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What holds her back from entering the pantheon of DL faves?
replies 85Dec 1, 2017 2:08 PM +00:00

Ask Margot Kidder.

Margot Kidder talks about a fight she had with Nancy Dussault (Too Close For Comfort) in the Hollywood Squares bathroom.
replies 1Dec 1, 2017 2:11 PM +00:00

I liked her Too-Close version of "The Tide is High" better than Blondie's. old was the character of Muriel when she gave birth to that shark-jumping baby?

replies 2Dec 1, 2017 2:12 PM +00:00

She and her lover Karen Morrow are very mediocre talents. Reminiscent of others but not very singular.

replies 3Dec 1, 2017 2:14 PM +00:00

Umm get it right. It's is BROADWAY'S Nancy Dussault.

There isn't a gay man worth his salt that isn't obsessed with her performance on the Bajour OBCR. Her big duet with Chita is hilarious and her opening number, "Where is the Tribe for me?" is a riot as she keeps adding more and more jungle noises.

She is in lovely voice on Do Re Mi singing such favorites as "Make Someone Happy" and "What's New at the Zoo."

replies 4Dec 1, 2017 2:18 PM +00:00

Muriel Rush was 41 when she popped our little Andrew

In fact, the shark was jumped to begin season 2, 20 episodes into the run!

Did Nancy have a bun in the oven IRL?

replies 5Dec 1, 2017 2:56 PM +00:00

Check that:

Muriel found out she was pregnant on her 42nd birthday

replies 6Dec 1, 2017 2:58 PM +00:00

I've always loved her. She was great on GMA, too.

replies 7Dec 1, 2017 3:42 PM +00:00


replies 8Dec 1, 2017 6:45 PM +00:00

I’ve met her at singing camp back in 2004! I took a nine day musical theatre class which she taught.

replies 9Dec 2, 2017 12:10 AM +00:00

Nancy has no children. And she and Karen Morrow aren’t lovers. Nancy’s been happily married to a lovely man for 30 years. She and Karen close friends for a while, but aren’t nearly so close anymore.

replies 10Dec 2, 2017 12:48 AM +00:00

Jewish I assume?

--Linda's Lavins
replies 11Dec 2, 2017 12:57 AM +00:00

She used to be on Good Morning America as co-host!!

replies 12Dec 2, 2017 1:02 AM +00:00

Why? Speaking for myself alone, why would she need data lounge? She has always come across as her own biggest fan. I have no motivation to watch anything with her name attached, including TCFC. The poster who yawned upthread --said it all.

replies 13Dec 2, 2017 1:08 AM +00:00

Some performers have buzz, some don't. It's just the way the world works, OP.

--Donna Pescow, former star of TV's "Angie"
replies 14Dec 2, 2017 3:46 AM +00:00

She was always so flirty with Monroll

replies 15Dec 2, 2017 6:16 AM +00:00


replies 16Dec 2, 2017 7:07 AM +00:00

It was always more like MONROLL!

replies 17Dec 2, 2017 7:08 AM +00:00

You mean Monroe. Jm J Bullock. Whatever happened to her?

Anyways. Loved Nancy.

replies 18Dec 2, 2017 8:00 AM +00:00

It always sounded like ted knight was saying ‘Monroll’

Last I knew, JM J was doing a talk show with Tammy Faye

replies 19Dec 2, 2017 8:54 AM +00:00

r12 see r7

replies 20Dec 2, 2017 9:06 AM +00:00

Do they still name little girls, Nancy?

replies 21Dec 2, 2017 9:16 AM +00:00

"They" will when "they" find out it's the name of a place.

--Barcelona Lipshitz
replies 22Dec 2, 2017 9:23 AM +00:00

It took 23 posts to ask WHO?

Cuz there's your answer.

replies 23Dec 2, 2017 9:26 AM +00:00

How do people pronounce her name?

replies 24Dec 2, 2017 9:28 AM +00:00


replies 25Dec 2, 2017 9:30 AM +00:00

TCFC debuted with the shark already well behind it. Worst "comedy" ever.

replies 26Dec 2, 2017 9:32 AM +00:00


Ted Knight & JM J Bullock were an 80s version of Laurel & Hardy...

replies 27Dec 2, 2017 9:34 AM +00:00

A few years back Adam Scott was doing very funny re-creations of Eighties TV shows credit sequences, and he did one for "Too Close for Comfort." It was his weakest one, except Catherine O'Hara perfectly got how tightly wound Dussault is as a comic actress.

