That Girl: The One Who Changed Everything | Television Academy
Starring: Marlo Thomas, Ted Bessell, Harold Gould Judy Bessemer (Bonnie Scott), and her independence is tested when her mother . Ann's role as a villainess in a soap opera compromises a potential relationship with Don's mother. According to Marlo Thomas, the relationship between Ann and her father, Lew, was loosely based on her real-life relationship with her father. Old TV Guide -nostalgia, old tv sets, old tv shows, tv test patterns, tv shows from the Marlo Thomas - Ted Bessell & Marlo in That Girl . She is the daughter of comedian Danny Thomas who passed away in She married Phil Donahue in
This wonderful new DVD comes to us in a 5-disc set that looks like a fold-out book; the paper insert has the That was the original title that Ms. Thomas had suggested since that was what her father would call her. But "That Girl" got it instead and it just seems to fit. What a great return to the 60's! Just to see the New York skyline, the sights, the sounds, the great clothes that Ann wore isn't it amazing how incredilbly chic she was on the salary she had; all of them still classics!
To watch her move from her parents home to her own flat in the Big Apple which changed from a cute compact place to a more spacious dig within the next season; who wouldn't have loved to live there?
And of course her wonderful BF, Donald Hollinger. The situations that they both got into, all as they cemented the relationship of their two characters. This wonderful new DVD comes to us in a 5-disc set that looks like a fold-out book; the paper insert has the cartoon skyline of New York with a kite running across it, taken from the kite scene from a later show opening; the discs are nestled securely inside each clip.
Ted Bessell, Marlo Thomas, That Girl, "Don't Just Do Something, Stand There," 1966
And of course, you have the "That Girl" caricature that everyone knows no matter where you go. I was amazed at the young stars that were just up and coming: You look at how their stars rose and shined even brighter since their appearance on the show.
Aside from all the great first season episodes, there is also a booklet enclosed within the set that gives an overview of what you will find on these discs.
They are priceless because you enjoy seeing Ms. Thomas giving a recent recorded interview explaining all the insights and details of how "That Girl" was created. I was just enthralled with how she became, at the young age of about 22 years old, only the second female producer in Hollywood; she took responsibility for the show. Way to go Marlo. Then she speaks about the cast. The love and respect that she had for Ted Bessell was very touching; you can tell how much he is missed.
She also speaks of Lew Parker who plays her father, and Rosemary De Camp as her mother, and how they came to be casted; her respect for them is touching. One of the bonuses within this set is the "That Girl" pilot that had a very young Harold Gould play her father originally.
Apparently the parents in the pilot were a bit too "ethnic" and old-fashioned, and they felt that they needed to make them a bit more approachable to the 60's mentality of women being able to make it on their own.
So in came Parker and De Camp. The bonuses within this set are priceless. You even get "commentaries" on certain episodes. My one disappointment with the series back thenand today, is that "Ann and Donald" never married. They were engaged but never married on the show.
As a little girl, we were really disappointed. As adults, you're hopefully over it. But then I read a comment that made me understand why Ms. Thomas chose not to have them get married, and that's what disappoints me now.
In it he states that Ms.
That Girl: The One Who Changed Everything
Thomas didn't want to leave them audience with the belief that marriage was the only happy ending. I couldn't disagree more.1966-67 Television Season 50th Anniversary: That Girl (Marlo tribute to Ted Bessell)
The point of the series was to show that it was possible to enjoy a career and still be happy with a personal life; something that up to then, was not the norm for women. Responsibly entering into marriage with the mutual kindness and respect that are crucial to it's life, as her show characters displayed, would have given a solid way of wrapping up all the statements that Ms. Thomas was trying to make during those past 5 years.
To claim that marriage would ruin or alter that ability, was disappointing. I can just hear the collective moans, see the eyes rolling, and feel that mouse going to the "no" button. But as Marlo said, "free to be, you and me". Get this set and just enjoy this trip back to the 60's. Thomas had the idea for "That Girl. Read more The idea of a young, independent girl living her OWN life and making her OWN choices may not seem ground-breaking today, but it was a radical idea for TV in Marlo Thomas had attracted the attention of ABC executives from a pilot called "Two's Company", that did not sell to series.
ABC was anxious to feature Thomas in a starring role.
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Thomas, however, did not care for the scripts she received. Why must she be someone's secretary, wife, or daughter? Ann Marie would move out of her parent's home, but not move too far away from them. She had her own apartment, and she would live her own life, pursuing her own dreams and goals.
She was independent, but not alone. Thomas also became the uncredited producer of the series when nobody else wanted to take responsibility for the series projected five year run. Two significant changes were made between the unaired pilot in and series debut in And boyfriend Don, originally named Don Blue Sky what?? Thomas, Persky, and Denoff fought hard to keep Ted Bessell. Ann kept her boyfriend Don, but Don had his own job as a reporter at Newsview Magazine. The basic plot of the unaired pilot was slightly reworked as the episode titled "What's In A Name?
Thomas went so far as to state that the show could perhaps should? Still, the relationship is real and loving. The relationship works because the chemistry between Thomas and Bessell is so solid. Ann is bubbly, vivacious, and enthusiastic without ever being cloying. Don, in turn, is his own man with his own career. You need to tell a logical, credible story - and you need to do it in 22 minutes. Always be honest, and never go for a joke or an easy laugh if it takes you off the road of your story.
It was a tremendous thing to witness, and it impacted my work as an actor and producer.
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Everything that I do stems from that same organic place. They needed a young female star, and they thought I was it. But none of what they suggested appealed to her. Have you ever thought about doing a show where the girl is the somebody - somebody with a dream?
Someone whose father wants her to get married, but who moves away from home, even though that causes anxiety in both of her parents. This is the moving target. Sam not so much.
But he was very funny and came along with us. They were good counterparts for each other. The worry, it turns out, was for naught: That Girl debuted on September 8,and was an instant hit. What happened was that this girl, who seemed like a revolutionary figure to the men in suits who did the research, was not a revolutionary figure at all. She was a fait accompli.
We were a whole different breed. I had learned that, for a woman, there was safety in numbers. Experience had taught me: One is a pest, two is a team, three is a coalition. Now I had Ruth. We were only two but, together, we were like the Red Army. That Girl was so cutting edge for television - there had never been a show about a young, single, working girl who moved away from home, and tried to make it on her own.
We were learning what we needed as we went along. Both the network and Clairol pleaded with Thomas to have the couple marry in the last segment, but she flatly rejected the idea. Ann and Donald, while friendly enough to each other, are on opposing sides of wanting to buy the same roll top desk in a business moving sale.
Trivia bits, via IMDb: The show actually used three separate opening themes during its run. Season 1 was a more subdued instrumental opening, also with a different video sequence. Seasons was the now-familiar more upbeat, jazzy swinging instrumental style; finally, sung lyrics were added in the 5th last season's version, to give the opening a similar, deeper context, in the wake of the new, very successful Mary Tyler Moore Show's first season the previous year.
The well-regarded Earle Hagen wrote all the music for the opening themes. Besides writing the themes to numerous other shows, Hagen is most notable for writing the tune to, and whistling the theme for, the Andy Griffith Show. The running gag of having the pre-credit sequence ending with a character referring to Ann as "that girl" was originally only supposed to be used in the pilot as it was believed that they would never be able to keep finding ways to work it into the conversation.