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Champagne Lady - On the musical program THE LAWRENCE SHOW/ABC/SYN/1955-82, the orchestra featured "Champagne Music" and a delicate trail of champagne-like bubbles rising from behind the bandstand where his musician's played. Accompanying this elegant backdrop was the "Champagne Lady," the program's featured female vocalist. Singer Alice Lon was the first woman to wear that crown beginning "live" on a coast-to-coast broadcast from the ABC Hollywood Studios on July 2, 1955. Unfortunately, Welk's ultra-conservative moral beliefs were responsible for the removal of Alice Lon from the program in July 1959. Welk's excuse? Alice Lon showed too much knee when she crossed her legs during the telecast. "Cheesecake does not fit our show," he remarked. Following his decision, thousands of angry letters from faithful viewers flooded Welk's office indicating that his decision was not so "wunnerful." He tried to get Alice Lon to reconsider and return to the show, but she never did. Despite the controversy, Welk remarked "She was one of the nicest girls who had ever sung with our orchestra." Welk kept in contact with her until her death from cancer in 1981. After two years of guest fill-ins, (Lois Best, Joan Mowery, Helen Ramsey, Roberta Linn) soprano Norma Zimmer finally became the new "Champagne Lady" who stayed with the program until its last telecast on February 24, 1982. The program's theme songs were "Bubbles in the Wine" (1955-70) by Lawrence Welk, Frank Loesser and Bob Calame and "Champagne Fanfare" (1971-82) by George Cates.

Charlie Chaplin of Television - Canadian comedian Alan Young who played in the highest rated comedy shows on radio between 1944-50 was acclaimed by TV Guide magazine as "The Charlie Chaplin of Television." On January 25, 1950 he was presented an Emmy Award for both the "best actor" category and the "best variety" show. His CBS network program THE ALAN YOUNG SHOW ran from 1950-53. Despite his multiple talents, he is best remembered as architect Wilbur Post on the equine comedy MISTER ED/CBS/1961-65 which is still rerun worldwide.

Check Mate King 2 - Military walky-talky radio code name used to communicate with Lt. Gil Hanley (Rick Jason) at field division headquarters on the European front of World War II on the military drama COMBAT/ABC/1962-67. "White Rook" was the code name of the patrol leader Sergeant Chip Saunders (Vic Morrow).

Cheapest Man in the World, The - This sobering sobriquet goes to none other than veteran vaudevillian, radio, television comedian Jack Benny, the star of THE JACK BENNY SHOW/CBS/1950-65. Benny was so cheap that when a robber accosted him on the street and demanded "Your money or your life?," Jack shouted, "I'm thinking! Reportedly, Jack had a lock on his refrigerator, a pay telephone in his living room and preferred the color "dollar bill green." Being the cheapest man in the world, Jack distrusted banks and thus had a subterranean vault built several hundred feet below his home. The vault was protected with a moat filled with alligators, ear-shattering burglar alarms, Carmichael the Polar Bear whose savage roar was provided by Mel Blanc (both radio and TV); and by a very lonely guy named Ed, the "Keeper of the Vault" who was surprised to discover the Civil War was over. Jack gained access to his vault by first giving Ed, the password "A fool and his money are soon parted" or "Hair of gold, Eyes of Blue"; and then by dialing the vault's combination of Right 45, Left 60, Right 15, and Left 110. In a spoof of Jack Benny's vault, the September 27, 1967 episode of THE LUCY SHOW/CBS/1962-74 featured Lucille Ball as bank secretary, Lucy Carmichael who tried to entice Jack Benny into opening a bank account. For the occasion, Lucy constructed a vault with an electronic eye. When the light beam was broken it triggered a guillotine, a tribe of tomahawk-tossing Indians, a huge fierce gorilla; a deep stream filled with piranha fish and a patch of quicksand which both Lucy and Jack fell prey. The bill for the special effects was $25,000, the most expensive gag in TV history up to that time. Ray Singer and Milt Josefberg, writers of the skit won an Emmy for the that particular show. In reality, Jack Benny was a philanthropist giving his money and his time to a number of charitable causes. He died on December 26, 1974 from complication of cancer of the pancreas. He was buried at Hillside Memorial Park in Culver City, California and entombed in the same mausoleum as Al Jolson and Eddie Cantor. TRIVIA NOTE: Other television cheapskates included grocery store owner Herbert T. Gillis (Frank Faylen) who lived in Central City on the sitcom THE MANY LOVES OF DOBIE GILLIS/CBS/1959-63. Herbert was once voted "The Citizen Most Likely To Hang Onto His Last Dollar." Another runner up for this dubious award is Fred Mertz (William Frawley), a tightwad landlord on the sitcom I LOVE LUCY/CBS/1951-57. And finally who could forget apartment manager Mr. Stanley Roper (Norman Fell) on the sitcom THREE'S COMPANY/ABC/1977-84. His tenants called him "The Cheapest Man Alive!" and once reported "He has every dollar he ever made in his mattress...Maybe that's why he doesn't get romantic (with his wife). He's afraid to wrinkle his money!"

