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You should be a very happy woman-you're beautiful, you got a nice home, three great kids, a husband that adores you. That oughta be enough for any gal.
--Danny Williams to his wife, Kathy
The Danny Thomas Show ( aka Make Room For Daddy), one of the longest family sitcoms of all time ran from September 1953 until September 1964 on ABC and CBS.
One of the few situation comedies to last more than a decade, Make Room For Daddy ( as it was originally called), starred Danny Thonas, a nightclub singer and comedian whose first major exposure on television had been as one of the hosts of NBC's All Star Review. His nightclub routine was a flop on tv, as a result of which he blasted the new medium as being suitable " only for idiots" and vowed never to return. But return he did in 1953 with one of the longest running family comedies of the 1950's and 1960's.
Make Room For Daddy was a reflection of Danny's own life as an entertainer and the problem's created by his frequent absences from his children. The title came from a phrase used in the real life Thomas household; whenever Danny returned home from a tour, his children had to shift bedrooms to " make room for Daddy." In the series, Danny played nightclub entertainer Danny Williams, a sometimes loud but ultimately soft hearted lord of the household who was constantly being upstaged by his bratty but lovable kids. The kids were at the outset, 6 year old Rusty ( Rusty Hamer), and 11 year old Terry ( Sherry Jackson). Jean Hagen played Danny's loving wife Margaret.
A number of major changes took place as the show matured. In 1956, Jean Hagen quit. Instead of replacing her, Danny had her written out of the show as having died ( Margaret Williams was the first sitcom character to ever be killed off a sitcom). In the fall of 1956 the title of the show was changed to The Danny Thomas Show. During the 1956-1957 season, Danny courted many eligible women-with frequent assistance from the kids. In the spring of 1957, Marjorie Lord was introduced as Kathy O'Hara, a widowed nurse who came to take care of Rusty when he contracted the measles. She fell in love with Danny and he eventually proposed to her. The wedding did not take place on the show, but when the program returned in the fall of 1957 ( now on CBS), Danny and Kathy were just returning from their honeymoon and little Linda ( Angela Cartwright), Kathy's daughter by a previous marriage( her name had been Patty before then and was then played by Lelani Sorenson), had joined the Williams household.
Sherry Jackson left the cast in 1958. At first the character she played Terry was supposed to be away at school but in 1959, a new actress assumed the role. Terry then had a season long courtship with a young nighclub performer named Pat Hannigan ( Pat Harrington, Jr), whom she eventually married. Terry then left the household for good.
A number of other youngsters also passed through the series including Gina (Annette Funicello), a foreign exchange student living in the Williams home. Piccola Pupa, a young Italian singer discovered by Danny was also seen in a few episodes.Other regulars included a succession of Danny's agents, the first played by Horace McMahon, later ones by Jesse White-who simultaneously was appearing as the agent on Private Secretary-and Sheldon Leonard( Leonard was the real life producer of The Danny Thomas Show and had appeared in 1953 episodes as Danny's masseur). Benny (Ben Lessy), was Danny's original accompanist; Louise( Louise Beavers and later Amanda Randolph), the family housekeeper; and Charley Halper ( Sid Melton), the owner of the Copa Club where Danny Williams frequently performed. Charley's wife Bunny played by Pat Carroll also appeared occasionally.
No doubt the most memorable regular was Hans Conried in the role of Uncle Tonoose, eccentric patriarch of the Williams family. Conried had previously been seen in several guest roles on the show, including those of ne're do well Uncle Carl , Uncle Oscar and visiting Derek Campbell and he turned up as Tonoose as early as 1956. The role was perfect and he continued to appear in it periodically for the rest of the series run. Others who made guest appearances were songwriter Harry Ruby as himself, Bill Dana as Jose Jiminez, the elevator operator and many top names from the entertainment world including Jack Benny, Dean Martin, Bob Hope, Milton Berle, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Jimmy Durante, Shirley Jones, Tony Bennett, and even Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz as Lucy and Ricky Ricardo ( Lucy and Desi's Desilu Productions produced the show).
One episode turned out to be the pilot for The Andy Griffith Show in which Danny found himself under arrest for speeding in the town of Mayberry N.C., when he was on vacation with his family. Also such guests as Bill Dana and Joey Bishop got their own shows after appearances on The Danny Thomas Show. Bill Dana reprised his role of Jose Jininez from The Steve Allen Show and NBC gave him his own show in 1963 and it lasted until 1965. Joey Bishop got The Joey Bishop Show which lasted on NBC and later CBS and ran from 1961 -1965.
