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Old 01-17-2019, 03:38 AM   #1
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Question Was Valerie Bertinelli the unsung hero of ODAAT

What I mean is that while she may or may not have been a breakout star and was perhaps decidedly limited in range, her 'brightness' and beauty were a perfect remedy for Mackenzie Phillips and Bonnie Franklin. The former brought a darkness to her role (which was eventually was overtaken by her offscreen issues) while the latter was often just plain grating. In effect, Mackenzie and Bonnie's performances were often just a bit too grim for laughs.

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If by unsung you mean seemingly being on every magazine cover of the late '70s, early '80s, then yes, definitely unsung

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Mackenzie and Bonnie's performances were often just a bit too grim for laughs.
I'm not a MacKenzie Phillips fan and would have preferred another actress been hired for her role.

As far as Bonnie Franklin is concerned, there might be some moments when she goes a little over the top, but overall there is nothing wrong with her acting. She performed according to the way the scripts called for. What I don't like is in the 4th season when she was given the short hairstyle, she lost a lot of her visual appeal and cute looks with the short hair. I think her hair was changed to the short style because the producers wanted her to look more like a career/business woman.
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Valerie was the only thing I liked about the show. If they would of had a young son from the beginning, I would of liked the show better.
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Valerie Bertinelli blah!!!!
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What I mean is that while she may or may not have been a breakout star and was perhaps decidedly limited in range, her 'brightness' and beauty were a perfect remedy for Mackenzie Phillips and Bonnie Frankin. The former brought a darkness to her role (which was eventually was overtaken by her offscreen issues) while the latter was often just plain grating. In effect, Mackenzie and Bonnie's performances were often just a bit too grim for laughs.
They knew what they were looking for when they revamped the pilot and added the second younger daughter and found the right actress.

Does make you wonder who else might have read for the role. Being a Norman Lear show, I'm sure every decent known and unknown actress in the right age range and look were submitted for a chance to read for the part by their agents.
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It was a good show and Valerie was a REALLY good choice in casting , but it REALLY picked up in Season 5 with the addition of Max !!!


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It was a good show and Valerie was a REALLY good choice in casting , but it REALLY picked up in Season 5 with the addition of Max !!!


As I've said before, Max was finally a "5th Regular Character" that fit the show well.
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Max was ADORABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!





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