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The Paul Lynde Show aired from September 1972 until September 1973 on ABC.


Comedian Paul Lynde , a familiar face on TV for many years in guest star and supporting roles , starred in this situation comedy. He portrayed Paul Simms, a quiet, respectable attorney living with his wife, Martha ( Elizabeth Allen) and two daughter Sally and Barbara ( Pamelyn Ferdin, Jane Actman ) in Ocean Grove ,California. Quiet-until one day , the household was invaded by Howie ( John Calvin), a blond, shaggy-haried, blue-jeaned, eccentric university student with an IQ of 185-Paul's new son-in-law. Howie and his bride, Barbara , took up residence in the Simms home , for while the new family genius was a whiz at just about anything he tried-and he tried to offer advice on everything-he couldn't seem to hold a job. All of this drove Paul to distraction, and gave Mr. Lynde plenty of opportunities to do that slow burn for which he was so famous.


Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara were seen occasionally as Howie's parents, Barney and Grace Dickerson.


The following article on Paul Lynde was stolen from a long dead website


Paul Lynde


Born June 13, 1926, Mount Vernon, Ohio, USA


Died January 10, 1982, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA. (heart attack)


Attended Northwestern University (Evanston, IL).


"Born in Mount Vernon, Ohio, Paul Lynde's sarcastic wit always seemed more suited to a big city boy than someone from Ohio. After graduating from Northwestern University in 1948, Lynde began a stage career becoming one of the new faces in the hit Broadway show New Faces of 1952-- among the others were Eartha Kitt and Alice Ghostley. When the show was made into the film New Faces in 1954, Lynde had his first screen role. It was not the last show that Lynde would appear in both on stage and screen, and later Lynde played 'Harry McAfee' in Bye Bye Birdie, both on Broadway and in the film version. He is probably best remembered as the snide 'Uncle Arthur' on the 1960s TV sitcom Bewitched. In 1972, he was given a star turn in The Paul Lynde Show, but the series was canceled after only one season. Late 1970s TV viewers will remember him as the 'center square' on the TV game show The Hollywood Squares. (The horribly unfunny Whoopi Goldberg has redone the show and given herself the center square spot.) His final screen appearance was as the fittingly named 'Nervous Elk' in the film The Villain. While his list of credits is not as long as some, he was always memorable. He died of a (heart attack) in 1982, at the age of 55." --from a fan site.


Who is Paul Lynde, to me? I think every outcast child who wasn't one of those sports kids that all the daddies wanted wished for a funny dad like the one Paul Lynde was in Bye Bye Birdie. Man, it would sure be cool, if Paul Lynde had been my dad (no offense meant to my real life dad, Conrad Bain), plus he'd have died when I was only 11, leaving me free and clear of responsibility and grades.


Who is Paul Lynde, to me? I was a child of television. Sure was. I make no bones about it. And I don't declare whether it was wrong or right. Here I am now, happy (well...), healthy (actually there's this small bump on the skin of my...).


Anyway, here I am. I guess my memory stretches back to childhood. I blacked out a lot of it, though. You know, the beatings (kidding), the beratings (not kidding). The lectures that went on for EVER about how I wasn't doing good enough. But alas, the lectures couldn't go on forever, Dad -- but TV would.


I remember watching the Hollywood Squares and hoping that people would pick Paul in the center square, and when they didn't I found it maddening. I mean, he was the funniest. But I guess the contestants were trying to win a hundred bucks or whatever so, Shirley Hemphill for the block it would have to be.


Anyway, that was where I knew, and met, and loved Paul Lynde. He was one of the major comic influences in my early life. That was a time-- the early 80s-- of old Saturday Night Lives, Peter Sellers, Richard Mulligan on Soap. Strange, separate bits that I took hold of in my brain and reorganized and reused in my own comedy workshop.


Anyway one day, (Jan 10, 1982 as it turns out), Paul Lynde died. Mom came back from shopping and told me that she heard it on the the radio they were playing in McCaulou's department store. I think. It was a long time ago.


Paul was dead. And I was still alive. With another hour and a half lecture from my dad waiting in the wings. (My progress report had just come, C- in Science. God, I hated Science.) Anyway, all seemed lost.


But then the VCR came into being. I think everyone's life changed dramatically when that golden box of love and joy was invented. Anyway, one day, it had come up that Bye Bye Birdie was a possible rental. I was on the fence, until my mom told me that she thought Paul Lynde was in it. But I looked at the box and it said only Dick Van Dyke, Janet Leigh, Ann-Margret, etc. It did not mention or show Paul Lynde. So I was doubtful. But, of course, it was rented. And Paul was there. In the opening credits even. And he was hilarious. Easily the best thing about the movie. And Ann-Margret was good; and Jesse Pearson was funny; and some of the songs were good. But everything Paul did was genius.