Ultimately a weary Danny Thomas, by now he had entered the ranks of the showbiz beloved, working tirelessly for a personal cause, St. Jude's Hospital for children in Memphis-decided to call it quits and the show ended in 1964. The Danny Thomas Show was syndicated under it's original title Make Room For Daddy. The early seasons with Jean Hagen have not been offered for syndication ( and haven't been seen nationally since the early 1960's). Also the episodes from the 10th season dealing with the Williams European vacation are not in the syndicated package.
Many of the principals were reunited in 2 specials aired in 1967 and 1969. By now son Rusty, newly graduated from college had married the daughter of his army colonel. In 1970 the crew reappeared in a new sitcom, Make Room For Grandaddy which lasted just one season
One sad note was the fate of child actor Rusty Hamer who had played Rusty. After the cancellation of Make Room For Grandaddy, he had a hard time finding work and his life quickly fell apart. He spiraled into deep depression, alcohol and poverty that led to an increasingly violent and delusional state. He shot himself to death in 1990 at the age of 52, another lost child star who met a sad, untimely end.
An Article From Time Magazine
The Treacle Cutter
Monday, Apr. 21, 1958 Article
"A year ago my show was 137th in the Nielsen ratings," observed TV Comic Danny Thomas last week. "Today it's in the top ten. What can I do after that?" Actually, there were only 118 shows on the networks' evening air last May when Thomas' Make Room for Daddy squatted a miserable eleventh from the bottom, a position to which Thomas had become accustomed in the show's four years on ABC. Today Danny averages some 44 million televiewers, is topped only by the two mighty westerns, Gunsmoke and Tales of Wells Fargo.
In its year on CBS The Danny Thomas Show has benefited from a better time slot (Mon. 9 p.m., E.S.T.) and higher exposure (93 more stations than it had on ABC). But more important in Danny's rise from Nielsen's nowhere is that CBS's Danny has quit striving for gags that were foreign to its situations or strained for premises to justify its jokes. Says Thomas: "Comedy just for comedy's sake is barking up the wrong cliche. Comedy has to come out of the situation to have any staying power."
Two Worlds. Thomas' TV self is Danny Williams, nightclub funnyman, father of two and harassed battler for his patriarchal rights. Says Thomas candidly: "The show is one cliche after another. Family life is that way. When we're corny, we don't let it get too far. We use what I call treacle cutters. For instance, the boy gets sore and runs away from home and tries to enroll himself in the orphan asylum as Elvis Earp. I find him and I take him in my arms and we make up and we talk about how we're going to go out and get doubledeck hamburgers and big malted milks and then we'll go to the movies and then we'll have a soda. And then I say, 'And then we'll go home and I'll break every bone in your body.' That's the treacle cutter."
His TV role as a show-business type permits Thomas the best of two possible worlds,the homy and the glamorous. Such notables as Bob Hope, Dean Martin and Hans Conried have dropped in on the noisy confusion of Danny Williams' family, promptly found themselves entangled in its small wars. Hope stirred Father Danny to unworthy jealousy by offering to appear in a benefit show that Danny planned to star in (at show's end, Danny properly repented his pettiness). Crooner Martin was hauled in to make the point that bobby-soxers "collect" crushes, and crushes are not to be confused with true love.
"Your Sorrow Unmasked." Born 44 years ago as Amos Joseph Alphonsus Jacobs, Danny Thomas was the fifth of ten children of a Lebanese immigrant laborer who, back in Toledo, often sold candy to make ends meet. Appropriately, Danny's first taste of show business was as a candy butcher in a burlesque house. Before long, he was onstage, hamming it up in radio and nightclubs. In 1936 he married a Detroit radio singer named Rosemarie Mantell, today has three children of his own.
In the long years that Thomas was away playing the club circuit, his kids thought of him as almost legendary "Uncle Daddy," greeted his infrequent returns with "Make room for Daddy!" Remembers Danny: "Daddy was just a picture on the piano. The clothes I brought to them were all too small by the time I got them there." The last straw came when his daughter wrote a theme in high school ending: "What's so good about tomorrow? . . . My father is away all the time, working so that we'll be secure tomorrow, but by the time he does that we'll be grown up and gone away."
