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TV’S NANCY DUSSAULT

What holds her back from entering the pantheon of DL faves?

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--Rifkin
replies 85Dec 1, 2017 1:08 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.
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--Anonymous
replies 1Dec 1, 2017 1:11 PM +00:00

I liked her Too-Close version of "The Tide is High" better than Blondie's.

But...how old was the character of Muriel when she gave birth to that shark-jumping baby?

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

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

--Anonymous
replies 3Dec 1, 2017 1:14 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."

--Anonymous
replies 4Dec 1, 2017 1:18 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?

--Anonymous
replies 5Dec 1, 2017 1:56 PM +00:00

Check that:

Muriel found out she was pregnant on her 42nd birthday

--Anonymous
replies 6Dec 1, 2017 1:58 PM +00:00

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

--Anonymous
replies 7Dec 1, 2017 2:42 PM +00:00

Boring!

--Anonymous
replies 8Dec 1, 2017 5:45 PM +00:00

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

--Anonymous
replies 9Dec 1, 2017 11:10 PM +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.

--Anonymous
replies 10Dec 1, 2017 11:48 PM +00:00

Jewish I assume?

--Linda's Lavins
replies 11Dec 1, 2017 11:57 PM +00:00

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

--Anonymous
replies 12Dec 2, 2017 12:02 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.

--Anonymous
replies 13Dec 2, 2017 12:08 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 2:46 AM +00:00

She was always so flirty with Monroll

--Anonymous
replies 15Dec 2, 2017 5:16 AM +00:00

MonROLL?

--Anonymous
replies 16Dec 2, 2017 6:07 AM +00:00

It was always more like MONROLL!

--Ted
replies 17Dec 2, 2017 6:08 AM +00:00

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

Anyways. Loved Nancy.

--Anonymous
replies 18Dec 2, 2017 7:00 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

--Anonymous
replies 19Dec 2, 2017 7:54 AM +00:00

r12 see r7

--Anonymous
replies 20Dec 2, 2017 8:06 AM +00:00

Do they still name little girls, Nancy?

--Anonymous
replies 21Dec 2, 2017 8:16 AM +00:00

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

--Barcelona Lipshitz
replies 22Dec 2, 2017 8:23 AM +00:00

It took 23 posts to ask WHO?

Cuz there's your answer.

--Anonymous
replies 23Dec 2, 2017 8:26 AM +00:00

How do people pronounce her name?

--Anonymous
replies 24Dec 2, 2017 8:28 AM +00:00

Dew-sow

--Anonymous
replies 25Dec 2, 2017 8:30 AM +00:00

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

--Anonymous
replies 26Dec 2, 2017 8:32 AM +00:00

Balderdash!

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

--Anonymous
replies 27Dec 2, 2017 8:34 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.
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--Anonymous
replies 28Dec 2, 2017 8:39 AM +00:00

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

--Anonymous
replies 29Dec 2, 2017 8:42 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.

--Anonymous
replies 30Dec 2, 2017 9:16 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.

--Anonymous
replies 31Dec 2, 2017 10:13 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!

--Anonymous
replies 32Dec 2, 2017 12:55 PM +00:00

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

--Anonymous
replies 33Dec 2, 2017 1:01 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.

--Anonymous
replies 34Dec 2, 2017 1:01 PM +00:00

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

--Anonymous
replies 35Dec 2, 2017 1:02 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...
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--Just asking.....
replies 36Dec 2, 2017 1:20 PM +00:00

Well, no one could accuse her of underselling it.

--Anonymous
replies 37Dec 2, 2017 1:25 PM +00:00

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

--Quinn-Martin Productions
replies 38Dec 2, 2017 1:36 PM +00:00

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

--Anonymous
replies 39Dec 2, 2017 1:43 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 .

--Anonymous
replies 40Dec 2, 2017 10:14 PM +00:00

She ruined the Andy Griffith Show, I always hated her

--Elinor Donahue
replies 41Dec 3, 2017 12:57 AM +00:00

TCFC was a horrible adaptation of "Keep It In The Family"

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--Anonymous
replies 42Dec 3, 2017 12:59 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."

