Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Brett Somers, 1924-2007
Brett Somers, the First Lady of the American Game Show, passed away over the weekend. She was 83. The AP obituary that I read in the New York Times this morning offered up two and only two credits for Ms. Somers: Match Game and her guest appearances on The Odd Couple as Oscar's ex-wife, Blanche. Kind of sad, isn't it? No mention of her two Love Boats or her Love, American Style.
More stuff I didn't know about Brett Somers: She was Canadian (they're everywhere, I tell ya), and she and Jack Klugman separated in 1974 but never divorced. Maybe, given the paucity of her credits, she needed to stay on his insurance.
Her dying words were: "Patti Deutsch lives on."