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This syndicated sitcom ran from 1958 until 1960.

Cheerful comedy about 3 sexy NY career girls living in a swank penthouse apartment they can barely afford, and out to snare rich husbands by any scheme they can concoct. The series was based on the hit 1953 movie of the same name, with Barbara Eden as Loco, the dim-witted blonde who was so nearsighted she kept walking into walls( the Marilyn Monroe role); Lori Nelson as Greta, the breezy manhunter ( Betty Grable); and Merry Anders as Mike the ringleader of the group( Lauren Bacall). The names of the girls were somewhat different in the film ( Pola, Loco, Schatz), but the glamorous gold-digging theme was the same.Apart from their personal lives, Loco was a model, Greta, a hostess of a tv quiz show called " Go For Broke" and Mike a secretary for a stockbroker on wallstreet.

This half-hour syndicated show was popular in the markets where it was shown but like many syndicated shows before and after, it suffered from a general lack of visibility and promotion as well as a steady sponsor. However the 3 stars did appear on many regional TV Guide covers in the early part of 1959 as well as a cover feature fluff piece in a magazine called " TV Headliners" in May of that year,

Lori Nelson had publicly stated that she considered herself to be the star of the show. She acknowledged that Merry Anders had been around for awhile but that Anders was not as well known as she. She began thinking that the television medium was beneath her and she quit the show after the first season. She was written out as having married and moved away.( Lori Nelson's character Greta didn't marry a millionaire). She was replaced by Lisa Gaye as Gwen Kirby who worked at a magazine. The series was finally canceled after its second season but it ran for several more years in reruns in various markets. As for Lori Nelson, she was never heard from again ( she was married for a time to musician Johnny Mann),but has never done another tv series or movie; Lisa Gaye and Merry Anders who had a bit part in the 1953 movie-didn't fare much better after this series ( Anders last film was Women Of The Pre-Historic Planet in 1966). However Barbara Eden went on to tv stardom in the long running I Dream Of Jeannie (1965-1970), and later Harper Valley P.T.A.( 1981-1982).

Here is Merry Anders' Obituary

Merry A. Benedict died on October 28, 2012 in Encino, California. Most of us know her as television actress Merry Anders. She was 80.

Born Mary Anderson in Chicago on May 22, 1934, she wanted to be an actress from early childhood. By the late 1940s, she and her mother Helen had made their way to California, where Mary soon began taking acting and modeling lessons. While attending John Burroughs Junior High School in Los Angeles, she caught the eye of Rita LeRoy, owner of a small junior modeling agency, who convinced Helen to sign up her photogenic daughter for modeling lessons. She quickly became a top junior model, and replaced LeRoy's current top model, Tippi Hedren, who left for New York to do television modeling. The secretary of famed 20th Century-Fox talent scout Ivan Kahn spotted her in a Ben Bard production of Little Women and was impressed enough to invite her to meet Kahn, who, in turn, signed her to a seven-year contract.

Although Anders was under contract to 20th Century-Fox, her film career did not exactly flourish at the studio. During this time, she took several small roles in Fox films, but Fox dropped her contract in 1954. She had more luck on television, where she was featured in two television series: The Stu Erwin Show (1954-1955) and How to Marry a Millionaire (1957-1959). Interestingly, Anders had a small role in the film version of How to Marry a Millionaire while under contract at Fox. In 1955, Anders married casting director/producer John G. Stephens; the marriage lasted just a few months, but in the middle of the divorce, Anders learned that she was pregnant. Her daughter Tina Beth Paige Anders was born in 1956.

Without a studio contract, Anders began freelancing at other studios. She used this newfound freedom to her advantage, chalking up an amazing eight film releases in 1957 alone. Also, she began making numerous guest appearances on popular TV programs, including Cheyenne, Bronco, Perry Mason, and The Addams Family.

She was signed by Jack Webb to be a semi-regular on the hit show "Dragnet," where Webb insists on her changing from her usual platinum blonde to a less coiffured brunette. Webb starts showing up with her at the many civic engagements she routinely volunteers for in her Mission Hills neighborhood, much to the delight of surprised fans.