--Anonymous
replies 43Dec 3, 2017 6:03 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.)

--Anonymous
replies 44Dec 3, 2017 7:29 AM +00:00

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

--Anonymous
replies 45Dec 3, 2017 12:55 PM +00:00

Did the carpet match the drapes?

--Miss Barrie Youngfellow
replies 46Dec 3, 2017 1:22 PM +00:00

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

--Anonymous
replies 47Dec 3, 2017 6:35 PM +00:00

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

--D.T.
replies 48Dec 3, 2017 6:57 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.

--Anonymous
replies 49Dec 3, 2017 8:18 PM +00:00

April was shrill and annoying

--Anonymous
replies 50Dec 4, 2017 5:27 AM +00:00

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

--Anonymous
replies 51Dec 4, 2017 5:32 AM +00:00

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

--Anonymous
replies 52Dec 4, 2017 5:33 AM +00:00

Who knew she could dance?

--Gretchen Wyler
replies 53Dec 4, 2017 5:58 AM +00:00

Aging gracefully...

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--Anonymous
replies 54Dec 4, 2017 4:52 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.

--Anonymous
replies 55Dec 4, 2017 6:00 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.

--Anonymous
replies 56Dec 4, 2017 8:18 PM +00:00

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

--Anonymous
replies 57Dec 4, 2017 8:45 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.

--Anonymous
replies 58Dec 4, 2017 9:20 PM +00:00

At 80, JoAnn is the youngster of the group

--Anonymous
replies 59Dec 4, 2017 9:24 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 9:25 PM +00:00

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

--Anonymous
replies 61Dec 4, 2017 9:32 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...
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--Anonymous
replies 62Dec 4, 2017 11:59 PM +00:00

I always got Nancy confused with Anita Gilette.

--Anonymous
replies 63Dec 5, 2017 1:02 AM +00:00

You and me both, r63!

--Susan Watson
replies 64Dec 5, 2017 1:41 AM +00:00

I always get her name mixed up with Nancy Marchand.

--Anonymous
replies 65Dec 5, 2017 1:49 AM +00:00

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

--Anonymous
replies 66Dec 5, 2017 2:24 AM +00:00

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

--Anonymous
replies 67Dec 5, 2017 2:52 AM +00:00

r67

Which bet did Warren lose for that to happen?

--Anonymous
replies 68Dec 5, 2017 5:38 AM +00:00

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

--Anonymous
replies 69Dec 5, 2017 6:03 AM +00:00

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

--Anonymous
replies 70Dec 5, 2017 6:04 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

--Anonymous
replies 71Dec 5, 2017 10:17 AM +00:00

“Last Midnight”

--Anonymous
replies 72Dec 5, 2017 10:21 AM +00:00

“Stay With Me”

Nancy Dussault as the Witch and Marin Mazzie as Rapunzel. Enjoy!
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--Anonymous
replies 73Dec 5, 2017 10:28 AM +00:00

r63 I always get Anita Gillette confused with Penny Fuller.

--Anonymous
replies 74Dec 5, 2017 11:20 AM +00:00

r62 When did Debra turn into Julia Sugarbaker?

--Anonymous
replies 75Dec 5, 2017 11:20 AM +00:00

TCFC was such a cheap-looking show!

--Anonymous
replies 76Dec 5, 2017 11:39 AM +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.

--Anonymous
replies 77Dec 5, 2017 11:54 AM +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.

--Anonymous
replies 78Dec 5, 2017 12:03 PM +00:00

Straw man argument

--Anonymous
replies 79Dec 7, 2017 9:31 AM +00:00

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

--Anonymous
replies 80Dec 7, 2017 9:35 AM +00:00

Maybe next year.

--Anonymous
replies 81Dec 7, 2017 9:38 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 9:58 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...

--Anonymous
replies 83Dec 7, 2017 5:10 PM +00:00

Corny mediocrity.

--Anonymous
replies 84Dec 7, 2017 7:09 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.

--Anonymous
replies 85Dec 7, 2017 8:19 PM +00:00