(The parody of "Hart to Hart" with Amy Poehler as Stefanie Powers is a thing of genius)

The third recreated intro on "The Greatest Event in Television History" that was on Adult Swim. ... maybe not their best.
replies 28Dec 2, 2017 9:39 AM +00:00

They didn’t get that crazed look after Henry spills out of the back end of that couch.

replies 29Dec 2, 2017 9:42 AM +00:00

R26 it really was. I love a lot of shows of that era probably more than I should but Too Close really epitomized the 70s/80s shitcom.

replies 30Dec 2, 2017 10:16 AM +00:00

She may have been good in BAJOUR, but she was stiff and struggling to keep up when she was a replacement Witch in the original Broadway production of INTO THE WOODS. I was hoping she would serve up that Golden Era of Broadway professionalism, and perhaps I got it, but there was no side order of excitement.

replies 31Dec 2, 2017 11:13 AM +00:00

I'm laughing reading this thread, thinking of my dad, who was an exec at the company that produced TCFC. Although he wasn't directly involved in the production, he was obligated to attend the TCFC/Ted Knight Show tapings, as the W. Coast corporate guy (company based in NYC).

He thought it STUNK from day-one! He was amazed that anyone watched it (even if it did air right after Three's Company, that first year ) , let alone that it hung on for as long as it did. (into the Ted Knight Show re-tooling)

Don't get me wrong....he was THRILLED! Many people's livelihoods depended on it, including his. He was just very, very surprised.....because it was so very, very bad!

replies 32Dec 2, 2017 1:55 PM +00:00

I couldn’t get into that show. I only stuck around to listen to the theme music.

replies 33Dec 2, 2017 2:01 PM +00:00

Both Karen Morrow and Nancy Dussault were both excellent stage performers but had bad luck with the unsuccessful Broadway shows they originated.

replies 34Dec 2, 2017 2:01 PM +00:00

Maybe because Muriel never quite looked at Monroe in the same way after the whole rape episode....

replies 35Dec 2, 2017 2:02 PM +00:00

Where is the tribe for her?

Provided to YouTube by Sony Music Entertainment Bajour: Where Is the Tribe for Me? · Nancy Dussault Bajour (Original Broadway Cast Recording) ? Originally re...
--Just asking.....
replies 36Dec 2, 2017 2:20 PM +00:00

Well, no one could accuse her of underselling it.

replies 37Dec 2, 2017 2:25 PM +00:00

Love her, she has ginger-Jennifer Darling quality about her.

--Quinn-Martin Productions
replies 38Dec 2, 2017 2:36 PM +00:00

I recognize her and her name, but I must have always changed the channel.

replies 39Dec 2, 2017 2:43 PM +00:00

R32 actually Three's Company holds up surprisingly well. Especially the later Furley / more slapstick less sexcom episodes.

Most episodes are still very enjoyable to watch .

replies 40Dec 2, 2017 11:14 PM +00:00

She ruined the Andy Griffith Show, I always hated her

--Elinor Donahue
replies 41Dec 3, 2017 1:57 AM +00:00

TCFC was a horrible adaptation of "Keep It In The Family"
replies 42Dec 3, 2017 1:59 AM +00:00

I still remember an entertainment reporter talking about TCFC. This was during the Suzanne Sommers's TC days when she was relegated to a minute or so at the tag. The ratings were down and the reporter suggested that the audiences wanted her back and it was hurting the night's real loser, TCFC. He then said "Ted Baxter (sic) is a lousy actor but Nancy Dussault is lousier."

replies 43Dec 3, 2017 7:03 AM +00:00

r21 "Nancy" used to be a diminutive of "Ann," but at some point it became a given name in its own right. (Like Margaret = Peggy.)

replies 44Dec 3, 2017 8:29 AM +00:00

She once declared Mariette Hartley as a bigger rival than Linda Lavin...

replies 45Dec 3, 2017 1:55 PM +00:00

Did the carpet match the drapes?

