bea.jpgBea Arthur and Mega Genius®

Bea Arthur was a two-time Emmy Award-winning and Tony Award-winning, American actor-comedienne and singer, best remembered for playing the title character, Maude Findlay, on the television sitcom Maude, and Dorothy Zbornak on the television sitcom The Golden Girls.  Both hit shows ended only because Bea decided to leave them at their peaks.

Bea’s television credits include eight appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson; Kraft Television Theater; Studio One; Caesar’s Hour; Omnibus; Hallmark Hall of Fame; The George Gobel Show; The Perry Como Show; The 45th Annual Academy Awards; The Mike Douglas Show; Dinah; Saturday Night Live; Laugh-In; The Mary Tyler Moore Hour; Soap; Circus of the Stars; The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts; This is Your Life; Late Night with David Letterman; The 50th Annual Tony Awards; and 87 other shows.

In 2008, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences inducted her into its hall of fame, for her extraordinary contributions to television.

Bea has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.



 

lois_nettleton.jpgLois Nettleton and Mega Genius®

Lois Nettleton, “Miss Chicago,” “Miss Illinois,” and a semi-finalist in the “Miss America Pageant,” became a five-time Emmy Award-nominated actress of stage, film and more than 100 television roles.

“I’m a character actress,” she said.  “I always wanted to be as different in everything as possible.”

Her stage credits include a widely acclaimed performance as Blanche DuBois, in A Streetcar Named Desire.  Critic Rex Reed, writing for The Chicago Tribune – New York News Syndicate, called her performance “shatteringly brilliant.”

Lois Nettleton received an Emmy Award nomination for her acting in an episode of The Golden Girls.  In 1975, she received another Emmy nomination for her work in the TV movie Fear on Trial.  In 1989, she received still another Emmy nomination for her acting in the series In the Heat of the Night.

Nominated for more Emmy Awards for both her role in The American Woman: Profiles in Courage, in 1976, and for her acting in an episode of the religious anthology Insight, in 1983, the beautiful and celebrated actress won Emmys both times.

 

 

 

june.jpgJune Haver and Mega Genius®

June Haver, a leggy blonde band singer and pinup motion picture actress, appeared in many motion pictures and television shows.

Twentieth Century-Fox signed June to a contract in 1943.  In 1944, she starred in Home in Indiana and, later that year, in Where Do We Go From Here?, with her co-star Fred MacMurray.

June’s other films included The Gang’s All Here; Irish Eyes Are Smiling; The Dolly Sisters; Wake Up and Dream; I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now; Scudda Hoo!  Scudda Hey!; Look for the Silver Lining; Oh, You Beautiful Doll; The Daughter of Rosie O’Grady; I’ll Get By; Love Nest; and The Girl Next Door.

In 1953, she rejected a $3,500-a-week movie contract, choosing instead to become a nun at the Order of the Sisters of Charity convent, in Leavenworth, Kansas, and retire from acting.  Eight months later, however, she returned to Hollywood and developed a romantic relationship with Fred MacMurray, with whom she had co-starred nine years before.  They were married the following year.  Together they became two of the wealthiest people in Hollywood.

June Haver has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 

 

 

jack.jpgJack Weston and Mega Genius®

Jack Weston, an extraordinarily accomplished actor in films and television, was also nominated for a Tony award as “Best Actor on Broadway.”

He could play everything from a clumsy, comic character to a terrifying killer, such as in the motion picture mystery-thriller Wait Until Dark, in which he schemed, stalked and terrorized a blind Audrey Hepburn.

Jack never got a part from an agent.  Producers, directors and playwrights were so impressed with his acting abilities that they continually called him.

 

 

 

lorreta.jpgLoretta Swit and Mega Genius®

Loretta Swit is a multiple Emmy Award-winning American television and stage actress, whose career includes over 25 movies, and appearances on such television shows as Gunsmoke; Hawaii Five-O; Mannix; Mission: Impossible; Pyramid; Match Game; The Love Boat; Love American Style; Bonanza; Batman; and Hollywood Squares.

She was nominated for four Golden Globe Awards, and for 10 Emmys of which she won two, and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Loretta Swit (a natural blonde according to Mega Genius®) has one of the most recognized faces in television history.  She is best known for her portrayal of Major Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan, on the American television series M*A*S*H, now in worldwide syndication. It is widely considered one of the greatest shows in television history.  Loretta’s character on M*A*S*H, “Hot Lips,” is one of the most popular characters ever to appear on television.

The finale of M*A*S*H, televised on February 28, 1983, was seen by more than 105 million Americans, 77 percent of the viewership that evening, and was the most watched episode in United States television history, a record that still stands. 



 

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