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
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
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
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.
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