Suzanne, the plans they made

Suzanne Pleshette was twenty in 1957 when she made her theatrical debut, in Meyer Levin’s Compulsion. (Her film debut, the following year, in Jerry Lewis’s The Geisha Boy, might have been a tad less prestigious.) It was generally accepted that she could do Just About Anything, up to and including a couple of voices for the English dub of Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away.

Suzanne Pleshette wearing not a whole lot

Suzanne Pleshette looking demure

Suzanne Pleshette still wearing not a whole lot

Suzanne Pleshette being carried by Steve McQueen

This last is a still from Nevada Smith, from 1966, in which Suzanne is a Cajun girl working in the Louisiana rice fields and is here carried off by Steve McQueen. (Just About Anything, remember?)

A lot of us, though, remember her as Emily Hartley in The Bob Newhart Show, and, unexpectedly, in the last scene of another Newhart show entirely. She explains how this came to be:

And “this,” of course, might have been the greatest last scene from a situation comedy in the history of the universe:

Suzanne Pleshette, alas, is no longer with us; she died of respiratory failure in 2008. She would have been 80 today.







2 comments

  1. Roger Green »

    1 February 2017 · 1:19 am

    Famously, the local affiliate in Albany/Schenectady, WRGB Channel 6, cut away from mthe ending early. They realized it and showed the ending during the 11 pm news, which I never watched. I never saw the ending until they reran it a the end of the summer. http://blog.timesunion.com/rogergreen/wrgb-the-only-tv-station-in-the-nation/1177/

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