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  posted on 1/20/2008 at 08:58 AM
I always liked her on Bob's show, she was a very pretty classy Lady.



Pleshette appeared in over two dozen made-for-television films and numerous film dramas of the late 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, and was nominated for an Emmy Award several times, most notably for Dr. Kildare. She was a former Broadway leading lady, having replaced Anne Bancroft in The Miracle Worker opposite Patty Duke to rave reviews. She also provided the voices of Yubaba and Zeniba in the English dub of Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki's Academy Award winning film Spirited Away. Her most memorable film role was that of schoolteacher Annie Hayworth in the Alfred Hitchcock film The Birds (1963).

She appeared in the ABC sitcom 8 Simple Rules after John Ritter's death in September 2003, where she played the mother of Katey Sagal's character. She has also guest-starred in several episodes of the NBC sitcom Will & Grace as the estranged mother of Megan Mullally's character Karen Walker. Pleshette also starred in several other television series, including Suzanne Pleshette Is Maggie Briggs, Bridges to Cross, Nightingales, The Boys Are Back, and Good Morning, Miami.

One of her most memorable roles on television was on the final episode of Newhart, in which viewers discovered the entire series had been a dream of Bob Hartley. He wakes up in an identical bedroom from the set of The Bob Newhart Show next to none other than Pleshette.

In 2001, Suzanne married former co-star Tom Poston who played "The Peeper", a college friend of Bob Hartley on The Bob Newhart Show, as well as George Utley, the handyman on Newhart's next series, Newhart. They remained married until his death on April 30, 2007 in Los Angeles after a brief illness. She had no children.


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  posted on 1/20/2008 at 09:36 AM
I really liked the Bob Newhart show and Ms Pleshette had such a sexy voice. Sorry to hear this.

'Newhart' Actress Suzanne Pleshette Dies
By BOB THOMAS
Associated Press Writer

LOS ANGELES Suzanne Pleshette, the husky-voiced star best known for her role as Bob Newhart's sardonic wife on television's long-running "The Bob Newhart Show," has died at age 70.

Pleshette, whose career included roles in such films as Hitchcock's "The Birds" and in Broadway plays including "The Miracle Worker," died of respiratory failure Saturday evening at her Los Angeles home, said her attorney Robert Finkelstein, also a family friend.

Pleshette underwent chemotherapy for lung cancer in 2006.

"The Bob Newhart Show, a hit throughout its six-year run, starred comedian Newhart as a Chicago psychiatrist surrounded by eccentric patients. Pleshette provided the voice of reason.

Four years after the show ended in 1978, Newhart went on to the equally successful "Newhart" series in which he was the proprietor of a New England inn populated by more eccentrics. When that show ended in 1990, Pleshette reprised her role from the first show in one of the most clever final episodes in TV history.

It had Newhart waking up in the bedroom of his "The Bob Newhart Show" home with Pleshette at his side. He went on to tell her of the crazy dream he'd just had of running an inn filled with eccentrics.

"If I'm in Timbuktu, I'll fly home to do that," Pleshette said of her reaction when Newhart told her how he was thinking of ending the show.

Born Jan. 31, 1937, in New York City, Pleshette began her career as a stage actress after attending the city's High School of the Performing Arts and studying at its Neighborhood Playhouse. She was often picked for roles because of her beauty and her throaty voice.

"When I was 4," she told an interviewer in 1994, "I was answering the phone, and (the callers) thought I was my father. So I often got quirky roles because I was never the conventional ingenue."

She met her future husband, Tom Poston, when they appeared together in the 1959 Broadway comedy "The Golden Fleecing," but didn't marry him until more than 40 years later.

Although the two had a brief fling, they went on to marry others. By 2000 both were widowed and they got back together, marrying the following year.

"He was such a wonderful man. He had fun every day of his life," Pleshette said after Poston died in April 2007.

Among her other Broadway roles was replacing Anne Bancroft in "The Miracle Worker," the 1959 drama about Helen Keller, in New York and on the road.

Meanwhile, she had launched her film career with Jerry Lewis in 1958 in "The Geisha Boy." She went on to appear in numerous television shows, including "Have Gun, Will Travel," "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," "Playhouse 90" and "Naked City."

By the early 1960s, Pleshette attracted a teenage following with her youthful roles in such films as "Rome Adventure," "Fate Is the Hunter," "Youngblood Hawke" and "A Distant Trumpet."

She married fellow teen favorite Troy Donahue, her co-star in "Rome Adventure," in 1964 but the union lasted less than a year. She was married to Texas oilman Tim Gallagher from 1968 until his death in 2000.

Pleshette matured in such films as Hitchcock's "The Birds" and the Disney comedies "The Ugly Dachshund," "Blackbeard's Ghost" and "The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin." Over the years, she also had a busy career in TV movies, including playing the title role in 1990's "Leona Helmsley, the Queen of Mean."

More recently, she appeared in several episodes of the TV sitcoms "Will & Grace" and "8 Simple Rules ... For Dating My Teenage Daughter."

In a 1999 interview, Pleshette observed that being an actress was more important than being a star.

"I'm an actress, and that's why I'm still here," she said. "Anybody who has the illusion that you can have a career as long as I have and be a star is kidding themselves."

 

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  posted on 1/20/2008 at 11:45 AM
This is sad...

I had a crush on her when I was a kid...

R.I.P.

 

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  posted on 1/20/2008 at 11:51 AM

Why do you think Howard Borden was always dropping by....to see Bob?


 

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  posted on 1/20/2008 at 12:13 PM
That's too bad. Really funny, smart & beautiful lady. I liked Suzanne on Newhart, and I always liked seeing her on Johnny Carson when I was a kid.

The Birds is one of my favorite movies of all time. She played Annie( I think that was her character's name), the schoolteacher. Annie doesn't have a very pleasant fate in that film.

 

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  posted on 1/20/2008 at 01:43 PM
She should have worn more sweaters

Too bad, she was a babe. Great show.

 

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  posted on 1/21/2008 at 11:07 AM
I could listen to Suzanne Pleshette or Elizabeth Ashley all day long...

 

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  posted on 1/21/2008 at 12:08 PM
Wow, she and I shared a birthday. I did not know that...

I had the hots for Suzanne as youngster myself. She was a beautiful lady and I enjoyed her work on Newhart. RIP

 

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  posted on 1/21/2008 at 12:24 PM
RIP Suzanne Pleshette and godspeed. One of my favorite scenes in TV was with the final show of the 2nd Newhart show when Bob wakes up and tells his wife (Suzanne) that he just had a fantastic dream that he was an in-keeper in Vermont and was married to a blonde who wore a lot of sweaters. The look on Suzanne Pleshette's face was priceless.

 

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