David Baillie ('Ransom For A Pretty Girl', 'Doctor Who', 'Attila', 'Adam Smith')
Paul Ritter ('Sunday Night Dinner', 'Chernobyl')
James Hampton ('F Troop',
Joseph Siravo ('The Sopranos', 'The People vs. O.J. Simpson: The American Crime Story')
Myra Frances ("Girl", 'Survivors', 'Doctor Who')
Helen McCrory ('Peaky Blinders', 'Life', 'Penny Dreadful', 'To Appomattox', 'Fearless')
Felix Silla ('The Addams Family', 'Buck Rogers', 'Liddsville')
Frank McRae ('ER', 'Columbo', 'The Rockford Files', 'Magnum P.I.')
Lee Aakers ('Rin Tin Tin', 'Loretta Young Show', 'The Lucy Show')
Johnny Crawford ('The Rifleman', 'The Gambler IV')
Lois De Banzie ('Generations', 'Newhart', 'Streets of San Francisco')
Olympia Dukakis ('Tales Of The City' - 4 series, 'Search For Tomorrow', 'Center Of The Universe', 'Bored To Death', "The Librarian: Quest For The Spear")
Tawny Kitaen (Videos for Ratt & White Snake, 'Moms Anonymous', 'Eek! The Cat', 'The New WKRP In Cincinatti', 'Santa Barbara', 'Capitol')
Paulo Gustavo ('Vai que Cola', 'A Vila', '220 Volts', 'Pirlimpimpim')
Charles Grodin ('The Young Marrieds', 'Louis', 'Madoff', 'Fresno', 'Tonight Show', 'The Late Show') 
Martha Stewart (the first one - 'My Three Sons', 'Our Man Higgins')
Rahul Vohra (Indian actor & vlogger)
Paul Soles (voice actor)
Damaris Hayman ('Ours Is A Nice House', 'The Small World Of Samuel Tweet', 'Doctor Who')
Robert Hogan ('Peyton Place', 'The Young Marrieds', 'Secrets of Midland Heights', 'As The World Turns', 'Richie Brockelman, Private Eye') 
Marcus A. York ('The Office', '8 Simple Rules', 'CSI: NY')
Gavin MacLeod ('The Love Boat', 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show', 'McHale's Navy')
Samuel E. Wright ('The Little Mermaid', 'Enos', 'Ball Four', Marsupilami')
Shane Briant ('Serangoon Road', 'All Saints', 'Search For Treasure Island')
Joe Lara ('Tarzan: The Epic Adventures', "Gunsmoke: The Last Apache")
Arlene Golonka ('Mayberry RFD', 'The Andy Griffith Show', 'The Doctors', 'Joe & Valerie')
Romy Walthall ('Man Of The People', 'Civil Wars', 'Murder One', 'Hotel Malibu')
Clarence Williams III ('The Mod Squad', 'Mystery Woman' 'Twin Peaks')
Larry Gelman ('The Bob Newhart Show', 'The Odd Couple', 'Eight Is Enough', 'Maude')
Joyce McKenzie ('Perry Mason', 'Topper', 'City Detective', 'Cavalcade of 'America')
Lisa Banes ('The Trials Of Rosie O'Neill', 'Sons Of The Beach', 'One Life To Live')
Ben Roberts ('The Bill', 'Angels', 'Tales Of Sherwood Forest')
Ned Beatty ('Homicide: Life On The Street', 'Szysznyk', 'Roseanne', 'The Boys')
Frank Bonner ('WKRP In Cincinnati', 'Saved By The Bell')
Jackie Lane ('Doctor Who' - played Dodo Chaplet, companion to the First Incarnation)
Stuart Damon ('General Hospital', 'Port Charles', 'The Champions', 'Cinderella')
Suzanne Douglas ('The Parent 'Hood', 'Against The Law', 'When They See Us')
William Smith ('Laredo', 'Rich Man Poor Man', 'Hawaii Five-0', 'Wildside', 'Zero One', 'The Asphalt Jungle')
Chick Vennera ('Vega$', 'The Golden Girls', 'Animaniacs')
Charlie Robinson ('Night Court', 'Love & War', 'Ink', 'Buffalo Bill', 'Buddy Faro', 'Hart of Dixie', 'Home Improvement', 'Mom')
Daniel Mickelson ('Mani')
Jackie Mason (Comic - 'Chicken Soup', 'The Ed Sullivan Show', 'The Simpsons')
Rick Aiello ('Dellaventura', 'The Sopranos', 'Clueless', son of Danny)
Jay Pickett ('Port Charles', 'General Hospital', 'Matlock')
Markie Post ('Night Court', 'The Fall Guy', 'Hearts Afire')
Jane Withers (child actress, Comet Cleanser's Josephine, 'The Munsters', 'Murder, She Wrote')
Francis Mossman ('Spartacus', 'The Horizon')
Una Stubbs ('Sherlock', 'Til Death Us Do Part', 'Worzel Gummidge', 'The Worst Witch')
Sonny Chiba ('The Trusted Confidante', 'Dekichatta Kekkon')
Ed Asner ('The Mary Tyler Moore', 'Lou Grant', 'Thunder Alley', 'The Closer', 'Hearts Afire', 'The Trials Of Rosie O'Neill', 'The Bronx Zoo', 'Off The Rack', 'Fish Police', 'Captain Planet and The Planeteers', 'Gargoyles', 'Freakazois!', 'Spiderman: The Animated Series', 'Zorro', 'Center of the Universe', 'Studio Sixty on the Sunset Strip', 'The Line', 'Working Class', 'Michael: Every Day')
Matthew Mindler ('As The World Turns', 'Chad: An American Boy', ''Last Week Tonight')