Cheesecake - Joseph "Cheesecake" Tyson (Ken Page) was a black and blind computer whiz who appeared on the adventure series SABLE/ABC/1987-88. He provided information to children's author Jon Sable who in reality was a spy. When Sable needed information he sent a cheesecake (strawberry) to Tyson in payment for his services. The inside flap of the cake box contained messages in Braille.

Chevy Chase - The family nickname of comedy writer Chevy Chase who came to national attention during 1975-76 season of NBC'S SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE as a bumbling, pratfaller who stumbled at the beginning of each show and shouted "Live from New York...It's Saturday Night!" Soon after Cornelius Crane Chase was born on October 8, 1943, his paternal grandmother began calling him "Chevy" when he was a kid in New York. The name may have been derived from a possible reference to the Washington, DC suburb or to the English ballad which tells the perennial story of the Scottish border feud between the Percys and the Douglases. No one knows however, not even Chevy. But whatever the reason, the name stuck and became his professional showbiz non de plume.

Cheyenne - First name of Cheyenne Bodie (Clint Walker), a towering frontier scout and drifter on the western adventure CHEYENNE/ABC/1955-63. As a baby, Cheyenne was found at the site of a wagon train massacre by Chief White Cloud (Richard Hale) who spared the baby's life and named the white boy Grey Fox because he was so quiet and reserved. When Grey Fox turned twelve-years-old, he left his Indian family to pursue his white heritage, taking the name of Cheyenne to honor his Indian benefactors. On the syndicated drama RENEGADE/SYN/1992-96 Kathleen Kinmont costarred as Cheyenne Sixkiller, the stepsister of native American bounty hunter, Bobby Sixkiller (Branscombe Richmond).

Chicken Legs - The not-so-affectionate nickname of Marcy Rhodes (Amanda Bearse), a bank employee and feminist next-door neighbor to the Bundy family on the sitcom MARRIED...WITH CHILDREN/FOX/1987-97. When Al Bundy (Ed O'Neill), a frustrated shoe salesman, wanted to drive Marcy from his home, he mocked her skinny stature by using quips relating to a chicken, often calling her "Chicken Legs." Once Al said "Look what's crossed the road. I can't be a chicken, it hasn't got breasts...just nuggets." During an argument, Marcy's husband Steve (David Garrison) told his wife "You know why you have chicken legs? It's because your mother eats all those eggs." Al calls Marcy a "chicken" for the first time on episode No. 113 "Johnny Be Gone." The dialog follows: Marcy [looking round]: "Al, do you see a fish eye anywhere round here?" Al [looking at her wearing just a towel]: "No, but I see a chicken leg." On episode No. 232 "Kiss of the Coffee Woman," Al puts together a Top Ten List on Marcy of suggestions to approve her appearance. It read: 10. Wear traditional Islamic garb covering all but the eyes; 9. Feather removing electrolysis; 8. Ski mask; 7. Sew up holes in ski mask; 6. Hire attractive woman to stand in front of you at all times; 5. Beak job; 4. Put paper bag over ski mask; 3. Shave head, tattoo Cindy Crawford's face on back of head, and learn to walk backwards; 2. Poke out eyes of every man on Earth; 1. Get President to make every day Halloween. TRIVIA NOTE: On the sitcom I LOVE LUCY/CBS/1951-57 Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball) was called "Bird Legs" in grade school.

Chief, The - Balding, dyspeptic espionage supervisor on the spy spoof GET SMART/NBC/1965-70. The Chief (Ed Platt) coordinated activities at Control, a not-so-secret spy agency located at 123 Main Street in Washington, DC. Operating under the alias of Harold Clark, the head of Potomac Greeting Card Company, the Chief assigned suicide missions to such trusted agents as Agent 86 (Maxwell Smart), Agent 99 (No name ever given), Agent 13 (assigned to hide inside small objects like mailbox and filing cabinets) and Fang (Control's top canine spy). On occasion, the Chief took on the guise of other aliases including Franklin Jiles (Editor of Concert Music Magazine); Irving (a singing waitress) and Senator Van Owen. The Chief's first name was Thaddeus. His last name was never disclosed. Agent Larabee (whose catchphrase was "Right, Chief") assisted the Chief in his day-to-day duties which included battling the bad guys at Kaos. "Chief "was also the moniker of Daily Planet newspaper editor Perry White played by John Hamilton on the sci-fi series THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN/SYN/1951-57; and by Lane Smith on LOIS & CLARK: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN/1993-97. Perry could be heard screaming "Don't call me, Chief" especially to cub reporter/photographer Jimmy Olsen.

