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House Calls aired from December 1979 until September 1982 on CBS.

Dating someone with whom you work can create problems as Charley Michaels and Ann Anderson ( Wayne Rogers, Lynn Redgrave) learned. He was a surgeon at Kensington General Hospital in San Francisco, a good doctor but less than enthusiastic about conforming to hospital rules and regulations. She was the hospital's new administrative assistant , an English lady with a commitment to keeping the hospital running efficiently. They were romantically involved but often at odds when Charley's concern for his patients conflicted with Ann's concern for the business side of Kensington. Others in the cast were Norman Solomon ( Ray Buktenica), a neurotic young obstetrition; Amos Weatherby( David Wayne), the brilliant but absentminded ( some would say senile) chief of surgery; Ann's stuffy boss Conrad Peckler ( Mark L. Taylor); and Mrs Phipps ( Deedy Peters), a flighty hospital volunteer who provided patients with books, candy and other inexpensive odds and ends. Among the nurses was Head Nurse Bradley ( Aneta Corsaut), along with fellow nurses Sally Bowman ( Diane Lander), Nurse Nancy ( Beth Jacobs) and Shirley Brian ( Suzanne Hunt).

Lynn Redgrave appeared in the first 8 episodes of the 1981-1982 season during which Charley proposed to Ann ( all 8 programs were filmed before a 1981 writers strike). Redgrave then locked horns with House Calls producers. The principal dispute was about money, but a minor squabble eruped over Redgrave's desire to breast feed her baby on the set. In any event Redgrave was dropped from the show ( she showed up in another sitcom Teacher's Only later that season). In the series storyline Ann Anderson suddenly disappeared from Kensington General but sent the staff a letter indicating that she had returned to England and her former husband. Ann's replacement Jane Jeffries ( Sharon Gless) turned out to be one of Charley's former love interests. Conveniently , his relationship with Jane was not noticeably different than the one he had had with Ann.

Based on the motion picture starring Walter Matthau and Glenda Jackson.

An Article from The New York Times

Notes on People; Lynn Redgrave Replaced in TV Series

Published: September 18, 1981

A follow-up: In this season's most vocal dispute between a television show producer and a star of a hit series, Lynn Redgrave has been replaced by Sharon Gless in the CBS situation comedy ''House Calls.''

Miss Redgrave was dropped from the series in a dispute with Universal Television, which produces ''House Calls'' for the network.

The studio said it had released the actress from her contract at her request after Universal refused to help finance a production company Miss Redgrave was forming with her husband. Miss Redgrave maintained that the dispute centered on her right to breast-feed her infant daughter during working hours.

Her replacement, Miss Gless, has appeared in the mini-series ''The Last Convertible'' and in many other television roles.

Here is David Wayne's Obituary from The New York Times

David Wayne, Sprightly and Versatile Actor, Is Dead at 81

Published: February 13, 1995

David Wayne, an actor who played widely divergent roles on Broadway, in television and in films for almost 50 years and who was the first recipient of a Tony Award for acting, died on Thursday at his home in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 81.

The cause was lung cancer, said his daughter Melinda.

Mr. Wayne navigated his sprightly 5-foot-7-inch frame through a half-century of turbulent changes in American acting. He portrayed, and won acclaim for, performances ranging from the precocious ensign in the 1948 stage version of "Mr. Roberts" to the Mad Hatter in the 1960's "Batman" series on television.

One of his most memorable performances was as a leprechaun in the 1947 stage version of "Finian's Rainbow," for which he was given the nation's first Tony Award for acting.

It was not his only Tony. Seven years later, he received another for his role as Sakini, a man from Okinawa trying to meld cultures, in "The Teahouse of the August Moon."

"David Wayne is an actor of more than one dimension," wrote Brooks Atkinson in a 1956 New York Times review of Mr. Wayne's performance as a character 20 years older than he was at the time, in "The Ponder Heart." "He can depart from realism into imaginative characterizations," Mr. Atkinson said.

Mr. Wayne, whose original name was Wayne McKeekan, was born on Jan. 30, 1914, in Traverse City, Mich. His father was an insurance executive. His mother died when he was 4 years old, and he was raised by close family friends.

After two years at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, he moved to Cleveland, taking work as a statistician. In 1936, he joined that city's Shakespearean repertory company, a troupe that also gave such actors as Arthur Kennedy and Sam Wanamaker their theatrical starts.

He moved to New York City in 1938, won a minor role the next year in "The American Way," and in 1941 married Jane Gordon, an actress. When World War II began he was rejected by the Army, but volunteered to serve as an ambulance driver in North Africa with the American Field Service.

