What's My Line?

Season 18 Episode 27


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Mar 05, 1967 on CBS



  • Notes

    • This had to be "Ladies Night" due to the fact that all of the contestants were women. The panel had a pretty good night tonight. Sue Oakland was able to identify Jacqueline Susann, who was celebrating the fact that her novel, "Valley of the Dolls," had just passed the one year mark on the best seller list. The panel did have some trouble figuring out that the second contestant was a wine steward. Perhaps it was due to the fact that she looked especially young and was also dressed in a pantsuit. Bennett was able to figure out that the mystery guest was Judy Garland, especially after she spoke and everyone could hear her distinctive voice. Tony was able to figure out that the final contestant was a breeder of Great Danes, but, the time had run out. - Sargebri (2004)

      Judy, Judy, Judy - Miss Garland was in town for the wedding of her daughter Liza to her protege Peter Allen. The marriage lasted for five years until the couple divorced in 1972. This marriage may have been a "convenience marriage" or a "cover" for Allen, because he was gay. In 1967, homosexuality was still a very taboo subject. Allen would later go on to have a successful career as a songwriter. His song, "I Honestly Love You," became the first number one single for Olivia Newton John. Unfortunately, in June of 1992, Peter succumbed to AIDS. A musical based on his life, "The Boy From Oz," became a huge hit on Broadway. Its star, Hugh Jackman, won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. As for Liza, she would go on to have a highly successful career of her own. In 1972, she would win the one award her mother never won, the Oscar for Best Actress for her role as "Sally Bowles" in the 1972 film "Cabaret." Unfortunately, Judy would never see her daughter's triumph, because two years after her appearance on this show, she would die from an accidental barbiturate overdose. Also of note, Judy mentioned that she was going to be starring in "Valley of the Dolls." However, just as production was beginning on the film, she was fired due to her instability. It might have been a blessing though, due to the fact that the film was recently called one of the worst films of all time, according to the book of the same name. - Sargebri (2004)

      Jacqueline Susann was celebrating the first anniversary of "Valley of the Dolls" being on the best seller list. However, not all books on the best seller list were critical or literary successes. Some of them were called downright trashy. But, that didn't stop these books from becoming popular with the public. Susann was also celebrating the fact that the book was about to be made into a movie featuring Barbara Parkins, Patty Duke and Sharon Tate. Even former frequent WML guest panelist Joey Bishop has a bit part in the movie. Unfortunately for her, the campy film was not a huge success. Ironically, the film would spawn a 1970 sequel in the Russ Meyer boob fest "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls," which was co-written by a man who would go on to become one of the most powerful film critics in history, Roger Ebert. However, this would not be the last of Susann's novels to be made into a film. Two of her other books, "The Love Machine" and "Once is Not Enough" would also be made into films in 1971 and 1975, respectively. Unfortunately, Susann would die from breast and lung cancer in September 1974. Also of note, before she became a novelist, she was also an unsuccessful actress and a playwright. In fact, she was Arlene's understudy when Arlene was appearing in the play "The Women." - Sargebri (2004)

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