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Natalie Schafer

Natalie Schafer

Natalie Schafer

A lot of people might not know, but it turns out I can be beautiful and floral too!

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Schafer may have been best known for portraying Lovey Howell on Gilligan’s Island, but the series was far from her dream role. Before signing up to portray Thurston Howell III’s sophisticated wife, Schafer made a name for herself on Broadway. She appeared in 17 plays before she appeared in the TV series. (Source: www.cheatsheet.com)

A stage-trained actress, Natalie Schafer entered films in 1944 and from the 1950s played numerous supporting roles often as rich, bubbly-headed matrons. She was perhaps best known as Lovey, the stranded wife of millionaire banker Thurston Howell III (played by Jim Backus) on the popular TV comedy "Gilligan's Island" (CBS, 1964-67), Schafer was married to actor Louis Calhern from 1934 to 1942, with whom she co-starred on stage. (Source: www.rottentomatoes.com)

Natalie Schafer got her start doing Broadway plays then making the move to the big screen. Even before Gilligan's Island (1964), she was typecast in roles as society women, or elegant, fashionable ladies. It was her role as "Eunice 'Lovey' Wentworth Howell" wife of multi-millionaire Thurston Howell III, that she was best known for. After the show ended its run in 1967, Schafer did a few guest appearances on shows, most notably The Brady Bunch (1969). (Source: www.amazon.com)

Natalie Schafer got her start doing Broadway plays then making the move to the big screen. Even before Gilligan's Island (1964), she was typecast in roles as society women, or elegant, fashionable ladies. It was her role as "Eunice 'Lovey' Wentworth Howell" wife of multi-millionaire Thurston Howell III, that she was best known for. After the show ended its run in 1967, Schafer did a few guest appearances on shows, most notably The Brady Bunch (1969). (Source: www.amazon.com)

Schafer was born in Red Bank, New Jersey, the eldest child of Jennie Elizabeth (née Tim) and Charles Emanual Schafer. Her family was German Jewish. She began her career as an actress on Broadway before moving to Los Angeles in 1941 to work in films. Schafer appeared on Broadway in seventeen plays between 1927 and 1959, often playing supporting roles. Most of these appearances were in short-run plays, with the exceptions of Lady in the Dark (1941–1942), The Doughgirls (1942–1944), and Romanoff and Juliet (1957–1958). She was also seen in a revival of Six Characters in Search of an Author, directed by Sir Tyrone Guthrie (1955–1956). She also appeared in stock and regional productions of plays. Schafer appeared in many films, usually portraying beautiful sophisticates, but she is best known for the situation comedy Gilligan’s Island, playing the role of the millionaire’s wife, Eunice “Lovey” Wentworth Howell. She reprised her role in the made-for-TV spin-off films that were made after the show’s demise, along with the animated spinoff, Gilligan’s Planet, in 1982. Originally written as a humorless grande dame, Schafer worked with the writers to create a character not unlike the scatterbrain roles played in 1930s films by Mary Boland and Billie Burke. Schafer specifically suggested that the writers read the George S. Kaufman–Marc Connelly play Dulcy for its dizzy title-character. She was a guest star on many television series, including Goodyear Playhouse/Philco Playhouse: (The Sisters, with Grace Kelly, 1951), I Love Lucy (1954), Producers’ Showcase (The Petrified Forest, with Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, and Henry Fonda, 1955), Guestward, Ho! (1960), The Beverly Hillbillies (1964), Mayberry RFD (1970), The Brady Bunch (1974), Three’s Company’, ‘The Love Boat and Phyllis (1976). In 1971–72, Schafer joined the cast of the CBS daytime-serial, Search for Tomorrow as Helen Collins, the mother of characters Wade and Clay Collins. Immediately following, she played Augusta Roulland on another daytime soap, Love of Life. Her final performance was given in 1990, in the television film I’m Dangerous Tonight, opposite Anthony Perkins and Corey Parker. The actress also guest-starred, opposite William Shatner, on 1960’s Thriller in its first season. (Source: dev.foundagrave.com)

Natalie Schafer, a veteran comedic actress best known for her role as Lovey Howell, the millionaire’s wife on the television series “Gilligan’s Island,” has died. She was 90. (Source: www.latimes.com)

Natalie Schafer, an actress best known as the stranded millionaire's wife, Lovey, on the long-running television series "Gilligan's Island," died on Wednesday at her home. She was 90 years old. (Source: www.nytimes.com)

 

 

 

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