Suzanne Pleshette Poster

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Cousin of John Pleshette.

Announced her engagement to Tom Poston in December 2000. Each had co-starred on a Bob Newhart show, but different versions--she was in The Bob Newhart Show (1972), he was in Newhart (1982). However, Poston appeared in a recurring role on the '70s version as Bob Hartley's old friend Cliff "The Peeper" Murdock. Pleshette also appeared on the '80s version finale that is one of the best series finales of all time--a segue between the two shows.

Was the producers' original choice for the role of Catwoman on the Batman (1966) TV show. When negotiations broke down, the part went to Julie Newmar, who made it her own.

Stepmother of Francesca Poston and Jason Poston.

She was the childhood friend of Faye Michael Nuell (aka Faye Mayo) and Karla Champion (widow of Gower Champion).

Underwent chemotherapy treatment at Los Angeles' Cedar-Sinai Medical Center for lung cancer. [August 2006]

Met her future husband, Tom Poston, when they appeared together in the 1959 Broadway comedy "The Golden Fleecing". However, they didn't marry for more than 40 years.

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, posthumously, on her birthday, January 31, 2008. Ceremony attendees included Dick Van Dyke, Bob Newhart, Marcia Wallace, Nancy Sinatra and Tina Sinatra, who accepted the honor on Suzanne's behalf.

Is buried in a family plot at Hillside Memorial Park, Los Angeles, California; between her two late husbands, Tom Gallagher and Tom Poston.

Born to Geraldine (née Kaplan; 1913-1987), a dancer and artist who gave up work upon marrying, and Gene Pleshette, manager of the Paramount Theater in Brooklyn, NY. She was an only child.

Both she and Veronica Cartwright appeared together in Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds (1963), as well as on episodes of Will & Grace (1998). Each played mothers. Pleshette playing Karen Walker's mom and Cartwright playing Jack's mom.

Started out in theater before moving onto film.

One time, while on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962), she told the story of her near involvement with the movie Palm Springs Weekend (1963). At the time she was a contract performer at Warner Brothers and was cast in the movie. She adamantly refused to do it, fearing that it might hurt her career (a studio executive, annoyed by her attitude, told her that the sign outside read "Warner Brothers" not "Pleshette Brothers"!) She eventually got her way (and was forced to appear in Wall of Noise (1963) instead) and the role went to Stefanie Powers. She jokingly said that Powers was so upset that she had to take her place in the movie that she refused to speak to her for years afterward.

Both she and husband Tom Poston died of the same cause, respiratory failure.

Gave the eulogy at David Janssen's funeral. [February 1980]

Passed away less than one year after the death of her husband, Tom Poston.

Turned down the role of Lil Mainwaring in Marnie (1964) that went to Diane Baker.

She and Anne Bancroft started trying to get pregnant at the same time. Anne eventually had Max Brooks but Suzanne, despite being six years younger, was unable to carry a child to term.

Favorite cigarette brand was Pall Mall; reputedly smoked two packs a day for 40 years until quitting around 1997.

Turned down The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961) and The New Dick Van Dyke Show (1971).

Auditioned for Faye Dunaway's role in The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) and Jacqueline Bisset's role in The Detective (1968).

Went against the advice of her agents by accepting television offers when she was a burgeoning movie star. After 1980, her career was exclusively in TV.

Was considered for the role of Jennifer Hart on Hart to Hart (1979).

Her parents married two weeks after they met.

Was originally announced for the lead in Sex and the Single Girl (1964), which later went to Natalie Wood. Pleshette had previously replaced Wood in Rome Adventure (1962) after Wood dropped out of that film.

During the filming of her guest spot on The Fugitive (1963), Suzanne fell fiercely in love with the show's star David Janssen, who was having marital problems with his then wife, Ellie. They ended up having a three-month affair, but Suzanne broke it off when Janssen delayed filing for divorce.

Designed linens for J.P. Stevens & Co. from 1969 to 1980.

First and only female non-singing, non-comic guest host of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962).

Oldest friends with actress Madlyn Rhue.

Her second husband, Thomas J "Tommy" Gallagher III, was an oilman from Galveston, Texas.