What's My Line?

Season 6 Episode 2


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Sep 12, 1954 on CBS



  • Notes

    • WOW! The last contestant, Miss Tala Forman, is Marilyn Monroe's dramatic coach, and Bennett guessed her line on the panel's "Free Wild Guess" feature! He only said "dramatic coach," and didn't say "Marilyn Monroe," but it was good enough for John. For fun, and to use up time, they then went on to try to guess the star she was coaching. Robert Q. Lewis guessed correctly when the cards were at $10! John flipped some cards as a consolation prize, so the contestant ended up winning $35. Bennett told her that her "face looked vaguely familiar" to him, and asked her if she used to be known as "Miss Lytess." She replied "yes." Bennett said he had seen her photo. A photo of Marilyn and Lytess on the set of the 1953 movie "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" had been published in the May 1953 issue of Family Circle magazine. Possibly, this is the widely-circulated photograph Bennett remembered seeing. It is unknown why she changed her name from Natasha Lytess (aka Natasha Lytesse) to Tala Forman. Bennett pronounced her former surname of "Lytess" as "LaTesse." At the time of this What's My Line? appearance, she is currently Marilyn's drama coach for the 1955 film, "The Seven Year Itch." In earlier years, Lytess had also been an actress, starring in such films as the 1940 comedy/drama "Comrade X" with Clark Gabel and Hedy Lamarr. Marilyn had a close relationship with Lytess for several years, going back to 1948, for both friendship and professional dramatic instruction. Later, the two women had personal difficulties and in 1956 Marilyn refused to see or speak to her again. Marilyn had learned that Lytess was going to write a gossipy article about her. In 1955, Marilyn had hired a new drama coach, Lee Strasberg. Lytess, born in Berlin, Germany in 1913, passed away in 1964. - Suzanne (2005)

      FREE WILD GUESSES: For a list of the episode numbers and dates that the 1950 to 1955 "Wild Guesses" or "Free Guesses" were won, see EPISODE #253. - Suzanne (2005)

      HARRY'S BAR IN VENICE: Alfred Hitchcock promoted his 1954 film "Rear Window" which stars James Stewart and Grace Kelly. During the questioning, Dorothy asked Hitchcock when the last time he had been in "Harry's Bar in Venice," Italy. His answer of "1939" was not the answer she was looking for. Later, after the game, she said she had been thinking of Jimmy Stewart, whom she had evidently seen much more recently in Harry's Bar. The world-famous Harry's Bar was opened by Giuseppe Cipriani in 1931, and is still open today in 2005. - Suzanne (2005)

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