--Miss Barrie Youngfellow
replies 46Dec 3, 2017 2:22 PM +00:00

R13 really knows who Nan's 'biggest fan' is

replies 47Dec 3, 2017 7:35 PM +00:00

Did she ever film a Bukake video? I'd pay good money for a glimpse of that.

replies 48Dec 3, 2017 7:57 PM +00:00

Neither of the daughters knew how to act. The blonde one appeared to be almost retarded.

At some point, they brought in Henry's cousin April. When I was a kid, she was already on the show when I started watching. They got rid of her the following year. It was too bad, she was a good foil for Henry, in a different way from Monroe. I hear the cast hated her, likely because she was actually good unlike the two daughters.

replies 49Dec 3, 2017 9:18 PM +00:00

April was shrill and annoying

replies 50Dec 4, 2017 6:27 AM +00:00

They also brought in the legendary brassy broad Audrey Meadows to be the ball bustin’ mother-in-law

replies 51Dec 4, 2017 6:32 AM +00:00

It's threads like these that keep me coming back. Where else on the web can you get Nancy Dussault discussion?

replies 52Dec 4, 2017 6:33 AM +00:00

Who knew she could dance?

--Gretchen Wyler
replies 53Dec 4, 2017 6:58 AM +00:00

Aging gracefully...
replies 54Dec 4, 2017 5:52 PM +00:00

So I just googled Too Close For Comfort out of curiosity.

Things I remembered about the show: aired on ABC on Tuesdays, after Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, and Three's Company. I remember Cosmic Cow, that Muriel was pregnant, the daughters lived downstairs after the neighbor - discovered to be a cross-dresser - dies. I remembered Monroe who became the Urkel of the show. That it got cancelled quickly - I would have guessed after two seasons, but it was on ABC for 3 years.

Things I didn't remember: Monroe wasn't a regular from the start, and wasn't even on the first episode. Deena Freeman joins in S2 as Ted Knight's niece, then Audrey Meadows as his mother-in-law in S3. Totally didn't remember the show ran in syndication for three more seasons after ABC cancelled it. And it switched its name to The Ted Knight Show near the end.

Conclusion: While I remember seeing the show as a kid, I must have thought it sucked and not paid much attention.

replies 55Dec 4, 2017 7:00 PM +00:00

On IMDB Nancy's agent has a short client list and three or four of the people listed are dead.

Debra Van Valkenburg leaning against the door and laughing has to be one of the great opening credits moments. It's clearly not from an episode and shot specially for the credit sequence. I imagine some assistant director putting her there thinking, "I know...we'll shoot her in front of the door!" placing her there, and screaming "Laugh! Debra! Laugh!" as the camera rolled and he tried to get her to be natural. What we see is as good as it got that day.

replies 56Dec 4, 2017 9:18 PM +00:00

Didn't she do a production of Follies? I think she was Sally.

replies 57Dec 4, 2017 9:45 PM +00:00

She is part of the Ladies Who Lunch, a group that meets at a French Bistro in West Hollywood for lunch every Tuesday. Others include JoAnne Worley and Carole Cook.

replies 58Dec 4, 2017 10:20 PM +00:00

At 80, JoAnn is the youngster of the group

replies 59Dec 4, 2017 10:24 PM +00:00
Debra Van Valkenburg leaning against the door and laughing has to be one of the great opening credits moments.

As great as my “Falcon Crest” twirl?

I think not.

--Susan Sullivan
replies 60Dec 4, 2017 10:25 PM +00:00

Nancy’s 80 as well. And she looks great, more like she’s 70ish.

replies 61Dec 4, 2017 10:32 PM +00:00

Here are Debra and Lydia at a trade show in 2012

Actresses Lydia Cornell and Deborah Van Valkenburgh discuss their nearly three-decade friendship and share tales of Tinseltown survival at the retrocentric c...
replies 62Dec 5, 2017 12:59 AM +00:00

I always got Nancy confused with Anita Gilette.

replies 63Dec 5, 2017 2:02 AM +00:00

You and me both, r63!

