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Dec 9, Ironically, although Donald never had pre-marital relations with Ann, the same actor, Ted Bessell, later played Mary's lover on “Mary Tyler. Jul 13, Looking Back at Marlo Thomas' 'That Girl' and How It Changed TV (EXCLUSIVE) Playing her boyfriend is Ted Bessell as Newsview Magazine writer Donald of television, and the professional relationship he had established with her, . The problem is for her to do that Goldie and Kurt would have to. Apr 10, According to Marlo Thomas, the relationship between Ann and her father, Lew, was loosely based on her real-life relationship with her father.
We auditioned practically every young actor in town for the part…like Charles Grodin and Bill Bixby…but when Teddy and I read a few scenes together, that was it. He had humor and a quirky kind of sexy charm that we saw immediately - and the girls in our audience just loved. We had a wonderful time working together and remained friends until the day he died. According to Thomas, that film would have picked up the story of Ann and Donald who, having never married on the show, meet again years after he was divorced and she was a widow, running her own small theatre.
Both Thomas and Bessell were very excited about the prospect.
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Thomas decided to turn the event into a tribute to her beloved former co-star. The segment, which originally aired on February 9,centered on a surprise birthday party being held for Ann at her apartment.
In a very touching moment, Lew Marie tells Ann: First I asked how your mother was. Then I asked if you had ten toes, ten fingers, two eyes and a nose. She said yes and I thanked God. Then they let me look at you…and I knew that you were what I had been praying for.
And, by the way, so did I.
A lifelong heavy smoker, he was rushed to the hospital and diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. Kean informed Thomas that Parker had requested she deliver his eulogy.
I also had no idea how to write a eulogy. How could I summarize all their feelings of loss as well as my own? They need that, too.
Marlo Thomas then and now: See the 'That Girl' star through the years
A multi-talented performer - beloved nightclub headliner, movie actor, TV producer and star - Danny Thomas would also become world-renowned for founding St. But it is her earliest memories of her dad that are most indelible. Those two aspects, together, are so important for any young person to observe.
Studying those tapes, he would carefully hone his comedic timing, musical selections and audience interaction in order to insure the perfection of subsequent performances. I learned so much from that.
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You need to tell a logical, credible story - and you need to do it in 22 minutes. Always be honest, and never go for a joke or an easy laugh if it takes you off the road of your story.
It was a tremendous thing to witness, and it impacted my work as an actor and producer. Everything that I do stems from that same organic place. They needed a young female star, and they thought I was it.
But none of what they suggested appealed to her. Have you ever thought about doing a show where the girl is the somebody - somebody with a dream? Someone whose father wants her to get married, but who moves away from home, even though that causes anxiety in both of her parents.
This is the moving target. Sam not so much. But he was very funny and came along with us. They were good counterparts for each other.
The worry, it turns out, was for naught: That Girl debuted on September 8,and was an instant hit. The first time I telephoned Bessell's office, it was he who answered the phone.
I explained who I was and, though he sounded extremely busy, he took the time to chat a little bit about Bewitched, and we set up a time to meet for lunch.
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Unfortunately, our meeting never took place. For shortly after our conversation, he was gone. However, the lingering impression of his complete lack of arrogance lingers on. And I remember thinking at the time, "Well, of course he's down to earth. Anyone who could have played so consoling, warm-hearted and supportive a character as Don Hollinger, with such credibility - would have to be as sincere in real life. Thinking she was under assault when she was actually filming a commercial in Hollinger's Newsview buildingDon, with his brief case as a weapon, came along and slammed Ann in the head.
After she explains the situation, and seeks to further generate an already-stressful situation, Don realizes his mistake and labels himself, "Captain Dumb Dumb. At that moment, Ann fell in love with Donald Hollinger, along with the rest of us. As Marlo Thomas herself once noted, "Our show was called That Girl, but we all knew that guy was the success. It would have been the first time that a classic TV series would have transferred to the big screen with its original stars - in a sequel format.
And Bessell was very much looking forward to the movie.