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Happy Birthday September 30

Updated on September 30, 2012

Marilyn McCoo (The 5th Dimension) - 69

This is telling of my age, but my first introduction to Marilyn was in the 80's when she hosted Solid Gold. I later came across the album Greatest Hits On Earth by The 5th Dimension at my local library and started checking it out frequently. I bought a cassette copy after graduating high school and have been a fan ever since. She, of course, went on to pursue a career with her husband and fellow bandmate Billy Davis, Jr. reaching #1 in 1977 with the song You Don't Have To Be A Star (To Be In My Show). My favorite Marilyn performance is the 5th's Top 10 hit, If I Could Reach You (1973).

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Barry Williams (The Brady Bunch) - 58

The strange part of my fascination with this show has nothing to do with the original, though I do have an LP copy of Meet The Brady Bunch I bought at a yard sale. I enjoyed the reunions more than anything else, most notably A Very Brady Christmas (1988) which I have on VHS, and the short-lived spin-off series The Bradys (1990) on CBS. Yes, these did get scoffed at by critics but I actually enjoyed the Bunch more as adults.

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Fran Drescher (The Nanny, Happily Divorced) - 55

The Nanny quickly became one of my favorite comedies of all time when it premiered in 1993. The Yiddish language, Fran's accent, and the timeless banter between Niles (Daniel Davis) and C.C. (Lauren Lane) all made for an hysterical formula. I've followed Fran to her new show Happily Divorced on TV Land. It doesn't have the flare of The Nanny but Ms. Drescher is still fun to watch.

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Crystal Bernard (Wings) - 51

I was first introduced to Crystal thanks to a syndicated comedy entitled It's A Living, a show about four waitresses working in a skyview restaurant (Ann Jillian also starred). I followed her to Wings on NBC though it wasn't a show I got to see much of for whatever reason. Comcast added a new channel to my cable that runs it but I'll have to get back to you on which one.

I also owned her first country CD, The Girl Next Door, at one time.

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