Danny called on a producer, explained his problem, begged him to find something that would keep him at home. The producer, who recognized a televisable situation when he heard one, devised the show on the spot.
Thomas is now a resolute homebody (Beverly Hills and Palm Springs), occupies himself, off-camera, in remodeling his Beverly Hills manse (cost: about $250,000 so far), or puttering with power tools. A Roman Catholic of the Maronite rite, Thomas has devoted much time in recent years to raising money for a children's hospital in Memphis, Tenn. (for incurable patients), already has pledges of $1,300,000 out of a hoped-for $2,000,000.
Danny looks like a weird blend of Napoleon and Fiorello H. LaGuardia, sings as cornily as Al Jolson did, speaks as if he forgot to gargle before keynoting a dockers' meeting. His trademark is his preposterous nose ("If you're going to have a nose, you ought to have a real one"). But the U.S.'s currently favorite tele-comedian, boasting no single towering talent, succeeds as a funnyman mostly because his humor seems to well up from a sizable heart. Or, as Danny Thomas puts it, citing his favorite philosopher, Lebanese Mystic Kahlil (The Prophet) Gibran: "Comedy and tragedy aren't very far apart. Like Gibran says, 'Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.' "
To Read Jean Hagen's Obituary go to http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=sh1UAAAAIBAJ&sjid=xIwDAAAAIBAJ&dq=jean%20hagen%20died&pg=3908%2C9846437
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Here is Rusty Hamer's Obituary from the LA Times
'Make Room for Daddy' Child Star Rusty Hamer
January 20, 1990|BURT A. FOLKART | TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rusty Hamer, the precocious young star of television's legendary "Make Room for Daddy" series and a talent Danny Thomas called "the best boy actor I ever saw in my life," has killed himself.
He was 42 when he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home in DeRidder, La.
"He hasn't really been happy since his early 20s," said Hamer's brother, John, in announcing the death Friday. "But he didn't show any signs of this happening. It was just all of a sudden.
"I've heard of a lot of child actors who have become unhappy with their lives after they've left the industry," he added. Hamer also said his brother had been complaining of extreme back pain but refused to see a doctor.
Hamer found his brother's body Thursday night in the trailer where he lived near DeRidder, about 40 miles north of Lake Charles in southwestern Louisiana.
Chief Detective Robert McCullough of the Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office said death was caused by a shot to the head from a .357-caliber revolver.
Hamer had appeared in several Abbott and Costello films before joining Danny Thomas' "Make Room for Daddy" in 1953, the year the situation comedy went on the air. He was only 6.
"He was the best boy actor I ever saw in my life," Thomas recalled Friday shortly after learning of his TV son's death.
The boy's own father had recently died, and Thomas said he came to feel that Hamer was his son, both on and off the set.
"He had a great memory . . . great timing, and you could change a line on him at the last minute and he came right back with it. . . ."
Thomas said that if Hamer had a single problem as a youth, it was when the show went off the air in 1964 after 11 years, and a then 17-year-old Hamer had to go from a film lot school to a public one.
"He had been one of only two or three students in a studio classroom, and it seemed to bother him when he went to public school. He was still a happy kid but seemed like a fish out of water."
On the series, Hamer played the bratty but lovable boy whose father was a nightclub singer and comedian.
The show was a reflection of Thomas' own life, and it dwelt on the problems generated by the many times entertainers are forced to be away from their families.
Initially Jean Hagen played Thomas' loving wife but after she left the show, Thomas had her written out of the scripts as having died.
Marjorie Lord played Thomas' second wife, Kathy, and Sherry Jackson, Penney Parker and Angela Cartwright successively played her daughter, Linda, from a previous marriage.
Highlighted by the periodic visits of Hans Conried as Uncle Tonoose, it became one of television's most durable and popular situation comedies. After three seasons it became "The Danny Thomas Show." Most of the cast, including Hamer, returned in 1970-71 with a sequel "Make Room for Granddaddy," in which Rusty was a married medical student. It lasted one season.
Hamer's career declined sharply after that. By the time he was 20, he was working for a Los Angeles messenger service and was bitter and depressed, his brother said. After moving to southwestern Louisiana, his jobs included delivering a newspaper, working offshore for Exxon and occasional work at his brother's restaurant.
Here is Danny Thomas Obituary from the New York Times
Danny Thomas, 79, the TV Star Of 'Make Room for Daddy,' Dies
By MERVYN ROTHSTEIN
Published: February 7, 1991
Danny Thomas, the comedian and philanthropist best known as the star of the television series "Make Room for Daddy" in the 1950's and 60's, died yesterday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 79 years old.
