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Old 09-17-2007, 10:19 PM   #1
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'Match Game' Panelist Brett Somers Dead at 83

`Match Game' Panelist Brett Somers Dies
By Associated Press
1 hour ago



WESTPORT, Conn. - Actress and comedian Brett Somers, who amused game show fans with her quips on the "Match Game" in the 1970s, has died, her son said. She was 83. Somers died Saturday at her home in Westport of stomach and colon cancer, Adam Klugman said Monday.

Hosted by Gene Rayburn, "Match Game" was the top game show during much of the 1970s. Contestants would try to match answers to nonsense questions with a panel of celebrities; much of the humor came from the racy quips and putdowns.

Shows from the 1973-79 run, featuring regulars like Somers, Richard Dawson and Charles Nelson Reilly, are still seen on cable TV's GSN (formerly Game Show Network.)

Somers married actor Jack Klugman, the future star of the television shows "Quincy" and "The Odd Couple," in 1953. The two separated in 1974, but never divorced.

They made many television appearances as a couple. Somers appeared on several episodes of "The Odd Couple," playing the ex-wife of Klugman's character.

In the summer of 2003, she appeared in a one-woman cabaret show, "An Evening with Brett Somers," which she wrote and co-produced. She continued to perform after being diagnosed with cancer.

She was born Audrey Johnston in New Brunswick, Canada, and grew up in Portland, Maine. She ran away from home at age 17 and headed for New York City, where she settled in Greenwich Village. She changed her first name to Brett after the lead female character in the Ernest Hemingway novel "The Sun Also Rises." Somers was her mother's maiden name.

Her son said she was caustic, irreverent and a self-declared bohemian.

"She maintained her independence till the end, and her irreverence," Adam Klugman said. "She died very much at peace."

In addition to Adam Klugman, Somers is survived by another son, David, and a daughter, Leslie.
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Match Game

Man, I'll never forget watching her 'quirks' with Charles Nelson-Reilly, Richard Dawson and Gene Rayburn.
She truly was one of the BEST comic stars on that former game show. Her sense of humor was indeed priceless.

RIP Brett ... she will be missed !!
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I'm sure there's not many people on this forum who have a clue who she is (or old enough for that matter!)

R.I.P.
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That's probably true, Lila

Although, some could have heard of her through possibly their parents, if they might not know who she was.

Or by any chance ... if they have ever watched GSN.

Even the mention of her former husband, Jack Klugman ... I would think people have heard of The Odd Couple.

None the less, it's still worth mentioning for those of us who do know her and remember her humor.
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I remember her. And all the tv shows mentioned too.

RIP
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Spent many an afternoon watching Match Game with my game show junkie Mom.
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Awww She was my favourite.
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Well, now she can join Charles Nelson Reily for the Match Game in the sky.
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Well, now she can join Charles Nelson Reily for the Match Game in the sky.
And Gene Rayburn too.
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Dumb Dora was soooo dumb...
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{how dumb was she}

I remember CBS always giving away tickets to people at Farmer's Market to come see the show. I think we might have actually gone one, I can't remember (CBS is right next door to what is now 'The Grove)
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"Get Ready, to 'match' the stars" !!
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I remember watching Brett Somers on Match Game when I was a kid. And Charles Nelson Reilly, too.

RIP.
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Awww I loved Brett My mom watched this show a lot so I would watch the reruns with her on the game network.

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I loved her on Match Game.
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