Mr. Wayne resumed his stage career soon after the war ended and quickly won critical praise. His Broadway performances included major roles in such plays as Arthur Miller's "Incident at Vichy" and Eugene O'Neill's "Marco Millions." He starred in the Broadway productions of "Say Darling" and "Send Me No Flowers" and received his third Tony nomination for "The Happy Time."

He lived in Manhattan during the 1950's and in Westport, Conn., in the 1960's. Despite his belief that the stage was where an actor truly exercised his craft, his growing interest in film and television lured him and his family to Los Angeles in 1977.

His movie credits include roles in "Portrait of Jennie" and "Adam's Rib" (1949), "Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie" (1952), "How to Marry a Millionaire" (1953), "The Tender Trap" (1955), "The Three Faces of Eve" (1957), "The Last Angry Man" (1959), "The Front Page" (1974), "The Apple Dumpling Gang" (1975), "The Andromeda Strain" (1971) and "The Survivalist" (1987).

His work on television included the starring role in the 1955 series "Norby," a leading role in "The Good Life" (1971-72), the role of Inspector Richard Queen in "The Adventures of Ellery Queen" (1975-76), the part of Willard (Digger) Barnes in "Dallas" in 1978 and the role of Dr. Amos Weatherby in "House Calls" (1980-82). He was nominated for Emmy Awards for guest appearances in "Suspicion" and "Gunsmoke."

Mr. Wayne's wife died in 1993. He is survived by his twin daughters, Susan Kearney and Melinda, both of Thousand Oaks, Calif., and two grandchildren.

Here is Lynn Redgrave's Obituary from The New York Times

Lynn Redgrave, Actress and Playwright, Dies at 67
Published: May 3, 2010

Lynn Redgrave, who as an actress upheld the tradition of her theatrically royal family on stage and on screen and as a playwright wrote about her family with probing affection and equally probing anguish, died on Sunday at her home in Kent, Conn. She was 67.

The cause was cancer, said Rick Miramontez, a spokesman for the Redgrave family. Ms. Redgrave had a mastectomy and first underwent chemotherapy in 2003.

The youngest child of the celebrated British actors Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson, Ms. Redgrave grew up in the shadow of her sister, Vanessa, and her brother, Corin, and never acquired Vanessa's aura of stardom. But as both a deft comedian and a commanding dramatic actress she carved out a varied career, playing parts in Shakespeare and Shaw and on Fantasy Island.

In the last two decades, she started on a new professional path as a writer. At her death she was at work on a solo show, her fourth play to draw on her family history. Titled Rachel and Juliet, it was about her relationship with her mother, who had a lifelong fascination with Shakespeare's Juliet. She performed it in Washington last fall and in Tucson, Ariz., in January.

Lynn Redgrave's death is yet another blow to this famous family. Corin Redgrave died last month. Vanessa's daughter Natasha Richardson, Lynn's niece, died in March 2009, an event that drew the kind of public attention the family has known all too well.

Ms. Redgrave often chafed at the outspoken political views of her sister who was a supporter of the Palestine Liberation Organization and in 1991, when they were performing together in London in Chekhov's Three Sisters, they had a public spat after Vanessa referred to Americans as imperialist pigs. (They later reconciled.)

Ms. Redgrave was also visited by unwanted scandal in 1998 after her son, Benjamin, married a single mother with a son and Ms. Redgrave's husband, John Clark, revealed that he was the child's father.

Well beyond the tabloid headlines, however, Ms. Redgrave was a frequently acclaimed performer, admired by critics and nominated three times for Tony Awards, twice for Oscars (more than 30 years apart) and twice for Emmys. But she came across nonetheless as the prototypical working actor, plying her trade more often in character roles than in leading ones and unafraid to disappear into a part that undermined her looks.

Indeed, for the film that made her a star when she was just 23, Georgy Girl (1966), she said she put on 14 pounds to play the title role: a previous generation's Bridget Jones, a pudgy, gawky young woman whose painfully uncertain self-image leads her to sublimate her own desires to those of her acquaintances. She was nominated for an Academy Award.

If you saw her waiting for a bus, you'd never believe it, Rex Reed wrote about her in The New York Times just before the film opened in New York. Treetop tall (5'10 ) and all kneecaps, with hair that never seems to have met a stylist, a little round mouth invented for devouring hot fudge sundaes and a chubby figure that changes weight according to her mood, she certainly doesn't look like a star.

Lynn Rachel Redgrave was born in London on March 8, 1943. In the first play she authored, Shakespeare for My Father, which appeared on Broadway in 1993, she described a lonely childhood in which her father was distant and her siblings excluded her; in one episode she recalled a family skit in which her brother and sister played world leaders and she was cast as a dog.

