Remember Get Smart? Barbara Feldon recalled her time on the series at a recent event. She was the center of an hour-long interview.
Per a Forbes report, she spoke about her character’s name on the classic series. She was Agent 99. She said the following:
“I wasn’t sure until I saw writer Buck Henry recently, and he said absolutely not. Susan Hilton was a primer name they used in one of the episodes, but he said no, she was just a number. Originally they were thinking of calling her 100. Max’s number was 86 – which means chuck it. And they wanted her number higher than his. But 100 didn’t seem like a girl’s number, so they settled on 99. I also think to the ear, 100 doesn’t sound as good – ‘Look out, 100!’ versus ‘Look out, 99!’ But I like my number. And people still call me that.”
As for her appearance on The $64,000 Question, she didn’t recall much about her appearance, but Forbes said, “The graduate of what is now Carnegie-Mellon University said she couldn’t remember the exact question but did recall it was about Shakespeare – and that $64,000 back then was a lot of money.”
Barbara Feldon is now 83-years-old. Were you a fan of Get Smart? Tell is what you think.