Friday, March 23, 2012

Happy Birthday Teresa Ganzel!

Lovely Teresa

With The Great One, Jackie Gleason, in "The Toy."

One of my favorite pictures of Teresa
from "The Toy."
I don't know why.

On the Pyramid game show

On stage in "Viagara Falls"

Pretty Lady

It is with great pleasure that I am able to give a happy birthday shout out this morning to one of my favorite comedic actresses, Ms Teresa Ganzel.
This shouldn't be a big surprise. The title of this post should alert you all that this was going to happen.
Unfortunately little is known of Teresa's life. She is dark and mysterious. But here is what we do know.
She was born at a very early age in the city of Toledo, which is in the state of Ohio. Many are. Tom Cruise's wife, the actress Katie Holmes also comes from Toledo, as does the lovely actress, Adrianne Palicki, from "Friday Night Lights."
In 1835, there was actually a Toledo War, which was a land dispute between Ohio and the adjoining territory of Michigan. Militias were raised and positioned on opposite sides of the Maumee River near Toledo. There were no shots fired and no one was hurt. The two sides just hurled taunts and insults at each other, like "I fart in your general direction," and "May the fleas of a thousand camels infest your armpits."
They straightened it all out eventually.
Anyway, Wikipedia tells us that Teresa is best known for appearing on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, replacing Carol Wayne as the Matinee Lady in the popular "Mighty Carson Art Players" skits. She often played "ditzy busty blonde bimbo" roles, and I must say she was very good at it, although I've never seen her in anything she wasn't good in.
The Internet Movie Data Base tells us she began her long career in 1981, when I was still in the navy, playing the President's daughter in the film, "C.O.D." Next she appeared on the popular sitcom, "Three's Company," a show featuring another of my favorite actresses who also played a "ditzy busty blonde bimbo," Suzanne Somers, whose birthday we've previously celebrated.
I actually attended a live taping of this show once, but Teresa wasn't there, oh no.
Damn it!
In 1982 she appeared without benefit of clothes in "National Lampoon's Movie Madness," with Peter O'Toole in "My Favorite Year," and with Jackie Gleason and Richard Prior in "The Toy," (pictured above). She also began her stint on The Tonight Show that year, which would last until 1991 when Johnny retired.
During the eighties she would continue a successful career, mostly appearing on television. She was a frequent guest on game shows like the $25,000 and $100,000 Pyramid, and Hollywood Squares. She's appeared on "The Love Boat," "Remington Steele," were Pierce Brosnan started out, the 1986 version of "The Twilight Zone," "Newhart," "New Love, American Style," a mini series that I was particularly fond of called "Fresno," "Night Court," "ALF," "Married With Children," "Mama's Family," "Columbo," "Monsters," "Hunter," the film "Hexed," and many, many more, including a goodly amount of cartoon voice over work, working consistently up to the present.
By golly, just a couple of years ago, 2010 to be precise, she appeared as the female lead in the off Broadway play, "Viagara Falls," opposite Bernie Kopell, of "Love Boat," and "Get Smart," fame.
Here's some clips featuring Teresa:
Teresa is the sister of actor producer Mark Ganzel, who produced "Fresno," and has been married to Richard Davis from January 17, 2004.
And all of us here at Joyce's Take wish Teresa and her family, continued good health and fortune, and a very happy birthday!
Happy Birthday Teresa!

1 comment:

  1. Happy Birthday Teresa! We appreciate your acting and certainly don't have an opportunity to see you as often as we'd like. The first time you called Jackie, U.S. (you ass) I thought I'd die laughing. Many happy birthdays to look forward to!