He died after a heart attack at his home in Beverly Hills, a hospital spokesman said.
Mr. Thomas appeared in "Make Room for Daddy," later known as "The Danny Thomas Show," from 1953 to 1964, playing a nightclub comedian, which he was for much of his almost 60-year career. He was also a founder and benefactor of the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, which seeks cures for children's cancer and other catastrophic diseases.
"Danny was one of the giants of the industry," Bob Hope said yesterday. "And what he did for St. Jude's will never be forgotten."
Phil Donahue, the television talk-show host who is married to Mr. Thomas's daughter Marlo, said: "He hit the long ball for such a long time. He would hold an audience for an unprecedented length of time in the imagery of the story he was telling, and suddenly would come the punch line, and the ceiling would crack with laughter. He wove an illusion on the stage with no props, all by himself." A Title Taken From Life
Mr. Thomas returned home recently after completing a nationwide tour promoting his autobiography, "Make Room for Danny," written with Bill Davidson and newly published by G. P. Putnam's.
The comedian said in his autobiography that the original title of his television show was provided by his wife, the former Rose Marie Cassaniti. The title was based on their family's many years of experience with his nightclub travels. While he was away, his two daughters slept in his bedroom with their mother and put their clothes in his dresser. When he returned home, they would have to clean out the dresser to "make room for Daddy."
Danny Thomas was born on Jan. 6, 1912, on a horse farm in Deerfield, Mich., the son of Lebanese immigrants. Many references list the year of his birth as 1914, but a family spokesman said yesterday that it was actually 1912. At birth he was named Muzyad Yakhoob, but his parents later changed the name to Amos Jacobs. He grew up with his eight brothers and one sister largely in Toledo, Ohio, and dropped out of high school in his freshman year with a dream that many first-generation Americans had in those days: to make it in show business. He had already, at age 11, had his first job in the entertainment world: selling candy and ice cream in the aisles at a burlesque house. He made his official show-business debut in 1932 on "The Happy Hour Club," an amateur show on WMBC Radio in Detroit.
On Aug. 12, 1940, at the 5100 Club in Chicago, he took the name Danny Thomas, Danny after his younger brother and Thomas after his eldest. He had already acted on radio -- his true ambition was to be a character actor -- but took the club job because the pay, $50 a week, was better than his radio salary. He did not, however, want his radio friends, or his family in Toledo, to find out that he had returned to the saloons, so he came up with a pseudonym. It stuck. A Comedian's Style
It also soon became clear that his forte was comedy. He was spotted by Abe Lastfogel, then the head of the William Morris Agency, who guided his career for many years.
As a comedian, Mr. Thomas was a storyteller, not a specialist in one-liners. "My people are inherently storytellers," he said in a recent interview. "When I was a kid, the entertainment was somebody from the old country or a big city who came and visited and told tales of where they came from. And my mother was very good at it. She could not read or write in any language, yet she would see silent movies and make up her own scenarios."
In the 1940's, Mr. Thomas performed on the Fanny Brice radio show and then was given his own program on CBS radio, "The Danny Thomas Show," which ran from 1944 to 1949. In World War II, he entertained troops in North Africa, Italy and the Philippines, and after the war he went into the movies.
Three movie producers -- Jack Warner, Louis B. Mayer and Harry Cohn -- wanted him to fix his trademark hook nose, saying that otherwise he would never make it big. Mr. Thomas adamantly refused.
His films included "The Unfinished Dance" (1947); "The Big City" (1948); "Call Me Mister" (1951); "I'll See You in My Dreams" (1951), in which he starred, opposite Doris Day, as the songwriter Gus Kahn, and "The Jazz Singer" (1953), in which he portrayed Al Jolson. From Performer to Producer
Then came the television series, which lasted 11 years. It began on ABC and was switched to CBS. The show can still be seen in reruns. The series made him a household name. Mr. Thomas recently recalled that the program was frequently No. 1 in the ratings and almost always in the top 10.
He then became a highly successful television producer, first with Sheldon Leonard and then with Aaron Spelling. The series he produced with Mr. Leonard included "The Andy Griffith Show," "The Dick Van Dyke Show," "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C." and "The Real McCoys"; those with Mr. Spelling included "The Mod Squad" and "The Guns of Will Sonnett." Later television series in which Mr. Thomas starred included "Make Room for Granddaddy" in 1970, "The Practice" in 1976 and 1977, "I'm a Big Girl Now" in 1980 and "One Big Family" in 1986.
