Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Lee Chamberlin Has Died

Lee Chamberlin, an original cast member of the 1970s' PBS children's show The Electric Company has died. She was 76. That show was amazing for launching some careers, including Lee. She is the woman on the far left. Also in the photo are Bill Cosby, Rita Moreno and a very youthful Morgan Freeman.

31 comments:

Riven said...

Rest in peace you classy lady.

Tongue N. Cheek said...

That makes me sad. Loved that show when I was a kid.

Frufra said...

Electric Company was the funkiest, most urban thing allowed in my white bread, Southern Baptist house. My brother and I were both big fans; we're both still happily stuck in the '70's.

Pattie said...

Great show, great cast.

Little known fact, one of the Emmys in Rita Moreno's EGOT is from this show.

JoElla said...

Oh man.. I l oved the Electric Company. I was super excited when they relaunched it, but it just wasn't the same.

RIP Lee, RIP

AKM said...

HEY YOU GUUUUUUUUYS!

Loved that show, except that the Monsters sketch scared the bejesus out of me.

Paint Chips said...

Such a cool show, very innovative for the time. RIP

Wen said...

We would watch The Electric Company in class. Lazy teaching, I supposed.

discoflux said...

Such a great show! RIP, Ms. Chamberlain!

discoflux said...

Errr.. Chamberlin...

GoGo said...

I LOVED the bit where she and Morgan Freeman would do words...
BL... ack Black
BL... ue Blue

RIP

kit said...

Tom Lehrer's music made this show even more memorable!

But also provided one of the scariest bits ever for me on EC - the 'ly' song with Dracula. omg.

"...you enter a very dark room, and sitting there in the gloom is DRACULA - now how do you say goodbye?

...immediately, immediately, im-me-di-ate...LY!"

Great, talented team. RIP Miss C.

Snapdragon said...

OMG, I loved that show--I can still call the theme song up to mind.

And wow, what a wonderfully diverse photo this is.

nora nader said...

I loved the Electric Company as a child. RIP Lee. Thank you for being a part of my childhood/memories.

dishy said...

Vi's Diner!

Dallas Alice said...

I loved that show! Spent many hours watching that and ZOOM :-)

Renoblondee said...

Love that show. RIP

Count Jerkula said...

Electric Company and The Magic Garden are the 2 shows from my youth I miss the most.

The Banana Splits would be on that list, but I have seen a couple episodes the past few years.

RIP

nurysp said...

first time iver ever seen a young morgan freeman
hes forever been old to me

RowdyRodimus said...

These Jive Turkey's not realizing how hip EC was. Black brothers and sisters working side by side with the honky brothers and sisters to help make kids live better through learning. Not to mention Spidey Super Stories, which is still the best representation of the Spider-Man costume in any form of media.

"We're gonna turn you on, we're gonna turn on the power" This show was such an iconic moment of it's time, people can't understand how awesome it was unless they were there.

That reboot they did a few years back sucked! Nothing like the original and didn't deserve the title the Electric Company.

Brenda L said...

LETTERMAN!

8=====D aka Lil Tool. KermitGosnellKnobJockey said...

Never heard of her or the show.

RIP anyway.

Lioness70 said...

I never got into the Magic Garden, but my brother loved it. I asked him why recently. "The skinny one was smok-in'!" LOL

Lioness70 said...

Kids' shows were so much better back then. My favorites were this, Zoom and Schoolhouse Rock. There wasn't any of that PC pablum that passes for kids' shows now. You can thank that purple nightmare.

Count Jerkula said...

@Lioness: You know them Magic Garden Hippy broads were playing w/ each other's Chuckle Patch off camera. They had to be.

Lioness70 said...

@Count: I'm sure they were. My brother wouldn't have minded seeing that, even at that age. ;)

MommaBear said...

Find memories of that show :)

MadLyb said...

She is one of the few cast members aside from Rita Moreno and Morgan Freeman that I actually remember. If you are a late Boomer, both Lee Chamberlain's and Ann B. Davis' deaths this week are a mild punch in the gut. I know both of these ladies will RIP. Much less so for those of us still entrapped in flesh.

jo davies said...

Rest in peace. I loved that show growing up! They don't have anything like that now...banana splits was another great one.

BitchieMitchie said...

Sh+it
Shit

Urno Talbot said...

she sure was a wonderful woman, she died at peace with her children by her side. She was in many movies and tv shows, All My Children's Aunt Pat, in the James Earl Jones' King Lear etc.