Chinzo - During an interview segment of THE TONIGHT SHOW (3/31/98) the jut-jawed Jay Leno revealed that in school the kids nicknamed him "Chinzo." His guest Denise Richards (Wild Things, 1998) informed Jay that she was called "Fishlips" in high school. Trivia Note: Capitalizing on his celebrated large chin, Jay Leno provided the voice of Crimson Chin, a comic book hero with a huge chin on the episode "Chin Uo" (4/27/2001) of the Nickelodean cartoon series FAIRLY ODD PARENTS about a youngster named Timmy whose fairy godparents grants him wishes. In this episode Timmy wished to become Cleft, the Boy Chin Wonder, the sidekick to The Crimson Chin.

Chipmunk Cheeks - The nickname of Alfred Delvecchio (Al Molinaro) owner of Arnold's Drive-In, a burger joint near Milwaukee's Jefferson High School on the sitcom HAPPY DAYS/ABC/1974-84. He was given the nickname "Chipmunk Cheeks" by his soldiers buddies when he served in the Army.

Chocolate Columbo - See NICKNAMES: "Gus-isms"

Church Lady, The - Comedian Dana Carvey played a sassy religious talk show hostess called the Church Lady on skits performed on NBC's SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE in the late 1980s. One of her popular catchphrases was "Well, isn't that special!" Interviewing such public celebrities as Jim and Tammy Bakker, Donald Trump and his girlfriend, Marla Maples, the Church Lady twitched her puckered lips in disdain for their public sins. Asking how could they have been influenced to do such things, she would then follow up with "Oh, I don't know, could it be...SATAN!?" On the 2/17/91 installment of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, Dana Carvey performed a routine inspired by Stephen King's chilling novel "Misery" called "Misery II." The skit had Dana Carvey announcing to a crowd of fans that he was "killing off" his Church Lady character. He then proceeded to drive away into a snow storm where his car crashed. Predictably he was rescued by a fanatical fan (played by Roseanne Barr) who forced him to dress up in the Church Lady's costume and to resurrect his Church Lady character for her enjoyment.

Cigarette-Smoking Man, The  See - TOBACCO PRODUCTS 

Cisco Kid, The - On the western adventure THE CISCO KID/SYN/1950-56, actor Duncan Renaldo starred as the Cisco Kid (a.k.a. "The Robin Hood of the Old West"). Assisted by his sidekick, Pancho (Leo Carrillo), Cisco rode the dusty trails of the 1880s upholding justice in the New Mexico Territory. The television series was inspired by the short story "The Caballero's Way" written in 1907 by William Sydney Porter (a.k.a. "O. Henry"). Unlike some early versions of Cisco which were scruffy bandito types, the 1950s TV version starred Duncan Renaldo as a proud, handsome Mexican who wore smart, tight-fitting embroidered jackets, pants and a large-brimmed sombrero which always caught the senoritas eyes. Herbert Stanley Dunn was the first person to play the Cisco Kid in the 1923 silent movie The Caballero's Way. Other actors to star as Cisco included Warner Baxter/1929-39); Cesar Romero/1939-41; Duncan Renaldo/1945 and 1949-50; Gilbert Roland/1946-47. On radio The Cisco Kid was played by Jackson Beck and Jack Mather. A comic strip based on O. Henry's hero was drawn by Jose Luis Salinas in the early 1950s. Cisco's horse was Diablo; Pancho's horse was Loco. Hispanic actor Jimmy Smits starred in the movie remake The Cisco Kid (1994) with comedian Cheech Marin in the role of Pancho, his faithful companion.

Closet of Lost Dreams - The nickname of the downstairs hall closet at the Miller residence in Chicago on the situation comedy STILL STANDING/CBS/2002-2006. The closet was so dubbed by Judy Miller (Jami Gertz) because the closet was filled with all the sports equipment that husband, BIll (Mark Addy) bought and then didn't use because he soon lost interest in the activities. The closet included a fishing pole, skis, hockey stuff and a scuba suit (last worn by Bill when he swore he saw a shark in a local lake.

Clutch  See - "Thumper"

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