She attended the Central School of Speech and Drama in London and made her professional debut in A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Royal Court Theater in 1962. She joined the National Theater (now the Royal National Theater) during its inaugural season in 1963; there she was directed by Laurence Olivier, Franco Zeffirelli and Noel Coward, among others, and worked with actors like Peter O'Toole, Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay and her father. Before her starring role in Georgy Girl, she appeared in Tom Jones (along with her mother) and Girl With Green Eyes, with Peter Finch and Rita Tushingham.

Ms. Redgrave made her Broadway debut in 1967 in Peter Shaffer's Black Comedy, a vaudevillian comedy set in an artist's loft during a power blackout. Among her dozen other Broadway appearances were the title roles of two Shavian dramas, Mrs. Warren's Profession in 1976 and Saint Joan in 1977, and as the mother of a woman whose husband has been unfaithful in W. Somerset Maugham's play The Constant Wife.

Unusually for a performer of her pedigree, Ms. Redgrave appeared in a large number of television series including Kojak, The Love Boat and Murder, She Wrote and her choices of film roles (like Xaviera Hollander, the title character of The Happy Hooker ) sometimes appeared ill advised. Ms. Redgrave shrugged at that idea, saying she was a working actress who needed to make a living. In 1981, she filed a lawsuit against Universal Television for not allowing her to breast-feed in her dressing room during the filming of a sitcom, House Calls. The suit lingered for 13 years, depleting her finances.

By the mid-1990s, however, her film career had rebounded. She appeared in Shine (1996), with Geoffrey Rush, as the wife of the mentally ill pianist David Helfgott, and in Gods and Monsters (1998), for which she earned her second Oscar nomination as the housekeeper for the suicidal film director James Whale.

Ms. Redgrave and her husband divorced in 2000. In addition to her sister, she is survived by her son, Benjamin Clark; two daughters, Annabel and Pema Clark; and five grandchildren.

In addition to Shakespeare for My Father, in which Ms. Redgrave wove speeches from Shakespeare into her personal recollections and which she acknowledged was a therapeutic exercise that helped her resolve her issues with her father, her other plays were The Mandrake Root, a somewhat fictionalized reflection on her mother's life, and Nightingale, a tale of a Victorian woman imagined from the few strands of knowledge Ms. Redgrave had of her maternal grandmother. Those too were part art, part therapy.

I'm doing it for myself, Ms. Redgrave said last fall about her playwriting, but I'm thinking about other people.

Here's Wayne Rogers' Obituary from NBC

Wayne Rogers, 'Trapper John' of 'M.A.S.H.' and Leading Investor, Dies at 82
by Alex Johnson / Dec.31.2015 / 11:51 PM ET

Wayne Rogers, the wisecracking Korean War combat surgeon "Trapper John" McIntyre on TV's "M*A*S*H," died Thursday in Los Angeles at age 82, his publicist said.

The cause was complications of pneumonia, Rona Menashe told The Associated Press and Reuters.

William Wayne McMillan Rogers III played the wry sidekick to Alan Alda's Hawkeye Pierce for only the first three years of the series' historically popular 11-season run on CBS. The character was originated by Elliott Gould in the 1970 Robert Altman movie of the same name and continued later in a spinoff series, "Trapper John M.D.," played by Pernell Roberts.

Rogers went on to star in two other series, "City of Angels" and "House Calls," for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe award in 1979. He portrayed the noted lawyer and civil rights activist Morris Dees in the acclaimed 1996 movie "Ghosts of Mississippi."

Independent of his acting career, Rogers became wealthy as a highly successful investor in businesses and real estate.

Later in his life, Rogers was chairman of Wayne M. Rogers & Co., an investment strategy firm; chief executive of the convenience store chain Stop-N-Save; and chairman of Kleinfeld Bridal, one of the world's largest wedding dress vendors. He frequently appeared on Fox Business Network's "Cashin' In" and served as national chairman of the Easter Seals campaign.

Rogers was born in Birmingham, Alabama, and graduated from Princeton University with a degree in history. He served as a navigator in the Navy before becoming an actor in New York in the 1950s. According to a 2010 profile in Kleinfeld's in-house magazine, Kleinfeld Manhattan, one of his roommates in the early years was Peter Falk.

Rogers was also a successful theatrical producer, with producer credits for the original Broadway runs of "Brighton Beach Memoirs" and "Biloxi Blues" and of the 1985 revival of "The Odd Couple."

Reuters reported that he is survived by his wife, Amy; a son; a daughter; and four grandchildren.

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