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Monday, September 17, 2007

Brett Somers R.I.P.

Actress and comedian Brett Somers, who amused game show fans with her quips on the "Match Game" in the 1970s, has died, her son said. She was 83.
Best known for her stint on Match Game, the sassy actress matched wits with regulars like Richard Dawson and Charles Nelson Reilly, and much of the humor came from her racy quips and putdowns.
Somers married actor Jack Klugman, the future star of the television shows "Quincy" and "The Odd Couple," in 1953. The two separated in 1974, but never divorced. Klugman's numerous romantic plotlines in "Quincy" were seen as a possible cause for separation; Klugman's rugged good looks were seen as the reason the never divorced.

"She maintained her independence till the end, and her irreverence," her son Adam Klugman said. "She died very much at peace." mourns a woman who would have no doubt held her own in Hog City. Fittingly, it's not hard to imagine a serious round of Match Game going down at the Green Ring. Who would you like to see emcee the event? Heavy-hitters like Steve's Morris or Schmid might be good bets. Who would you go to for that final match for all the marbles? Where do Billy's beer-goggles fit in with all this ? wants to know.


Anonymous said...

Brett's sometimes risque humor and her back & forth jabs with Sir Richard Dawson and CNR always reminded me of a young Ellen Holland in her prime.

EEP said...

Strangely...I always thought the same thing.

jmk said...

yea, I can see that...

Anonymous said...

Brett would have been an icon on a Green Ring bar stool. Caustic? Irreverent? The Irish Circle dream girl. AND, she worked with CNR, patron saint of Hog City.


Moderator said...

If Ellen was to have been played by Brett Summers, would Bill have been potrayed by Yul Brynner?


Anonymous said...

Paul Ruebens to play EEP?


Anonymous said...

A dashing Jimmy Caan to portray

EEP said...

In his twilight years, WRH aka "Bill," would be played by ex-Florida Marlins skipper "Trader" Jack McKeon.

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