"We're losing manners. We're losing style. We're losing kindness. A lot of it is happening as a result of the television we're doing and the characters we're willing to play that reflect a piece of human nature. But it's done over and over because it gets laughs or because it's dramatically interesting. What's the actor's obligation to make the world a better place?"
About This Interview
In her two-hour-plus Archive interview, Suzanne Pleshette (1937-2008) talks about her early years as an actress in films ("The Geisha Boy"), television (Playhouse 90, One Step Beyond), and Broadway ("The Miracle Worker"). She discusses her friendship with Alfred Hitchcock that began on the feature film "The Birds," and details her television work on The Bob Newhart Show, in which she played Newhart's wife "Emily Hartley." For this series she describes her character, talks about working with the other series regulars, and recounts her surprise re-appearance in the series finale of Newhart. She speaks of several other appearances on television, including roles on Columbo, Leona Helmsley: The Queen of Mean (in which she played the title role), and 8 Simple Rules. Stephen J. Abramson conducted the interview on February 9, 2006 in Beverly Hills, CA..
Video: Full Bob Newhart Show episode "Emily in for Carol" (airdate: October 13, 1973)
Video: Full episode of Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond: "Delusion" (airdate: 9/15/59), starring Norman Lloyd, Suzanne Pleshette [listen to her recount a story about this particular episode at right], David White; written by Larry Marcus; directed by John Newland