Happy Fran Allison's birthday!

Has ever a performer been more incontrovertibly beloved?
I'd forgotten that there was a TV production of Damn Yankees with Phil Silvers, Lee Remick, Jerry Lanning, Bob Dishy, Jim Backus, and Fran Allison as Meg.
I seem to recall a late Fran appearance with Kukla and Ollie, perhaps on a PBS special?, doing a disco number.

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20 Nov
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha [Brenda Vaccaro gasp] ha ha ha ha ha ha etc.
[still laughing]
Mother Dreyer cannot be reached for comment.
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19 Nov
You may know that Barbara Bel Geddes's father was the noted designer (including for the theater) Norman Bel Geddes. I just learned that Bel Geddes is a mashup of Norman's born surname (Geddes) and his wife Helen's middle name (Belle).
This discovery brought to you by a George Jean Nathan reference to BBG as "Miss Geddes" and my going Wait, what?
Here's a cute picture of her and Barry Nelson in The Moon Is Blue. Image
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P.S. This is indeed how you spell dos and don'ts (or Dos and Don'ts).
See also yeses and nos.
And yet p's and q's.
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Oof, the way Twitter is going this past week, I'm surely about to tweet something that will get me canceled up one side, down the other, and straight to H E double hockey sticks.
Well, wherever I go I'm going there without typos.
And I'm going like Elsie.
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15 Nov
Did I just read an entire article, in one of our great national newspapers, about Sophia Loren's new movie that neglects to mention that it's a remake?
I mean, I love a good remake, but if the previous incarnation of a vehicle won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film, possibly it's worth mentioning, at least in passing.
This is Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell erasure all over again.
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I’d like to divide a few Republicans.
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eh, wtf
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