“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Television Mainstay Passes Away…

Posted on January 17, 2013 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here… Conrad_Bain_in_1983

   Conrad Bain was a situation comedy-stalwart on television for three decades. He is best remembered for playing Philip Drummond on Diff’rent Strokes, a father to a pioneering Modern Family… He also reprised his character on The Facts of Life and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The Canadian actor also had a starring role on Maude.                                                                  CONRAD BAIN ———->

   Bain studied in New York at the American Academy of Dramatic Artsand his classmates included Charles Durning and comedian Don Rickles. He became a naturalized citizen of the US in 1946. His hard work led to steady casting in Broadway shows. His theatre credits include a revival of The Iceman Cometh, Candide, Advise and Consent, and On Borrowed Time. In the early 1960s, Bain was one of the principal organizers of the Actors Federal Credit Union, which met with great enthusiasm among his peers at Actors’ Equity. He served as the Credit Union’s first president.

500px-Conrad_Bain_Arthur_Harmon_Maude_1975<- Conrad Bain had a brief career in cinema. He had roles in Star!, Madigan, I Never Sang For My Father, Coogan’s Bluff, Lovers and Other Strangers, Bananas, The Anderson Tapes, and Postcards From the Edge.

   In addition to Maude and Diff’rent Strokes, he guest-starred in The Defenders, The Edge of NightThe Waverly Wonders, four episodes of Dark Shadowsand The Love Boat.

   Conrad Bain died of natural causes. He was 89.


Dear Abby   The woman who created the Dear Abby column has died. Abigail Van Buren was the pen name for Pauline Phillips who wrote her advice column and hosted a radio show since 1956. Her twin sister was columnist Ann Landers. Her chosen first name was from the Bible’s Old Testament for Abigail, the widow of Nabel; who later married King David. Her last name was inspired by the eighth president, Martin Van Buren.

    Phillips began her career at the San Francisco Chronicle, and eventually, she authored six books.  The Dear Abby Show aired on the CBS Radio Network for over twelve years. She was an honorary member of Women in CommunicationsAmerican College of Psychiatrists, and the National Council of Jewish Women.

    In 2002, after Landers died, Van Buren was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Her daughter Jeanne assumed all the writing responsibilities of Dear Abby, which she had co-written with her mother since 1987.

   Pauline Phillips was 94.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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