In 1968 her phone suddenly stopped ringing with offers as the television industry goes through a cultural change in the late Sixties. Desperate for work, she takes the job of a "glorified extra" in the movie Airport, while her name does not appear in the credits. She then took a job as a receptionist at Litton Industries, who allows her to take time off if she gets an acting assignment.

She does her last work in front of a camera with a guest shot on a two-part episode of "Gunsmoke." Co-starring with her is newcomer Ellen Burstyn and old friend Jeremy Slate. She also makes her swan song movie appearance in Legacy of Blood, a film that is filled with other fine Fifties performers who have fallen into neglect by the early Seventies.

In 1986 after remaining single for thirty-one years following her divorce from her first husband, producer John Stephens, she marries a Litton engineer named Richard Benedict. Ironically, she is introduced to Benedict by her former husband.

She retired from her job as a receptionist at Litton Industries in 1994. In her spare time she enjoyed doing calligraphy and making pin money on the side by doing small announcements and cards for people. Although she's become a very private person after her acting career, she's recognized from time to time, even being chastised by a total stranger once for being so mean as "Auntie Alice" on the short-lived daytime soap "Never Too Young."

Here is Lisa Gaye's Obituary from The Hollywood Reporter

Lisa Gaye, Actress and Dancer in 'Rock Around the Clock,' Dies at 81

5:33 PM PDT 7/19/2016 by Mike Barnes

The sister of 'Love Me Tender' star Debra Paget, she also stood out in 'Shake Rattle & Rock!'

Lisa Gaye, the auburn-haired actress and dancer who starred in the 1956 musical films Rock Around the Clock and Shake Rattle & Rock!, died Thursday in Houston, her family announced. She was 81.

Survivors include her sister Debra Paget, who starred in such films as Broken Arrow, Love Me Tender and The Ten Commandments, and brother Frank Griffin, a Hollywood makeup artist who earlier acted under the screen name Reull Shayne. Another sister, actress Teala Loring, died in 2007.

In the box-office sensation Rock Around the Clock, featuring Bill Haley and the Comets, The Platters and others, Gaye was memorable dancing with Earl Barton (also the film's choreographer) in front of a clapping crowd of teens in the show-stopping number "Rock-A-Beatin Boogie."

In Shake Rattle & Rock! Gaye played the love interest of a disc jockey (Mike Connors) in the story about adults who want to ban rock 'n' roll because they think it leads to juvenile delinquency.

Also in the 1950s, Gaye had a recurring role as French model Collette DuBois on The Bob Cummings Show and was one of three women chasing rich guys on the TV version of How to Marry a Millionaire, also starring Barbara Eden.

The green-eyed Gaye guest-starred quite often on TV, appearing on such shows as Death Valley Days, Whirlybirds, Sea Hunt, Have Gun Will Travel, 77 Sunset Strip, Hawaiian Eye, Get Smart, I Dream of Jeannie, Wagon Train, Perry Mason, Wild Wild West, The Flying Nun and, in her last onscreen appearance in 1970, Mod Squad.

Leslie Gaye Griffin was born March 6, 1935, in Denver. Her mother was an actress, and her family moved to Los Angeles after her sister Teala was signed to a contract by Paramount. Later, Debra was scooped up by 20th Century Fox. (Her mother gave each of her children a stage name.)

At the recommendation of Debra, she was screen-tested at Universal International and signed there in 1953. The studio changed her name to Lisa Gaye, and in 1954, she showed up as a bobbysoxer in The Glenn Miller Story, as a harem girl in Rhonda Fleming's Yankee Pasha and as Audie Murphy's fiancee in Drums Across the River.

Gaye also appeared opposite Dean Martin in Ten Thousand Bedrooms (1957), and in Night of Evil (1961), she portrayed a raped student who goes on to win a beauty pageant but ends up on skid row.

Survivors also include her daughter Janell.

To read an article about How to Marry a Millionaire go to and and

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For more on the theatrical movie How to Marry a Millionaire go to

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For a Page dedicated to Merry Anders go to

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For The Official Website of Barbara Eden go to

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For a page dedicated to Lori Nelson go to

For more on Lisa Gaye go to

For some How to Marry a Millionaire -related interview videos at the Archive of American Television go

To watch the opening credits go to
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