Throughout his television career, Mr. Thomas continued to perform in nightclubs. In recent years, he appeared in a Legends of Comedy act with Milton Berle and Sid Caesar. In 1985, President Ronald Reagan gave him a Congressional medal for his achievements. Creating a Shrine
Mr. Thomas, a Roman Catholic, was long known for his strong religious faith. He often said that in the difficult early days of his career, when his wife was urging him to give up show business and get a regular job, he prayed to St. Jude Thaddeus, the patron saint of hopeless, impossible and difficult cases. He asked the saint to put him on the right path, vowing that if the saint did so he would build him a shrine.
That shrine, built with the assistance of many other people, was the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, which was dedicated in 1962. Mr. Thomas spent much of his time raising money for the hospital, which he long considered his most important accomplishment. "That's my epitaph," he said in a recent interview. "It's right on the cornerstone: Danny Thomas, founder."
He was also devoted to his family and loved to talk about the success of his children: Marlo Thomas's career on television and in films, his daughter Theresa's two children, the work of his son, Tony, as a producer of television shows and films, including "The Golden Girls," "Empty Nest" and "Dead Poets Society." On Saturday night, Danny Thomas appeared as a guest on "Empty Nest," portraying an elderly physician.
In addition to Mr. Thomas's wife and three children, survivors include five grandchildren.
Here is Sid Melton's Obituary from The New York times
Sid Melton, Comic Actor of Film and TV, Dies at 94
By PAUL VITELLO
Published: November 6, 2011
Sid Melton, a jug-eared character actor best known for his regular roles in the television shows Green Acres and The Danny Thomas Show and for his unflagging reliability as the comic relief in many science fiction and noir films of the 1950s, died on Wednesday in Burbank, Calif. He was 94.
His death was confirmed by a spokesman for Providence St. Joseph Medical Center.
Mr. Melton's acting career covered more than 70 years, from his stage debut in a road production of the Broadway play See My Lawyer in 1939 to a recurring role as the husband (deceased, appearing in flashbacks and dreams only) of Sophia, the mother of Bea Arthur's character, on The Golden Girls, between 1985 and 1992.
At 5-foot-3, with a thin-lipped grin that stretched from ear to ear and the speaking voice of a Brooklyn cabby from about 1950, Mr. Melton played the funny man in most of the 140 movie and TV roles in which he was cast, though he once told a reporter that he would have loved to do drama, not comedy.
"I am not a comic," he told The Christian Science Monitor in a 1970 interview.
On the other hand, he added, he liked the steady work he had in comedy, and he had come to accept what he viewed as the professional limitations dictated by his physical appearance. "I am not too tall and handsome," he said.
His family was well known among entertainment insiders. His father, Isidor Meltzer (Melton was a stage name), was a legendary comedian in Yiddish theater. His brother Lewis Meltzer, who helped him land his first small Hollywood roles, was a screenwriter whose credits included Golden Boy, The Lady in Question and The Man With the Golden Arm.
Mr. Melton got his first Hollywood contract in 1949 with Lippert Pictures, a studio that churned out scores of low-budget movies, most of them made in less than a week. He was the comic relief in dozens of films, including Treasure of Monte Cristo, Mask of the Dragon and Lost Continent, in which he played a nebbish eaten by a triceratops.
In Captain Midnight, a Saturday-morning children's show of the early 1950s, he was the hero's sidekick, Ichabod Mudd. Almost to the end of his life, Mr. Melton said, old fans greeted him on the street by reciting Mudd's signature introductory gag line, Mudd with two D's.
Mr. Melton appeared on the sitcom The Danny Thomas Show, from 1959 to 1964, playing Uncle Charlie Halper, the owner of the nightclub where Danny Williams, the character played by Mr. Thomas, performed.
On another sitcom, Green Acres, from 1965 to 1971, he was Alf Monroe, one of two incompetent carpenters who call themselves the Monroe Brothers, though the other brother, Ralph, is a woman a recurring gag that somehow worked at the time.
Sidney Meltzer was born May 22, 1917, in Brooklyn, one of five children of Isidor and Fannie Meltzer. No immediate family members survive.
Mr. Melton was married once, in the 1940s, but the marriage was annulled.