Sarah Harding ('Coronation Street', 'Popstars: The Rivals', "Freefall")
Michael K. Williams ('The Wire', 'Boardwalk Empire', 'Lovecraft Country', 'Hap & Leonard', 'Alias', 'Community', 'The Night Of...', 'F Is For Family')
Jean Paul Belmondo ("The Three Musketeers", "Kean", "Cyrano de Bergerac")
Dilys Watling ('Coronation Street', 'Compact', 'The Two Ronnies', 'Twice A Fortnight')
Michael Constantine ('Room 222', 'My Big Fat Greek Life', 'Sirota's Court', 'Hey, Landlord!')
Nino Castelnuovo ('Tuscan Passion', 'Incantesimo', 'Vida Privada')
Tony Selby ('Get Some In!', 'Love Hurts, 'Ace Of Wands', 'Mulberry', 'Doctor Who') 
Don Collier ('The High Chaparral', 'Outlaws', 'The Young Riders') 
Norm MacDonald ('Saturday Night Live', 'Norm', 'The Orville')
Art Metrano ('The Chicago Teddy Bears', 'Joanie Loves Chachi', 'LA Law', 'The Tim Conway Comedy Hour', 'Amy Prentiss' & 'Ironside', 'Movin' On', 'Tough Cookies')
Jane Powell ('Growing Pain', 'Red Skelton Hour', 'As The World Turns', 'Loving')
Jimmy Garrett ('The Lucy Show', 'Mister Ed', 'Burke's Law', 'The Twilight Zone')
John Challis ('Only Fools And Horses' & 'The Green, Green Grass', 'Z Cars', 'Coronation Street', 'Benidorm', 'Doctor Who')
Willie Garson ('White Collar', 'Sex And The City', 'Hawaii Five-0', 'John From Cincinnati', 'Whole Day Down', 'NYPD Blue', 'Ask Harriet', 'Mr. Belvedere')
Melvin Van Peebles ('Sonny Spoon', 'The Sophisticated Gents', 'The Shining')
Al Harrington ('Hawaii Five-0', 'Hawaii Five-0' remake, 'The Jeffersons')
Robert Fyle ('Last of the Summer Wine', 'Coronation Street', 'No Strings')
Jean Hale ('The Survivors', 'Batman', 'Perry Mason', 'The Virginian')
Tommy Kirk ('The Hardy Boys', 'Magical World of Disney', 'Mr. Novak')
Michael Tylo ('Zorro', 'Y&R', 'Guiding Light', 'B&B', 'Gabriel's Fire') 
Cynthia Harris ('Mad About You', 'Edward & Mrs. Simpson', 'Sirota's Court', 'Ann Jillian', 'LA Law', 'Husbands, Wives, and Lovers', Bradlee's commercials)
Ricardo Flanagan ('Shameless', 'Walk The Prank', 'The Neighborhood')
Betty Lynn ('The Andy Griffith Show', 'My Three Sons', 'Matlock', 'Family Affair')
Peter Scolari ('Newhart', 'Bosom Buddies', 'Girls', 'Dweebs', 'Gotham', 'Goodtime Girls', 'Honey, I Shrunk The Kids')
Marilyn Eastman ('Perry Mason')
James Michael Tyler ('Friends', 'Modern Music', 'Episodes')
Tim Donnelly ('Emergency!', 'Dragnet 1967', 'Adam-12', 'Project UFO')
Val Bisoglio ('Quincy, M.E.', 'Roll Out', 'Working Stiffs', 'The Sopranos')
Joanna Cameron ('The Secret of Isis', 'Shazam!', 'Marcus Welby MD')
Camille Saviola ('Deep Space Nine', 'The Heights', 'First Monday', 'Entourage')
Clifford Rose ('Secret Army', 'Callan', 'Buccaneer', 'Kessler', 'The Pallisers')
Jerry Douglas ('The Young & The Restless', 'Barnaby Jones', 'Police Story')
Gavan O'Herlihy ('Happy Days', 'We'll Meet Again', 'A Killing On The Exchange', 'Lonesome Dove', son of Dan O'Herlihy)
Ira Hawkins ('Santa Barbara', 'White Collar', 'Law & Order', L&O:SVU'
Mario Rocuzzo ('Barney Miller', 'Luck', 'Mr. Belvedere')
Art LaFleur ('Hyperion Bay', 'The Practice', 'CPA Holes')
Bernard Holley ('Z Cars', 'Hollyoaks', 'Eureka', 'Jackanory', 'Doctor Who')
Lou Cutell ('Betty White's Off Their Rockers', 'Curb Your Enthusiasm', 'Mad About You')
Yvonne Wilder ('Operation Petticoat', 'Condo', 'Full House', 'the Equalizer', 'Archie Bunker's Place')
Cara Williams ('Pete and Gladys', 'The Cara Williams Show', 'Rhoda')
Arlene Dahl ('One Life To Live', 'The Love Boat', 'Burke's Law', 'Renegade', former wife of Fernando Lamas, mother of Lorenzo Lamas)
David Gulpili ('The Timeless Land', 'Boney', 'The Leftovers')
Tania Mendoza ('Mujer, casos de la vida real', 'El precio de tu amor', 'For Your Love')
Carmen Salinas ('Mi marido tiene familia', 'Sueno de amor', 'Mi corazon es tuyo')
Betty White ('Life With Elizabeth', 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show', 'The Golden Girls' & 'The Golden Palace' & 'Empty Nest' & 'Nurses', 'Hot In Cleveland', 'Date With The Angels', 'Betty White's Off Their Rockers', 'Ladies' Man', 'Bold & The Beautiful', 'Mama's Family', 'The Betty White Show', 'Maybe This Time', 'Boston Legal' & 'The Practice', 'Bob!', 'That 70s Show', 'Pound Puppies', 'Community', 'Saturday Night Live', 'Snickers')


