Real Husband #3.
I wrote previously, when Tom Poston passed away about meeting them (Suzztom? Tomzanne?) at a fiend's wedding and let me just reiterate here, they were very, very nice. I was (and am) a huge fan of both Suzanne Pleshette and Tom Poston and the fact that they were decent enough to listen to me prattle on about my little comedy short I was trying to finish... well, they were at a wedding and didn't have to listen to me at all.
To lose, in the space of 9 months, one of Steve Allen's original men on the street and Bob Newhart's husky-voiced wife, two people who, in real life, had just found each other again after years of being married to others... well, it's just sad.
And, not to toot my own horn, but it's one of the reasons I blog about character actors so much. These people are part of the foundation of the great stories we remember in film, theatre and television.
To paraphrase Arthur Miller poorly, "attention should be paid".
Here's the New York Times' nice obit of a nice lady.
By ANITA GATES
Her professional career began in 1957 with her television debut, a single episode in a short-lived adventure series, “Harbourmaster,” and her Broadway debut in “Compulsion,” a drama about the Leopold and Loeb murder case. In 1959 she appeared in “Golden Fleecing,” a comedy set in Venice, opposite Tom Poston, whom she would marry more than four decades later.
The episode was considered one of the most successful series finales ever, partly because it managed to remain a secret until it was broadcast. As time passed, some found the scene a useful metaphor for hopes that a difficult situation might turn out to be just a bad dream. In 1999 a headline in the humor publication The Onion read, “Universe Ends as God Wakes Up Next to Suzanne Pleshette.”