It's true. Paul didn't really do enough stuff, to merit streets being renamed for him. He was no Cesar Chavez or DMLKJ or even Bob Hope. Although I like him more than those other guys, and sure as damn hell he was funnier than them. Especially Chavez. That dude had no sense of humor.


Anyway, this essay is still incomplete, but I am putting it out there now, in case I die tomorrow, some tribute to The Man Lynde will be out there, however unfinished it may be. A final note: I will always remember Paul sitting in the center square yucking it up with Gobel and Fannie Flagg. Leaned way over, with that outrageously colored shirt of the 70s and one of those silly scarves tied around his neck. Funny guy. To paraphrase his line from Bye Bye Birdie, about Ed Sullivan, "I love you, Paul."





Here is Elizabeth Allen's Obituary from The New York Times


Elizabeth Allen, 77, Stage Star Known for Memorable TV Line, Is Dead


By DENNIS HEVESI
Published: October 9, 2006


Elizabeth Allen, a leading actress on Broadway and in movies who got her start as the Away we go! girl on The Jackie Gleason Show in the 1950's, died Sept. 19 in Fishkill, N.Y. She was 77.



The cause was kidney failure, her sister-in-law, Marion Gillease, said.


Ms. Allen played major roles in five Broadway shows and in six movies, appeared on numerous television shows, including Kojak and Mannix, and sang at the Stork Club in New York. She was twice nominated for Tony Awards: in 1962 for best featured actress in a musical in The Gay Life, and in 1965 for best actress in a musical in Do I Hear a Waltz?


Elizabeth Ellen Gillease was born on Jan. 25, 1929, in Jersey City, the daughter of Viola and Joseph Gillease. Her marriage in 1953 to a German baron, Karl von Vietinghoff-Scheel, ended in divorce. She left no immediate survivors.


As a teenager, Ms. Gillease, a tall, willowy brunette, was noticed by a photographer as she walked on Madison Avenue. That led to a five-year career as a fashion model. In 1953, she tried out for a bit part on the Gleason show and was chosen instead to introduce the program with what became its trademark proclamation, And away we go!


While on the Gleason show, Ms. Allen also worked as a costume designer for a production of Hamlet by the Helen Hayes Equity Group. One day, Ms. Allen recalled, Ms. Hayes noticed that she unwaveringly would watch every rehearsal and said to her, I think you're in the wrong end of the business. Ms. Allen began playing roles with the company's national touring troupe.


Her big break came on a Saturday night in October 1957. While working in an industrial show in Detroit, Ms. Allen received a phone call asking her to return to New York to read for the role of Juliet in the Peter Ustinov comedy Romanoff and Juliet. The show was scheduled to open in five days, but there had been difficulty with the actress cast as Juliet. Ms. Allen had been recommended by Jack Manning, the director of the Hayes touring troupe.


She flew to New York on a Sunday and read for Mr. Ustinov and the producer David Merrick on Monday. Wherever she went during the next three days, including while her hair was being dyed red, she was trailed by someone helping her memorize the script. On Thursday night, the show opened.


Ms. Allen's Broadway roles and television appearances led to her Hollywood career. Among other major film roles, she played in Diamond Head with Charlton Heston, in Donovan's Reef with John Wayne and in From the Terrace with Paul Newman.


In 1965, Ms. Allen received her best-actress Tony nomination for the role of Leona Samish in Richard Rodgers's musical Do I Hear a Waltz?, about an American secretary seeking, but not quite finding, romance while on vacation in Venice.


I hated being remembered as the Away we go! girl, Ms. Allen once said. Now I love it, because so many people liked it. It's flattering.


To watch some clips from The Paul Lynde Show go to https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=paul+lynde+show


For more on The Paul Lynde Show go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Paul_Lynde_Show


For an episode guide go to http://ctva.biz/US/Comedy/PaulLyndeShow.htm


For Tim's TV Showcase go to https://web.archive.org/web/20020809143036/http://www.timstvshowcase.com/paullynd.html


For the Paul Lynde Site go to http://www.paullynde.info/





For a look at the Death of Paul Lynde go to http://www.tvparty.com/myslynde.html


For the official website of Pamelyn Ferdyn go to http://www.pamelynferdin.com/

For some Paul Lynde Show-related interview videos at the Archive of American Television go to https://interviews.televisionacademy.com/shows/paul-lynde-show-the


To watch the opening credits go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86_OfbRoM1s
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