Archive for the ‘"Laverne and Shirley"’ Category

Garry Marshall Inducted into NAB Hall of Fame

Monday, April 16th, 2012

This afternoon show creator/producer Garry Marshall will be inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters’ Broadcasting Hall of Fame during the 2012 NAB Show in Las Vegas. Marshall created some of TV’s most entertaining programs: Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Mork & Mindy … and honed his skills as a writer earlier in his career on The Joey Bishop Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, and The Lucy Show. Marshall was inducted into 13th Television Academy Hall of Fame in 2004.

In the clip below, Marshall and the Happy Days cast recall the controversy over The Fonz’s now-iconic leather jacket:

Congratulations, Garry!!

Watch Garry Marshall’s full Archive interview.

Versatile actress Betty Garrett dies at 91

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Betty Garrett, star of stage, film and television passed away at 91 in Los Angeles on Saturday. She was best known in television as Archie Bunker’s energetic neighbor Irene Lorenzo on All in the Family, then later as Laverne & Shirley’s landlady (and later Laverne’s mother-in-law) Edna Babish.

Here’s a playlist of some of the highlights in her 2003 Archive interview:

Her full interview is available here.

Interview Description:

Actress Betty Garrett (1919-2011) talked about her early years training as an actress and dancer at the Neighborhood Playhouse and with Martha Graham in New York City in the 1930s. She described her stage debut in 1938 in Orson Welles and John Houseman’s Mercury Theatre production of “Danton’s Death.”  She described her other stage roles, such as “Something for the Boys” with Ethel Merman and “Laffing Room Only” with Olsen and Johnson.  She described her movie career at MGM and the dark days of the Hollywood Blacklist that greatly affected her and her husband, Larry Parks.  She talked about her first work in television in the earliest days in Chicago and on such New York shows as All Star Revueand Texaco Command Appearance.  She talked about her television work in the 1960s in The Art Carney Specials, The Chevy Show, The Lloyd Bridges Show, and The Fugitive. She described in great detail the two television roles for which she is most identified, “Irene Lorenzo” on All in the Familyand “Edna Babbish” on Laverne & Shirley.  Finally she talked about later guest appearances on such series as Murder She Wrote, The Golden Girls, and Becker.  Betty Garrett was interviewed on May 21, 2003 for 2.5 hours in Studio City, CA.

The TVLand Awards: A Sneak Preview!

Saturday, June 14th, 2008


Sunday marked the 6th Annual TV Land Awards, and the Archive was represented in full effect!

Archive staff attended the gala event, held in Santa Monica, which airs this Sunday June 15 on TvLand, one of our sponsor partners.

Many of our Archive Interviewees were honored, including a special tribute to producer Garry Marshall, and the Golden Girls’ Bea Arthur, Betty White, and Rue McClanahan!

Jonathan Winters (pictured here with Archive Digital Projects Manager Jenni Matz) was given the “Pioneer Award” by Robin Williams, and Mike Meyers was on-hand to receive a “Legacy of Laughter” award from Justin Timberlake.

The day began with a red carpet gala with special guests from Barry Williams to Cindy Williams. We spotted Get Smart’s original ‘Agent 99′, Barbara Feldon, Star Trek’s William Shatner, and ‘The Fonz’– Henry Winkler!

En route from the parking lot I bumped into Dick Van Dyke, who was gracious enough to thank ME for remembering HIM from his interview.

We can’t spill the beans on ALL the surprises the night brought, but be sure to tune in to see it all.

"Love Boat" on DVD, Charles Fox Interview Online

Friday, March 14th, 2008


The Love Boat has finally made it to DVD and just hearing the theme song brings back memories of Saturday nights and the Love Boat/Fantasy Island pairing.

The Archive has interviewed several of the creative team behind the series, including composer Charles Fox, who was responsible for many of TV’s most memorable theme songs.



Click here to watch the entire 7-part interview with Charles Fox.

Interview description:

Fox talked about his musical education, which included studying with Nadia Boulanger in Paris from 1959-61. He spoke about breaking into composing for television, writing transition material for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson as well as the bold and energetic theme song for ABC’s Wide World of Sports. He spoke in great detail about Love American Style, a series for which he wrote the theme song and scored music for the entire series run. He described other series for which he both scored the theme song and created libraries for track music. He described his work on Laverne & Shirley, including details about the pilot presentation and the creation of the theme song and main title. Additionally he talked about his work on the series: Happy Days, Wonder Woman, The Love Boat, and The Paper Chase. He also discussed his work in television movies (including Victory at Entebbe) and feature films (including The Other Side of the Mountain and Foul Play), as well as composing other popular songs. B-roll consisted of Fox performing a medley of his television theme songs as well as “Killing Me Softly With His Song.” The interview was conducted by Karen Herman on June 29, 2004.