Susan Dey played roles on the ABC television series The Partridge Family (1970-1974) and L.A. Law on NBC (1986-1994). She also appeared in the 1981 movie Looker. Prior to her acting career, she spent time working as a model.
Actress Dawn Wells played Mary Ann Summers on the CBS television series Gilligan’s Island (1964-1967). She later opened boot camp for actors. Wells gained the title of Miss Nevada after competing in the Miss America pageant. She made her TV debut in a 1961 episode of The Everglades, playing the character Piney.
The black-and-white series originally ran from October 15, 1951, to May 6, 1957, on CBS. After the series ended in 1957, however, a modified version continued for three more seasons with 13 one-hour specials; it ran from 1957 to 1960. It was first known as The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Show and later in reruns as The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour.
The show, which was the first scripted television program to be shot on 35 mm film in front of a studio audience, won five EmmyAwards and received numerous nominations. I Love Lucy is often regarded as one of the greatest and most influential sitcoms in history. In 2012, it was voted the ‘Best TV Show of All Time’ in a survey taken by ABC News and People Magazine.
Penny Marshall starred as Laverne DeFazio in the ABC sitcom Laverne & Shirley (1976-1983), then went on to become a director of such films as Awakenings (1990), A League of Their Own (1992) and Big (1998), both starring Tom Hanks. With Big, she became the first female director to have a film gross over $100 million. She started tap dancing at the age of three and began her acting career with guest-starring appearances on The Odd Couple, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and Happy Days.