I've only read about it over the years. It doesn't seem to be on YouTube. What did she do that resulted in her being banned from returning to the show?
Helen Lawson's Infamous What's My Line Appearance
|by Anonymous||reply 47||Last Saturday at 8:02 PM|
I'd never heard that she was banned. Where'd you get that info?
|by Anonymous||reply 1||10/10/2020|
I think it was when John Charles Daly asked her to sign in, and she wrote "Fuck You, Cunt" on the chalkboard.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||10/10/2020|
She refused to disguise her voice, saying it was "beneath her". Yet, no panel member recognized her voice. Even Arlene Francis, who was supposedly a close friend.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||10/10/2020|
She stormed out when they took off their masks and still didn't recognize her. She hummed a few bars of "I'll Plant My Own Tree". Still nothing.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||10/10/2020|
What got her banned was what she did when she was leaving the stage. She got to Arlene and lifted her dress. She e then shot a golf ball out off her cooter than hit Arlene right between the eyes. Arlene hit the ground and was said to never be the same. It was a tribute to Brandon De Wilde who had done the same thing to her years earlier by shooting a marble out of his ass.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||10/10/2020|
I thought it was rather how she aggressively came on to John Daly right in front of the studio audience (albeit in moments that were cut from the commercial broadcast). Alcohol was said to be involved. The issue apparently wasn't with the blatant sexuality itself, but rather with how it gave her identity away so that Bennett Cerf guessed who she was even before she'd answered anyone's questions.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||10/10/2020|
A hot mike picked up the word "fruit" in response to a question from Bennett Perf. She meant to say "no."
|by Anonymous||reply 7||10/10/2020|
Was this appearance before or after her Christmas Special?
|by Anonymous||reply 8||10/10/2020|
Did Ralph Edwards ever do a "This Is Your Life" on Helen?
|by Anonymous||reply 9||10/10/2020|
I heard she got drunk in her dressing room and befouled the toilet. Then she kicked Dorothy Kilgallen in the cunt bone.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||10/11/2020|
Dumb thread. Really dumb...
|by Anonymous||reply 11||10/11/2020|
Oh, that's just our Helen!
|by Anonymous||reply 12||10/14/2020|
When asked if she performed in the "legitimate theater," she said:
Bitch, I'm a barracuda!
|by Anonymous||reply 13||10/14/2020|
What year was it?
|by Anonymous||reply 14||10/14/2020|
“Goodbye, pussycat. Meowww.”
|by Anonymous||reply 15||10/14/2020|
Wasn't she also banned from hosting SNL after a disastrous appearance in1977?
|by Anonymous||reply 16||10/14/2020|
R16, was she still alive then?
|by Anonymous||reply 17||10/14/2020|
The story is her appearance on Celebrity Wheel of Fortune was so filthy the tape was kept under lock and key until it was buried with Merv Griffin.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||10/14/2020|
“Merv Griffin was NOT A FAG...”
|by Anonymous||reply 19||10/14/2020|
She nearly shanked Phyllis Newman when she incorrectly guessed Ethel Merman.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||10/14/2020|
Helen was on a Goodson-Todman bender while in NYC that month.
The week after her embarrassing WML? appearance, she was a guest panelist on To Tell the Truth.
All hell broke loose when Helen and Kitty Carlisle arrived at the studio wearing the same Mollie Parnis gown. Neither would agree to change to an alternate dress, despite Bud Collyer's pleas.
They both made light of the situation during the "live" broadcast, but a physical altercation took place backstage afterwards when Helen made a few insulting remarks about Kitty's marriage and Moss Hart's sexuality.
Both were injured in the fracas and required medical attention, but amazingly the incident never made the columns, though Kilgallen printed it as a blind item several days later.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||10/14/2020|
R17 I could be mistaken, but I swear I read that she stubbed out a cigarette on Lorne Michaels after he forced her to be in a Blues Brothers sketch.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||10/14/2020|
“Are you currently appearing on the Broadway stage?”
“I know you’re wearing that blindfold job, but I’d swear you’re fucking headless, kiddo! I’ve been the only sure bet on Broadway since you were shitting in Pampers!”