Kerry Vincent ('Food Network Challenge' judge)
Tommy Lasorda ('CHiPs', 'Fantasy Island', 'Police Squad')
Pat Loud ('An American Family')
Joanne Rogers ('Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood', Fred Rogers' widow)
Angie Jakusz ('Survivor: Palau')
Hank Aaron ('Mr. Belvedere', 'Arli$$'. MacGyver')
Mick Norcross ('The Only Way Is Essex')
Larry King ('30 Rock', 'Frasier', 'Murphy Brown')
Sonny Fox ('Wonderama')
Rush Limbaugh (talk show host & actor - 'Family Guy')
Mary Wells of The Supremes, actor - 'Tarzan' & League of Themselves - '227', "Tiger Town')
Nelson Robinette Webb (Voice of '60 Minutes', and  'CBS Evening News')
Billy Brown ('Alaskan Bush People')
Brayden Smith ('Jeopardy!')
Vernon Jordan ('The Good Fight')
Nikki Grahame ('Big Brother')
Erica Faye Watson (Chicago morning comic)
Mark Wilson ('The Magic Land Of Allakazam')
Sabine Schmitz ('Top Gear', 'Extra Gear')
Deshayla Harris ('Bad Girls Club')
Gerron Taylor ('Baldwin Hills')
Adam Perkins (Tik-Tok & Vine celebrity)
Jill Corey ('Music On Ice', 'Your Hit  Parade', 'The Johnny Carson Show', 'The Ed Sullivan Show', 
Martin Bookspan (Voice of 'Live From Lincoln Center')
Freddy Marks ('Rainbow', 'Roddy, Jane, and Freddy')
Raffaella Carra ('!Hola Raffaella!', 'En Casa Con Raffaella', 'Raffaella Venerdi, Sabato e Domenica... E Saranno Famosi') 
Tom O'Connor ('Countdown', 'Name That Tune', 'Crosswits', 'The Doctors')
Ron Poleil (Infomercial King)
Dusty Hill (ZZ Top videos, 'Two and a Half Men', 'King Of The Hill', 'The Drew Carey Show')
Mal Z. Lawrence ('Law & Order', 'The Merv Griffin Show', comedy specials)
Alan Kalter (The voice of 'Late Show with David Letterman', Michelin Man, 'Commander USA's Groovie Movies', 'USA Saturday Nightmares')
Fuller Goldsmith ('Chopped Junior', 'Top Chef Junior')
Mort Sahl (Comedian with political commentary edge)
Rose Lee Maphis ('Ranch Party', 'This Is Your Life', 'Hee Haw')
Skilyr Hicks ('America's Got Talent')
Elfrida Von Nardroff ('Twenty-One' - won more than anyone else, but she got caught up in the fixed game scandal.)
Mike Nesmith ('The Monkees', 'Television Parts', 'Elephant Parts')
Jason Hitch ('90 Days Fiance')
Tiffini Hale ('The Mickey Mouse Club', 'Blossom')
Robert Bruce ('Comic Book Men')