After that, said a brother-in-law, David Lawrence, he kept dogs, mainly wire-haired terriers.
This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:
Correction: November 10, 2011
An obituary on Tuesday about the actor Sid Melton misstated the year he began appearing as a recurring character on Danny Thomas's long-running sitcom, and also misstated the name of the show at the time. It was 1959, not 1953, and the show's name had by then been changed to The Danny Thomas Show. It was no longer called Make Room for Daddy.
Here is Morjorie Lord's Obituary from The New York Times
Marjorie Lord, Actress on The Danny Thomas Show, Dies at 97
By DANIEL E. SLOTNIK DEC. 12, 2015
Marjorie Lord, an actress who achieved success as the comedian Danny Thomas's wife on the Emmy-winning comedy series The Danny Thomas Show, but to her frustration found herself being typecast as a housewife for years afterward, died on Nov. 28. She was 97.
Ms. Lord died at her home in Beverly Hills, according to her website.
On Make Room for Daddy, as the show was known for its first three seasons, Mr. Thomas played a character much like himself: Danny Williams, a nightclub entertainer with two sassy children and a wife, originally played by Jean Hagen. (The title came from a Thomas family anecdote: When Mr. Thomas was on tour, his children moved their things into the master bedroom to sleep with their mother; they had to make room for him when he returned home.)
The show made its debut on ABC in 1953 and won a Primetime Emmy for best new program, but it never drew an audience nearly as robust as hits like I Love Lucy and Dragnet had. During the third season, Ms. Hagen, saying she was tired of performing in Mr. Thomas's shadow, announced that she would be leaving. Her character's death was written into the show, and Mr. Thomas's character spent the fourth season looking for a new wife.
Ms. Lord, a delicate redhead who had worked in film, television and theater since she was a teenager, was introduced that season as Kathy O'Hara, a nurse who cared for Danny's son, Rusty, after he caught the measles. Mr. Thomas's character grew close to Ms. Lord's over the last three episodes, but he was too nervous to propose.
In the season finale, the children try to goad Mr. Thomas's character into asking for her hand. She finally takes the initiative and proposes to him, a daring move at the time.
Danny, would you please marry me? Ms. Lord's character asks at the end of the episode.
Whew, he replies. I thought I'd never ask you.
Despite that provocative finale, Robert E. Kintner, the president of ABC, decided to cancel the show, now called The Danny Thomas Show (it had been renamed for its fourth season). CBS picked it up and put it in the Monday time slot formerly occupied by I Love Lucy. Ms. Lord joined the cast along with the child actress Angela Cartwright, who played her daughter from a previous marriage.
It became the second-highest-rated show that season, behind Gunsmoke, and was in the Top 10 for six of its seven remaining seasons. It won four more Primetime Emmys.
Ms. Lord's character, who had so unconventionally joined the permanent cast, quickly became a traditional television wife, though occasionally a sharp-tongued and scrappy one. After the show ended in 1964, she had trouble finding roles that did not cast her as a wholesome spouse.
Every time I go for a part, I find resistance from producers, Ms. Lord told The New York Journal-American in 1966. They only see me as Danny's wife.
She added, "I tell my agents, find me a nice, good prostitute part else I'll be married the rest of my career life."
If producers did see her as a wife, she at least landed high-profile roles, like Bob Hope's wife in the 1966 comedy Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number! and a psychiatrist's wife on Broadway in the short-lived comedy The Girl in the Freudian Slip in 1967. And typecast or not, she kept reasonably busy on TV, with roles on The Love Boat, Fantasy Island and other shows. She also acted in and directed plays like Sunday in New York and Black Comedy in California.
Marjorie Wollenberg was born in San Francisco on July 26, 1918. She moved to New York City with her parents as a teenager and studied acting and ballet.
Her first Broadway part was as a replacement in The Old Maid, Zoe Akins's Pulitzer Prize-winning adaptation of an Edith Wharton novel, in 1935. She began her movie career in low-budget fare like Border Cafe and Forty Naughty Girls, both released in 1937.
She married the actor John Archer in 1941 and moved with him to Los Angeles, where she appeared in the James Cagney drama Johnny Come Lately and Sherlock Holmes in Washington, with Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, both released in 1943. She also returned to Broadway, briefly, in Signature (1945) and Little Brown Jug (1946).