Despite the lifelong red card from John Daly, Ms. Lawson still earned her $135 royalty from the sponsor of that day’s show, Pampers disposable diapers.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||10/14/2020|
[quote]I swear I read that she stubbed out a cigarette on Lorne Michaels after he forced her to be in a Blues Brothers sketch.
She did, but it was consensual.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||10/14/2020|
[quote]“I know you’re wearing that blindfold job, but I’d swear you’re fucking headless, kiddo! I’ve been the only sure bet on Broadway since you were shitting in Pampers!”
Pampers didn't exist in the '60s, much less when one of the panelists would've been an infant.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||10/14/2020|
It's such a shame that a legend like Helen was reduced to doing stints on "Password" and "Matchgame."
|by Anonymous||reply 26||10/14/2020|
No one will ever forget Dorothy Kilgallen screaming, "That wiggy bitch shat in my mask!"
|by Anonymous||reply 27||10/14/2020|
[quote] Pampers didn't exist in the '60s
[quote] Pampers were introduced in 1961.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||10/14/2020|
If they were introduced in 1961, how could any of the panelists have been in them as infants?
|by Anonymous||reply 29||10/14/2020|
Helen was asked by a panelist (I think it was Cerf) if she was a mother. The audience would have been satisfied with a simple “No”, but were instead scandalized to find out that “the ‘works’ fell out years ago” and that Lawson had been “too goddam busy back then [to be] bothered” to carry a pregnancy to term.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||10/14/2020|
r21, I love you.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||10/14/2020|
Ye gods and little fishes! All of the above responses are utter rubbish. Rubbish, I tell you.
She was permanently banned from WML after she called Miss Francis, "Marlene Francis."
|by Anonymous||reply 32||10/14/2020|
I believe it was when Martin Gabel thought it was Joan Crawford and asked, 'Might I have ever consumed a beverage of yours?'
Helen broke from strained girlish voice she was doing and shot back, 'No, honey, but I've had some of yours!'
Quite risque. You can see Arlene Francis giving Helen a dirty look as she shakes hands.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||11/15/2020|
When asked by Arlene how she got her start in show biz, Helen replied "The same way you did, toots, by doing THIS" whereupon she deep-throated a banana from her complimentary gift basket.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||11/15/2020|
The cast might have laughed it all off and saved the evening if Bennett hadn't asked her if she found her work fulfilling and gotten the reply, "Not when you do it, honey. I need more than four inches!"
|by Anonymous||reply 35||11/15/2020|
Helen really wasn’t bothered by the ban. She’d learned to roooollll with the punches.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||11/15/2020|
I've heard that John Daly managed to get a kinescope of the complete, unaired episode and used to show it to friends at dinner parties. Supposedly the film was buried with him when he passed in 1991, but his youngest son, John Earl Daly, is rumored to show it to his friends from time to time. I hear he does a perfect impression of Helen.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||11/15/2020|
[quote]Helen and Kitty Carlisle arrived at the studio wearing the same Mollie Parnis gown.
Was it ever explained how they both fit in?
|by Anonymous||reply 38||11/15/2020|
[quote]but amazingly the incident never made the columns, though Kilgallen printed it as a blind item several days later.
Then IT DID make the columns, abet as a blind item.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||11/15/2020|
Helen signed in as "Cocksucker." Cerf, as was his want, managed to sneak a peek at the board and when it was his turn, asked "Are you Frances Farmer?"
I loved live TV.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||11/15/2020|
|by Anonymous||reply 41||11/15/2020|
For years after the disastrous appearance, Miss Lawson referred to the show as Cunts My Line...
|by Anonymous||reply 42||11/16/2020|
Groucho was originally supposed to be on the panel that night -Can you imagine???
|by Anonymous||reply 43||Last Saturday at 7:00 PM|
The secret word is cunt.
|by Anonymous||reply 44||Last Saturday at 7:27 PM|
She bitch-slapped John Charles Daly when he asked her if it was “Miss or Missus?”
|by Anonymous||reply 45||Last Saturday at 7:29 PM|
R38, judicious use of a power-sander.
|by Anonymous||reply 46||Last Saturday at 8:01 PM|
The show went to pieces when Arlene asked Helen: "DID! YOU! BRUSH! YOUR! TEETH! WITH! A! CORPSE??!!"
|by Anonymous||reply 47||Last Saturday at 8:02 PM|