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Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Back by popular demand is another round of hotties from 70s and 80s primetime TV.  This period was a Golden Age of sorts for bit part actors and actresses to get their moment in the limelight - it just seemed like every show (in particular, the hour long dramas) lent themselves to a buttload of cameos and "guest appearances".  Love, American Style started the ball rolling, then The Love Boat and Fantasy Island made it their bread and butter. In the 1980s, cop shows like TJ Hooker and Hunter kept the trend alive.  By the time the 1990s rolled in, the heavy reliance on small-time actors and "guest appearances" was getting a bit tired.

Anyway, here's another group of lesser known babes that made the prime time rounds in the 70s and 80s, only to drift off into relative obscurity. See if you recognize them.

Christie Claridge played bit parts in TJ Hooker, Automan, The New Mike Hammer, Masquerade, The Love Boat, The A Team, and (my favorite) Manimal.  Helllss yes.  And BTW, her sister married Hulk Hogan.

Katherine Saltzberg (formerly Katherine Maisnik) had a brief run with Remington Steele, Battle of the Network Stars, and ChiPs.  She got a recurring role on the sitcom Star in the Family (with Brian Dennehy as the crotchety dad of a young pop star) , but the show was cancelled after only ten episodes (ten episodes too late, if you ask me).

Alice Cadogan (Katherine's partner in the Remington Steele episode screen caps above) never landed her own sitcom, but did pop up in a shit ton of TV shows: Alice, After MASH, St. Elsewhere, Newhart, an After School Special, and The Jeffersons, to name a few.  Her biggest role was the hotel clerk in Beverly Hills Cop.

Suzanne Hunt began acting in small TV roles as far back as Bewitched.  She kept it up through Charlie's Angels, Making a Living, and ALF, then moved on to some low budget films like the Popcorn.  She had a main acting role as a nurse in the Wayne Rogers -Lynn Redgrave sitcom House Calls which amazingly lasted from 1979 to 1982.

I hate to include Karen Valentine on a list of "lesser known" actresses because, to those geezers old enough to remember the seventies, she was pretty well known.  She starred in Room 222 and a bunch of fairly well known movies like Hot Lead and Cold Feet.  But she needs to be represented here due to her substantial volume of guest appearances.

She's had cameos on The Love Boat, Barretta, McMillan & Wife, Starsky & Hutch, Fantasy Island, Hollywood Squares (she was on that A LOT), She's the Sheriff, Murder She Wrote, and an ungodly amount of TV movies.

Perhaps you remember that KITT had an arch-enemy called KARR? Damn, those shows were so unbelievably stupid, but we lapped them up and begged for more!

Anyway, Jennifer Holmes may not sound familiar to you, but she probably holds the record against all the ladies on this list.  She made Rip Taylor look like a slouch.  Her claims to fame include The Rockford Files, Lou Grant, Voyagers!, Fame, Tales of the Unexpected, Hart to Hart, Dukes of Hazzard, and a starring role in Misfits of Science.... to name just few.

So, Miss Holmes walks away with this episode's trophy.  Stay tuned for the next.


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