She and Mr. Archer had a son, Gregg, and a daughter, Anne, who became an actress. They separated in 1951 and later divorced. She married the producer and actor Randolph Hale in the late 1950s. He died in 1974. After marrying the bank executive Harry J. Volk in 1976, she largely withdrew from acting to focus on philanthropy. Mr. Volk died in 2000.
In addition to her son and daughter, Ms. Lord's survivors include five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, according to her website.
Despite her distaste for maternal roles, Ms. Lord never severed her ties to Danny Thomas. She reprised the part of Kathy in one of Mr. Thomas's specials and again on a short-lived 1970 reboot, Make Room for Granddaddy.
Correction: December 20, 2015
Because of an editing error, an obituary last Sunday about the actress Marjorie Lord misstated, in one reference, the point at which the name of the sitcom Make Room for Daddy, on which she co-starred with Danny Thomas, was changed to The Danny Thomas Show. It was in the show's fourth and last season on ABC not its fifth season, when it moved to CBS.
To read some articles about The Danny Thomas Show go to http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=l1VLAAAAIBAJ&sjid=mCMNAAAAIBAJ&dq=make%20room%20for%20daddy%20danny%20thomas&pg=6639%2C2330008 and http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=V98rAAAAIBAJ&sjid=uWUFAAAAIBAJ&dq=make%20room%20for%20daddy%20danny%20thomas&pg=4119%2C2477543 and http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=PQxgAAAAIBAJ&sjid=HukFAAAAIBAJ&dq=make%20room%20for%20daddy%20danny%20thomas&pg=2159%2C1869350 and http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=iOscAAAAIBAJ&sjid=8mQEAAAAIBAJ&dq=make%20room%20for%20daddy%20danny%20thomas&pg=7342%2C4378941 and http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=cZMzAAAAIBAJ&sjid=c-oFAAAAIBAJ&dq=danny%20thomas&pg=4896%2C5481499 and http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=voQyAAAAIBAJ&sjid=seoFAAAAIBAJ&dq=danny%20thomas&pg=3184%2C4725887 and http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=M4kfAAAAIBAJ&sjid=85kEAAAAIBAJ&dq=danny%20thomas%20show&pg=3982%2C1841362 and http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=cIxKAAAAIBAJ&sjid=UCINAAAAIBAJ&dq=danny%20thomas%20show&pg=7177%2C2885878 and http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=doFRAAAAIBAJ&sjid=OBEEAAAAIBAJ&dq=danny%20thomas%20show&pg=7394%2C4319243 and http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=2uktAAAAIBAJ&sjid=eDEDAAAAIBAJ&dq=danny%20thomas%20show&pg=4872%2C5415284 and http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=N8ZaAAAAIBAJ&sjid=F2wDAAAAIBAJ&dq=danny%20thomas%20show&pg=5679%2C2125854 and http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=wrBOAAAAIBAJ&sjid=KQEEAAAAIBAJ&dq=danny%20thomas%20show&pg=7407%2C5723483 and http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=CN9IAAAAIBAJ&sjid=KwINAAAAIBAJ&dq=danny%20thomas%20show&pg=2926%2C5675800 and http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=QJdHAAAAIBAJ&sjid=hX8MAAAAIBAJ&dq=danny%20thomas%20show&pg=6524%2C2016689 and http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=3L5WAAAAIBAJ&sjid=5UENAAAAIBAJ&dq=danny%20thomas%20show&pg=1181%2C2225187
To watch some clips from The Danny Thomas Show go to http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=make+room+for+daddy+danny+thomas+show
To go to Tim's TV Showcase go to https://web.archive.org/web/20090210142957/http://www.timstvshowcase.com/dannyt.html
To read about a crossover between The Danny Thomas Show and I Love Lucy go to http://poobala.com/lucyanddanny.html
For an episode guide go to http://ctva.biz/US/Comedy/DannyThomas_MakeRoomForDaddy.htm and http://ctva.biz/US/Comedy/DannyThomasShow.htm
To visit Angela Cartwright's official Website go to http://www.angela-cartwright.com/
To see Danny Thomas's grave go to http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=2419
For some Danny Thomas Show-related interview videos at the Archive of American Television go to http://www.emmytvlegends.org/interviews/shows/danny-thomas-show-the-aka-make-room-for-daddy
For a Review of The Danny Thomas Show go to https://web.archive.org/web/20130310162733/http://www.televisionheaven.co.uk/danny_thomas.htm
To watch the opening credits go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Re64ss0kFvA and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8UFw2cOaRU
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