On May 21, 1990, a popular CBS sitcom, Newhart, ended its eight season run and made television series history. Overnight, the episode became legendary and the most popular series finale of all time (at least at the time). As Bob Newhart awoke next to his former TV wife Suzanne Pleshette, we learned that the eight seasons had just been a bad dream of his character from The Bob Newhart Show.
For this reason, we’re devoting this episode of the podcast to Suzanne Pleshette. The beautiful and outspoken actress passed away on January 19, 2008 after a long battle with lung cancer. She was scheduled to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today, on what would have been her 71st birthday. Her friends and family were hoping that she would be able to hold on and be able to attend the ceremony but it wasn’t to be.
In her honor, the unveiling went on as scheduled. Many stars of classic TV were in attendance and several of her close friends spoke; Marcia Wallace, Arte Johnson (Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In), Bob Newhart, and Tina Sinatra. If you look closely at the picture, you can see a tiny red garter that was placed on the star by Sinatra, in honor of her bawdy friend and the star’s location in front of Frederick’s of Hollywood. We’re pleased to bring the audio of this event to you.
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