Patricia Lynch (NBC investigative journalist specializing in cults)
Katherine Creag (WNBC, NY1 reporter)
Irv Cross ('NFL Today')
Murray Walker (Formula 1 commentator)
Bob Abernethy (Journalist for NBC & PBS, 'Religion and Ethics News Weekly)
Bill McCreary (Pioneering black journalist, WNEW in NYC)
Tony Esposito
Trevor Moore ('The Whitest Kids U Know')
Lloyd Dobyns ('NBC New Overnight', 'Weekend', 'NBC White Paper')
Willard Scott ('Today', 'Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade')
Jovita Moore (WSB-TV anchorwoman)
Brad Davis (WTIC )
John Madden (CBS football, Super Bowls, Miller's Lite commercials)

Sunday, January 2, 2022



It’s a new year for the Television Crossover Hall of Fame! But unfortunately, we need to deal with old business from last year with our first entry….

Betty White, the self-described "lucky old broad" whose sweetly sarcastic senior citizen characters were a beloved fixture on TV shows and movies such as "The Golden Girls," "Boston Legal" and "Hot in Cleveland," died Friday, her agent and close friend Jeff Witjas told People magazine in a statement.

At 99, she was just weeks away from celebrating her 100th birthday on Jan. 17.

"Even though Betty was about to be 100, I thought she would live forever," Witjas said. "I will miss her terribly and so will the animal world that she loved so much. I don't think Betty ever feared passing because she always wanted to be with her most beloved husband Allen Ludden. She believed she would be with him again."

