Aka - Some Gals Have All The Luck! Sharon and Susan talk with “Scarecrow & Mrs. King’s” one-and-only “Francine Desmond” – actress Martha Smith. Our conversation covers everything from her early days as a model for the Ford Motor Company to her “National Lampoon’s Animal House” adventures and finally to working on the show she first knew only as “The Secret Kate Jackson Project” – we’ll find out why Martha Smith truly is the “Gal With All The Luck”! Along the way, we’ll discuss…
Brunching with John Belushi! Touring with Rod Stewart!
Posing for Playboy Playmate of the Month!
The “other” spy show that almost happened: “Ebony, Ivory and Jade” (1979) with Bert Convy and Debbie Allen.
Going undercover with Kate Jackson in Martha’s all-time favorite episode, “Life of the Party” aka Maids.
The shelved script from Season 2 (“A Matter of Choice”) that was dusted off for the end of Season 4 – and finally gave Francine a boyfriend - and an apartment!
Francine’s on-screen adventures in Europe – and Martha’s off-screen ones, too! (Who were those German men Bruce Boxleitner keeps teasing her about, anyway?)
Plus: We talk about how she stood up for herself (and her character, Francine) as the show – and showrunners – kept changing; and everything from divorces to motorcycle accidents to… Bruce Boxleitner and “The Hooker Routine”?!
Join us on our deep-dive into all things Francine and Mrs. King with the impressive, irreverent and irreplaceable Martha Smith!
AmyEnglehardt.com - 80s TV Ladies theme and parody songs, including this episode’s “Some Gals Have All the Luck - Martha Smith” by Amy Englehardt. Written by Susan Lambert Hatem and Amy Englehardt
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80s TV Ladies™ Episode 106 - “Scarecrow and Mrs. King and Martha Smith.” Produced by 134 West and Susan Lambert Hatem. Hosted by Susan Lambert Hatem and Sharon Johnson. Guest: Martha Smith. Sound Engineer and Editor: Kevin Ducey. Editor: Chris Stachiw. Producer: Melissa Roth. Associate Producer: Sergio Perez. Music by Amy Engelhardt. Copyright 2022 134 West, LLC and Susan Lambert. All Rights Reserved.