Friday, August 03, 2018

Blind Item #9 - Reader Blind

In the long, twisted history of Hollywood hook-up stories, this is no doubt one of the strangest.
The female part of this dalliance was at the time a young girl who starred in a highly rated hour long comedy/drama show with frequent guest stars.  On the show, she played the daughter of the main character.  She was definitely underage.
The male part of this dalliance was a now deceased TV actor many decades older who was most famous for playing a self-important blowhard on a very popular sitcom the decade before.  This was a role that won him multiple Emmys.
He guested on the show a few times as a rival to the main character.  The young actress grew smitten with the older actor and they had a brief relationship.  She lost her virginity to him.  The incongruous nature of their relationship seems ridiculous at first but she has dropped hints to it in Q&A sessions she has done as part of the one woman show she tours with.  Love or lust is blind.

28 comments:

Glitter said...

The guy that played "Ted Baxter" for the blowhard.

Tricia13 said...

Jill Whelan/Love Boat?

Tricia13 said...

Gavin Macleod?

Tricia13 said...

As the Dad-the subject could be many-but Ted Baxter guessed alot

sandybrook said...

Carroll O Connor\ Lacey Chabert or Neve Campbell?

Morning Lorri said...

Ted Knight, episode 22 Season 5 Love Boat. Jill was 17.

Beyond EMF said...

Carroll O’Conner / Party of Five / Lacey Chabert ?

David Howes said...

Ted Knight?

Kate K said...

Yes. Ew!

gauloise said...

This has to be Love Boat / Vicki / Ted Baxter guy crazy!

Jon said...

Ted Knight and Jill Whelan. She has/had a one woman show.

Sara, Making It Work said...

He was pretty handsome. I probably would have been smitten too.

Of course that doesn't change the fact that it was predatory behavior on his part.

just sayin' said...

From IMDb:
The Love Boat (TV Series)
Pride of the Pacific/The Viking's Son/Separate Vacations/The Experiment/Getting to Know You: Part 1 (1982)

PlotThe Klondike Carnival Cruise Competition serves as the backdrop for this cruise, pitting Captain Merrill Stubing (Gavin MacLeod) and his Pacific Princess crew against his stern humorless arch-rival, Captain Gunner Norquist (Ted Knight), and his Sun Princess crew in a series of competitive events beginning in Vancouver, British Columbia and ending in Ketchikan, Alaska.

JFF said...

The entire point of Party of Five was that their parents were dead. Definitely not Lacey Chabert.

Virginia Mayer said...

@JFF JAJAJAJAJAJA

tinydancer61 said...

Omg! When I went back and re-read the blind, Jill Whelan and Ted Baxter fit and I am so grossed out by the word picture of them together! Ick-ick-ick!

Randyman said...

I think its Archie Bunker. Gross

Kno Won Uno said...

+1 for O’Connor

Lisa said...

This is it.

AppleThief4Elliot said...

Danielle Brisebois and Sherman Helmsley!

Cee Kay said...

I really can't imagine anyone losing their virginity over Carroll O'Connor, but I definitely might have for Ted Knight back in the day.

Karma said...

Ted Knight's orgasm...did it sound like his slapstick stutter..."Uh.uh.huh.hu" I dont want 2 think of it. He's my cool Frisco 80s Pops.

Jane Hanoi said...

Ted knight was handsome back in the day...
he and gavin were both on the mary tyler moore.
But jil always looked soo young on the show...ick

Unknown said...

This feels like Kelsey Grammar.

ben_matlock said...

Gilmore Girls was the first thing that popped in my head. Although I could see see Edward Hermann portraying a blowhard, he doesn't appear to have any other well-known TV roles.

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Jimmy said...

Sara Making it Work: Wait a minute: I don't think it's right for a guy Knight's age to sleep with a 17-year-old...but reading the blind, it doesn't automatically indicate he was engaging in "predatory behavior." It's predatory automatically because she's 17? What if she was chasing his ass? When I was in high school, there were 17 year old girls who weren't exactly demure about what they wanted.

Travelgrrl said...

This is obviously Ted Knight, but I just read a new 'behind the scenes' book about the movie "Caddyshack" and Knight was super buttoned down, took no part in the offscreen drinking, drugs and sex that the rest of the cast and crew were reveling in. Just super professional, on and off screen.

It's entirely plausible that an older man had a brief dalliance with a willing 17 year old, back in the 1970's. That was fairly socially acceptable, and unlike today, 17 year olds were considered pretty adult. People went to war or got married at 18. I didn't turn 18 until halfway through my Freshman year of college, and my sister moved away to college at the ripe old age of 16.

The book is: "Caddyshack: The Making of a Hollywood Cinderella Story"
by Chris Nashawaty and it's highly recommended for its portrayal of National Lampoon, Lemmings, the origins of SNL, Animal House and of course, Caddyshack.

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