--Susan Watson
replies 64Dec 5, 2017 2:41 AM +00:00

I always get her name mixed up with Nancy Marchand.

replies 65Dec 5, 2017 2:49 AM +00:00

Lydia and Deb have aged very nicely...unlike many others.

replies 66Dec 5, 2017 3:24 AM +00:00

Interesting factoid: Nancy Dussault’s college boyfriend was Warren Beatty!

replies 67Dec 5, 2017 3:52 AM +00:00


Which bet did Warren lose for that to happen?

replies 68Dec 5, 2017 6:38 AM +00:00

How bad were the girls that they got demoted behind JM J and Alice Kramden and that horrible APRIL.?

replies 69Dec 5, 2017 7:03 AM +00:00

I wonder how much that house in SF is worth today?

replies 70Dec 5, 2017 7:04 AM +00:00

She’s friends with friends of mine. Posts very liberal comments and a lot of animal rights stories on Facebook. I get the impression she is very well liked.

A lot of people like her Witch in ITW. There’s a video bootleg “out there” of her in the show

replies 71Dec 5, 2017 11:17 AM +00:00

“Last Midnight”

replies 72Dec 5, 2017 11:21 AM +00:00

“Stay With Me”

Nancy Dussault as the Witch and Marin Mazzie as Rapunzel. Enjoy!
replies 73Dec 5, 2017 11:28 AM +00:00

r63 I always get Anita Gillette confused with Penny Fuller.

replies 74Dec 5, 2017 12:20 PM +00:00

r62 When did Debra turn into Julia Sugarbaker?

replies 75Dec 5, 2017 12:20 PM +00:00

TCFC was such a cheap-looking show!

replies 76Dec 5, 2017 12:39 PM +00:00

r67, if that's true, then it looks like he was subconsciously looking for someone who resembled his sister.

This show wasn't the worst show of the 80s, but it didn't really become memorable until Jm J Bullock joined the cast. I remember seeing an, E! True Hollywood Story (or some similar tabloid biography show) episode about TCFC. Jm J Bullock talked about how his character increased gay visibility. Even though the character of Monroe wasn't gay, Bullock's performance tripped the gaydars of people who never even knew they had gaydars before seeing TCFC. Bullock said that the producers spoke with him--at Ted's request--and asked him to tone down the gay.

replies 77Dec 5, 2017 12:54 PM +00:00

I saw Nancy Dussault in a replacement cast of "Side by Side by Sondheim"; she was wonderful, along with a terrific cast of Larry Kert, Georgia Brown and Hermione Gingold. Dussault was also the 1st or 2nd replacement for Mary Martin in the original production of "The Sound of Music"; she had a beautiful trained voice.

replies 78Dec 5, 2017 1:03 PM +00:00

Straw man argument

replies 79Dec 7, 2017 10:31 AM +00:00

Her Dorothy Hamill Bundt Cake hair was a minus, Linus.

replies 80Dec 7, 2017 10:35 AM +00:00

Maybe next year.

replies 81Dec 7, 2017 10:38 AM +00:00
R31 BAJOUR, but she was stiff and struggling to keep up when she was a replacement Witch in the original Broadway production of INTO THE WOODS.

So funny...I remember seeing her name on the poster, registering it as Bonnie Franklin, and thinking, "Wow, they are really getting desperate."

All these years I've thought it was that fellow-sitcom redhead Bonnie who schlepped into the 15th rotation of the cast, not Nancy!!

--Color Me Beet Red
replies 82Dec 7, 2017 10:58 AM +00:00

Did TCFC ever do any dinner theatre like the Brady’s did?

I could see Nancy doing her cabaret act with intermittent comedy vignettes from Ted & JM J...

replies 83Dec 7, 2017 6:10 PM +00:00

Corny mediocrity.

replies 84Dec 7, 2017 8:09 PM +00:00
Even though the character of Monroe wasn't gay, Bullock's performance tripped the gaydars of people who never even knew they had gaydars before seeing TCFC.

Gaydar? To see him? That's like saying you need radar to see the Empire State Building from 34th Street Manhattan.

replies 85Dec 7, 2017 9:19 PM +00:00