For the first half of her career -- eventually honored by Guinness World Records as the longest television career by a female entertainer -- White was a regular, but not widely noticed, presence on radio and television.

There were '50s sitcoms, a 1954 talk show and even a role in the 1962 film "Advise and Consent." She'd pop up on game shows occasionally, particularly "Password," hosted by her third husband, Allen Ludden.

"It was a little out of character, a little unfeminine, to be ... you shouldn't be funny," White recalled in a 2017 interview with CNN, reminiscing about her early days in Hollywood. Noting that women at the time were expected to simply "come in and be pretty," White countered: "No, it's so much more fun to get that laugh."

But starting with her performance as acerbic kitchen diva Sue Ann Nivens on the 1970s sitcom "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" -- beginning when she was 51 -- White developed a knack for portraying the apparently pure-hearted elder, full of Midwestern sincerity, who had a randy inner life. In doing so, she created a new generation of fans, a base that only grew larger as she entered her 90s.

She was the sexually experienced, if otherwise naïve, Rose Nylund on "The Golden Girls."

White also played a flinty and sometimes violent secretary on "Boston Legal." She had a guest spot on "The Simpsons," hosted "Saturday Night Live" -- the oldest person ever to do so -- and even appeared in a self-mocking ad for Snickers candy bars.

Through it all, she took her success -- if not her work -- lightly.

 "I'm having the time of my life, and the fact that I'm still working -- how lucky can you get?" she told the Huffington Post in 2012.

The TVXOHOF recognized Betty White for her televersion as herself in 2008.  Her roster of appearances as a member of the League of Themselves has grown since then.

But she also gave us our newest member, representing Classic TV for the Month of January…


From Wikipedia:
Rose Nylund (née Lindström) is a character from the sitcom television series ‘The Golden Girls’, and its spin-off ‘The Golden Palace’. She was portrayed by Betty White for 8 years, totaling 204 episodes. Rose was originally supposed to be played by Rue McClanahan, whereas Blanche Devereaux, one of Rose's roommates, was to be played by White. However, Jay Sandrich, the director of the show, suggested that Betty and Rue switch parts. He felt that Betty would be a better fit for Rose because she had already played Sue Ann Nivens in the television show ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’, which is similar to the character of Blanche Devereaux. In a January 2017 interview with Katie Couric, White stated she jumped at the opportunity to take the role of Rose, noting she loved the character and describing Rose as "so innocent, not the brightest nickel in the drawer, but funny."

Rose Lindström was a Norwegian American born in St. Olaf, Minnesota, to a monk named Brother Martin and a 19-year-old girl named Ingrid Kerklavoner, who died giving birth. Brother Martin claimed not to have known about Rose's existence until after she had been given up for adoption. She spent the first eight years of her life at the St. Olaf Orphanage before being adopted by Gunter and Alma Lindström (although she erroneously says "Gunter and Alma Nylund" when retelling the story).

Rose explains that she was adopted after she was left on a doorstep, in a basket with some hickory-smoked cheese and some crackers "that didn't go with anything". She used to daydream about her birth father, feeling that Bob Hope was in fact he, and she wrote the comedian many letters whenever she fell on tough times.

It is stated that she was valedictorian in her high school graduation, fourth out of nineteen, and was chosen valedictorian because she drew the longest straw. It is revealed that Rose attended St. Paul Business School, Rockport Community College, and St. Gustaf University, but also that she had never graduated from high school due to a case of mono. Nevertheless, she was voted "most likely to get stuck in a tuba" by one of her graduating classes. Her parents did not allow her to date until she was a high school senior, and between then and her wedding day, she had fifty-six boyfriends.

Rose fell in love with Charlie Nylund, a salesman, and they later married. Rose met Charlie when she was seven and he was eight, and he sold her an insurance policy for her red wagon. She and Charlie had a long and happy marriage, and a very active sex life, to the extent that she was unaware of the existence of a popular television show called ‘I Love Lucy’.

