Blansky's Beauties

ABC (ended 1977)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 13

    Nancy Breaks a Leg

    Aired 6/27/77

  • S 1 : Ep 12

    To Nancy with Love

    Aired 6/6/77

  • S 1 : Ep 11

    Dear Nancy...

    Aired 5/21/77

  • S 1 : Ep 10

    My Nephew's Debut

    Aired 4/30/77

  • S 1 : Ep 9

    Nancy Meets Pa Bates

    Aired 4/16/77

  • Cast & Crew
  • Nancy Walker

    Nancy Blansky

  • Eddie Mekka

    Joey DeLuca

  • Scott Baio

    Anthony DeLuca

  • Pat Morita

    Arnold

  • Caren Kaye

    Bambi Benton

  • show Description
  • Blansky's Beauties was a very short-lived ABC situation comedy that arose at the height of the "spin-off" craze of the 1970s. Starring Nancy Walker as Nancy Blansky, the show took place in Las Vegas, where Nancy staged showgirl production numbers in a major tourist hotel. Nancy also acted as a mother figure to the girls, notably, Bambi, Sunshine, and Arkansas. Other major characters included her nephews, choreographer Joey DeLuca and the 12 year old self-styled "ladies man," Anthony DeLuca.Technically, this show was related to Happy Days (Nancy Blansky was introduced as a cousin to Howard Cunningham at the end of a Happy Days anniversary episode). One story from the series featured a flashback with Laverne DeFazio of Laverne & Shirley and another highlighted Pinky Tuscadero. Complicating matters even further were the facts that Blansky's Beauties was placed in the "present" (mid 1970s) rather than the late 1950s to mid 1960s of its two tie-in series and that many actors who had or would star on Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley played characters in this series - including Lynda Goodfriend, Scott Baio, Pat Morita (as "Arnold"), and Eddie Mekka.moreless

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • Joey: This is a friend of my cousin Carmine from Milwaukee. Nancy Blansky...(meet) Pinky Tuscadero. Pinky: Hey Mrs. Blansky. I heard a lot about you. I know you heard a lot about me!

    • Bambi: (describing where the Shiek is staying at the Oasis Hotel) According to the papers, he is taking the top two floors. Nancy: Just the top two floors? He must be travelling alone.

    • Nancy: Actually, we live a very quiet life here. Francie: (watching as Anthony and Joey walk into the room in their underwear) And what do you call this? Nancy: Bad timing...

    • Laverne: (from the program intro segment where some of the showgirls introduce themselves on camera) I'm Laverne De Fazio, and tonight, I'm one of the Blansky's Beauties.

    Notes (20)

    • Many newspaper and magazine stories from December 1976 and January of 1977 refer to the program as "Mrs. Blansky's Beauties" - suggesting that the title was changed sometime before the series premiered.

    • The black-spotted Great Dane dog "Blackjack" is credited in the opening.

    • The theme song for Blansky's Beauties - "I Want It All" - is sung by Cyndi Grecco, the same person that performed the theme for Laverne and Shirley.

    • Despite the fact that the character Nancy Blansky debuted (Pinky Tuscadero as well) on Happy Days - a show set in the later 1950s/early 1960s - this episode and all the episodes of Blansky's Beauties clearly take place in 1977.

    • The black-spotted Great Dane dog "Blackjack" is credited in the opening.

    • The black-spotted Great Dane dog "Blackjack" is credited in the opening.

    • The black-spotted Great Dane dog "Blackjack" is credited in the opening.

    • The black-spotted Great Dane dog "Blackjack" is credited in the opening.

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    Trivia (3)

    • In this episode of Blansky's Beauties, Joey DeLuca mentions a cousin in Milwaukee named Carmine Ragusa - a character also played by Eddie Mekka on Laverne & Shirley. Since Joey is Nancy's nephew and Nancy was introduced on Happy Days as Howard Cunningham's cousin, this implies a relationship among these characters from all three TV series.

    • The solution to the dilemna of this episode is that the girls do technically dance topless - but wearing raincoats the entire time.

    • The flashback sequences in this episode point to Milwaukee in 1967, not agreeing with the later on-camera continuity documented in Laverne & Shirley (Season 6) showing that Laverne had moved away from the city by this time.

    Allusions (1)

    • The title of this episode alludes to the late 1960s ABC courtroom drama Judd, for the Defense.

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