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Question: Needless to say, the very end of last week's House episode was a shocker. Do you think that this will be some catalyst to finally cause a permanent change in House and that the last episodes are watching that happen? That being said, I hope that next week's portrayed ending is not as drastic as it appears [in the teaser]. Irony aside, it just wouldn't be fair to the impacted character, and it would be too pedestrian a reason for such a transformation in House. — Suzie
These days, a lot of TV actresses are taking on dual roles: The Vampire Diaries' Nina Dobrev (Elena/Katherine), Ringer's Sarah Michelle Gellar (Bridget/Siobhan) and The Lying Game's Alexandra Chando (Emma/Sutton). But back in 1963, Patty Duke was all on her own as identical cousins Patty and Cathy Lane on The Patty Duke Show. "We didn't have digital anything," recalls Duke, 64. "We'd [shoot] the Patty side first, then everyone would stand in place while I sneaked off and came back dressed as Cathy. In postproduction, they would actually split the celluloid."
Tonight Duke is returning to TV for a guest appearance on Hawaii Five-0. It's a role she couldn't turn down. "I play a woman in the second stage of Alzheimer's whose son was involved in a nefarious deal with gold coins in the ocean," says Duke, who took home the best supporting actress Oscar for The Miracle Worker in 1962. "McGarrett [Alex O'Loughlin] and Lori [Lauren German] come to inform my character that her son is dead and find that I'm living 20 or 30 years in the past. In her head, [her] son is still a boy coming home from school any minute for a sandwich."
Question: Teri Hatcher was born in the mid-'60s, so was she old enough to be on Karen? In 1984, she was only in her late teens, I think.
Answer: You're referring to my answer mentioning both Karen and Karen's Song, the show I said Hatcher was in, I assume. That being the case, the numbers still work. I neglected to mention that Hatcher played Patty Duke's teenage daughter on the show.
Question: Maybe 40 or so years ago, wasn't there a television show called Karen? For some reason I'm thinking it starred a young actress who turned out to be a big actress. Or perhaps it's only wishful thinking. Thanks!
Answer: Well, there was a sitcom called Karen that ran on NBC for a year beginning in October 1964, but none of the ladies in the cast went on to make a huge impact. (And I can't imagine what your interest in such a show would be... Karen.)
Debbie Watson starred as a wayward teen on the show, which was part of the 90-minute, three-part 90 Bristol Court, a series made up of three comedies taking place in the same apartment building. Others in the cast included Richard Denning, Mary LaRoche, Gina Gillespie, Bernadette Withers, Trudi Ames, Teddy Quinn, Murray MacLeod and a man who's probably the only one on the whole show to