Over the course of the series, Rose names five children: Brigit, Jenella, Kirsten, Adam, and Charlie Jr. Rose also has two granddaughters by Kirsten - Charley (named for Kirsten's father) and another unnamed, mentioned in the episode where Rose had her heart attack. Of her children, only Brigit and Kirsten appeared on the show, although Kirsten was played by two different actresses.

Charlie died of a heart attack while he and Rose were making love and this gave Rose a fear of sexual intimacy for several years thereafter. Years later, a boyfriend named Al Beatty (Richard Roat) dies in a similar fashion. On one episode Rose confides to Blanche and Dorothy that she and Charlie made love twice every day, once in the morning before breakfast and then once after dinner, getting Blanche to remark "No wonder you still mourn that man".

Charlie and Rose's marriage length is unclear. Although it was mentioned in the 1985 pilot episode that Charlie had been dead for 15 years, in the first-season episode "Job Hunting", Rose says that she had been a housewife for 32 years when Charlie died in 1980. In the same episode, Rose is 55 years old in 1985, which would put her birth year in 1930. This would make her 63 when ‘The Golden Palace’ goes off the air in 1993.

Charlie is the only spouse of the four women on ‘The Golden Girls’ that the audience never sees. In an episode of ‘The Golden Palace’, a man said to bear an incredibly strong resemblance to Charlie makes an appearance; the look-alike is played by Eddie Albert.

Rose is laid off from her job at the grief counseling center in season 1, and briefly works as a waitress at the Fountain Roc Coffee Shop before being rehired at the counseling center shortly after. Later on in the series, Rose suffers financial difficulties when her late husband's employer files for bankruptcy and her pension is cut off. She suffers from age discrimination in her attempts to get a new job, but her luck changes when she gets a position as assistant to TV consumer reporter Enrique Más.

Rose finally finds a significant romance with college professor Miles Webber, though their relationship is put through a serious strain when it is revealed that Miles is actually a former mobster accountant named Nicholas Carbone, and a participant in the witness protection program. His former employer, "The Cheese Man," begins dating Rose in order to get information on Miles's whereabouts.

Eventually The Cheese Man is apprehended, Rose and Miles resume their lives together, and all goes well for approximately the next year. In season 7, Rose and Miles consider marriage, but ultimately decide against rushing into anything. Their relationship later ends permanently during an episode of ‘The Golden Palace’ when Rose discovers that Miles loves and subsequently marries another woman.

Rose Nylund in ‘The Golden Girls’ was part of the Susan Harris empire of the time, and so appeared in the other TV series under the Harris aegis, all of which were set in the Miami area.  Plus there was a little off-beat appearance which nevertheless qualifies as an Earth Prime-Time entry….

Here are Rose Nylund’s qualifications for joining the Television Crossover Hall of Fame:

The Golden Girls
177 episodes

Empty Nest
- Strange Bedfellows (1989)
- Rambo of Neiman Marcus (1989)
- Dr. Weston and Mr. Hyde (1992)

- Begone with the Wind

The Golden Palace
24 episodes  

In 1990, the Golden Girls appeared in “The Earth Day Special” which I was originally going to list as a Skitlandian version of Rose Nylund and her three friends. But having seen it, in which the Golden Girls are watching the special on TV, it qualifies a “minisode” sequel to the sitcom.

I’m sorry I was spurred to induct Rose into the Hall because of the death of Betty White.  And it made me realize that it’s time for the quartet to join the TVXOHOF. So they will be sprinkled throughout the year to join Rose.  (The funny thing is that for years, I’ve been thinking of inducting Sophia Petrillo into the Hall as the Queen of the May, but something always came up to bump her.  Now that they’re all reunited in the Hereafter, I can do my part by bringing them back together in the Television Crossover Hall of Fame.)

Welcome to the Hall, Ms. Nylund. Enjoy the cheesecake in the commissary. 

Miami and St. Olaf’s loss is the TVXOHOF’s gain.