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Suzanne Pleshette had a long and varied career.
Sexy and glamourous for her early career, she transitioned easily into TV dramatic roles and a number of Disney family movies.
She then moved back to TV--this time in comedy roles.
Except for the occasional foray, such as her role as Leona Helmsley, she remained in TV sit-coms.
She died of lung cancer yesterday, just a few days shy of 71.
On August 11, 2006, her agent Joel Dean announced that Pleshette was being treated for lung cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. On August 14, 2006, New York Newsday reported that Dean claimed the cancer was the size of "a grain of sand" when it was found during a routine X-ray, that the cancer was "caught very much in time," that she was receiving chemotherapy as an outpatient, and that Pleshette was "in good spirits."
She was later hospitalized for a pulmonary infection and developed pneumonia, causing her to be hospitalized for an extended period. She arrived at a Bob Newhart Show cast reunion in September 2007 in a wheelchair, although she was seated in a chair during the telecast, creating concerns regarding her health, although Pleshette insisted she was "cancer free."
During an interview in USA Today given at the time of the reunion, Pleshette stated that she had been released from the hospital four days earlier and as part of her lung cancer treatment had had part of one lung removed.
She died of respiratory failure at her home yesterday evening.
Birthplace: New York City
Location of death: Los Angeles, CA
Cause of death: Respiratory failure
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Nominated for Emmy Dr. Kildare (1961)
She graduated from Manhattan's High School of Performing Arts and then attended Syracuse University.
* The Geisha Boy (1958)
* Rome Adventure (1962)
* 40 Pounds Of Trouble (1962)
Pleshette starred with Tony Curtis, Phil Silvers in Forty Pounds of Trouble
* The Birds (1963)
Suzette Pleshette in "The Birds"
Suzanne Pleshette played the role of Annie Hayworth, a school teacher who still held a torch for Mitch Brenner.
* Wall Of Noise (1963)
* A Distant Trumpet (1964)
* Fate Is the Hunter (1964)
* Youngblood Hawke (1964)
* A Rage To Live (1965)
* The Ugly Dachshund (1966)
* Nevada Smith (1966)
* Mister Buddwing (1966)
* The Adventures Of Bullwhip Griffin (1967)
* Blackbeard's Ghost (1968)
* The Power (1968)
* If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium (1969)
* Suppose They Gave A War And Nobody Came? (1970)
* Support Your Local Gunfighter! (1970)
* The Shaggy D.A. (1976)
* Hot Stuff (1979)
* Oh, God Book II (1980)
* Kojak: The Belarus File (1985)
* Leona Helmsley: The Queen of Mean (1990) Television movie
* The Lion King II: Simba's Pride (1998; (voice of Zira)
* Spirited Away (2001); (voice of Yubaba and Zeniba)
Classic Love Triangle: Angie Dickinson, Troy Donahue, Suzanne Pleshette
Pleshette's first marriage was in 1964, to her Rome Adventure co-star Troy Donahue. They divorced acrimoniously eight months later.
First husband Troy Donahue
She then married Tommy Gallagher, who was a Texas oilman, in 1968, and they remained married until his death from lung cancer on January 21, 2000.
Third husband and co-star, Tom Posten
In 2001, Suzanne married former co-star Tom Poston who played "The Peeper", a college friend of Bob Hartley on The Bob Newhart Show, as well as George Utley, the handyman on Newhart's next series, Newhart. They remained married until his death on April 30, 2007 in Los Angeles after a brief illness. She had no children.
Perhaps best known to a particular generation as Emily on the Bob Newhardt Show from 1972-78, Pleshette turned from a sultry, sexy actress to a comedic presence.
Suzanne Pleshette, R.I.P. 1937 - 2008.
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* meeker museum
* For the Birds
* Wikipedia - Suzanne Pleshette
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