Suzanne Pleshette

Suzanne Pleshette, whose stage, film and television career reached its peak in the 1970s when she starred in "The Bob Newhart Show" as Newhart's intelligent, tart-tongued wife Emily, died Jan. 19, 2008, at her home in Los Angeles. She was 70. From 1972 to 1978, Ms. Pleshette played a marital partner who was the equal of Newhart's psychologist Bob Hartley in every respect, including laugh lines. Her sexy, sophisticated, whiskey voice made Emily a perfect foil to the comedian's balding, hesitant, stammering spouse. The actress' portrayal marked a decided break from the television wives played by the likes of Donna Reed and Barbara Billingsley in the '50s and '60s. Ms. Pleshette was twice nominated for an Emmy Award for her work on the sitcom.

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  • Born: Jan 31, 1937 in New York, NY, USA
  • Death: Jan 19, 2008 in Los Angeles, California