That Girl: The One Who Changed Everything | Television Academy
The Marlo Thomas sitcom paved the way for independent women on TV. Thomas fought to keep marriage out of the relationship, though she did Ted Bessell played the part in the pilot and stayed for the full series, though. Marlo Thomas and Ted Bessell. Photo courtesy Marlo Thomas Ann Marie, particularly her relationship with Bessell's Donald Hollinger, which. Ironically, although Donald never had pre-marital relations with Ann, the same actor, Ted Bessell, later played Mary's lover on “Mary Tyler.
Ann excitedly agrees to be the damsel in distress for the commercial to be filmed later that evening at the newsstand itself. That same day, Ann meets Donald Hollinger, a writer with Newsview Magazine, whose offices are located in that building. Ann and Donald, while friendly enough to each other, are on opposing sides of wanting to buy the same roll top desk in a business moving sale.
Trivia bits, via IMDb: The show actually used three separate opening themes during its run. Season 1 was a more subdued instrumental opening, also with a different video sequence. Seasons was the now-familiar more upbeat, jazzy swinging instrumental style; finally, sung lyrics were added in the 5th last season's version, to give the opening a similar, deeper context, in the wake of the new, very successful Mary Tyler Moore Show's first season the previous year.
The well-regarded Earle Hagen wrote all the music for the opening themes. 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.
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.
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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. 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.
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. The Rise of Women in American Comedy. The pilot failed to make it to series, but the network liked what it saw in Marlo Thomas.
More importantly, perhaps, so did a crucial corporate sponsor… Image: Clairol helped get the sitcom off the ground.
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Loving Thomas' work in Two's Company, the network believed the twenty-something actress was ready to headline her own series. Clairol, the cosmetics giant, was a fan, too. The landmark book 'The Feminine Mystique' helped sell the show.
Thomas pushed to have a show about woman unlikely any other on TV — a woman who would not be a mom or a wife. The bestselling nonfiction book ofThe Feminist Mystique proved there was a hunger for an inspiring, single working woman on TV. Marlo Thomas refused to have her character get married. Thomas fought to keep marriage out of the relationship, though she did somewhat reluctantly allow for the couple to get engaged.
She said in We Killed"No. There will be no wedding… First of all, it's a betrayal to all the young women who have been following this show and finding their own independence.
If we get married in the last show, what we're saying is that's the only happy ending there is. As explained on Emmys. The film never came to fruition, but the had Ann Marie and Donald meeting decades later, having never wed. Donald was to have been divorced from someone else. That Girl, like Gilligan's Island, is one of those comedies with a dramatically different pilot episode.