For those of you who didn't get R6's reference: Actor and game show panelist ARLENE FRANCIS took the blame for one of the stranger accidental deaths on record, when an exercise dumbbell fell from her eighth-story Manhattan apartment and killed a man who had just emerged from the popular Le Pavillion restaurant.In her 1978 autobiography, Francis reported that she had been having the apartment cleaned while she appeared in a summer stock play in Westport, Connecticut.Also, Kitty came from a much more upperclass background.Kitty was raised as a girl in New Orleans then her mother took her to Europe for her education and in hopes of marrying her off to some rich nobleman.A maid had placed the dumbbells on the sill to anchor a towel covering the window where an air conditioner had been removed.According to Francis, "While the shutters were being cleaned, the dumbbells became dislodged, one falling into the room and the other out of the window." Francis paid a settlement to the man's family, but was not charged with a crime. It was full Howard raunch but Kitty and Arlene didn't bilink an eyelash, totally kept their cool and were funny as hell.
Reading her autobiography, she came across as a little dim.
They always got a credit at the end of What's My Line.
Arlene did start the diamond heart necklace trend, even though she was probably the type of woman to drink beer directly from the bottle.
Peggy Cass replaced Polly Bergen on "To Tell The Truth." Bergen was witty, and more than a match for Carlisle and Cass. show, he had Arlene and Kitty as panelists on a segment called "Whats My Secret". You can tell Buddy Hackett knew what state she was in when he introduced her. Good for Henry Morgan for stopping Bennett Cerf, althought that kind of thing was never done on What's My Line. Cerf and Daly talked about that NH prep school for years on the show, so Morgan's comment mirrored many in the viewing audience who were sick of the constant plugs.
Are Betsy Palmer and Polly Bergen the only ones still alive from the panel game school era? Then the look Arlene and Buddy exchange is obvious. I love both ladies, but I think I slightly prefer Kitty. Kitty comes across as intelligent, Arlene not quite as much.
BTW, Arlene and Kitty were very friendly with each other.