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Gladys Ormphby Bench - On segments of the comedy variety show ROWAN AND MARTIN'S LAUGH-IN/NBC/1968-73 Ruth Buzzi played Gladys Ormphby (Ruth Buzzi), a frumpy spinster with a hair net who was constantly accosted by Tyrone, a dirty old man (Arte Johnson) with overcoat.

Ruth Buzzi as Gladys Orphmby sitting on a park bench

Whenever Gladys sat on a city park bench, Tyrone would suggest in a gruff, gravelly voice some veiled sexual reference while offering Gladys a piece of candy ("Want a Walnetto?"). Glady showed her gratitude for such actions by smacking Tyrone over the head with a purse or umbrella.

 Tyrone: Would you call my face ruggedly handsome?  
Gladys: [Gladys bashes him over the head with purse]  
Tyrone: Would you call my body sensuously attractive? 
Gladys: [Gladys hits him with her purse]  
Tyrone: Would you call my next of kin? [Tyrone falls off bench] 

Tyrone and Gladys also appeared on the Saturday morning animated cartoon THE NITWITS in 1977.

Arte Johnson as Tyrone, the dirty old man - ROWAN & MARTIN'S LAUGH-IN
Tyrone

To commemorate Ruth Buzzi's Gladys character the maudlin program THIS IS YOUR LIFE did a segment on comedienne Ruth Buzzi and during the telecast dedicated a park bench at Westerly, Rhode Island.

TRIVIA NOTE: The Walnetto is a delicious chocolate covered chewy caramel filled with California walnuts popular since 1920 and sold 5 pieces to the bar in the 1950s and 1960s You can still buy them today from Old Time Candy and The Vermont Country Store.


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